Friday, August 31, 2012

Review: Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Pages: 328
Source: ARC

Three teenage descendants of Medusa, now united, must claim their heritage to fight the monsters escaped from the abyss.

Gretchen may have known she was a descendant of Medusa long before her sisters--after all, she's spent her life fighting the monsters that escape the abyss--but that doesn't mean it will be easy to teach the other girls the ropes.

Greer has pressing social commitments on her plate and precious little time to train in her newfound powers. But that wretched second sight won't leave her alone, and her fabled heritage seems to be creeping into her fashionable life.

Grace has worries closer to home--like why her brother, Thane, has disappeared. He's hiding something. Could it possibly be related to the secret heritage the triplets share?


Review: This book was fantastic! I really enjoyed the first book but this one was like ten times better! First of all, there was twice as much action as the first one! It made the book so much fun to read! There wasn't a moment without monster fighting, trying to save someone, or trying to come up with a plan to save someone. It kept you hooked the entire time! I also really enjoyed the 3 different POVs (I know some people didn't like it but it works for me). I loved knowing what each girl was thinking and planning. I loved getting to see what each of their separate personality's were like as well! We really got to know more of Greer in this book (which was one of my main complaints in Sweet Venom, was that we didn't really get to know much about her). I also was really happy that Grace & Greer (especially Greer) stepped up and really embraced their destiny as descendants of Medusa. I cant believe what Gretchen did about halfway through the book (I can't say or it would spoil it too much but OMG!)! My heart was pounding when she did that! I was so scared for her, but I completely understood why she did it too. I also loved learning more about what exactly being the Key Generation meant. A few more things make sense now that they were explained in this book!

Nick. This guy. I'm not sure how I feel about him after reading this book. I was glad to finally find out why he was so involved in getting closer to Gretchen, and that he was there to protect the girls. But then after what he revealed in the end I'm not sure what I think. I really wanna trust him but I'm not sure I fully can. I hope it turns out we can in the third book! I was also really shocked to find out who exactly Grace's school counselor really is. And I was also surprised to find out the janitor at Greer's school is a monster fighting on the girls side! Didn't see that coming! The thing I want to know though, is what is up with Thane?!?!?! What does he know about Grace's heritage? How does he fit into this?? I'm so confused about how he fits in, but I know he does somehow. I really hope we learn how he fits in in the third book! Tera Lynn Childs, can we please have the third book like asap??? I'm dying to know what happens! 

5 Stars!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

I'm not the biggest fan of this series but its not like I dislike it. I like this cover! Out of all the covers in this series I think I like this one the best. It's really pretty. The Goddess Inheritance's expected publication is April 1, 2013!

Let me know your thoughts on the cover in the comments!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [#53]

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

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Expected Publication: March 19, 2013

In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it’s too late. As Jem’s health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves—even if it means never seeing the other one again?

Seroiusly. Do I even have to explain why I'm excited for this?!?! I am in love with this series!!! I think I love this one just a little bit more than The Mortal Instruments! Quick question: Whose on Team Will and whose on Team Jem??? I must know! Lol. I'm seriously going nuts waiting for this!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Releases August 28-September 3

Enshadowed (Nevermore #2)
Author: Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum
Publication Date: August 28, 2012

True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.

But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.

When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

The Iron Legends (#1.5, 3.5, 4.5)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series. Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery. 

Winter's Passage

Never make a promise to a faery. They always come to collect. Now Meghan Chase must fulfill her promise to Prince Ash of the Winter Court and embark upon a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory—while being pursued by a relentless new foe and guarding her own foolish heart.

Summer's Crossing

What can turn enemies into reluctant allies? A call from the Exile Queen, Leanansidhe, ties legendary prankster Puck to his archenemy, Prince Ash, on a journey that may end in betrayal and will set them both on an irreversible path.

Iron's Prophecy

Before she ever knew what she might become, Iron Queen Meghan Chase was warned by the oracle that her firstborn child would bring nothing but grief. And even as Meghan and Ash celebrate their long-awaited union, the prophecy stirs.…

Three Iron Fey novellas for the first time in print!


Foretold:14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction
Author: Various Authors
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Richelle Mead, Lisa McMann, Michael Grant, Meg Cabot, Laini Taylor, and nine more of the hottest YA authors to hit the shelves explore the concepts of prophecy and prediction in this story collection edited by NYT bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan.

Have you ever been tempted to look into the future? To challenge predictions? To question fate? It's human nature to wonder about life's twists and turns. But is the future already written—or do you have the power to alter it?

From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life's unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction's brightest stars.

This collection includes works from:
Malinda Lo (Ash)
Lisa McMann (Wake)
Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures)
Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures)
Laini Taylor (The Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Michael Grant (Gone)
Saundra Mitchell (The Vespertine)
Richelle Mead (the Vampire Academy)
Matt de la Pena (I Will Save You)
Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries)
Heather Brewer (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)
Diana Peterfreund (Rampant)
Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry)
Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth)


Defiance (Defiance #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.


Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books
Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.


Other New Releases This Week:
Embers & Echoes (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight (8/28/12) [Simon & Schuster]
The Blood Keeper (Blood Journals #2) by Tessa Gratton (8/28/12) [Random House]
Starling (Starling #1) by Lesley Livingston (8/28/12) [Harper Teen]
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (8/28/12) [Simon Pulse]
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna (8/28/12) [Harper Collins]
Don't Turn Around (PERSEFoNE #1) by Michelle Gagnon (8/28/12) [Harper Collins]
Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer (8/28/12) [K-Teen]
The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer (8/28/12) [Egmont USA]
Speechless by Hannah Harrington (8/28/12) [Harlequin Teen]
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh (8/28/12) [Simon Pulse]
Vanquished (Crusade #3) by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (8/28/12) [Simon Pulse]
Erasing Time by C.J. Hill (8/28/12) [Katherine Tegen] 
The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand (8/28/12) [Simon & Schuster]
Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise Rozett (8/28/12) [Harlequin Teen]
Inbetween (Kissed By Death #1) by Tara Fuller (8/28/12) [Entangled Teen]
The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (8/28/12) [Knopf Books]
UnWholly (Unwind #2) by Neal Shusterman (8/28/12) [Simon & Schuster]

Monday, August 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#54]

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 scream filled Cinder's ears."

2. "She flinched, the sound peaking in her audio interface, and turned toward it."

pg. 15 of "Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)" by Marissa Meyer

Review: The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

The Espressologist
Author: Kristina Springer
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 4, 2011 (Paperback)
Pages: 208
Source: Paperback/Library

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right? With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.

Review: This was such a cute little contemporary! It was such a short, fast and fun read! I never would have come up with an idea like matching people based on their coffee drinks. It was so creative and just really fun to read about. The first thing I liked was how each type of drink had their own little blurb in Jane's book about what the people who like to order it are like. It was so interesting, especially since there was so many different drinks and just as many different blurbs about those types of people. It was so cool. I personally would never be able to think of blurbs like those. And this whole Espressologist promotion they did at her coffee shop. While it might have been really stressful, it also sounded pretty fun, and a awesome fun way to boost sales during the holidays. What surprised me though was that most of these Espressology matches worked out. Though you could see right from the beginning that Cam and Em's wasn't gonna work. It was totally obvious how Cam was really into Jane and that he only took Em out to make Jane happy. I was really happy that Cam and Jane got together in the end since it was painfully obvious how much they liked each other. What was really cool though, was at the end of the book there was recipes for some of the coffee drinks mentioned! 

I do feel like there could have been more to the story, like outside the coffee shop. And I do feel like the characters could have been developed more. But overall, for the short length of this book, it was a great fun and fast read! Definitely worth the small amount of time it takes to to read it!

Fair warning! This book will really have you craving coffee by the end of it!


4 Stars!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Stacking The Shelves [#17]

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 look really unenthusiastic and not caring in the video... I'm having a really rough day so it's really hard for me to even force a smile right now.*

Library:
Borrowed From A Friend (Not In Video):
NetGalley:
Thanks NetGalley & Macmillian!
Weekly Recap:
Reviews:

Memes & Other Posts:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Fins Are Forever (Fins #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Pages: 262
Source: Hardcover/Library

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?


Review: This is a fantastic sequel to Forgive My Fins! This book got down to business. It wasn't all magic and fairy tales like the first book. Lily really starts to question whether her choice to give up her crown on her 18th birthday is the right one. Her relationship with Quince definitely comes out of the honeymoon phase. Her cousin Dosinia shows up causing havoc on Lily's already stressful life. And Brody! Brody & Doe! What?!?!?! Then Tellin shows up offering Lily the chance to keep her kingdom and Quince. Man. This book was like a roller coaster for Lily! I felt so bad for her. I think a lot of us know its already pretty stressful trying to prepare for college all by itself. But then having to deal with your mermaid kingdom, your unruly cousin and all the chaos she brings into your life. I cant imagine it! Quince was such a great guy about everything though for the most part. He helped Lily through so much and even though he kinda went overboard near the end when he blew up on Lily for the secret about losing her kingdom, he still decided that being there for her and being with her was more important than losing her over a stupid fight. :) Yay!! I love Lily & Quince! 

Oh My God! Freaking Doe! I seriously could not believe her! First she shows up and makes a huge mess of Lily's already hectic life, but then she goes and bonds with Brody!! What!?!?! I'll admit it. It wasn't a bad thing in the end that she did, since she's still with him and it actually taught her to love someone. But I was steaming in the beginning when she did that. But seriously. Doe and Brody!?! I was a little shocked at first on that one. But they ended up being good for each other. Now. Tellin. I felt like all he was doing was putting pressure on Lily to bond with him just to save his kingdom. I mean he wouldn't give up. I mean in the end, Lily did bond with him to help him save his kingdom but I really wish he wouldn't have been so dang pushy about it! 

With all that was set up in this book I can't wait to read the conclusion of this series Just For Fins!

5 Stars! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday [#52]

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

Override (Glitch #2)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Expected Publication: February 19, 2013

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.


I really loved Glitch! I seriously can't wait to find out what happens next since Zoe escaped! And I also can't wait to see what happens with the Resistance as well! Can February please hurry up?

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Releases August 21-August 27

The Rise Of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others--including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York--but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.
But they'll have to fight us first.


Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous
Author: Kathryn Williams
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America's finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame.

Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering--fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance.

Smashed
Author: Lisa Luedeke
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

A field hockey star grapples with addiction in this riveting debut that will appeal to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

Stay out of trouble for one more year, and Katie Martin can leave her small town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey star on the fast track to a college scholarship, but her relationship with alcohol has always been a little questionable. Then trouble finds her. Alec is the most popular guy in school, and also the biggest bully—with his sights set firmly on Katie. When Alec turns on the charm, Katie thinks she must have been wrong about him.

Except that she wasn’t. On a rain-soaked, alcohol-drenched night, one impulsive decision leaves Katie indebted to Alec in the worst possible way. This debut novel is a fast-paced and compelling story of addiction, heartbreak, and redemption.


The Raft
Author: S.A. Bodeen
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Robie is an experienced traveller. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankstein #2)
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Devotion turns deadly in this second Gothic thriller from Kenneth Oppel.When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again—just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother’s betrothed.

     If only these things were not so tempting.

     When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor’s twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.


Heaven (Halo #3)
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet.

Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?

The Sweetest Spell
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.


Other New Releases This Week:
Over You by Emma McLaughlin (8/21/12) [Harper Teen]
Life Happen Next by Terry Trueman (8/21/12) [Harper Teen] 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [#53]

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. "I think I killed a girl who looked like this once. Yeah. Her name was Emily Danagger."

2. "She'd been murdered in her early teens, by a contractor working on her parents' house. Her body was stuffed into the attic wall and plastered over."

pg. 9 of "Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)" by Kendare Blake

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books I've Read During The Lifespan of My Blog

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:
Top Ten Books Favorite Books I've Read During The Lifespan of My Blog

1. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - This is seriously one of my fave book EVER! It was my first ever Alien book and I just fell in love with it!

2. Dearly, Departed (Gone With The Respiration #1) by Lia Habel - My first ever Zombie book and I just fell in love with this! I could get enough of it!

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - This book really gave me a push into reading a bunch of contemporaries! But its still my fave contemp ever so far.

4. Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2) by Tera Lynn Childs - I just finished this and it is one of the bet sequels I've read so far! It is fantastic!

5. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth - This was also one of my fave sequels! It was even better than the first and I still, months later can't get enough of it!

6. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi - This has been my favorite debut of all time so far! It is unique, interesting and just a fantastic read! Like seriously, almost everyone I know whose read this has it on their fave lists as well! If you haven't read it you need to!!!

7. Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry - This is seriously the best real-life issue contemporary book I've read! If you haven't read it go get a copy RIGHT NOW because it is that good!

8. Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready - This was seriously the perfect ending for this book for me! I could read this over and over without getting tired of it!

9. Forgive My Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs - First ever Mermaid book and I couldnt get enough of it! It had just the right amount of everything I think which made it great!

10.  Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent - This book... Man. I seriously loved loved loved loved loved this book! So many twists and turns and OMG! It was seriously just freaking fantastic!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review: Once by Anna Carey

Once (Eve #2)
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Pages: 368
Source: Hardcover/Library

When you're being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.


Review: This is a fantastic sequel to Eve! I felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions at times with this book! It was like I was happy, then scared, then pissed, then a little happy, then more pissed etc. I was so happy at the beginning when Arden found her way to Califia. And I was even more excited when they decided to leave Califia after what they heard the leader planning. I was quickly disappointed though with how easily they got captured and then sent Arden back to the school and sent Eve to the City of Sand. I really thought there would have been more a fight to get away from the troops. I was shocked when we found out though that the King was actually Eve's father! I totally wasn't expecting that! It definitely made the book interesting, though much harder for Eve. I felt like everyone in the City of Sand was brainwashed. They had no idea what went on outside the walls for real, though when people actually come into the city and tell them from experience, they dont believe it. It annoyed me to death. Everyone knows in someway in these books the government lies to you but everyone is to brainwashed to see it! 

Caleb. Man, this guy couldn't get a break at all in this book! First he's still got his infected, cut up leg he had at the end of Eve. Then at that, the soldiers used him to trick Eve into being caught by coming to find him. And that was only the beginning. Then he had to hide in the City of Sand because if he was caught out in the open there he would have been arrested. Which I thought was BS! Eve admitted to being the one who shot the soldiers yet just because she is the Kings daughter she gets a free pass and Caleb gets blamed for it! WHAT!?! How is that even fair? And then how he gets shot in the end! I was seriously upset with how bad Caleb was treated in this book! It was harshing my mellow because I really liked Caleb! And then this Charles guy... Not a fan! Especially Eve being forced into marrying him because "That's what the people expect." Ehhh. No. I'm really not a fan of how this book ended except for one thing. We found out one of the Kings men isn't exactly who the King thinks he is. Despite not liking the ending, it definitely left you wanting the next book! 

5 Stars!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Stacking The Shelves [#16]

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

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Follow Friday [#47]

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. :)

*Just a note, if you choose to follow me I'd prefer you follow through GFC and/or Email. Thanks!*

Q. What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesnt have to be a book blog. 

A few different bloggers inspire me! The first one being Rachel @ Parajunkee's View! I love her Book Blogging 101 posts and they are just so helpful especially for me. Also, Bailey @ IB Book Blogging really inspires me as well! She writes really great reviews and shes just such a nice person!!! There are definitely a bunch of other bloggers I'd love to mention but that would seriously take all day! Lol. And it would make this post really long! Lol. Just know that a lot of you out there inspire me! :)

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

Q. Pimp Your Review: Feature a favorite book review you've written in the past that you feel deserves more love! 

 Ok, so this review I actually wrote this week but it still hasnt got any comments and its totally comment worthy! My review of Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout!!

Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock (Hemlock #1)
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 416
Source: ARC from Publisher

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends.

Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome--also known as the werewolf virus--is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boy-friend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spell-binding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.


Review: I honestly had no expectations going into this book! I wasn't even sure I wanted to read this book to be honest. I won an entire box of ARC's from the publisher so I mostly gave away the extras to other Bloggers, but I did give one to one of my besties (who doesn't blog, but does read a lot like I do). She then read it and told me that she liked it so that gave me the kick to read it, and I'm glad I did! Because I really enjoyed it! I was immediately pulled into Hemlock and it didn't let me go! The whole thing with the Trackers showing up and the info that came into the light earl regarding Amy's case was really interesting! That definitely had me hooked the most! After finding out those simple things that made a world of difference in Amy's case I was intrigued to find out if it really was a random wolf attack or something more! Mac definitely wouldn't give up until she knew the truth about Amy's death and that really inspired me! She had doubts after reading the police report and she vowed to find out the actual truth and not let Amy's case get swept under the "Wolf Attack" rug if it wasn't meant to be there. Mac was just so admirable! First of all, she took on investigating Amy's murder! Second, she was determined to help her other two friends with each of their problems as well! And helping Kyle and Jason was no easy task at many times either. 

Right from the beginning of the book I thought the werewolf problem was blown out of hand! My instincts just told me that there was something wrong with the picture painted about them after Amy's murder. Kyle... I liked him from the beginning! I liked him even more when he revealed what he was to Mac! That piece of information brought them closer, which led them to explore their feelings for each other. I liked that, because they really did have feelings for each other and they needed a push to realize it! I loved seeing Mac and Kyle together, like together together, or even just hanging out or investigating! Those two are just great together no matter what they were doing! Jason... I wasn't the biggest fan of his, mostly because of him wanting to join the Trackers. I mean I get it, his girlfriend was murdered by a werewolf. It didn't mean he had to go off joining the biggest Anti-Wolf group around! He defended the Trackers like they never did anything wrong, but was to blind even when others were starting to see it that they were in the wrong and doing bad things until they actually took someone he cared about. Its like he was so wrapped up in the Tracker life and getting revenge that he couldn't see the truth and someone he cared about had to be put in danger just for him to snap out of it. I mean, I opened up a little to him at the very end for what him and Mac were about to do, but throughout the book before that I didn't really like him much, even with the revelation he gave to Mac. I was however extremely pleased with what happened to the Trackers! They had it coming for what they did!

5 Stars!

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