Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Quote of the Week: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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:

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“It's just me and what I'm doing, or the world I'm reading, and nothing else.”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: More Than Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #2) by Kelly Oram

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

Jamie Baker, the only girl in the world with superpowers, has now accepted who she is and learned to control her power. Not to mention she has the best boyfriend on the planet. Life is finally looking good. But the day she witnesses an accident and decides not to save the guy out of fear of being exposed, she realizes that simply being Jamie Baker isn't enough.
After seeing Jamie so wrecked with guilt, the ever-helpful Ryan Miller decides it's time to make all of his fantasies about turning his girlfriend into an honest-to-goodness superhero become a reality.

Of course, coming up with a decent Super Name and fending off all of Ryan's attempts to get her into spandex aren't the only problems Jamie faces. The more her alter ego starts to make headlines, the harder it becomes for Jamie to hide her extracurricular activities from her best friend, the government, radical scientists, and the mysterious new guy who is determined to steal her from her boyfriend.

Expected publication: January 2014 by Bluefields

I LOVED THE FIRST BOOK! So, of course, I have to read this one!! I need it! Sad it's going to be awhile before I can read it though. 

What are you waiting on?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 
(Mara Dyer, #1) 

Michelle Hodkin

YA/Paranormal/ Horror/ Romance

5 stars out of 5
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

My Review: 

This book, I am so happy, so glad, that I finally picked it up. I'll be honest, I did have my doubts about it. I wasn't sure if I should read it, if I would be a great book. Well, I was wrong. So very wrong. And thanks to some amazing bloggers, I took the chance and started The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Let me say this, I LOVED IT! I loved every word, every sentence, every paragraph  every chapter. 

From the first chapter to the very last sentence I was consumed by all things that were Mara Dyer. The mystery, the thrill, the want to know 'what-in-the-hell-is-going-on,' hand me flipping each page like a boss. I consumed, I devoured, I eat this book up. Michelle Hodkin wrote a very unique book and, in my opinion, a book that was purely amazing from start to finish.

“What would you do if I kissed you right now?"
"I would kiss you back.”

A strong factor about Mara Dyer are the characters. I really enjoyed each one, well, except for a few whose faces I did want to punch in. I really enjoyed Mara and Noah, especially Noah! With the way Hodkin tells her story, you really can get inside Mara's head and see, even understand, Mara's character, even able to glimpse inside most of her characters. 

Mara, of course, is a very unyielding character. I really saw that as I read. With everything that she goes through and experienced, it really shown. Even at the end, I could feel it, even with what happened at that last chapter. Which I couldn't believe happened! Mara  is a bit different from the other main female characters I love, however, that didn't stop me from really enjoying her stubborn, headstrong personality.

Now, I am going to chat a little bit about Noah Shaw. This boy, even with his cantankerous personality, I fell in love with him!! And yes, he is on that level with the 'kind-of-mean-but-very-sweet' of fictional boys that I totally crush on. Okay, I know he is fictional, and at times mysteries and a bit of an asshole, but I don't care. There is something about him... It's the accent, accents always make me swoon. I have gone on and on with how much I adore this character, but who is he really? Well, that's just part of the mystery of this book. Despite him being sort of a closed book, he is a good male character. And you can see he does try to help Mara to the best of his ability. 

Other than the two main characters, I also enjoyed the side characters that Hodkin created. I really enjoyed Mara's brothers, both of them. Each character, likable or not, they were all well written and original. 
“You told me I smelled - like bacon." "Well," he said evenly. "That's awkward.”

The only complaint I have about this book is at times, I would get a bit lost as to what was happening. It only occurred a few times, I would get confused as to what was taking place, then I would have to go back and re-read that section or chapter to see if I could find where I  was and what is happening, other than that the story moved at a great pace. 

Hodkin is really good at throwing in 'what-the-f***' kind of moments at you, and I really did like that. I liked that I couldn't figure out what was going on, what was going to happen, or what is going to eventually happen in the later books. It is very rare that I can't guess or theorize a little bit of a story line. I loved that in Mara Dyer, I couldn't do that! The mystery, the thriller kind of twists that are thrown at you, left me turning each page, I was consuming it so fast, and each time I tried to figure or guess, I was wrong. At times I couldn't even fathom what was going to happen. That gave this book something amazing. 

All in all, I'm so glad I picked this book up. I can't wait to have the other ones in my hands so I can see where Hodkin will take this story and her characters. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Quote of the Week: Robert Fulghum

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:

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“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
― Robert Fulghum

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Swoon Thursday: If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5) by Rachel Vincent

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!
"So how do I stack up?" I asked, not sure I really wanted to know.

"Kaylee, you burn so bright that everyone else looks dim in comparison. You're all I see, and all I want to see, and I would be happy if this moment never ended. If I could spend the rest of my afterlife doing this..." 

He leaned down again and started a new trail of kisses beginning at the hollow beneath my jaw, his hands flat against my lower back, like he couldn't touch enough of me, even if we'd had nothing but time. 
 Loved that part in the book!!!

What made you swoon this week??

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 3/19/13: Exiled (The Protector, #1) by M.R. Merrick

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). 

The moment my eyes opened the pain came back in full force. Every part of my body throbbed. Even my aches had pains. I was on my back and could see an unfamiliar ceiling above me. In a panic, I tried to sit up, but the throbbing in my head was too much and forced me back down. 

Share your TT! 

COVER REVEAL: SURRENDER (The Ferryman & The Flame #1), Justice (The Ferryman & The Flame, #2) by Rhiannon Paille

 (The Ferryman & The Flame #1) 
Author: Rhiannon Paille 
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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(The Ferryman & The Flame #2)

Author: Rhiannon Paille
How far would you go to destroy yourself?

Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can't respect, elders he can't trust, a curse he can't stop and friends he can't help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.

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Exclusively available at Amazon / Kindle




Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She's married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site:


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Review: Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Apollyon
Series: Covenant, #4
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Fantasy/ Mythology/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5  stars out of 5
*ARC received in exchange for an honest and fair review*
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

Paperback, 360 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
My Review:

Jennifer has just wowed me, I simply can't put into words how amazing she is. How she can tell a story like no bodies business. She really is a goddess of words. In Apollyon she proves that. She shows what a great story is made of.

Dear lord, the wait to have this book in my hands was just—ugh!! However, it is well worth the wait! Apollyon is the golden child of the covenant novels, and being back in the world Jennifer created was purely breathtakingly amazing!
‘“He has always been yours, Alex. And you’ve always been his.”
Now, this book will take you on a ride, a really fun, fast-paced, nail biting, exhilarating ride! The things that take place in this book will blow you away!! I mean it; I couldn’t believe everything that happened!! Each character is testing and against all odds, they each shine in their own way.

With the gods being pissed, Alex has a full plate. So guys, when reading this book, be prepared to not put it down!

I have reviewed, almost, every book by Jennifer. I have read every book that is out by her, so writing a review, trying to get across just how much I love her stories and her characters is a challenge. But just no, I’m kind of in love with this author.

Alex also just shines in this book, you also get to see that she is just a normal girl at times, too. She struggles and fights through it all, and just amazes me so much. Though at the first part of the book, I feel, that was the hardest part for me.  She faces some of her worst fears within Apollyon and that was remarkable.  Oh, and the love that her and Aiden have, it just takes my breath away!! To me, it’s so strong and wonderful. Perfect. Sorry team Seth, I’m all Aiden!!  Alex also shows a lot of growth in Apollyon, too.
‘I hoped my expression now looked like Alex the Sex Goddess and not Alex the Spaz.'
And taking about that wonderful hunk of the male species, Aiden is purely awesome! Yeah, awesome! I fall even more in love with him in Apollyon. If that is even possible, but I did. He does everything to save Alex, and yet he also knows that she too is strong. I feel they balance each other out very well, so in my eyes, they are just wonderful together. I got to see a few other sides of Aiden, and I enjoyed that as well. He faces a lot, but in the end, he doesn’t give up. Both he and Alex face challenges in Apollyon and just show the strength characters can have.

You get to see a lot of old characters, some new, and some make a startling appearance. Some I was glad to see, others not so much. My love for Deacon has just grown! I love that kid to death!! You also get to see Marcus in a different light, I’m enjoying this character more and more. I also agree with Aiden, Apollo needs a bell! And Seth fans, just be aware, he isn’t the same, but I can tell deep down there is more to him.
You can feel every emotion the characters feel, and that makes for a great read. You can feel the love of Aiden and Alex, the hope and despair of their situation. You get to experience everything right there with them, and that made me a part of the story also.

The pace of this book was, again, wonderful. The story line has just the right twists and turns to keep you flipping the page to consume as much as possible. You will pull an all-nighter to finish this bad boy of a book! You’ll get to see a whole new world in Apollyon. 

‘“I so did not like when Apollo smiled like that.”'

Jennifer’s writing style is just wonderful. As an avid reader, she is really able to pull me into the worlds she creates. I can become completely and wholly consumed into a world she writes. I fall for her characters and I’m on this wonderful ride through everything with those characters.

Apollyon took my breath away, I was so swept away with this book, I started living it. I was there with the characters through everything. This book has everything, twists and turns that will leave you breathless, heart pounding and have you on the edge of your seat. Love that makes you blush and sigh. This book is purely amazing, I can't write all the emotions I am feeling after reading it, just know, this is one of the best books in the Covenant series!

Apollyon was one hell of a ride! And gods, did I absolutely enjoy every single second of it!! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Quote of the Week: The Fault in out Stars by John Green

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:

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'Books so special and rare and yours, that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.'

-John Green, The Fault in our Stars

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 3/12/13: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin

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

The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the last book in the Mara Dyer Trilogy.

Expected publication: October 22nd 2013
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

I know, I haven't read the second book, but I LOVED the first one!!! So, I cannot wait to read the second one and then the last one, when it comes out!!

What are you waiting on?