Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween

 
Hope everyone has a spooky and safe Halloween!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I love the whole spooky themes, the scary movies and of course the candy.  Candy corn is my favorite.  

*My favorite Halloween memory*
 One Halloween while trick or treating I went to my grandparents neighbors house.  My friends and I are standing on the porch step, the wife was passing out candy and her husband comes out of the bushes dressed as this scary jungle person.  We all screamed and jumped off the porch steps and ran down the street.  It wasn't funny when it happened (I was just a kid) but now that I'm an adult I think back and laugh about it every Halloween. 

What is your favorite Halloween memory?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review: Silence (Hush Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Silence (Hush, Hush, #3) 
Book: Silence (Hush Hush #3)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Hardcover - Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:
Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

My Review:
I loved Silence, but I just love all the books so far in this series. Every book has been awesome. I enjoyed this one a little more than Crescendo though.

Nora wakes up in the cemetery having no idea why she is there and can't remember the past five months. Everyone around her tries to keep her from remembering. When she asks questions they leave out major events and people that have happened in the last five months. Things have really changed in Nora's life. Besides having amnesia, her mom is dating Hank, Marcie Miller's dad, her best friend Vee lies to her and Marcie is being nice to her, even nominates her homecoming queen.

Jev aka Patch, oh I LOVE Patch! I can't seem to get enough of him in any of these books. He is the same mysterious gorgeous guy that we first met back in Hush Hush. I love his cocky attitude and the edge to him.

Nora runs into Patch one night while in the middle of a bad situation, she has no idea who he is. He helps her out and continues to keep her safe but doesn't reveal who he really is for a good part of the book. As Nora gets her memory back she will discover who she is and who is really on her side.

I was a bit frustrated with Nora's amnesia but I liked how it progressed with the story. Once Nora remembers everything I really got into it. I'm still a bit confused about all the different angels but loved it anyway. I still don't like Marcie or Hank but at the same time I felt bad for Marcie at times.

There is a lot of action, twists to the plot and romance of course. The Hush Hush series is one of my favorites and I'm excited to read Finale to see how it all ends. 

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Purchase the book: Amazon  Book Depostitory  

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) 

Book: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Hardcover - Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

My Review:
The Golden Lily is a great sequel to Bloodlines. I think I liked this one even more than Bloodlines. I'm a fan of the Vampire Academy series and I'm loving this spinoff.

The story picks up not long after Bloodlines ended. Sydney is realizing that everything in her world is not what she thought. The people she is there to protect are becoming close friends and are making her see things differently. She has been taught her whole life that the Moroi are evil. Now she's not so sure. There are a lot of interesting things that happen and some plot twists that will shock you. You won't want to put this down.

Adrian...what can I say, he just keeps getting more and more interesting as the story goes on. I just love him, his personality and the way he is around Sydney. I really liked how their relationship progressed throughout the book. They became really close and out of everyone, Sydney is the one who understands him the most. She puts her new boyfriend aside so many times to be their for Adrian and her friends. I was happy about this though because I didn't like her new boyfriend. He was so put together and just plain boring to me. Sydney needs some fun in her life and he was no fun at all. Then there is Angeline, oh my, she is a piece of work. I kinda liked her more though, there is just something about her, she's funny, passionate and likes to break the rules and kick butt. She is becoming a favorite of mine in this series.

Mead brings back some people from the Vampire Academy series again. Great choice, they fit in well with where this plot went. I was a bit shocked to find out a major twist about a person we first met in Bloodlines. I'm not going to say anymore on this, you'll have to read to find out. Overall I loved it and can't wait to see what happens next. 

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Purchase the book: Amazon  Book Depository 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

In My Mailbox


 Mark of the Princess (The Kingdom Chronicles, #1)


 In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren

This past week I won:

Mark of the Princess (The Kingdom Chronicles) by B.C. Morin
 
*Thanks to Word to Dreams & B.C. Morin*


What did you get this week?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review: If I Die Young by Talia Jager

If I Die Young by Talia Jager 

Book: If I Die Young
Author: Talia Jager
Publisher:  Talia Jager
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
When Caelyn Noel was diagnosed with asthma five years ago, it put a damper on things. Now, she’s sixteen and things are finally going her way. She has loving parents, the best friend ever, and the boy she has had a crush on since elementary school has finally noticed her. Then, she collapses in school one day. To her horror, she finds out her heart is failing and she must have a heart transplant to live. Caelyn struggles with her fear of dying and worries of having someone else’s heart.

My Review:
If I Die Young is such a heartwarming story. The writing makes it feel so realist. There is a nice mixture of drama, friendship and romance.

Caelyn is a typical teenager who has asthma. One day at school she gets shortness of breath and collapses. She comes to find out that she has heart failure. As the story progresses Caelyn is told that she will need a heart transplant and soon to survive. The first half of the book is very sad and just breaks your heart reading it. I can't imagine having a loved one dealing with something like this. Caelyn and her best friend Lindsy's relationship was so strong. Lindsy was there for Caelyn throughout her entire ordeal.

The book is written from Caelyn' point of view. You really get to see and feel her struggles and will to survive. I really enjoyed the second half of the book. Austin comes into the picture and brings joy and happiness into Caelyn's life. I liked Austin but didn't agree with some of the things that he did. I did come to realize why he felt the way he did. There is a twist towards the end of the book that I didn't see coming until it was almost revealed.

Overall I enjoyed reading this. This is not a genre that I normally read but there is just something about Jager's writing that I enjoy. You get drawn into the story right from the beginning and you don't want to put it down.

This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Purchase the book: Smashwords  Amazon 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• 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!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
 
My Teasers:


The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, #3)Not two heartbeats like every other werewolf I knew.  I still didn't know what that meant.


pg. 15 ~ The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine #3) by Bree Despain 








What Once Was One"There are too many creatures, and we'll have to get too close to them.  It's why I've never been to the city or deep into the Wastelands."

2% on Kindle ~ What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire #2) by Marc Johnson

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

 
Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! 

Last week I read:

If I Die Young


 Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)


This week I'm reading:

 What Once Was One


The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, #3)


Next I'm going to read: 

 The Book of Lost Souls (Ivy MacTavish, #1)


What are you reading?


Friday, October 19, 2012

Feature & Follow



Q: When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?

 

 A: Well I don't step out of my usual genre very much but when I do I read young adult drama or young adult contemporary.  It's been so long since I've read a contemporary I don't remember what it was I read.  However I have recently read a drama that I enjoyed. 

 

Damaged: Natalie's Story by Talia Jager

 

* You can read my review here *

Damaged: Natalie's Story



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: The Spell Master (Journey into the Realm #2) by Markelle Grabo

The Spell Master by Markelle Grabo 

Book: The Spell Master (Journey into the Realm #2)
Author: Markelle Grabo
Publisher: Booklocker.com
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Paperback Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
After discovering her true heritage and rescuing her sister, Ramsey Wilder is finally adjusting to life in the Elf Realm. She still has a lot to learn though, especially about her new power, which makes her start in ability school extremely convenient. But even as she immerses herself in school life, the secret she has yet to learn continues to linger in the back of her mind, as well as thoughts of Finn and his dangerous promise to return. And with Stellan away at war and Zora acting strange, Ramsey has no one to turn to but Nathan, an elf from school with much more to him than spells and a sarcastic sense of humor – one that Ramsey can't help but gravitate toward. And as danger reenters Ramsey's life, the terror and mystery only brings them closer together, threatening her future with Stellan and jeopardizing her relationship with her sister.

Ramsey can't lie to herself forever about what – and who – she truly desires, but is she ready for more changes to be a part of her already uncertain future? In this thrilling second installment, the key to Ramsey's secret may very well also unlock the secrets to her heart.

My Review:
The Spell Master is a great follow up to Journey into the Realm. It is a fun, adventurous fantasy that you won't want to put down.

Ramsey is excited to start school in the elf realm but a little sad because her boyfriend Stellan is off fighting in the war. She desperately wants to find out her secret but her sister Zora refuses to tell her. Ramsey finds that school in the elf realm is so much more fun and interesting than in the human realm. She makes new friends the first day, including one of which will betray her and one who will love her.

Ramsey meets Nathan, an elf she has met before and recognizes by his eyes. If you have read the first book you will know what I'm talking about. Ramsey and Nathan become friends and become very close over time. Once she learns that he is a spell master, together they discover her secret. This is only the beginning, together they will have to fight for their love, friendship and stay alive at the same time.

I thought the first book was amazing but this one blew it away. I fell in love with Nathan right along with Ramsey. He is such a great elf, always there for her and never judges her. I loved how they knew from the start that there was a connection between them but took their relationship slow. The author brings the emotions of the characters to life. I felt how torn Ramsey was between Stellan and Nathan and how she felt towards Zora. I was happy when Zora went to Talore for awhile, she treated Ramsey like she was a mother instead of a sister. Ellie, I enjoyed her character but kept thinking there is something off about her. I was happy to see some of my favorites from the first book pop up in this one. I don't want to give away any real details and spoil it for someone. This is such a fun read with lots of twists and turns, clean romance and a shocking cliffhanger ending. I couldn't put it down. I recommend this if you are a YA fantasy fan. I hope Markelle gets book three done quickly, I can't get enough of this series!

This book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Purchase the book: Amazon  Book Depository  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• 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!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



My Teasers:

If I Die YoungWhat is the purpose of being her for such a short time that I didn't get to accomplish anything? It didn't make sense.

44% on Kindle ~ If I Die Young by Talia Jager  









Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)His black hair curled around his ears, damp from a recent shower.  Sun-bronzed skin, smooth and tight, stretched over a long, lean body that towered at least six inches over me.

pg. 55 ~ Silence (Hush Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick


Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?









 

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! 


Last week I read: 

The Spell Master (Journey into the Realm, #2)

 This week I'm reading: 

If I Die Young 

I'm also reading: 


Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)


Next I'm going to read: 



 What Once Was One


What are you reading?

Friday, October 12, 2012

FICTION FROLIC Blog Tour



Help Raise 1,000 books for charity and enter to win $200, signed books and swag!

We are excited to share about an ambitious blog tour—Fiction Frolic for All Hallow's Read—where ten authors from several genres are working hard to raise 1,000 books in three weeks for Books for America.

From October 1st to 19th, donate a new book (or books!) and earn extra bonus points in a huge giveaway that these authors are hosting.

Two winners will each receive the following PRIZES!

$100 Amazon G.C.
5 signed books from the authors hosting the event
A swag bag
Plus—in honor of All Hallow's read, gift a signed copy of one of our books to a friend!

With a total of $200, 12 signed books (including the gifted books) and major swag, what better way is there to raise books for charity and celebrate All Hallow's Read?

Each author participating is also donating signed copies of their books to Books for America, an awesome charity that is officially sponsoring their event and excited to be involved with All Hallow's Read. In 2011, Books for America donated more than $800,000 worth of books and materials to DC area schools, shelters and dozens of other educational programs and organizations.

The authors are blogging throughout the event at The Fiction Frolic Blog.
  • 10/1-5 Read about how books shaped their love for reading and writing.
  • 10/8-12 Read their scariest, funniest or craziest Halloween experiences, or learn about their favorite Halloween themed book or movie, or favorite work of "dark" literature.
  • 10/15-19 Enjoy some flash fiction, short stories and novel excerpts.

So donate, share, and look for daily ways to enter to win. Donate to charity for bonus points!.

This event is sponsored by:
Eleanor T Beaty, author of the YA paranormal Veiled Mist
Brewin' author of the supernatural horror, The Dark Horde
Andy Gavin, author of the fantasy horror, The Darkening Dream
Laxmi Hariharan, author of the YA fantasy, The Destiny of Shaitan
Kimberly Kinrade, author of the YA paranormal thriller/romances, Forbidden Mind & Forbidden Fire
Richard Long, author of the supernatural thriller/horror, The Book of Paul
M.C. Mars, author of the mind-bending novel, Burner
Melissa McPhail, author of epic fantasy Cephrael's Hand
Sheryl Steines, author of She Wulf & Days of First Sun
Pavarti K Tyler., author of the Lit Fic Shadow on the Wall and the erotic horror Consumed by Love



*All prizes are sent by the authors/publishers and sponsors.  All rules and regulations are subject to the sponsors and host of this tour.*



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Thursday, October 11, 2012

In my mailbox




The Whispers of the Sprite


  In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren

This week I downloaded: 

The Whispers of the Sprite (The Whispers #1
by Joanna Mazurkiewicz (e-book free download on Amazon)

What did you get this week?