Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday ~ 1/30/13: Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2) by Elizabeth Norris




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


Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)


Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?


Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2013 by Balzer + Bray
I really enjoyed the first book, and I cannot wait to read this one! So much happened at the end of Unraveling that it left me wanting more, so I'm really excited about Unbreakable. It's a really different dystopia novel, with a cool sci-fi twist! 


What are you waiting on?





Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 1/29/13: Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout





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 I am giving you guys a teaser from Apollyon, the fourth book in the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This teaser doesn't give anything away, but yet gives you a little sneaky peek :D 

Enjoy!


I had a stupid grin on my face for the most of the next day. Even though I was chilly, covered in mud from training in the warded area, and tired from using akasha and the elements, I looked like I'd been smacked with a silly stick.

 



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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle mead

Vampire Academy

Richelle Mead

YA/Romance/Paranormal


3 stars out of 5
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.


My Review:  

Why didn't I read this book earlier? I’m really glad I took the chance and started it. But you ask why did I only give it a 3 star rating? Well, I’m going to answer that question for you. Yes, Vampire Academy was pretty awesome, I loved the characters, especially spunky Rose, the story line kept me flipping the pages and I really enjoyed how Richelle made her vampires unique. 

Now, as much as I did like the book, it just wasn't Oh.My.God, amazing! Why? I think it's because I'm really jaded when it comes to vampire books nowadays. I wish it wasn't so, but alas, it is.  I mean, you can walk into any bookstore and, bam, so many vampire books. Yes, some are going to be amazing, some okay, and others not worth it, it’s just that desire to read books about vampires is almost gone for me. Which is sad, I used to love reading about them!

But I do have to say, what Richelle did with her vampires was quite different. It drew me into her world, captured my attention and shown me that there can be an original spin on a vampire story.
"I'm really not good with impulse control."
For the characters, can I just say that I enjoyed them. Especially Rose, that girl likes breaking hearts, and just running her mouth! I really got a kick out of her, I liked that she didn't quit, no matter what, and how Lissa was so important to her, she protected her as best as she could. I guess the main reason I liked Rose is because she is a very strong heroine. And I love when the heroine in a story can kick some ass while taking names. Rose had that, even if sometimes she was a bit wild.

Alright, so don’t hate me for this but I just couldn't fall in love with Dimitri. I know! I know! I heard so many others who just loved this character, I did enjoy reading about him, but love him, no. I feel that is all linked to my ‘jaded-ness’ of vampire books. He’s a cool, silent character who seems to have a nice leveled head. And he does seem to balance well with Rose. Oh, and speaking of Rose, I really couldn't get a feel for their romance. It was nice, sweet, and did take my breath away at times. But if felt like there was something missing, I just can’t put it into words, though.

Lissa is also a character I enjoyed, she’s a Moroi princess, and at times I felt sympathy for her. She was a decent character. There were also a few side characters I did enjoy getting to read about. But overall, I feel Richelle did well  in creating some very interesting characters, though at times I did want to shake some of them.
"What are you? An After school special?"

Now, the whole plot of the story was interesting and drew me in. I loved Richelle’s whole take on vampires. She created a whole new lore about them, with Moroi, Dhampri and Strigoi. It was definitely a different take, and to me, brought a little bit of fresh air into the world of vampires. I think that is what mostly kept me flipping the pages.

The story had a nice pace, didn't leave me in the deep in. Kept my interest enough to finish the first book, however, I’m debating if I will even start the second book. The characters had originality, personality and spunk I enjoy reading about. But I feel it was the lore of vampires  that really made this book more, it gave it something a bit different from all the other vampire books out there. All in all, I did enjoy this book, but I couldn't love it.

However, if you are looking for a really different take on vampires with a story line that will capture your attention, I suggest you pick up this series!!








Friday, January 25, 2013

Quote of the Week #24: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett




Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes from a book I have read or  am currently reading to share with you, my wonderful readers!!
                                                

Quote of the Week:

A Little Princess


Now, I'm going to be honest, I've never read the book but the movie is one of my all time favorites. I've watched A Little Princess so many times it's not even funny! Now, if you haven't seen the movie, please do!
Anyways, the quote I pick, in my opinion, is amazing. it's very true :)

Enjoy!


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"Everything's a story - You are a story - I am a story."







Thursday, January 24, 2013

Swoon Thursday: Up In Flames by Nicole Williams



Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by  YA Bound.


Here's how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the chicks at YABound!



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Hoping I could find another way to make him as breathless as he'd made me, I wound my arms behind my back. "So was I," I said right before I unclasped my bra. That Cole manged to keep his eyes firmly on mine while I slid my arms, one by one, out of my bra was a testament to his restraint. Only when it had landed at our feet did he take a step back and lower his eyes. "Damn, he breathed, gawking at me in a way that made my inner thighs clench. "They're even better to stare at the second time around." He sunk his teeth into his lower lip and grinned. "Do I get to touch them this time?"


Oh my! Oh my!!! *wiggles eyebrows* Well... I really hope you guys enjoyed my swoon :) 



What made you swoon this week??




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6) by Rachel Vincent

Title: Before I Wake
Series: Soul Screamers, #6
Author: Rachel Vincent
Category:Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it.

The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school….
Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.

But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life….                                                                
                                                                                                                


*Warning: This review may contain spoilers if you have not read this book or the other books in the series*

My Review:

This book was by far one of my favorites in the series. Rachel's talents shined amazingly in Before I Wake. I thought If I Die took my breath away, well, Before I Wake knocked my socks off! Rachel is just amazing. She has taken this story to places I wouldn’t have imagined, and she has shown just how incredible of an author she is.
"You're not lost, Kaylee. You can't ever be lost, because I'll always know where you are. And if I'm not there with you, I'm on my way, and anything standing between us, won't be standing for very long."
Kaylee’s life has always been different, but then her world takes on a completely different turn. She finds out she is a bean sidhe, or banshee. Kaylee screams for the dead. But finding out she was a bean sidhe was only the beginning. Kaylee’s life is definitely different. She has lost, loved, and found meaning in life. And it has all lead to Before I Wake, where Kaylee is truly tested.

Kaylee, well, she became a virgin sacrifice and died, and now she's back to life. However, not only is she a dead bean sidhe, she also works for the reclamation department.  Life is, or well, death, is just another challenge for Kaylee. But she isn't alone, Tod, the reaper who has loved her for a long time now, puts her before everything, is right there with her. He is the only thing that makes her feel ‘alive’ these days.

As Kaylee tries to have a normal ‘life’, reclaiming lost souls, something is uncovered. An old foe, is back, and he isn't alone. Hell is breaking lose in Kaylee’s life, and no one is safe…

"This seems to be heading into girl-fight territory," Tod said. "Should I make popcorn?"
Kaylee is the kind of heroine I just love to see. She is so strong, I have mentioned that in my other reviews, but in Before I Wake, she proves it even more. With every enemy she has faced, the people she hasn't been able to save, to those she has saved. To having Nash betray her, to finding a love that is making her afterlife worth everything. Kaylee has stood on her two feet, with her head held up as high as she can. That is just amazing! 

Tod was just breathtakingly awesome, and I'm even more in love with him. Tod shines in this book, god does he ever. And if you thought you couldn't like, or love him anymore, that boy proves you wrong! Tod has always been my favorite character, other than Kaylee. He has gone to extremes to help her, to protect her and to keep her safe.  He is a selfless character, and his love for Kaylee is beautiful. I am so happy that they have each other, they make sense. Unlike when she was with Nash, their relationship was a disaster just waiting to happen. So, I’m so glad Kaylee realized that Tod was right for her!
"But I'll be fine. I'll be with Tod. He's a good guy, you know. He just hides it under all the sarcasm and curls."
 Nash and Sabine… I don’t wanna say anything about them, though Sabine, I like her sometimes..but other times I wanna beat her head in.

Before I Wake was just simply a ride I loved, I couldn't put this book down, and when I had to, I couldn't stop thinking about Kaylee and the gang. So much happened, I really mean that! Enemies pop up left and right for Kaylee, and she is tested every way. The ending was just , wow, I just can’t believe that happened. So, waiting for the next book is going to be torture, with everything that took place, I need With All My Soul now!!!





Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 1/22/13: Up In Flames by Nicole Williams





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 I am giving you guys a teaser from Up In Flames by the wonderful Nicole Williams. I'm super excited about this book. I'm only a few pages in, but I am really liking it so far! So, here are my teasers!

Enjoy!


"My name's Cole," he said as he continued towards the shore. "Don't care," I lied, not able to peel my eyes away from that long, tanned, muscled, dripping wet body. ebook pg 27
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Cole exhaled, almost like he was relieved, before taking another step towards me. I was right. The moment he took that step, my willpower vanished. ebook pg. 213




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Monday, January 21, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? ~ 1/21/13




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!
 Hosted by Book Journey



Here's what I'm reading:



One small town girl with a bright future. One smokejumper with a dark past. One summer that will forever change them both. They’re going . . . Up In Flames.

Elle’s life couldn’t possibly get any more small town than it already is. She was raised in the same home as the two generations before her were, her family owns the iconic downtown cafe, and she’s been dating the pastor’s son since she was allowed to go on her first date at sixteen.

Cole’s life couldn’t possibly get any larger. He’s tried. Roaming from town to town for the past three summers as a smokejumper, Cole dreads the thought of putting down roots. The only thing he avoids more than that is settling down with one woman, especially when there are as many willing women as there are trees in the forest he jumps out of planes to save.

Elle Montgomery’s life is going one way. And Cole Carson’s is going the opposite. There’s no reason their paths should ever intersect, even in a small town in central Washington.

But summer in the Methow Valley has other plans for Elle and Cole. After an awkward run-in at the local swimming hole, Elle tries to keep away from the guy who looks at her like she’s already lying beneath him in bed. She fails. Cole is about as successful at staying away from the girl who seems immune to his charms.

As the summer heats up, and tensions between Elle and Cole run high, he begins to realize there’s more he’s attracted to than Elle’s body, and she discovers there’s a lot more to the man that jumps out of planes into raging forest fires than meets the eye.

UP IN FLAMES is a New Adult Romance intended for mature readers due to steamy content and saucy language.




What are you guys reading this Monday?


Cover Reveal: BLURRED (Kissed by Death, #2) by Tara Fuller





Title: BLURRED (Kissed by Death, #1) 
Author: Tara Fuller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: July 2nd 2013

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?




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About the Author:



Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.




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 Also by Tara Fuller:


After a horrific fire claims the life of her mother, seventeen-year-old Rowan Bliss finds herself in the miniscule town of Ipswich, Massachussetts. It's here that she meets Alex, a deliciously mysterious boy who holds the key to unlocking her family's dark secret.
As Rowan falls helplessly over the edge for Alex, the secrets that insists on keeping refuse to be contained, and the truth that she uncovers challenges everything she has ever believed. Alex is a witch. And now he's awakened something in her that she never even knew exsisted. But out of all of this, the one thing Rowan won't accept is that Alex is destined to die.
Now Rowan must unearth the buried power she harbors within to escape a deadly prophecy, defy the very laws of time, and prevent the hands of fate from taking yet another person that she loves.




Kissed by Death:


Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1)

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.


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