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Thursday, January 31, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Summary:
For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.

Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.

Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the deadly secrets that hide in blood


Rate: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My thoughts:
     Okay, guys. I have a predicament. Let me start from the beginning. Okay, so, when this book first came out, I absolutely went ballistic, wanting to buy it. You guys don't even understand how much I wanted this book. The cover was just so pretty with the girl and the flower. But whenever I went to the store, they never had it! This would happen to me multiple times. So I gave up on it!
      Fast forward almost a year.... I go to Barnes and Nobles wanting to buy The Rise of Nine, when an interesting book catches my eyes. It had runes, fire, smoke, and blood and......OMG! IT WAS THE SAME BOOK! Except the cover was changed. So, I literally threw myself at it, and bought that sucker on the spot! In my mind, I was thinking "This book is gonna be great!" So, I read, and read, and read, and.......well, quite frankly.........it wasn't that great!
      Let me start with the characters! I wasn’t thrilled with the characters in the story. I liked them but they really didn’t shine for me. They were kinda dull, actually. I found them interesting but not really believable. Nick talks about how he was a jerk but you never really see that side of him. You see some rude behavior on his part but never the extremely jerk-ish kind of guy he claimed to be. Silla always seems depressing to me. Although, I really like how she would describe a mask, for every situation.
     Tessa's writing style was nice, but I sometimes found that the book was dragging, and getting slower as it went along. I would actually find myself skipping pages. (don't worry! I would go back to re-read the parts I missed!) Sometimes the interchanging perspectives didn't really have their own voice. Not all the time, but a lot of the time. It wasn't until around the end of the book, when it started picking up...alot! There was action, and suspense, and I was really into it then.
     I also really liked Tessa gratton switched up the original which into something a bit different! Most people would think of stuff like "Hocus Pocus" or any other witch movie. But NO! She intertwine blood, love, magic, and romance. I loved the diary passages, and the Shakespeare references throughout the book.
     And lastly, I was a bit annoyed with one of the characters death, in the book. (no spoiling who, though) They could've regenerated the body to let his spirit back inside. But they didn't. In the novel, they argue that they didn't do it because it was "against nature." but they had already admitted that they needed to accept their magic, even if it wasn't the normal or natural. I mean, come on! His spirit was still alive!
      I'm gonna wrap this all up now. Plain and simple: this book was good but with some small issues. If you want to read this, you really have to dedicate because, once again, it gets a little slow.

Quotes:

She was asleep. In my car.

I stood next to the passenger side for a minute, looking down at her. The sun made her skin seem translucent and bloodless. For a moment, it didn't matter why I was falling in love with her. Just that I was.”
Tessa Gratton, Blood Magic

“By lunchtime, the glitter was flaking off my mask. Three pearls dropped off and rolled down the tiled hallway.”
Tessa Gratton, Blood Magic

“I am Josephine Darly, and I intend to live forever.”
Tessa Gratton, Blood Magic

“And just like that she was crying.

I felt a little like That Guy who holds a baby at arm's length because he's afraid it's going to pee on him.”
Tessa Gratton, Blood Magic

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Monday, January 28, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu


Summary:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.


Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts:
     I read this book WAY before I started my blog but, man, do I still love this book. I saw it sitting there, along with the rest of my books, just starring at me. Mocking me. It kept whispering "Estefania! ESTEFANIA!! REVIEW ME!!" So, I figured, what the hey, why not?
     The plot was really really interesting. It's sortta the typical distopian, where something is wrong with the government, and there's a plaque and stuff like that, but Marie Lu's writing style was just amazing. There where a fare amount of twists and turns in this book, plus, the world building was really well paced. There was no dragging in the book, and felt like i knew what was going on! Like I actually understood the world that Marie Lu had created.
     Now the characters! Day (male protagonist) the Republic's most notorious criminal, was good-looking (always a good thing, right?) and he was smart, sweet, and tough! He steals, gambles, and is an overall badass. His entire life was a risk, yet he tried to help his family when he could!
     June (female protagonist),the military prodigy.The Republic's greatest prodigy, their perfect little soldier, is said to be a genius and she follows through. She is bathed in riches, attention, and a good education. Yet, she is always getting in trouble for trying to perform at her highest level.
     What really threw me off, was there age! i thought they where both gonna be 18 or 19 years old! But they where only 15! Both of them! They just don't sound like it, though! they sound so much more mature! I understand that Marie Lu is trying to make them seem more mature fore there age, but that really blew my mind!
      I did feel like there was a bit of inta-love in the book, though. Because of that, I had to deduct a star. I would have also wanted to know more about the history, and why the Republic and the Colonies hate each other, though, this is a trilogy, so we will probably get more of this later on in the series. Which reminds me! Prodigy (the 2nd book) is coming out in 2 days! I definitely need that book!
      Without hesitation I'd put it up there with The Hunger Games and The Divergent Series. Call me crazy, but I would!  I'm not saying it will change your life, but it definitely won't disappoint you. :)

Quotes:

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. -Day”
Marie Lu, Legend

“You should have taken me with you," I whisper to him. Then I lean my head against his and begin to cry. In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother's killer.

I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.”
Marie Lu, Legend

“What a joke! Poor little rich girl's fallen in love with the Republic's most famous criminal.”
Marie Lu, Legend

“Few people ever kill for the right reasons, June. Most do it for the wrong reasons. I just hope you never have to be in either category.”
Marie Lu, Legend

“Well...can't be any more dangerous than your crazy hospital break-in yeah?"-Tess ”
Marie Lu, Legend


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Friday, January 25, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Beta (Annex #1) by Rachel Cohn

 
Summary:
     Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.
     Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bio engineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's workers--soulless clones like Elysia--are immune to.
     At first, Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent among Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care--so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia's mind?
     If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happiness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.
    The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from bestselling author Rachel Cohn, "Beta "is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a corrupted world. Praise for Beta "A terrific premise that is equally well executed...Readers can only hope [the sequel] will be as thrilling as this series kickoff."--Los Angles Times.
 
Rate: 2 out of 5 stars
 
My thought:
     I really wasn't expecting much from this book. I don't know if it was just me, not being that interested in the book, or the fact that I read a bunch of reviews on this book, and most weren't that great. But, overall, the book was...... ok.
      The  cover is pretty but it feels like someone went a little overboard in photoshop. The tattoo and violet eyes would have been much more impressive if they had been part of the original photo shoot rather than being added later. I do like the stark, unfeeling expression on the model's face, though.
     I really liked the concept. A world where clones are created to serve the elite. Where slavery is allowed because the clones do not have a soul. And then meet Elysia, one of the first Teen Betas: an experimental type of clone that has not been fully tested. Entering the world at 16, Elysia becomes the companion for a group of teens and is allowed a glimpse at the secrets underlying this tropical paradise. 
     I couldn't develop any feelings for the character of Elysia. I understand that she is a newly "born" clone, and that she is still learning about life, however, I was looking for growth over the course of the book and I just didn't get it. :(  I didn't feel as connected to her character, as I usually am with other characters in other books. Also, Elysia's moods where really unpredictable. One second she's happy, the next she's angry. This happened very often, without indication that it was coming.
     The love story in this book was also a giant fail. We have a case of inst-love on our hands, people!!! Elysia instantly falls in love with one of the characters in the book, which really annoyed me, because the only thing she really knew about him was that he was hot and rich. That's it. And the only times he like her back, where when he was on drugs.To me, it felt very much like a "if I just do this, then he will love me" situation and that really annoyed me too. That being said, once the first love interest was out of the picture, Elysia very easily accepted a new man,  proving that she clearly did not have feelings for anybody - despite her arguments to the contrary. The weird love triangle-thing felt more like it was being added on, to get people to want to buy the next book.
     I only remember reading about  drugs, nudity, sex and rape in this novel. It seemed like every few pages featured a mention of 'Raxia (A drug) or of someone getting near naked for no reason.  And in most chapters, they always mentioned playing a weird video game and eating. Not to mention the fact the Elysia is repeatedly motioned to be "perfect". Perfect body, perfect face, perfect skin, perfect hair......! I feel bad saying it. But It kind of took every reason I had to like it and smashed it to pieces.
     I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, but hey.... to each his own, I suppose.. :\
Quotes:
 
What's a slut?" I ask him.
"A girl who puts out too easily."
"Puts out what?" I imagine Greer putting out dinner and don't understand what Iwan wouldn't like about that.
"Puts out, you know..." His face, already beet red from our run, turns a darker scarlet. "Sex."
I wonder where Greer puts the sex out.”
Rachel Cohn, Beta

“Maybe your unspeakable defects give you power too?”
Rachel Cohn, Beta


 


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer


Summary:
Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming


Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
    This book really reminded me of Altered by Jennifer Rush, even though altered just came out this month, and Storm came out last year! While both books consist of 4 hot guys and a girl being the protagonists, they are really different! In storm, the four hot guys are brothers, and they have......(drum roll please).......SUPER POWERS! LIKE SUPERMAN! hahaha jk! But they CAN control the elements. No, not the periodic table elements...more like water, earth, air, and fire. That kind of stuff. Which I thought was pretty cool. It also reminded me of Avatar: The Last Airbender (which I absolutely love! And so does one of my bestfriends, Nina)
     This book instantly pulled me in. Right when you start reading, BAM! Action in the first few pages. Storm starts off with a fight. Which doesn't happen much. I've read plenty of books, and this is one of the only books that starts off like this. During this fight, Becca manages to save Chris Merrick's life. NO spoilers! But that first chapter is full of win.
     I also really loved the main characters. lets start off with Chris! Chris (our main male protagonist for this book) is handsome and quiet. Poor thing is getting beat up in the first chapter and he didn't even start it. Lucky him,he managed to control water and protect himself! In the first few chapters, you don't know much about Chris but as the story progresses you just can't help falling for him.
 Michael is the "earth" one. He's very responsible and he acts like a parent to them since he's the oldest. Gabriel is the hot headed one. Probably because he's the "fire" one. But he's My favorite character out of all of them!! Nick is the easy-breezy one. He's Gabriel's twin and his power is air. He's the peace keeper. I actually thought there was gonna be a love triangle between Becca, Chris and Nick. But I was wrong.
     Hunter is the new kid at school, who shows and instant interest in Becca. She's attracted to him, as she tries to distance herself from Chris and the dangers associated with him. But Hunter has secrets of his own.
     Becca was a great man character! She was  a strong, self-opinionated girl. She plays her role well. And I love how she uses the self-defense stuff - it intrigues me! :)
     I'm having a hard time now. I love Hunter so much.. But then. I love Chris too, like really bad! *puppy dog face* He's awesome too! WOW. and don't forget about the twins! And Micheal! OH GOD! 5 awesome-adorable-lovely-smart-guys in one single book! It's tormenting and awesome at the same time *sigh* OH HOT DAMN!! *Fans myself*
     SINCE BECCA HAS CHRIS, I GOT DIBS ON GABRIEL!! HE'S ALL MINE!!
     I called a couple of the twists, but some of them literally had me yelling at the book and slamming my forehead against it. I would gasp at things I wasn't expecting and I even had to put down the book and take a deep breath, before continuing with the great story!
    The ending doesn't have a cliffhanger, which is pretty understandable, considering that, the next book in the series will be from Gabriel's POV. (or so they say...)
     Anyway, I really really really really want to read the next book. It
 already came out in stores, so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping to go this weekend.

Quotes:

“If you want me to fix your homework, you need to leave me alone.” Then he spotted her. “You’re back.”
“Yeah.” She glanced between him and Gabriel. “You do his homework?”
“Just the math. It’s a miracle he can count to ten.”
“I can count to one.” Gabriel gave him the finger.”
Brigid Kemmerer, Storm

“Nick,” he said. “I think I’m going to need you to bite my arm.”
“I think I’m going to need you to run that by me again.”
Brigid Kemmerer, Storm

“So let me get this straight.”... “He threw the note at Tommy and then told him to fuck off? Or do I have it backwards?”
“I’m detecting some sarcasm.”
“And then got himself sent the principal’s office because he was ready to defend your honor?”
“Quinn.”
“Her friend waved a hand. “No, I think you might be on to something. This is clearly an elaborate plot to screw with you. He asks you out, he defends you from that meathead—what next?” Quinn’s eyes flashed wide in mock surprise. “Crap, Bex, do you think he will do something truly horrible like buy you flowers?”
Brigid Kemmerer, Storm

 “Mom!" Becca stared at her. "You think—you think I'm dating Michael?"
Her mom stared back at her, obviously thrown. "You're not?"
This would be hilarious if her mom didn't look so serious.
"Oh my god," cried Becca. "Are you kidding? Michael is the last person I would ever—oh my god. I wouldn't go out with him if someone paid me. Ugh, that's just—"
"You know I can hear you, right?" called Michael.”
Brigid Kemmerer, Storm













   



Saturday, January 19, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Altered by Jennifer Rush


Summary:
When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away


Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
      I finished this book in English class,today and I literally gasped near the end, when a bunch on action was going on! (NO SPOILERS) Everyone stared at me weird because of it! I've been waiting for this book since last year, and I literally counted down the days, till it came out. I wanted to go to the store the day it came out, but ended up going on the 5th of January. Except when I got there, they didn't have it....so I had to wait even longer....But I finally got my paws on it! And you cannot believe how much I enjoyed this book.
      The cover was the first thing that caught my attention. A hot guy.....shirtless..... on the cover of this book. Who doesn't like shirtless guys?! I certainly do! I'm guessing it's Sam?
Altered is a well written story that can be enjoyed by a variety of readers. There's action, romance, comedy, and so many plot twist. And each character has a different personality, so to fit a larger amount of readers!
      I really loved the characters. Anna was so easy to love. She was innocent and I loved how the reader got to see her grow more confident and bad ass. She had a thing for Sam, and Sam was honestly pretty perfect. I mean, he was tough and knew how to fight and took care of Anna. He was the best. Simply.
      And Cas! My favorite quirky, baby-faced monster.This guy was awesome, you know? He always thought about food, which I found funny.....but then it started bothering me a little, since I kept getting hungry....(ohhh licorice)!
      Nick isn't as bad as he seems. I actually really liked his character. Yes, he snaps at Anna and doesn't seem to like her throughout the book, but underneath the tough guy attitude, and asshole personality, there's that boy that was just taught to act this way, you know? I felt for him! Trev was a little plain for me,but he did stand out with his quote-reciting! Plus, he was Annas best friend!
      Here, you have FOUR guys that'll make ya swoon, even make you LOL. They're a bit more PG-13 than The Hunger Games & Divergent because of the language. Which I actually appreciate. It's sortta a pet peeve of mine when an author skirts around profanity. Teens these days curse 24/7. For example, they constantly give you lines like, "I caught him staring at my bottom." or worse- The guy will say something like that.........ASS!! JUST SAY ASS! On some level, it makes everything less believable. Plus, here, these are badass soldiers, it would eff up their street cred if they DIDN'T cuss.
      In a nutshell, this book was great! The only problem I had with the book, was when Anna and Sam couldn't figure out that the "X's" and "I's" in the beginning of the code, where roman numerals. It was a small detail, though! But I really liked this book. This book just came out this month, and I already want the second one! GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!

Quotes:

“We’re here to see Connor,” Dad said.
The woman nodded and hit a button on the control panel. “You’re set to go down.”
“Thank you, Marshie,” Dad said. He motioned us over to a door beneath the staircase.
Nick leaned in. “ ‘You’re set to go down’?” he echoed. “That’s comforting.”
Jennifer Rush, Altered

“Cas whistled. “You are a sight for sore eyes, Anna Banana.”
Jennifer Rush, Altered

"Damn,” Cas said. “You’re cranky. We’re free! You should be doing the Hokey-frickin’-Pokey!”
“I would rather light myself on fire.”
“Awesome.” Cas rubbed his hands together. “Anyone have some marshmallows?”
Jennifer Rush, Altered

When I glanced at Nick, he sent a withering glare my way and I shifted back around.
“Don’t mind him,” Cas said. “He doesn’t know how to spell.”
Trev suppressed a snicker.
Jennifer Rush, Altered









    
 





Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Liebster Blog Award!

I want to thank Melanie from he YA Book Lover , Anna from Another Working Mum, Heather from Owlnestly Book Reviews, and Carmen from Shadows of the Past for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award. This is the first award I've gotten, so if I mess this up, stop drop and roll! lol Just kidding!

Rules:
1. Thank your Liebster Award presenter and link back to them in your own post

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by your presenter, state 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees
3. Present the Liebster Award to 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award with under 200 followers and leave a comment on their blog telling them that you nominated them.
4. Copy and Paste the award on your blog
Now to the questions!!!

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is when people dog-ear pages. I think it ruins the book. (If you do this, please don't take offence) Now, my peeve that doesn't have to do with book, is when people go out in public with pajama pants on. I mean, come on! How hard is it to put on a pair of jeans?!

2. What do you like to do other than reading?
Movies! I love to cozy up with a cup of coffee, and watch movies. Either that, or paint my nails. I find it very calming.

3. Do you have a habit of buying lots and lots of books?
OMG YES! Everytime I enter a book store, intending to buy only one book, I always leave with 5 or 6 books. Then I leave them in a corner of my room (Which I have currently been calling my "BOOK CORNER") and wait until I finish reading them all. Then the process starts again!

4. What is your guilty obsession?
I have millions of guilty obsessions! But the one I have to share is probably my licorice obsession! I can eat a whole package of licorice and still want more. It's so fattening, yet to good! Grrrr!

5. Do you have a piercing?
I have my ears pierced. I got them pierced when I was only a few months old!

6. Are you a morning person?
Yes and No! (You're all probably thinking "WUT?") I'm always really energetic and jumpy in the morning when I'm around my friend, or when I'm reading. Any other time, I'll just stay quiet or fall asleep in class! (Me being quiet is a big thing, because I talk ALOT)

7. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard?
What's brown and sticky?...........A stick. HAHAHAHAH!

8. What is your favourite childhood book?
I always had alot of Winnie The Pooh books. I can exactly pick just one! I still love them all! <3

9. Do you still like to watch children's TV shows?
Does Spongebob Squarepants count? If yes, them of course I do!

10. How long do you spend blogging a day?
Well this is a tough-ish one. I usually open up blogger, and leave it open until i get an idea of what i wanna post. Then I alternate between typing, and doing other stuff. It usually goes like this:
1. Type
2. Eat a snack
3. Type
4. Read a couple chapters of a book
5. Type
6. Watch TV
7. Type
8. Etc....

11. Do you think that dogs are better than cats?
I love love love dogs! Don't get me wrong! I love all animals, but I'm more of a dog person. Actually, my little baby Daisy (she was my dog) died back in September 12, 2012. WORST DAY OF MY LIFE! I still miss her! :'(
11 random facts:



  1. I wanna try tofu before I die...
  2. I've always wanted to ride a hot air balloon
  3. I'm 15, and still scared of the dark.
  4. I have over 40 cousins.
  5. I collect nail polish, stuffed elephants,and bookmarks.
  6. I currently have 13 books, sitting on my counter,that I have yet to read and review!
  7. My favorite show is The Walking Dead. Spooky! lol
  8. I have Autodysomphobia: Fear of One that has a Vile Odor. I take a shower everyday, and am constantly carrying body spray and deodorant.
  9. My best friend, Katie, never finishes a book. She always starts reading it, then stops 50% of the way. :P
  10. I suck at reading lips, sports, and whispering.
  11. My hair is really really long. 26 inches to be exact!

My 11 Nominees:
  1. All About YA Novels
  2. Little Bookworms Reviews
  3. My Book Muse
  4. Awesome Monica
  5. Sab The Book Eater
  6. The Social Potato
  7. The Book World Of Anne
  8. April Books
  9. Pika Pages
  10. YA Anonymous
  11. Ethereal Book Reviews

The 11 questions for my nominees are:
  1. What was the book that got you to fall in love with reading?
  2. What's a book you decided to read by judging it's cover?
  3. What 's a book that you read, but did not like?
  4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  5. Have any funny jokes you wanna share?
  6. What other hobbies do you have, other than reading?
  7. What book are you currently reading?
  8. What is your favorite book?
  9. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  10. What have you always wanted to do i your life, but haven't done yet?
  11. Why did you decide to start a blog?

 Congrats, and remember to have fun, and link back! :)



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays: Altered by Jennifer Rush

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 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 Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser: (pg.83 of 323)
 
 


"Sam, if you're reading this, it means I'm not there to give you the message myself. And if I'm not there, that must mean I'm either dead or I had to leave in a hurry"




Have a happy Tuesday! :)



BOOK REVIEW: Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse


Summary:
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave.

It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!


Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Mt Thoughts:
      When I first read about this book, I was like "Oh my gawd! This book NEEDS to be in my life!". So when I won it in a giveaway (don't ask what website/blog. I don't even remember :p) I started jumping up and down, and practically threw myself into this book. And, man, did I love it.
      I'm gonna start off with the characters! Jody is a carefree, fun loving, free spirit, and her crazy ideas and mishaps made this book hilarious. I actually started this late one night, when I couldn't go to sleep (this usually doesn't happen to me! I love my sleep) I had to literally clamp my hand over my mouth to stop my hysterical laughter at Jody, from waking everybody up.
      Jackson is the rock star that Jody kidnaps and although I thought he was an arrogant, self-centred moron, I enjoyed reading about him so much. I definitely had a love/hate relationship with him. He actually ended up being my favourite character.
      Mackenzie and his little sister Cree where really great to. In my point of view, these two where probably the "nicest" character.
      Now, I’m not a huge fan of British writers, especially in the YA genre, but I think after this I’m going to have to change my stance. I thought Rockoholic was a awesome read, both hysterically funny and really moving at times. I will definitely be reading more of C.J’s books in the future.
The ending of Rockoholic was just perfect in my opinion, and though everything was wrapped up, I was really sad to see these characters go. I had grown really attached to Jody, Jackson and Mac! They were all people I could relate to in some way, and I think I’m really gonna miss them. They will forever be in my heart. My bookaholic heart! (See what i did there?? :D)
      I didn’t actually read any reviews of Rockoholic before reading this book, but I did notice that it’s got an overall 3 star rating on Goodreads. This kind of surprises me. This book definitely made it to my "Favorite 2013 Reads" list. Music is weaved into the story in a really unique way. If you've ever been crazy about a celebrity or you simply love to read YA, you must get a copy. I recommend it for any girl who has had a celebrity obsession and fans of YA literature.
Have you read Rockoholic? If so, what did you think? Let me know!

Quotes:

“Well, I'm just a girl, sitting in front of a rock star, wondering why I bothered.”
C.J. Skuse, Rockoholic

“You can't just dream it, be it.”
C.J. Skuse, Rockoholic


“I only got to see three songs, Mac"
"That does not entitle you to take home the lead singer, Jody"
"I know"
"Most people settle for a T-shirt or a poster. Not Jody. Jody wants actual band members”
C.J. Skuse, Rockoholic

Monday, January 14, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Jessica Rules The Dark Side (Jessica #2) by Beth Fantaskey



Summary:
It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?

Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
      To Romania we go! Jessica and Lucius are finally together and....(wait for it)...MARRIED! Which means, Jessica and Lucius must take on the role of .....how should I put it? Leaders? Kings? Rulers? Well, you know what I'm saying. but it's not that easy for Jessica. She has to try to agust to he new vampire self, while leaving behind her American lifestyle. And then, to top it off, A vampire is murdered, and everyone has their fingers pointed at Lucius. Crazy right?? Jessica is forced to take over, while lucian's trial date inches closer and closer.
      I loved whatching Jessica bloom into a princess. She went from a scared little girl, to a confident young women. and the mistery was really cool. While most people probablly figured out the murderer half way throught the book, Fantaskey puts alot of twists and turns that make the book much more entertaining.
      Unlike the first book, this book isn't just told from Jessica's point of view. It's told between four alternate point of view's: Jessica, Lucius, Mindy (Jessica's bestfriend), and Raniero (Lucians cousin). At first, some might think it would get confusing, but it actually wasn't. And it was so funny. Raniero and Mindy added to the comedy, which was perfect, considering the fact that Lucians speech always provides each and everyone of use with so many laughs. So triple the laughs in this book, guys!
      One of the best things about this series is the give and take realationship between Lucius and Jess. Neither one dominates their relationship. Ms Fantaskey introduces a new romance in this novel: Mindy and Raniero (who has an interesting history). It goes from feisty to heart felt to laugh out loud funny, to tender. And just the thing now that Lucius and Jess are wed.
      The only issue I had with this book is that it lacked a lot of the constant romance, like with the first book. Obviously there’s a reason for that. With Lucius...well...being in jail and all. but I missed him a lot during this book. I mean, don't get me wrong. Lucise and Jess love each other, and they always will! He’s so strong, and noble and fierce and so incredibly in love with his wife. Just the way he speaks of her in his letters to Raniero,   that noble prose of his.....*swoon* There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for Jess and all hell would break loose if anyone ever hurt a hair on her head. But i couldn't help but wish that he and jessica where more together in this book.
     If you loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, then this is a must read! I hope Ms Fantaskey chooses to write more books in the Jessica series. Maybe kids? Little baby Lucians and Jessicas? Is that to much to ask?

Quotes:

“I also need you to "spread the word," quietly, that if any harm should come to Antanasia during my imprisonment, I will not only tear down these walls stone by stone, but -- once freed -- shatter the rule of law and destroy, with great satisfaction, anyone who arouses in me even the slightest suspicion. Indeed, if so much as one hair on my wife's head is disturbed while I cannot protect her, this kingdom will see retribution that will go down in the history books -- to be read by the very few who remain standing.
- Lucius”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica Rules the Dark Side


“Someday Jessica" he says quietly,"you will stand before me in this very room, as we prepare for some function which
we both dread, for we have been to so many in our years together, and you will smile and reach up to adjust my crooked tie, as you always do. And one of our children—perhaps our first son—will tug at your dress, demanding our attention. Then I will kiss you, and reach down to lift our child, thinking, How did I come to be so happy?”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica Rules the Dark Side


“Jessica: If we only have daughters?
Lucius: If we have only daughters, I will be the happiest vampire alive. For I have come to learn--from you--that a princess can be as powerful as a prince.”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica Rules the Dark Side


Sunday, January 13, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3) by James Patterson


Summary: In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them--but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

My thoughts:
The Maximum Ride series will always be one of my favorites series. Maybe even my favorite. And might I say, since I believe I forgot to before, that Maximum Ride is possibly the coolest name for a main character ever. Just sayin.
I actually had to re-read this book, because I already read it so long ago. Everything was well-written. The plot, the characters, everything. It was so suspenseful. I meant to read only the first part, and ended up finishing it by the end of the day! So much actions, all the time, and yet there are still so many personal aspects that draw in the readers and connect them to the characters. It's like your watching a movie or video game in your mind. The scenes were kick ass and Max and the flock are still incredibly awesome! I won’t spoil anything for you, but I have to say that James Patterson thought a lot of things through. Speaking of the author, there is too much humor here.
Like I just said, I'm totally attached to the characters. In fact, this is the #1 reason I am still reading and enjoying this series. The way the Flock has to fight and work together and survive is inspiring, despite how unrealistic it all is. There are a couple of new characters introduced in this book as well as the return of characters from previous books. New villians - Flyboys - are introduced as Eraser replacements and an evil scientist with an Shwartznegger accent is also introduced in this book. Other recurring characters are Jeb, Ari (who undergoes a dramatic personality chance,) Max's voice (whose identity is revealed,) and Max II from School's Out - Forever makes an appearance. Fang is my favorite. He is just so damn hot. I love his verion of "changing Max's mind". ;)
Everything just intensifys when the Flock splits up. I think that plot-changer definitely provided Patterson with the ammo necessary to do some huge character development. I liked to watch Fang's role become more crucial to the fate of the world (As Max's right-hand man, he is a leader and a role model). Plus, I thought it was important, and funny, for Max to have to swallow her pride and ask for help. It made her seem all the more human. I am such a big FAX (Fang&Max) supporter in this book. And in all of them.
Finally some of the questions that have been bugging the readers since book one are answered in book three. The results didn't really surprise me, but I appreciated them nonetheless. It was this "wrapping-up" effect that made Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports really great!
This book is great for reader that enjoy action with a dash of comedy and a bit of romance. Tis book is worth the read.

Quotes:

“What I said yesterday didn't mean anything! I love everyone in the flock! Plus, it was the Valium talking!"
"Uh-huh. You just keep telling yourself that. You looove me."
Max: (tries to punch him)
"Pick a tree. I'll go carve our initials in it."
Max: (screams and runs into bathroom)”
James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports


“Tell me again what we're doing here," I said, running a continuous scan of our surroundings.
Fang popped some Cracker Jack into his mouth. "We're here to watch manly men do manly things."
I followed Fang's line of sight: He was watching the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who were not doing manly things, by any stretch of the imagination.”
James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports


“You don't speak much, do you?" ter Borcht said, circling him slowly.
Fittingly, Fang said nothing.
"Vhy do you let a girl be de leader?" ter Borcht asked, a calculating look in his eye.
"She's the tough one," Fang said.
Dang right, I thought proudly.
"Is dere anysing special about you?" asked ter Borcht. "Anysing vorth saving?"
Fang pretended to think, gazing up at the ceiling. "Besides my fashion sense? I play a mean harmonica.”
James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports


“Walking over to Iggy, he poked him with his shoe. "Does anysing on you vork properly?"
Iggy rubbed his forehead with one hand. "Well, I have a highly developed sense of irony."
Ter Borcht tsked. "You are a liability to your group. I assume you alvays hold onto someone's shirt, yes? Following dem closely?"
"Only when I'm trying to steal their dessert," Iggy said truthfully.”
James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blog tour: Fallen (Guardian Trilogy Book 1) by Laury Falter (Exerpt + Giveaway[international])

Title: Fallen (Guardian Trilogy Book 1)

Author: Laury Falter

Release date: April 1, 2009

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

 
AMAZON  BARNES & NOBLE


SUMMARY:

"Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived"
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:





Laury Falter is the bestselling author of the Guardian Trilogy (Fallen, Eternity, & Reckoning). When she isn't writing, she likes to take her two stray dogs for walks and enjoy date nights with her husband.

Laury's debut novel, Fallen, hit Amazon's Top 100 list in three genres and the remaining two books in the trilogy made showings in the Top 100 of the same genres as well. With a new series available, Residue, about a teenage girl who learns she is a witch and falls in love with a boy from a feuding family, her reader following continues to grow rapidly.

Find out more newsabout Laury and her novels at: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads
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EXCERPT:

"So you’re warning me away from you?" I was appalled. "Then why are you doing this…guarding me at all? Why the torment? Why watch over me when you know that…that we should be more?" I felt on the verge of tears, which amazed me. How could pain be so sharp in the afterlife? "Answer me, Eran. Why?"

He sighed. "Because it is my job."

I gasped, more offended than I’d ever been. "I’m a job to you?" I stared at him and waited for his head to rise but he refused to look at me.

"Yes," he said weakly, defeated. His beautiful, rugged voice released as a whimper and the pain inside me grew. "You are just a job."

I didn’t think it was possible but the emptiness I’d felt with Eran being gone those many weeks held no comparison to the magnitude of what I was experiencing right now.

I felt as if I had been gutted.

"No…" I shook my head. "I don’t believe you because you see, Eran, I can feel your emotions run through me. Whether you want to admit them or not, I know how you feel about me."

Stunned, his head jerked up, his brilliant blue-green eyes drilling into mine. "You feel me too? How can that be?"

"I don’t know. But I do know that I feel in you the same emotions I have."

He groaned and turned away. "That’s not possible…" he muttered, pausing. When he spoke again his voice was strained, determined. I drew in a breath as the intensity of these emotions ran through me. "It doesn’t matter. I won’t let this happen. This will not happen…I will not let us be together."

"Because you are my guardian? Then let me make it easy on us…You’re fired."

"It doesn’t work that way, Magdalene," he said, quieter but still resolute.

"I didn’t want you to watch over me, Eran. I never asked for it."

As if he’d become an entirely new person, his reply was flat and detached. "You’re a messenger. You require a guardian. It’s as simple as that."

"Then we’ve just solved the issue, didn’t we?" I said causing him to finally look up. "This will be my last message. It’s from me to you…goodbye Eran."

Turning swiftly, I walked away just before the tears came.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

 
Summary: 
The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.


Rate:5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
    Ohh, I really enjoyed reading this. After about 60 pages I was so into the story I didn't feel like putting it down.
    This story is about identity, about understanding who you are and who you were born to be. There are many similarities to other YA books out there (Twilight, Vampire Academy are two that immediately came to mind), some cliches, but I felt so invested in the lives of Jessica and Lucius that their story seemed fresh and unique
    The Vampire prince, Lucius Vladescu from Romania, comes to find his betrothed, Jessica, or "Antanasia" (btw, I totally thought her name was Anastasia until about halfway through the book, when I realized it was spelled a bit funky) who doesn't know anything about the fact that she was born as a vampire princess in Romania. Jessica reacts in a very realistic manner when she hears the news; "You're all bleedin' mad." (not quoting her directly here) You would think that when something so serious and important is coming for you in your future, your parents would tell you about it... But no.
    Is it a frilly, lovey dovey, cute romantic story? No! Actually, towards the ending it turns out to be quite dark. Murder attempts, actual murder... self deprecation. But that's what makes it so refreshing. These creatures are VAMPIRES! They're not nice beings. They're scary and dangerous, and if Jessica is going to Romania she's obviously going to have to live in fear of maybe being murdered some day.
     Lucius's letters to his uncle were awesome and really gave insight to his struggles and desires. They were poignant, funny, full of wit, wisdom, and observations about everyday American life that were hilarious. The romance was very sweet, very YA, but also full of a passionate underlying sexual tension.
    Jessica is that one character who makes my eyes gleam and tear up with pride. She isn't one of those whiny, "I can't live without Edward," poor excuses of a female protagonist. Once Lucius enters the picture, her hostility and sarcasm and endurance are awe-inspiring. She was funny and  logical. I also loved Jessica's attempts at linking logic with the illogical.
     Lucius just makes me laugh. I just love how he's all snotty and disapproving and judgmental and "big vocabulary-ish". Yes, I've grown to be *swoon* for him, Lucius is that snobby, arrogant, rich-crazed vampire who gave me the laughs whenever!
    Because of this book, I have a feeling that vampire might exist. Okay, call me crazy but I do have that feeling. This book make vampire sound almost normal. I mean NORMAL to be standing in this world with extra-complicated human.
     So in conclusion, "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" is dark, humorous, a tad provocative, with a pinch of snark. Late teenage girls will fall for it, no doubt


Quotes:

“American women. Why do you all want to be nearly invisible? Why not have a physical presence in the world? Women should have curves, not angles. ...One should never confuse fashionable with beautiful. ...Eat. Be happy to have curves. A presence.”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side


“Where do you. come from?" Frank challenged, puffing his chest, a little bolder now that he could breathe. "Some of us are starting to wonder."
"I come from civilization," Lucius retorted. "You wouldn't be familiar with the territory. Now pick up the books.”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side



“Lucius paused, turning on his heel to face me. "I grow weary of your ignorance." He moved closer to me, leaning down and peering into my eyes. "Because your parents refuse to inform you, I will deliver the news myself,and I shall make this simple for you." He pointed to his chest and announced, as though talking to a child, "I am a vampire." He pointed to my chest. "You are a vampire. And we are to be married, the moment you come of age. This has been decreed since our births."

I couldn't even process the "getting married" part, or the thing about "decreed." He'd lost me at "vampire."

Nuts. Lucius Vladescu is completely nuts. And I'm alone with him, in an empty barn.

So I did what any sane person would do. I jammed the pitchfork in the general direction of his foot and ran like hell for the house, ignoring his yowl of pain. ”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side



“I like pink."
Lucius sniffed. "It's just red's sorry, weak cousin.”
Beth Fantaskey, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side


Sunday, January 6, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Selection (The Selection #1) By Kiera Cass


Summary:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined


Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:
     The Selection was described as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor - and if you know me a bit, you know that I love The Hunger Games! (BUT COME ON, WHO DOESN'T) They weren't that much alike, though. But I still loved The Selection. ALOT
    I'm gonna be honest with y'all. The only reason I first bought this book was because of the cover. Just look at it! That dress is Beautiful! Whoever made that dress is a genius. i wouldn't mind wearing that for a day!
    Okay, enough with the cover! This book was great! Kiera Cass wrote a book that was both entertaining and romantic. The whole setting was nice. What really got me clinging to this book, was Maxon! Don't get me wrong! i loved all the characters.....except Aspen (I'll explain later on)
      I loved the story in The Selection so much. It was just a ton of fun – and dystopians aren’t usually fun, per say. (ya know. It's usually blood and guts and WAR WAR WAR) I liked idea of the caste system a lot. And the idea of competing for the Prince’s attention. It was a combination of The Bachelor and Cinderella. And bonus heaviness with the war going on and what not.
      As for the characters in The Selection – I’m usually team original boy, but I honestly really only liked Aspen in the beginning. The other side of the triangle is Aspen. I don't like him. The little slime-ball dumped America because she gave him some food then had the balls to come crying back to her. NO! I hope she ends up with Maxon. When Prince Maxon entered the picture, I was like "Aspen who?"I love Maxon. He is totally misunderstood. He isn't stiff, aloof, mean. He's actually really sweet and CUTE. As for America herself, I was rooting for her the whole time and I liked her. I liked her independence and determination, and I think she’ll end up with Maxon (my opinion).
    All in all, I BETTER GET THE SECOND BOOK ASAP OR I WILL EXPLODE!! DO YOU FEEL MY PAIN, KIERA???
    The ending wasn't necessarily a cliffhanger. You weren't going "GASP! WHAT? DID THAT JUST HAPPEN??". It was more of a "Wow. I need the next book NOW!". Which reminds me.......I need the next book now!

Quotes:

“Do you think the ability to sleep in
counts as a special skill?” I asked Dad, trying to sound torn over the decision.
“Yes, list that. And don’t forget to write that you can eat an entire meal in under five minutes,” he replied. I laughed. It was true; I did tend to inhale my food.
“Oh, the both of you! Why don’t you just
write down that you’re an absolute heathen!” My mother went storming from the room.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection



“...Maxon lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.

Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, I could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper than any of that, I sensed that he adored me.

So this is what it felt like to be a lady.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection



“Mom was bossy. Even in print I could hear her tone, smugly congratulating me on already earning the prince's affections and telling me firmly to keep up whatever I was doing.
Yeah, Mom, I'll just keep telling the prince that he has absolutely no shot with me and offend him as often as I can. Great plan.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection


“- Just that. Your family must be very different from mine.
- I’d say so. - I laughed. - For one, no one wears their tiaras to breakfast.
- Maxon smiled. - More of a dinner thing at the Singer house?”
- “Of course.”
Kiera Cass, The Selection





    
   


BOOK REVIEW: Until I Die by Amy Plum




Summary:
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.


Rate: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Thoughts:
    I am so far behind! I read this book months ago and haven't gotten around to writing a review. When I read Die for Me last year, I fell in love with Amy Plum and her writing. This was no different. Although I had a hard time getting into the book; I found it a little slow to start, and nothing seemed to be happening for a while.I even got discouraged at one point because I felt like nothing was happening. But I am SO GLAD I kept going. It really starts to pick up near the middle, and from that point, I just had to know what was going to happen.
    Until I Die kinda surprised me.........in a good way. It didn’t suffer from “second book” syndrome! You know what I mean. In the first book our hero and heroine are working so hard to be together and then they finally get to, at the end. Only to find some sort of unobtainable obstacle in book two that pushes them apart. Ya know...like in the Hush Hush series, Twilight series, and  Evermore series! 
    But..no..it didn't . I kept waiting for it to happen, but nope! They did, though, have argument. Sure Vincent and Kate had their share of struggles, but they were together. And, sure they were keeping stuff from each other, but they would always eventually tell each other! These are stuff that normal couple go through too, so this made it all the more awsome.
    This sequal was great! I absolutlly love Ambrose and Jules! And I really missed Charlotte in this book. She was always someone I was looking forward to reading about in the first book. But, hey, Amy Plum had to switch it up a little. I also really liked how all the revenents love each other so much.  The unconventional family that they are all a part of. The addition of the new characters braught more entertainment, and action, which I loved. I really loved it all. Even though, I figued the bad guy out way before kate did.
    I really loved Plum's writing style. She make a reader feel like he is actually in paris, while this is all going down! You can tell that Plum has a wonderful understanding of the city.
    In a nutshell, I really like this book. It was a wonderful sequel to Die For Me, and that cliffhanger had me wishing I had the next book in my hands, NOW!

PS: I WANT A SPIN-OFF SERIES WITH JULES AS THE MAIN CHARACTER AND I WANT IT NOW!! (I saw a couple of people talking about this,and i totally agreed!)
   
Quotes:

“Still in one piece?” Vincent teased, pulling me close & planting a soft kiss on my lips. “After dirty-dancing with Jules, I’m not sure.”
― Amy Plum, Until I Die


“And I've got THIS," I pulled out the signum and held it up for him to see, "that says I'm kindred. And I've got THIS," I pointed at my head, "that says I'm as smart as you. And I have THIS," I held up my middle finger, "that says go to hell, you immortal bigot."
And with that I spun around and stomped out the door, filing the expression on Arthur's face in a mental folder labeled "Kate's Proudest Moments".”
― Amy Plum, Until I Die


“Those are pretty," She commented, leaning down to smell the flowers.
"They're from Violette," I said, watching for her reaction.
"They look like weeds," she replied, straightening.”
― Amy Plum, Until I Die











Wednesday, January 2, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Summary:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Rate: 5 out of 5 stars!

My thoughts:
WOW. This book.........is something! The plot was quite amazing. Fast-paced, & thrilling with enough romance and mystery to keep everyone in its grip. And what an iron-fast grip it is! You are wraped in from page 2 and you don’t want to let go for the world.
    The thing I loved the most about this book was the characters! All of the characters in City of Bones are really well-written and easily lovable. Isabelle is such a strong character. I would love to meet her.....or have her as a body guard. Either one's great! And i think it's awsome how Cassandra clare gave the gay population some voice, through Alec. Clary was a cool lead character and i loved how her and Jace had alot of snarky conversations. Which bring me to Jace! Jace … oh my, Jace! He’s the kind of boy that will melt your insides. He certinally has his bad qualities, yet, to me, they are all perfection!! *fan girl in lovvvvee* I know, i know....you're all probablly like "blahhh, Jace isn't perfect", but all his bad qualities make him way more realistic!
    His romance with Clary? Fast and furious. I personally think that they make a really beautiful couple - one that seems to love each other so beautifully that they put shame to other couples in the same room. I have no doubt that this *ahem obstacle* (NO SPOILER) will turn out to be not true because that just ruins the chances for these two and I kind of doubt any author would do that in the first book. On the other hand, I do NOT like Simon and Clary. To be honest, I feel like that was just thrown in for more entertainment and there’s really nothing there. Please, Cassandra, don’t turn this into a love triangle! Isn’t one person enough for you? And Please please please tell me Alec and Magnus Bane have a chance!! That’s something I’m rooting for even more than the others. I know there’s probably a huge age difference, but it’s not too great to be overcome, right?
    So overall, I’m just beating myself up for not reading this sooner! City of Ashes, where are you??? :)

Quotes:

“Don't order any of the faerie food," said Jace, looking at her over the top of his menu. "It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you're munching a faerie plum, the next minute you're running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not," he added hastily, "that this has ever happened to me.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don't say anything, they just nod. The nod means, 'I' am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,' but they don't say anything because they're Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“I forgot that's what gets you all hot and bothered, Jace, girls killing things."
"I like anyone killing things, especially me." he said with a smile.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“Investigation?" Isabelle laughed. "Now we're detectives? Maybe we should all have code names."
"Good idea," said Jace. "I shall be Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“Going round and around inside a dryer can be fatal, whereas pasta is rarely fatal. Unless Isabelle makes it.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones