Friday, August 31, 2012

Quote of the Week #5:





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!! 

Enjoy!!!!!


Quote of the Week: 



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"Okay, fine, maybe I do." Ryan chuckled. But then his face became completely serious. 
"But it's really frustrating that the one girl in school who doesn't need to fight for me won't even get in the ring."
Okay, he did not just make me blush with a lame sports metaphor. 
What is wrong with me?
Sweet-talking jerk.

e-book pg. 189






Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Little Message For All You Wonderful Followers


I would first like to apologize to the few and faithful followers I have, I haven't been around in the last few days... Okay, I haven't been around practically all last week... I have been very busy, and by busy I also mean lazy :) 

I've been visiting family and spending time with my grandparents, who just celebrated their 50th anniversary!! *cue the aw'ing now* 
They even had a little ceremony and re-did their vows!! 

It was so sweet! 
And I was so happy I could be there and witness it.


Paul and Theresa Lirette
50th Anniversary
I didn't have a chance to really check my blog or even read while I was away. Still not a great accuse, I know. However, when I got home Sunday night I ended up sleeping all day Monday... I literally slept over 20 hours, the trip and driving wore me out. 

Okay, so the point of this post, which isn't about my trip or my grandparents, is to inform you, my lovely followers, is that I am currently staying with my mother in Mississippi, due to the fact my husband is a Marine and is deployed. So, I am getting ready for the hurricane. Yup, lovely. 

I am just letting you guys know, if the hurricane actually does end up being bad, which I feel it won't, I might not have electricity for a day or worse, for a few days... I pray that doesn't happen.. On the bright side, if that does happen, I will have plenty of time to read! 

Now, I could of been smart and scheduled some post, however, I am a lazy person, and I have been quite busy.. Ha ha! 

I do have two reviews I have to post, but I just decided I'll wait till after the storm passes so I can keep track of my blog and comments. I love talking to you guys! 

The saddest part about this, if the electricity does go out, I will not be able to stalk my favorite blogs, worse part about this situation! 

I hope you guys miss me.. HA!!!! 

Be safe my fellow book lovers and read!!!

Magen Corrie :)







Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1): by Tara Fuller

Title: Inbetween 
Series: Kissed by Death, #1
Author: Tara Fuller
Category: Romance/ Paranormal
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.


My review:
 Two years ago, Emma should of die in the car crash that killed her father.  She knows she should of died, so she lives each day of her life with caution. Only experiencing life behind the lens of her camera.
Emma tries to go on normally, but something doesn’t want that to happen. Bizarre and peculiar things just seem to happen to Emma. Weird feelings, odd sensations, and bright spots in the pictures she takes. She knows her life is anything but ‘normal’.

Finn isn’t any normal guy, he has spent years doing his job, being a reaper that is. Taking souls to the afterlife isn’t how he likes to spend his time. But then, he saves Emma from a crash she was supposed to die from.
He knows her, and he has loved her for a very long time.
With something out to get Emma, Finn knows he has to protect the girl he has loved, and he will do anything to save her soul. 
Even if it means giving up his own.

‘Rule One as a reaper: Death doesn’t wait for anyone. And it sure as hell wasn’t waiting for me now.’ –pg 18

Now, how to write a review for this book…. Writing reviews for books that I enjoy so much is usually so hard to do, I can’t put into words who much I love a book. But I’ll give it a try.

Inbetween was an amazing paranormal/YA read! What really made this book, were the characters. Each one was amazing in their own way and stood out so much.  I truly loved each one.

Both Finn and Emma are such strong characters and they are both easy to fall in love with and like. I really did admire Emma, though her life isn’t a normal one, she keeps trying to live one day at a time. She also takes everything pretty well, no matter what was thrown at her in the end, she was strong.

Oh, and Finn, yup I love me some reapers :)

 And he was just wow!

You can’t help but like his character. And his devotion to Emma, dear all things holy! Aww!! He made my toes curl! Finn is another fictional guy that you just wish was real, he had his flaws, but his heart was strong.
Fuller, in a way, gives you a story about soul mates. How people can overcome anything to be together. And the fact that Finn and Emma can’t even touch, through most of the story, will have your heart literally hurting and your stomach in butterflies.



While the main characters where amazing, so were the supporting characters. Cash is most likely my favorite character, he was brilliantly created and had me laughing so much with his attitude and his T-shirts. And let's not forget about wonderful Easton *wiggles eyebrows*

One thing I have come to realize is that I love it when author switch POVs between the two main characters. I have been reading quite a few books that do that. And boy, do I love it. You are able to get inside not just one, but both character's heads. It is such a nice experience!! At times it can be quite frustrating, but overall it gives the readers depth into the characters and the reasons behind their actions.

Another thing I found remarkable about Inbetween, was the story itself. It wasn’t a unique story, reapers and such. But the author gives it such a unique spin it felt very original. Fuller added her own little elements and twist for the story it had me gasping and wanting more. I couldn’t put this book down one I started it.

‘I would have given anything to have one more moment with her. To let her know I was there. That I’d always  be there. But instead, I gave in to the wind. As usual, I belong to death.’ –pg 43

Not only was the plot amazing, it moved so well. And you can see not only the growth of the main characters, but growth of all the characters.  
I was captured by the story, everything played out so nicely. From beginning to end you experience what the characters experience. You fall in love with them.

Let’s not forget how Fuller ended Inbetween, it was just fan-freakin’-tastic!! And I don’t want it to end, I want more!!!













I was able to feel the emotions of each characters, from the heart ache to the love. It was a wonderful journey.

Inbetween is a must read, in my opinion, especially if you love a book that tests the strength of love and what one will do for love. It was a delightful read, one I will always enjoy going back and experiencing. I also can’t wait to read Cash’s story!

“Oh my God, Finn!” I grabbed him, not understanding, not thinking, only moving. –pg. 305





Teaser Tuesday (#11) Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram


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). 



So this week I'm giving you guys a teaser from Being Jamie Baker, my current read, by Kelly Oram.

Enjoy!




Ryan grinned really big. I hate it when he does that. It's not fair! He was being too cute, and I was eating it up. I couldnt stop myself from humoring him. 

-pg281 e-book 


I would have been concerned that his mom noticed, except I was too busy willing myself to develop Superman's nifty heat vision so I could blow up Ryan's big fat head.

 -pg 379 e-book









Share your TT!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quote of the Week #4




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!! 

Enjoy!!!!!




Quote of the Week: 






This week I'm taking a quote out of Onyx (Lux, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. A series you have to start!
I adore  this book!
*coughdaemoncough*






                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                 
"Say it."

"Say what?" I asked. 

"Tell me what you told me earlier."

My heart leaped into my throat. I'd told him a lot of things, but I knew what he wanted to hear. 
"I love you."

 "That's all I ever need to hear."

"Those three words?"

"Always those three words.” 
 -pg 287




"I think I might love you." 

Air punched out of my lungs.
I held her tight, and I knew right then I would burn down the whole universe for her if I had to. I would do anything to keep her safe. Kill. Heal. Die. Anything. Because she was my everything.

And I wanted to tell her so, but I didn't want to tempt the universe. Bad things happened to the people I loved.I kissed her cheek. 

"Told you."

Kat stared at me.

I chuckled, and although it didn't seem possible, I moved closer. 

"My bet-I won. I told you that you'd tell me you love me on New Year's Day."

Looping her arms around my neck, she shook her head. "No. You lost."
I frowned. "How'd do you figure?"

"Look at the time." She tipped her chin toward the clock on the wall. "It's past midnight. It's January second. You lost."

For sevel moments I stared at the clock, wishing it into a black hole, but then my gaze found hers and I smiled-really smiled. 
"No. I didn't lose. I still won." -pg 321-322




About the Author:


  Author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is the author of the COVENANT Series (Spencer Hill Press), the LUX Series (Entangled Publishing), and the upcoming YA contemporary mystery/thrillers DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion Spring 2014) and yet untitled book (Disney/Hyperion tentative Fall 2014).

Find Jennifer L. Armentrout Online: Blog | Official Website | Twitter 




Saturday, August 25, 2012

Why do I love to read?


“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 



      Why do I love reading? Why are books a big part of my life? That question gets a really long answer, to tell you the truth. I know that my love of books started at a very young age, very young actually. And it was all thanks to my mom.

You see, I was tested for ADD when I was about six or seven years of age. This worried my mother, I was already struggling in my reading class, and she didn’t want me to have problems like she did in school. So, she set out with a goal, for me to not have to struggle, to make sure I would have a love for learning, a love for school and a love for books.

As I am now twenty-two years old, I can say without a doubt that I do have a love for learning, a love for school and of course an extreme love for books and reading. I believe it borders on the line of obsession :) 

Now, let’s go back to the beginning. As I said, my mom didn’t want me to struggle in school, especially when it came to reading. And she had a plan.

Parents usually rewards their children when they do good in school, make good grades on test, even better grades on their progress reports. And that’s what my mom did, but instead of taking me out to eat ice-cream or buying me a new toy, my mom took me to Books-a-Million. Yes, she took me to a book store when I did well on a test, and made good grades on my progress reports. I loved this, even as a small child!  

She would even reward me with money, so later I could go buy a book. And at the tender age of seven or eight I had saved well over fifty bucks, just so I could go buy books. This totally took my mom by surprise.  

Not only did she reward me with books, she also read to me almost every night. I can even remember some of the books she read to me. 

I remember on my twelfth birthday, I didn’t want much, just a library card. That’s all I wanted, and when my mom took me to get one, dear Jesus, I was beyond happy, jumping for joy and in the most euphoric mood ever! I was also later giving a dictionary and a thesaurus… yeah, that made my day! Nerd alert! :)

When I was thinking about writing this post, I started thinking back to those times in Elementary school, Middle school and High school, and I saw a pattern. I realized I have befriended every school librarian since I was in elementary. I got so close to them, throughout my school days, I was able to check books in and out for students! Yes, I did that. I knew each librarian personally and I can still remember each one’s names to this day.

I also even remember that in Middle school and High school I didn’t go to lunch that often. Mostly in Middle school, I headed to the library. Yes, I eat my lunch with my librarian. I would put books away, check books in and out and chat with others in the library till it was time to head back to class.

Now, as I got to be in the 11th and 12th grade, my reading started slowing down. Mostly from school, friends and boyfriends taking up most of my time, I hung out less in the library like I used to. However, my love of books never faded. I kept reading and eventually started writing little stories and poems here and there.  I remember in 11th grade we had to write a story for my English class, and well, a few days later the English teach, Mrs. Williams, walked in. She started the day off by talking about the stories we had written for her. Then she looked straight at me and said,  “Magen, you’re story, by far, is the best I have read out of all of my other English classes. You did an amazing job!”

I was elated! I remember trying my best to suppress my smile. I remember my friend, Lauren, turning around looking at me and laughing, saying, “She reads all the frikin’ time! Now she’s going to let this go straight to her head!” I died laughing, stating she was corrected.

To this day, I always carry a book with me, or now my nook. I usually never leave the house without one or the other. You will also find books hidden throughout my home, in every corner in my room, even under my bed. Stacked in corners, on my nightstand, lying around, here and there.

I would spend every moment I could in a book, and this is all thanks to my mom. She gave me something I could not thank her enough for. Something that is so precious and so amazing. The love of books and reading I have started with her and I believe she gave me the best gift there is, the love of reading.



“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” 
 Jorge Luis Borges



Now, why do I love reading??

It’s because with the magic of books, I can be whoever I want, do whatever I want and I can escape in such a magical way. Books enchant me, capture me and there is nothing better than that. I love the smell of books, the feel of the pages between my fingers, the weight of them in my hands. When I hold a book, my heart speeds up, so much joy and happiness beat through my body and I’m on cloud nine. I can’t wait to start reading the book that I hold in my hands. 

It’s so hard to express the simple euphoric joy I get from books. I get to ride dragons, fight evil, learn magic, fall in love with the bad boys, the heroes, and the underdogs. I have had special, unique powers, I learned how to wield swords, and lived with elves. I have saved the world, or just been an ordinary girl trying to survive high school, I have also experienced weird paranormal events. I have been to lands far and wide, I have survived disastrous events, even the apocalypse. I have swam with mermaids, I have learned to fight and toppled evil organizations.  I fell in love with an alien, met a reaper, come back from the dead, challenge fate, and meet werewolves and vampires.

I have lived a thousand lives, experienced things those who don’t read, never would imagine. I get to lose myself, go somewhere far away and be so immensely absorb in that other world that I am able to forget about my own life. And, to me, that is the greatest experience, the most wonderful thing in the world. Nothing can ever compare to that.





Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekly Recap


Weekly Recap






Books I bought this week:








Recent Reviews:




Upcoming Reviews:







And a huge Thank You to Teresa at Readers Live A Thousand Lives for letting me 
borrow this amazing book, which I received at the end of last week!!! A great read!



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Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Wide Awake by Shelly Crane



Wide Awake
A stand alone contemporary novel





A girl.
                   A coma.
                             A life she can't remember.
          When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.
          Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

Expected Publication : Early 2013
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A little teaser excerpt




One

               Someone was speaking. No, he was yelling. It sounded angry, but my body refused to cooperate with my commands to open my eyes and be nosy. I tried to move my arms and again, there was no help from my limbs. It didn't strike me as odd until then.
          I heard, "All I'm saying is that you need to be on time from now on." Then a slammed door startled me. I felt my lungs suck in breath that burned and hissed unlike anything I'd ever felt before. It was as if my lungs no longer performed that function and were protesting.
          Then I heard a noise, a gaspy sound, and my cheek was touched by warm fingers. "Emma?" I tried to pry my eyes and felt the glue that seemed to hold them hostage begin to let go. "Emma?"
          Who was Emma? I felt the first sliver of light and tried to lift my arm to shield myself, but it wouldn't budge. Whoever was in the room with me must've seen me squint, because the light was doused almost immediately to a soft glow. My eyelids fluttered without strength. I tried to focus on the boy before me. Or maybe he was a man. He was somewhere in between. I didn't know who he was, but he seemed shocked that I was looking up at him.
          "Emma, just hold on. I'm your physical therapist and you're in the hospital. Your…" he looked back toward the door, "parents aren't here right now, but we'll call them. Don't worry."
          I looked quizzically at him. What was he was going on and on about? That was when I saw the tubes on my chest connecting my face to the monitors. The beeping felt like a knife through my brain. I looked at the stranger's hazel eyes and pleaded with him to explain.
          He licked his lips and said softly, "Emma, you were in an accident. You've been in a coma. They weren't sure ifyou'd wake up or not."
          Of everything he just said, the only thing I could think was, 'Who's Emma?'