In My Mailbox (38)

Hi everyone!! In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren!!

So this week I got some AWESOME books!! I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of The Selection by Kiera Cass..which I am SO excited to read!! Also, I got some pretty awesome books from my local library!! After debating whether I should read Divergent or not I decided to give Divergent a chance..I have heard awesome things about it so I finally decided to get it from the library.

Okay so here is what I received this week!!

Received for Review

 The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Thank you HarperTeen and Edelweiss for sending me copies of these awesome books!!

Received from the Library/Purchased



Divergent by Veronica Roth
Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

Well I will be having a lot of reading to do..I can't wait to start all of these awesome books!! What did you get in your mailbox this week?? What do you think of what I got?? Comment below and leave me some links :)

Giveaway Winner!!

Hi everyone!!

We have a winner for Oppression (Children of the Gods # 1) by Jessica Therrien!!

The winner is....

Savanna!

Thank you to everyone who entered and thank you Jessica for letting me host this giveaway!!
 

Follow Friday # 25

Hi everyone!! Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read!!

I hope everyone is having a great week!! Here is this week's question:

Q: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?

A: I normally read two books at a time and I switch back and forth between the two..it really just depends on the books I'm reading and such!! :) Sometimes though if I don't have a lot of schoolwork I'm reading a book on my kindle, a book on my iphone and two library books :D

Well what's your response?? Do you switch back and forth or read one book at a time? Comment below and let me know and don't forget to follow!!

Dark Passage by M.J. Putney Review

Name: Dark Passage (Dark Mirror # 2)
Author: M.J. Putney
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: September 13, 2011
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The Irregulars return home to 1803 England safely, but their worldview has changed. Not only have their heroic efforts at Dunkirk given them pride and confidence but their dangerous mission has increased their magical powers.
Tory delights in the ever deepening bond she shares with Allarde until she discovers how powerfully he is connected to his ancient family estate—the lands he will not inherit unless he denies his magical powers and chooses a nonmagical mate. If Tory really loves him, she must walk away—but does she have the strength to leave the love of her life?
Cynthia’s heroic efforts at Dunkirk have won her the respect of the Irregulars, but her sharp tongue keeps everyone at a distance. Isolated and very alone at Lackland Abbey over the Christmas holidays, she reluctantly agrees to join Jack Rainford and his family for their celebration even though they’re commoners, far below her own noble rank. The warm welcome of the Rainfords makes her feel happier and more accepted than she has ever been. But she can’t possibly be falling in love with flirtatious Jack! Can she?
Then the Irregulars are drawn into a dangerous attempt to rescue a vitally important French scientist from Nazi-occupied France. Tory and Allarde must work together because countless lives are at stake. Disaster strikes and not only is their mission threatened, but their very live
s. Can magic and their loyalty to each other help them survive to return home?-Goodreads

My Review:
Wow what a great sequel to a really fun series! Who wouldn't want to read about time travel, magic, and people from England in the 1800s? This book has all of my favorite things combined: paranormal, historical, and time travel (and British accents which is always a bonus!!).

One of my favorite parts about Dark Passage was the plot! It was definitely really really exciting/fast paced/mysterious all packed into one! I really liked seeing Tory and her friends go on a completely different adventure than the last book and also learn more about their powers and skills! It was also really fun to see how these teenagers from the 1800s reacted to what was going on in the 1940s. I really liked how M.J. Putney was able to portray this so well!!

I also really enjoyed reading more about the main character, Tory! It was interesting to see her progression from the first book into the second book and see her grow as a such a strong willed character! Of course (spoiler alert from the first book!) I also liked seeing her relationship with Allarde in this one!!

Overall, this definitely was a great sequel to a really great series!! I can't wait to read the next book, Dark Destiny, when it comes out soon!!

My Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Waiting on Wednesday 38: Violins of Autumn

Hi everyone!! Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!!

Name: Violins of Autumn
Author: Amy McAuley
Publisher: Walker & Company
Release Date: June 19th, 2012
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When the Germans begin bombing London in World War II, Betty is determined to do her part. Instead of running air raid drills like most girls her age, she lies about her age and trains to become a spy. Now known by her secret agent persona, Adele Blanchard, she finds herself parachuting over German-occupied France under the cover of darkness to join the secret Resistance movement. Prepared to die for her cause, Adele wasn’t expecting to make a new best friend in her fellow agent or fall for a handsome American pilot. With the brutality of war ever present, can Adele dare to dream of a future where the world is at peace and she is free to live and love of her own accord? -Goodreads

My Thoughts:
 The first thing that caught my eye of the Violins of Autumn was the cover!! It's so pretty!! I really like the swirling colors in the background. The plot of this book sounds really interesting too..I love historical fiction books and this one sounds awesome because the main character is a spy! Can't wait to check this one out :)

Well what are you waiting for this week?? What do you think of my choice?? Comment below!!

Destined by Aprilynne Pike Review

Name: Destined
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
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Thank you Harper Teen for sending me an ARC copy of this book!!

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.
Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.
Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.
She hated how much it felt like good-bye.-Goodreads

My Review:
What a great ending to a really fun series!! This book definitely was jamb packed with action and did not disappoint! Destined starts us off right into the action, which I really liked! One of my favorite parts about this book was that I never knew what was coming next! Aprilynne Pike really kept me on my toes and I really liked that about this book!! I also really liked how this one was a little bit more fast paced and not too slow/dragged out. Sometimes the last book in a series can be really long and can go on forever, but that didn't happen with Destined at all!!

Another part of this book that I enjoyed was the romance between Laurel and Tamani! I really loved seeing their relationship progress through the last three books and it was great to see it go on in this book. I don't want to give away and spoilers but I will say I am happy with the ending!

The only complaint I have with this book is that I got a little bit confused by all the characters..at times it was hard to tell who was who!

Overall, I enjoyed Destined and if you are a fan of the series this one won't disappoint!!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

400 Follower Giveaway Winner!!

Hi everyone!! Thanks to everyone who entered my 400 follower giveaway!!

And so..the winner is..Sarabara081!!

Thanks again everyone and be on the lookout for other giveaways soon :D

In My Mailbox (37)

Hi everyone, In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

I hope everyone is having a good week..who saw the Hunger Games?? I did and I thought it was INCREDIBLE!! What are your thoughts??

Okay so here is what I got this week:
Received for Review

Elemental by Emily White (thank you Spencer Hill Press for sending me a copy for review!!)

Received from the Library/Purchased (everything is from the library this week!!)

Austenland by Shannon Hale
 A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Dark Passage by M.J. Putney
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

Well that's all I got this week..what did you get in your mailbox?? What do you think of what I got?? Comment below and leave me some links (and your comments on the Hunger Games movie as well!!)

The Hunger Games Movie

Okay so I just got back from the Hunger Games after seeing it with a few friends..and all I can say was that it was INCREDIBLE!! This movie really blew me away..from the details, to the actors..I loved every second of it!! It was so fun to see all of my favorite scenes come alive on the screen and I fell in love with this series all over again!!

Jennifer Lawrence is amazing as Katniss..and I now have a new found love for Josh Hutcherson as Peeta..I think I love Peeta ever more than I did before!!

Overall..I really really enjoyed the Hunger Games. Definitely one of the best book to movie adaptations I have seen in awhile!! I can't wait to see Catching Fire!!

So what did you think of The Hunger Games?? Are you planning on seeing it?? Comment below!!

Follow Friday # 24

Hi everyone!! Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read!!

Okay so who's excited to see the Hunger Games this weekend??!! I am seeing the movie tomorrow so I will definitely be doing a recap post here :)

Anyways..here is this Friday's Question!!

Q: What is the longest book you have read? What are your favorite 600+ reads?

A: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has to be one of the longest books I have read actually almost all of the Harry Potter books are very long so the whole series counts haha..and the Sweetest Far Thing by Libba Bray was a really long read. The Twilight series also were very long books and Beautiful Chaos also was a long read!!
For school, Crime and Punishment was up there on the list of really long reads..A Tale of Two Cities as well. Tess of the D'Urbevilles also was a long read that I had to read for school. Books that I all really enjoyed!!

My absolute favorite over 600 page read has to be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix..who doesn't love the Harry Potter series :)

Well what's been your longest read and which ones are your favorites??

Comment below and don't forget to follow :)

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review (Blog Tour Stop!!)

Hi everyone!! Today I am a part of the Pure Blog Tour Stop hosted by Stuck In Books!!
Check out my review below and don't forget to enter to win a copy of Pure (see giveaway on bottom)!!

Name: Pure

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
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Thank you Spencer Hill Press for sending me an ARC copy of this book!!

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.
-Goodreads

My Review:
When thinking about a word that came to mind to describe how I felt once I finished Pure, I would have to go with AMAZING. I was a little bit unsure at first how much I would like Pure, especially since sometimes the second book in some series have been disappointing to me..but this book definitely didn't disappoint!!

Of course, one of my favorite parts about this book was the plot!! I was immediately swept back into the world of Alex, Seth, and Aiden, and I couldn't put this book down! It was really fun to read about Alex training more at the covenant and seeing her progress with her skills! I also liked learning a little bit more about the daimons and also learning about new mythology in this book. I also liked how Jennifer L. Armentrout was able to make the mythology her own, and take a new spin on greek mythology instead of following the original formula and I like seeing different twists on classic myths.

Another aspect of this book which I loved was the romance!! Usually I'm not a huge fan of love triangles/forbidden romances but Jennifer L. Armentrout really made it work so it didn't seem like a love triangle at all. (spoiler alert if you haven't read the first book) I really loved both of Alex's relationship's with Aiden and Seth. With Seth, it's a lot more unpredictable and wild, but with Aiden it feels very passionate and caring. I know that I can't decide which boy I like more..both are great guys in their own way!!

Their were definitely many moments in this book that I didn't see coming at all which was really nice. I like to be kept on my toes when I'm reading a book and I really liked how Jennifer L. Armentrout was able to keep the plot suspenseful. Pure definitely was an emotional ride, some moments I was laughing and other moments I was about to cry. These are the books that I really love and feel that I can really get into and enjoy.

Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the main character Alex! She is a really great, strong willed character. I like how she is able to stand up for herself but is also really real and relatable to a regular teenage girl.


Overall, I really enjoyed Pure, just as much as I loved Half-Blood!! I highly recommend this book to fans of Greek Mythology, and people who want a great paranormal read! I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Deity, which will be published in the fall.

My Rating: Five out of Five Stars


Giveaway Time!
To gain an entry in either or both of the tour giveaways for Pure, leave a comment here letting me know whether you are Team Aiden or Team Seth and why (I gotta say that I love both of them equally :)). Then go to StuckInBooks and/or A Cupcake and a Latte with this link to complete you entry.
Make sure to check out the rest of the tour stops at this link and use the hashtag #PureTourJLA on twitter.

Waiting on Wednesday 37: First Comes Love

Hi everyone!! Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!!


Name: First Comes Love
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
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Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.
What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry


My Thoughts:
This book sounds really intriguing!! Sounds like a really great contemporary romance. I have heard really great things about the first book Katie Kacinsky has written so I definitely want to check this one out!! I'm not a huge fan of the cover but I still am looking forward to reading this one!!

Well what do you think of my choice?? What are you waiting for this week?? Comment below!!
Just wanted to thank everyone who has followed my blog!! I just reached 500 followers!! Thank you everyone!!!!

Wilde's Fire Author Interview

Hi everyone!! Today I have Krystal Wade, author of Wilde's Fire, here for an interview!!


Can you tell us a little about your novel, Wilde's Fire?
This is one of those questions that makes crickets chirp in my head. Just kidding. Wilde's Fire is the first in my Darkness Falls trilogy, and it's a story about fate, betrayal, choosing between right and wrong, and about love. Especially love. Oh, and there may be swords and fire. Not promising anything.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Creation. When you write, you are a god or goddess. If you want the sun to shine, you make it so. If you want rain, thunder, lightning, war, peace, flowers, butterflies—whatever makes you happy, or whatever suits your sinister fancy—you create it. I have to admit, my characters DO NOT follow by this rule. I may be able to control the world, but not the people in it.


Where did you get the idea for this series?
It all started with an image. Picture a dense, lush, green forest. Now imagine a young girl, late teens/early twenties—ivory skin, dark brown hair, innocent as can be—reaching out to touch something shimmering in said forest. Yeah, that's what FORCED me to write, but not exactly what happened.

I know Wilde's Fire. is the first of many in this series, how many books are you thinking of writing for Darkness Falls?
There will only be the three. I've considered a spin off trilogy based on a character from one of the other worlds associated with Wilde's Fire, but it all depends on if that character continues calling to me or not. Right now, she's not.


Do you plan on writing any other books in different genres?
I started a suspense novel, The Crow, geared more toward an older audience, but part of me wants to tear it up and make it a thriller ya. We'll see. The inspiration for this novel came to me when I was driving to work. A mocking bird chased a crow through an open field, dive-bombing the nest-stealing monster. The story was born, but I had to set it aside to finish Wilde's Army (the second in the Darkness Falls trilogy).

I have multiple other ya stories planned, but most of them are in the fantasy genre.


What was your favorite book growing up and why?
You're all going to laugh at me. My favorite book was a book of poetry: Where the Sidewalk Ends. As a child, I loved poetry. We didn't live close to a library, and "back then" books weren't as easy to come by as they are now. So, I'd check this book out from school over and over. I wrote a ton of poems and submitted them to contests. Some won, some didn't. But my passion was born. Thank you Shel Silverstein!


Are there any books you would recommend to fellow bloggers and readers out there?
The best book I've read since The Hunger Games is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I mentioned to an author friend of mine that I'd like my book and Michelle Hodkin's book to meet and have babies. I know it's fast, but umm, I know they'd fall in love. ;-)


Last question..if you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
You saved the hardest for last? Well, if I only get to choose one place, I'd have to go with . . . Ireland—no, wait, Bora Bora. That's not it either . . . . You know why this is so difficult? There are a million places I haven't been and a million places I'd love to see. My husband and I joke all the time that we need to travel around America first. There are still quite a few of the fifty states we haven't visited. One day . . . .

Thank you so much for having me! I certainly appreciate it, and Kate and Arland do, too. ;-)


You can download Wilde's Fire for only $1.99. They have multiple electronic formats (even the Mobi for Kindle, iBooks, etc).
www.krystal-wade.com
@krystalwade

Thank you Krystal for stopping by and answering my questions!!

The Season by Sarah MacLean Review

Name: The Season
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: March 1st, 2009
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Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.


When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!-Goodreads

My Review:
So I haven't read really any historical romance YA books in awhile so when I saw this one at my local library I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad that I did!! I seriously need to read more historical romance ya books!

One of my favorite parts about this book was the plot!! It was really fun to see the main character Alex, interact with her friends, and of course the dashing Gavin! It was interesting to read about life during the 1800s in England and how important "The Season" was!! I really liked how the plot of this book wasn't too slow, but it wasn't too fast either which was nice. I also loved how the romance progressed in this book between Gavin and Alex. It was nice to see them as life-long friends and see their relationship change into a romantic one!

I also really liked the main character, Alex! She is very independent and strong willed, especially for a character living in the 1800s where women didn't have much of a say as they do now. Alex definitely was a very likeable character and I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character throughout the book!!

Overall, I really enjoyed the Season!! If you are looking for a historical ya book please check this one out!!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

In My Mailbox (36)

Hi everyone!! In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren!!

This week has been a pretty quiet book week which is nice because I am really behind on my reading!

Anyways..here is what I got this week!!

Received for Review:

The City's Son (The Skyscraper Throne, #1) by Tom Pollock (Thank you Netgalley and Flux!!)


Purchased/Received from the Library
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles # 3) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Oppression (Children of the Gods # 1)by Jessica Therrien
Earth (Elemental # 1) by Shauna Granger

Well..that's all I got this week!! What did you get in your mailbox?? What do you think of what I got?? Comment below and don't forget to leave some links!!

Oppression (Children of the Gods # 1) by Jessica Therrien Review

Name: Oppression
Author: Jessica Therrien
Publisher: ZOVA books
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
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Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.-Goodreads

My Review:
Overall, I really enjoyed Oppression!! I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked it up. I am a huge fan of Greek mythology books so that definitely caught my eye when I first heard about this book.

One of my favorite parts about this book was the plot! I really liked this new take on Greek mythology..it is very original and I really enjoyed seeing it in a different light! The plot also was the perfect pace for me, not too fast and not too slow. It was easy to follow along with and I found myself really enjoying the different plot twists that came along with this book!

I also really liked the main character in this book, Elyse! She is a very likable character and she is willing to do anything to help her friends which I really liked seeing. I also liked that she didn't really know who she was at the beginning of the book and it was interesting to see her learn about herself as the reader learned as well!

In the end, I really enjoyed this book and I definitely would recommend it to Greek mythology fans out there or people who are looking for a new read! I can't wait for the next book in the series!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Follow Friday # 23

Hi everyone!! Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read!!


I hope everyone is having a great week!! Whose excited to see the Hunger Games next week?? I know I am!!

Okay so here is this Friday's question:

Q: What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?

A: Hmmm this is a tough one!! I really can't choose just one..so I think I'm going to have to pick three because I've read so many awesome books lately! So my choices are Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and Embrace Jessica Shirvington and Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Alison Moulton!

 All of the above books had AWESOME plots that totally had me hooked..and amazing characters as well!

For a book that I didn't really love..I'm probably going to have to go with Legacy by Molly Cochran. I liked the overall premise of the story but it just didn't really click for me. Overall, this was definitely an okay book for me!




So what do you think of my response?? What were your favorite/least favorite books that you have read this past month??

Don't forget to enter my 400 follower giveaway and my giveaway of Oppression by Jessica Therrien!!

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter Review

Thank you Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy of Goddess Interrupted!!

Name: Goddess Interrupted
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
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Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
-Goodreads

My Review:
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked up Goddess Interrupted. After being blown away by The Goddess Test, I was really excited about reading this one..but I was a little bit nervous about not loving it as much as the first! Of course this book definitely didn't disappoint and immediately I was drawn into the story!

One of my favorite parts of Goddess Interrupted was the plot! It was very action packed and there were definitely no dull moments for sure! The introduction of Persephone was also fun to read about as well. After learning so much about her from the previous book, I was hoping we would finally be able to meet her! I really liked reading the scenes that Persephone was in and seeing her interact with Kate also was really fun to read about!

Of course this book made me like the main character, Kate, even more! She really shined as a character for me and I really enjoyed seeing her progress as a character throughout this book (and through the first one!). She is really willing to fight for what she believes in and is never willing to give up!

The only part of this book that disappointed me was Kate's relationship with Henry. I really thought that they would have more scenes together and we would be able to see their relationship grow, but sadly that didn't really happen towards the end of the book. I really wished that we could have seen more of Henry in this book..especially with Kate! There were definitely some moments where I was really frustrated with Henry..especially for the lack of relationship he had with Kate..but by the end things had turned around and my feelings of frustration drifted away :)

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend The Goddess Test series..especially if you love greek mythology!! I can't wait for the next book in the series..especially with the awesome cliffhanger we were left with at the end!


My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Waiting on Wednesday 36: Silence

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine!
 This week's choice is:


Name: Silence
Author:
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
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“It began in the graveyard. Ever since her boyfriend Nathan died in a tragic accident Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags. And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death….”-Goodreads


My Thoughts
I love the cover of this book!! It is SO pretty! The colors are gorgeous as well!! The plot of this book sounds really intriguing as well..I don't really read books with ghosts in them so this one will be a really different read for me but I definitely want to give it a try! I can't wait to see what happens when I read this one!!

Well what do you think of my choice? What are you waiting for this week?? Comment below and let me know what you think!! Don't forget to enter my 400 follower giveaway and giveaway of Oppression as well :)

Oppression Author Interview and Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!! Today I have Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1).

Can you tell us a little about your novel, Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1)?

The best way to do that is to give you the back cover blurb, so here you go :)

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?

My favorite part is finishing the first draft and reading through it for the first time. That’s when I get to make all of the fun changes without worrying how they will affect the rest of the book. Putting the finishing touches on the manuscript is a lot of fun.

Where did you get the idea for this series?

I knew I wanted to write a YA paranormal type of novel, and I remembered learning that some places in Greek mythology are actually thought to exist in the world today (the city of Troy for example). That got me thinking, what if the Greek gods were real too, but people only mistook them for gods. If people had supernatural abilities back then, society would have most likely treated them like gods. It was a cool concept that seemed like a feasible explanation for a paranormal storyline.

I know Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1). is the first of many in this series, how many books are you thinking of writing for Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1)?

Oppression is one of three books in my Children of the Gods series. It’s possible there will be more than that, but I’m aiming for three.


Do you plan on writing any other books in different genres?

Yes. I’d love to write a memoir. I really do love YA, though. I have a few other YA ideas that keep popping into my head from time to time.


What was your favorite book growing up and why?

Harry Potter. No question. Those books made me realize I truly loved to read. They changed how I thought of books. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Harry Potter, as I’m sure the rest of the world will, too.

Are there any books you would recommend to fellow bloggers and readers out there?

BLOOD RED ROAD!!! I honestly don’t know if I’ve read anything so genius in my life. It’s BRILLIANT. I really envy Moira Young for her talent. It’s the kind of book I read as an author and think, I want to write like this.

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Forever (Fateful # 3) by Cheri Schmidt Review

Name: Forever
Author: Cheri Schmidt
Release Date: January 15th, 2012
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Danielle and Ethan may have solved their problem with vampires, but other magical beings have taken interest in the ones who discovered the cure.
On the run trying to escape a gaggle of evil pixies, a clan of creepy werewolves, a coven or two of wicked witches, and a school of lovely but malicious mermaids, they fight to have a normal life. But that isn't so easy when the only aid they have is from slightly dishonest fairies and flirtatious vampire bodyguards.
This is Danielle and Ethan's happily forever after....-Goodreads

My Review:
What a great end to a really fun series!! Ever since I started this series last year, I was hooked on the fun story and the two main characters, Danielle and Ethan, and I couldn't wait to see what would be in store for them in book three!!

One of my favorite parts about this book (and the series!) is the relationship that Danielle and Ethan have! Cheri Schmidt does a really great job showing how the two care about each other and how they are both willing to do anything for each other..which is very romantic :)

I also liked the plot of this book! It wasn't too slow or too fast which was nice..and I really liked how different mythological creatures were incorporated in the book. It wasn't just a book about vampires, but it also had fairies, pixies, werewolves, witches, and more!

Overall, I was really happy with the ending of this book..even though I'm sad to see the series end! If you are looking for a fun read (with British accents!!) look no further and check this series out!!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

In My Mailbox (35)

Hi everyone!! In my Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren!!

Okay so here is what I got this week..

For Review


 Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould (Thank You Delacorte books for young readers and Netgalley!)
The Peculiars by Maurren Doyle McQuerry (Thank you Amulet books and Netgalley!)
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel (Thank you Random House and Netgalley!)
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (Thank You Speak and Netgalley!)

Received from the Library


 A Countess Below The Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
The Season by Sarah MacLean
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Everneath by Brodi Ashton

As you can tell..I got lots of books this week so I have a lot of reading to do!!
What did you get this week?? What do you think of the books I got?? Comment below and don't forget to enter my 400 follower giveaway :)

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington Review

Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC copy of Embrace!!


Name: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 6th, 2012
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It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”


Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.
Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.
A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…-Goodreads 

My Review:
Before reading this book, I heard really great things about it from my Australian blogger friends (where the book was published a lot earlier then the US) so I was SO excited when Embrace came for me in the mail!

Once I started Embrace, I could not put it down! I was sucked into the mythology and the plot and I really want to see what happened next! I have read a lot of different angels books, and this one really stood out to me. It was fun to read and learn about how the angel mythology worked in this book and how different it was from other Angel books I have read.


One of my favorite parts about this book was the main character, Violet! It was interesting to read about her development as a character and to see her progress throughout the novel. She is a really strong willed and independent character and of course I love seeing that in ya books. There were definitely some moments where I was cheering for her and some moments where I was questioning what she was doing. These types of characters are always my favorite-they always keep me guessing and I really loved that about Violet! I never knew what she would do next!

Of course I really liked the plot of Embrace! It was really original and fast paced..but it wasn't hard to keep up! I also liked how Jessica Shirvington really kept the reader guessing..there were many moments in Embrace that I didn't see coming!!

I also really liked reading about Phoenix and Lincoln-both completely opposite boys, but they both care for our main heroine-Violet. It was fun to read scenes of both boys and I could decide which one I liked better :)

Overall, I highly recommend reading Embrace! If you are looking for a fun paranormal ya book or want to read a new book with angels in it..check this book out!!

My Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Don't forget to check out my Embrace Guest Post done by the author Jessica Shirvington!