Saturday, June 30, 2012

In My Mailbox: Shadows Cast By Stars by Catherine Knutsson

   Shadows Cast by Stars
           Catherine Knutsson 
       Dystopian/ YA/ Science Fiction
Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.

Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet—especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe—government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors—and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…

Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.

Quote of the Week (#3)

This is a little something I thought would be fun to do.
I figured I'd take one of my favorite quotes, either from a book I have read or from the book I am currently reading and share it with you guys!! 


Quote of the Week: 

This week I'm taking a quote out of Easy by Tammara Webber. I loved Easy, such a heartwarming read. A book great to read one sunny afternoon.

“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart” 
― Tammara WebberEasy


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Insurgent ( Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Series: Divergent, #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Category: Dystopia /Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

My Review: 

I don't have words to describe how much I loved this book.
It was an amazing second installment of the Divergent books.
I enjoyed it!!
So, so much.

There was so much about this book to love. A strong female lead, great supporting characters, no love-triangle, the guy is major swoon worthy (also a great bonus). It doesn't just focus on the romance, it focuses on the novel, on the story line, the plot and the factions.  We get to see so much more of the world Roth created. The book holds your attention, it has a realistic feel to it and then the ending, AMAZING!!!!
Roth has out done herself with Insurgent. I don't know how she's going to make the next book any better. :)

Another great thing about this book is you also feel the emotions of the characters, you experience everything they experience. It was an amazing ride! It had my toes curling, my heart racing, my stomach in butterflies, my pulse pounding, and my head swimming.
 Don't forget the swooning, either!!!

What I really liked about Insurgent is that the human flaws are pointed out, but that is what makes the characters so strong. That is where they draw their strength.  Tris is not perfect, she doesn't act like it, she knows her flaws, she knows her strength. She never claims to be more than she is. She embraces her flaws. I admire her so much for that. 

I keep saying this but. there was so much I loved about this book!!!
One thing though, Tobias and Tris's love gets tested. (which was bound to happen)
At times I just couldn't take the tension that would build up between them, I mean god, I could feel it leaking off the page! 
I didn't like that, I love both those characters so much! 

June Temple as Tris
       I know most might not see her as Tris, 
but to me she is how I pictured Tris. 
She looks like she has Tris' strength and heart.
Tris is such an fierce  character! I love her for that. I was cheering her on from the first page! Like I mentioned before, she takes her flaws and makes them her strength. She followed her heart, did what she believed was right. No matter what. That's the kind of female characters I like, that I love to read about!

And Tris never, NEVER gives up, that girl fights!
You go Tris, you go girl!!! 

Then Tobias, oh dear lord :) 
Yeah I totally picture Max Iron's as Tobias/Four.
Max Iron as Four/Tobias

Just look at him!!!! 
*Fans myself*
He is a great character. He is so strong and he fights through his fears. And like Tris, I feel he embraces his flaws. He makes them who he is and uses them to grow, to become stronger and to overcome obstacles that stand in his way. Espicially some obstacles that appear in Insurgent. 
Then, when it came to Tris, he never stopped fighting.
(that's when the swooning would take place, sigh)

But let's not forget the other characters, they all had such unique personalities and I loved them all. Roth created amazing people in Insurgent.

Roth also gives us a deeper understand of the factions and what they are or represent. Which can be a bit overwhelming at times, but it got easier to understand :)  I really enjoyed the world created by Roth and the idea, the world or more the people who are considered Divergent. Wow. It had such dept to the plot. It is simple amazing!!
Roth was also able to keep an amazing balance between the action and the romance. Even though the romance was a big factor, it's not the main focus. The story is. 
The action held me, but the love Tobias and Tris have, it kept me engaged.

Then the ending!!! Yeah, that was my reaction..

I just, Gah!!!
I want the next book! I have to have it!!
I keep thinking about this book, the characters, everything, even though It's been a few days since I put it down.
That's how good it is...

I simple loved this book.
Loved Divergent, loved Insergent (love saying those names for some reason)
Cannot wait for the third book!!!

So if you love dystopian books with a world that is very developed and believable, but with a great romance back bone, read the Divergent books.
You won't regret it. :)

Sorry, couldn't help myself so here's another picture
With black on I can just see him as Four!! 
He looks yummy

Wait a minute?? For real?? I don't know about this!! 
So check it out!!


A never-before-seen piece from #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth: a pivotal scene from DIVERGENT told from Four’s point of view.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #2: Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #2) by P.T. Michelle

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

This week I am spotlighting  Lucid by P.T. Michelle, book 2 in the Brightest Kind Of Darkness series.

Once Nara outsmarts Fate at his own deadly game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn all he can about the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back.
During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, she unwittingly draws the attention of some powerful and ruthless adversaries.  Caught up in an age-old battle for dominance, Nara learns that an intangible enemy she can control is far preferable to the human enemies she can’t.

Here's a little teaser
Enjoy :)

"If there’s enough darkness, even light can be completely consumed by it."

There is only about 12 more days till LUCID is out and I am so so so excited!!!
I have been waiting for this book for far too long!
I have to know what is going on with Nara and Ethan,
I am ready to enter into the world P.T. Michelle has created and  to see what new challenges await for Nare and Ethan.
Is fate still after them or do they have a new enemy to worry about?

Can't. Wait!!!!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (#2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of 
Should Be Reading. Anyone can tease others. 

Here’s how: 
  • Step 1: Grab your current read. 
  • Step 2: Open to a random page. 
  • Step 3: Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others. 
  • Step 4: Make sure to share the title and the author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR piles!
And that’s how you make a successful tease (as far as a book goes). 

This Teaser Tuesday comes from What A Boy Needs by Nyrea Dawn

"Her words do something funny to my chest. Make it sort of tight or something, Which makes me feel like an idiot so I ignore it."

*Finds the nearest swivel chair* 
 *laughs like a crazy person*

Liebster Award: I feel overwhelmed

Okay, So I was nominated by Ginger-read Reviews for the Liebster Award. I feel very overwhelmed and giddy :)

What is the Liebster Award??
Well, this award is for bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Awardees get to share 11 facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions written by the person who tagged them, choose 11 more questions, and tag 11 more bloggers to answer those 11 questions.

11 facts about me:

1. I was married at 19.
2. I'm very short, barely 5'1!!!! I hate buying pants 'cause of my height.
3. I love reading YA romance books, A LOT!!!
4. I've been with my husband for 7 years and I believe the way we met was a total book moment!! 
5. I'm literally addicted to Starbucks' mocha's, I always have to get one when I'm near a Starbucks.
6. I really want to be an author and I am always thinking up ideas for books.
7. Any creature that has more than 4 legs freaks me out, majorly.
8. My mom still calls by my childhood nickname, boodle-butt, even though I'm 22..(it makes me feel special, don't judge)
9. I have a favorite blanket, which has spider-man on it. I always cuddle with it when I'm reading. 
10. I love blogging, but I get really nerves doing it, and I'm still very shy about it (even though I absolutely love it) 
11. I'm most likely doing this all wrong.. 

Okay, so now I'm suppose to answer 11 questions by the person who tagged me. So here goes:

11 questions for me:

1. What "paranormal"-being would you choose to be and why?
 Most likely a werewolf, I just find that.. hot.. having a 'beast' side..

2.When did you start blogging?
I've had my blog for maybe half a year now, however it's just now picking up and becoming more like a blog.

3. How do you choose whether or not to read a book? 
Well, I am very picking when it comes to books. I have to read other reviews,the synopsis, and ratings. And the cover really has to speak to me :)

4.Name your favorite bookish couple? and why?
I have so many, but DAEMON AND KATY! DAEMON AND KATY!!! I just simple love them, everything about them!

5. How did you come up with your blog name?
I got the first part 'the ups and downs' from my favorite book, the perks of being a wallflower. and I just consider myself a book, crazed girl ('cause I'd rather read then do anything else) nothing fancy. 

6.Why did you start blogging?
Well, I wanted to for years, but never had the courage. So one day, I was just like 'what the hell,' why not! I love books and I wanna blog, if it sucks, oh well!

7. How many books are in your to-read pile?
oh dear lord, god.... right now I believe it's a bit over 30 books, but I keep adding everyday...

8. Do you usually read mainstream or indie authors?
Both, however, more of an Indie author reader!

9.Name a book that you could have done without reading? And why?
Destiny Binds, I just.. we couldn't.....the book and I just didn't like each other...

10. If you could teleport yourself into any fictional world, where would you go? And why? (totally stealing Ginger-read's answer, 'cause that's exactly what I would of said!) Alegaesia (the Eragon trilogy) 'cause I'd be like a bad-ass elf with an awesome dragon. And could fight with a sword and do some amazing magic :)  

11.If you could be any Character from a book, who would you be and why?
This is HARD!!! I really wanna say Katy Schwartz from Obsidian, for very obvious reasons, *cough*daemon*cough* She's such a strong character, and she does what she believes is right, no matter what. And she doesn't let anyone push her around! She is a strong character through and through, very admirable! 

My 11 questions to answer:

1. What "paranormal"-being would you choose to be and why?
2.When did you start blogging?
3. How do you choose whether or not to read a book? 
4.Name your favorite bookish couple? and why?
5. How did you come up with your blog name?
6.Why did you start blogging?
7. How many books are in your to-read pile?
8. Do you usually rad mainstream or indie authors?
9.Name a book that you could have done without reading? And why?
10. If you could teleport yourself into any fictional world, where would you go? And why? 
11.If you could be any Character from a book, who would you be and why?

The blogs I have  tagged so far:

I wanna thank Ginger-read Reviews for choosing me! It was fun!

Monday, June 25, 2012

In My Mailbox: What A Boy Needs

In my mailbox:

I got this lovely Ebook today!!
I'm super excited to start it, hopefully tonight!!

Nyrea Dawn

 Contains mature themes. Some sexual situations and language.

 A companion novel to WHAT A BOY WANTS.

Jaden Sinclair knows he'll never amount to why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza? 

Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it's his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris. 

Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives...and he knows he can't keep tagging along for the ride.

The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they've been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden's friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn't find out what a train wreck he really is. 

When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he's ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1) by Carrie Ryan

Title:The Forest of Hands and Teeth 
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1
Author: Carrie Ryan
Category: Paranormal/ Horror
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5          

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

My Review:

Okay, how do I start this review..
First off, I found myself doing something I never do, skimming..
Yes, that's how much I loved  this book (sarcasm intended), I skimmed..
Holy hell, I know. 
I just rarely do that, even if I can't truly get into the book, I just don't skim.
It takes a lot for me to do that.
I found it difficulty to even start the book.... I had to kind of force myself to going after the first few pages.  I remember thinking, "I'm not going to like this book."

Then after getting about 20% into it, I started to kind of like it. Well, that all went down the drain in no time. 
This book was sad, and I felt like it only skimmed the surface of emotions; felt and shown by the characters. I didn't even have to read the whole book to get the jest of it. 

The story line, well, it's about an apocalyptic world with the living dead. You heard me, the living dead, I don't usually read books like that, not my cup of joe. When you read the excerpt, I thought the book was going to be a bit different... 
I did feel this book could of been so much more than it was, however, it was only skin deep. In plot, in the actions of the characters and the emotions that were portrayed. The only thing that was noticeable good was that it was a fast paced book, which flowed nicely. But I don't have any other books to compare it with, 'cause I don't read/haven't read books similar to it. So, I can't be an accurate judge. 

Now, for the characters,
Mary, dear dear, emotionally confused Mary. To me, she's a very self-absorbed character, she always seemed a bit sad, too. All in all, I just was very irradiated with this character. The things she did, gawd..
Yeah, I kept saying that with every action/decision she made! Then how she played both Harry and Travis. Girl, get your shit together. Seriously...
Then there are the brothers, Travis and Harry, both pretty decent characters. I just have to question why in the f**k were they in love with Mary????? Why?? Makes no sense. I just couldn't understand. Again. Emotions where only skin deep for the characters. Most of the characters seemed self-absorbed.  Travis, at first I thought he was a pretty good character, *face palm* Harry! again. why.....??? I couldn't stand the whole Mary, Harry, and Travis situation either. Pissed me off some... I mean seriously!!! They just seemed to toy with each other...

Jed, Mary's brother, I wanted to slap him. I didn't agree with his actions at certain parts of the book. He didn't act like a brother, well to me anyways. Let's not forget Cass, a one-dimensional character.
I also didn't like how certain actions were played out by characters. 

Though with all the negative aspects I pointed out, I could understand some actions of the characters.
When someone is confined all there life, never knowing anything other than the world they live in, they will hold a longing for something more. They will let this longing consume them in every way, heart and soul. It will devour their dreams and waking moments. All they can see is that hope, that desire for something much more. It can drive any individual to extremes, especially in dire situations. It can also push others out. It can fuel them and give them strength, however, it can also doom that person. Bring them nothing but loneliness and sadness, bury them in complete misery and eventually crush them.

I think what really made me want to read this book was the title! I love the title! :)

Wow,I just realized all the negativity I portrayed.  
I am just one pessimistic person today... 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth had a decent plot and a good story, I just couldn't get into it.
If you like zombie books, this might be a good book for you to read, however, this one just wasn't for me. The author is a decent writer and she can write a good story. She needs to improve on a few things, however, she can spin a story. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Quote of the Week (#2)

This is a little something I thought would be fun to do.
I figured I'd take one of my favorite quotes, either from a book I have read or from the book I am currently reading and share it with you guys!! 

Quote of the Week: 

This week I'm taking a quote out of Slammed (an amazing book) by Colleen Hoover.
I have so many to choose from, Slammed was full of wonderful quotes.
But this one is one of my absolute favorites.
Hope you like!

"Sometimes life gets in your way. 
it gets all up in your damn way. 
But it doesn't get all up in your damn way
because it wants you to just give up and let it take control. 
Life doesn't get all up in your damn way because it just wants you to hand it allover and be carried along. 

Life wants you to fight it
Learn how to make it your own. 
it wants you to grab and axe and hack through the wood. 
It wants you to get a sledgehammer and break through concrete. 
It wants you to grab a torch and burn through the metal and steel until you can reach through and grab it. 

Life wants you to grab all the organized, the alphabetized, thechronological, the sequenced. It wants you to mix it all together, 
stir it up,
blend it.” 


Simply amazing. And very true.