Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 8: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Name: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: September 29th, 2011

So posting is still going to be weird this week because of no power :(
I am SO excited for this book!! I think I have read Anna and The French Kiss at least four times! Anyways, I am really jealous of all the people who have read this book! I have heard nothing but great things!

What really caught my eye about this one was the cover! I love Lola's(at least I think it's Lola?) wig. I also think that I am going to really enjoy the characters in this book as well!
And lastly, the one thing that I am super excited about is that Anna and St. Clair will be in this one!! Yes!!!

Can't wait to get my hands on it!!

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door-Goodreads

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 2

Okay, So I haven't really done teaser Tuesday in a while, but since with my lack of power I am in the middle of a few books, but I am not completely finished with any. So here is a teaser from a book that I am reading!

Teaser Tuesday is hosted Should be Reading

Current Read:
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Random Page:

Teaser: The goat was in the tree again. I hadn't even known goats could climb trees."

happy reading :)

Hopefully I will be able to post tomorrow!


Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of posts! I have been without power because of the storm :( so I am using the internet at my local library. I will try to get a review in later and hopefully I can do Waiting on Wednesday tomorrow!

Posts will be a little weird this week until I get power back!

Happy reading :)


Saturday, August 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (9)

In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

Hey everyone! This week I am doing In my mailbox because of the storm that is coming close to the east coast. I might not have power for a few days so I decided to get one last post in!

Anyways, the most exciting thing that I got this week was Half-Blood!!! I was very excited when it arrived in the mail!
Okay on with the awesome books I got this week from my library/netgalley (and two from authors)!

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (received from the publisher!)

Entwined by Heather Dixon (from my Library)

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen (from my Library)

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski (from Netgalley)

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (from Netgalley)

Antara by Marilena Mexi (from the Author)

Escape From Verona by David Gray (from Netgalley)

Next week, in my mailbox will hopefully be on its normal day!

Well, I will be reading a lot this weekend! What do you think of the books I got? What books did you receive? Comment Below!!!

P.S. be on the lookout for a giveaway soon to celebrate my 100 followers :)


Friday, August 26, 2011

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard Review

Name: Ripple
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Release Date: July 21st, 2011
272 pages

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she's ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?-Goodreads

My Review:

After reading Mandy Hubbard's novel, Prom and Prejudice, this year, I found myself looking for myself searching for more of her novels and soon I found myself with Ripple!

This summer I have read a lot of books about sirens, none of them quite like the other. I really enjoyed this one! The mythology in Ripple was really interesting and different compared to other books about sirens.

I also liked the romance in this novel! It was nice to see that Lexi had someone who cared for her!

Overall, I recommend this novel to anyone who wants a summer read and who wants to read about sirens!

My Rating:

Four out of Five Stars

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 1) by Marc Johnson Review

Name: Catalyst
Publisher: Longshot Publishing
Release Date: March 19th, 2011

For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.

Far from home, Alexandria's princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess-and change the world.

Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.

Now Hellsfire must leave all he's ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power-power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can't, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.

In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn..

My Review:

A few weeks ago I received this book from the author to review for my blog and I really enjoyed this book! It had action, adventure and romance! All of the things that I enjoy in a good young adult fantasy novel!

The one thing I did not really enjoy was that the beginning of the book went very slowly and I felt that it was dragging on for too long. But after the beginning, I found myself really enjoying this book!

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves young adult fantasy novels!

My Rating:
Four out of Five Stars

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Goddess Interrupted

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!
Name: Goddess Interrupted
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Author: Aimee Carter
Release Date: January 2012

I am super excited for this book!! I really enjoyed the first book in the series and I am really excited to see where this next book takes us! I absolutely love the cover of this one! It's gorgeous! I can't wait to see what happens between Henry and Kate and if haven't read the first book in the series The Goddess Test you should all check it out!

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.

So what do you all think? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Comment Below!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton Review

Name: Darkness Becomes Her (Gods and Monsters # 1)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
320 Pages

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

My Review:

So I have heard some really great things about this book, so I decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad that I did! I really enjoyed this novel!

When I first started this novel I had know clue that it had Greek Mythology in it at all (which is one of my favorite things to read about) and I was surprised/happy to find that this book did!

I really liked the main character Ari! I loved seeing her journey throughout the novel to figure out who she was and I liked seeing her progress as a character.

Overall, if you like paranormal books/Greek mythology/romance, check this book out! You won't regret it!

My Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mercy by Rebecca Lim Review

Name: Mercy
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release Date: October 19th, 2010
288 pages

A fallen angel haunted by her past. Yearning for her immortal beloved. Forever searching for answers.Who will show her Mercy?

Mercy has lost herself. She can’t count how many times she’s “woken up” in a new body, and assumed a new life, only to move on again and again. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by him. Mercy’s heart would know him anywhere. But her memory refuses to cooperate.

But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen year old reeling from the loss of his twin sister who was kidnapped two years ago. Everyone else has given up hope, but Ryan believes his sister is still alive. Using a power she doesn’t fully comprehend, Mercy realizes that Ryan is right. His sister is alive and together they can find her. For the first time since she can remember, Mercy has a purpose; she can help. So she doesn’t understand why the man in her dreams cautions her not to interfere. But as Ryan and Mercy come closer to solving the dark mystery of his sister’s disappearance, danger looms just one step behind.

Will Mercy be able to harness her true self and extraordinary power in time?

The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery and the supernatural into a spell-binding tale.

My Review:

Overall, this was an average book. Nothing in it really stood out to me as amazing. What I did really like about the book was that Mercy "wakes up" in a new body, not really remembering who she is. I wish the novel was more about Mercy figuring out who she was and why she is this way then trying to fit in in her new body.

I did really like the character Ryan in the book. He was willing to do anything to find his twin sister and I really liked that part about him.

This book was not really for me, but I might give the second book another chance!

My Rating: Three out of Five Stars

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

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

This week I got some great books from my library/netgalley!

My library has been giving me some great books recently so I am very thankful to them!

Anyways, on with the books!

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Wood (I recently reviewed this book on my blog)

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott

Wanderlove by Kristin Hubbard (from Netgalley)

Well that's all I got this week! What did you get in your mailbox? What do you think of these books? Comment Below!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Everblue (Mer Tales # 1) by Brenda Pandos Review

Name: Everblue
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Release Date: July 30th, 2011

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

My Review:
Who doesn't love the cover of this book??! It's gorgeous! That was one of the first things that caught my eye when I first heard about this book.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a great summer beach read! I really liked plot of this story, even though it kind of reminded me of other mermaid books, it was still really different and I enjoyed it!

I also liked the romance between Ash and Fin throughout the novel! I don't want to give anything away but it was nice to see their relationship progress throughout the novel!

The only thing that bothered me was the end. It felt really rushed which I did not love. But nevertheless, I am really excited for the next book in the series!

If you like mermaids and are looking for a summer beach read, check this book out!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon Review

Name: Dead Beautiful
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release Date: September 21st, 2010
480 pages

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

My Review:
I received this book from my library a couple days ago and I could not put it down! Overall, I really enjoyed this book!!

The plot was really unique! I had never read a book like this! It was refreshing to read something different then werewolves or vampires (not saying that I don't like to read them!).

The only problem I had with this book was it seemed to drag on for a little bit. I wish it was a little bit shorter because at times it felt like their were unnecessary parts.

If you love paranormal romance check this book out!!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 7: Half-Blood

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Half-Blood (Covenant # 1)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: October 18th, 2011

Is it October yet??! I am super excited for this book! I actually read the prequel to this book a few days ago (link to this free ebook is here: and it got me even more hooked to this book! I love books with any type of mythology (especially Greek Mythology) so I know this is going to be a great read!
Side Note: Isn't the cover gorgeous? I love the colors!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay Review

Name: Juliet Immortal
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 9th, 2011
304 pages

"These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

My Review:
Since I reviewed the Juliet Spell yesterday, I thought I should keep up the Romeo and Juliet trend and review Juliet Immortal today!

I have read some previous reviews about this book and some people said that if you did not like Romeo and Juliet, you would love this book, while if you liked Romeo and Juliet you would not like this book. I am actually a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet and I really enjoyed this book!

The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the cover! It's so pretty! I actually featured this book a couple weeks ago on waiting on Wednesday!

Anyways, one of my favorite parts about this book was plot. The story was so unique, and I was really intrigued throughout the story. I also really liked the character of Juliet, she was so strong willed and very different then the character in Shakespeare's play.
I also loved the Romeo and Juliet references throughout the novel :)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was a great summer read and everyone should check it out!

My Review:
Five out of Five Stars

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees Review

Name: The Juliet Spell
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
304 pages

I’m Juliet.

At least, I wanted to be.

So I did something stupid to make it happen.

Well, stupid and wonderful.

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.

Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed....

Will Romeo steal her heart before time steals him away?

This book was received as an ARC from Netgalley!

My Review:
When I first heard about this book I thought it sounded really interesting, and I thought the cover was amazing! I actually really enjoyed Romeo and Juliet in school so I thought this would be a great fun read!

Overall, I enjoyed this book but at times it felt rushed. I also didn't love the main character, Miri that much. She just did not really stand out as the protagonist for me.

The other thing I did not really like was how Miri's mother reacted so well to have Edmund in her house. It just did not feel realistic at all.

Overall, this was book was a fun read, but it was not what I was expecting.

My Rating:
Three out of Five Stars

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox (7)

In my Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This week I did not get a lot of books because I have gotten so many from my library in the past few weeks that I have to finish those ones up!

Anyways, on with the books!

Everblue by Brenda Pandos

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Well, that's all I got this week! What do you think of these books? What books did you receive this week? Comment Below!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Undercurrent (Siren # 2) by Tricia Rayburn Review

Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: July 12th, 2011
352 pages

The sirens are back, but Vanessa may be the biggest threat of all. . . .

Nothing has been normal since Vanessa Sands learned that her sister was murdered by sirens—femme fatales of the watery depths—and that everything she believed about her family was a lie.

Her boyfriend Simon’s been the only person Vanessa feels she can really trust. But now there are some secrets she can’t tell even him. And when Vanessa finds herself in the sights of Parker, Hawthorne Prep’s resident charmer, she needs someone to confide in more than ever. Doubting her relationship with Simon, unsure of Parker’s intentions—and of her own—and terrified by what she’s learned about herself, Vanessa has never felt so alone.

But personal problems must be put aside, because the Winter Harbor sirens are back for revenge. Now, Vanessa must face her past and accept that she is just like her enemies—every bit as alluring, every bit as dangerous.

The eagerly anticipated second novel of the Siren trilogy, Undercurrent is a seductive paranormal romance that will leave you breathless.-Goodreads

My Review:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was super excited when I got this book from my library last week!

When I first started this book, I was really into it and was loving everything that was happening. But soon,I felt that it getting a little bit confusing and their were too many subplots going on.

However, I really liked seeing Vanessa grow as a character throughout this novel (and throughout the last one as well). And I really like Simon!!! Every time he is in a scene I get really excited!

Overall, I really liked this book, but not as much as the first one. But I will still be checking out the next book in the series!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 6: Wings of the Wicked

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Release Date: February 14th, 2012

I am super excited for this one. I LOVED Angelfire (the first book in the series) and this one looks even better then the first one! The cover is gorgeous too! I can’t wait to hear more of Ellie’s story and see where this book takes us!

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay- Goodreads

So what do you guys think? Has anyone read Angelfire? If you have are you excited for this one? Comment Below!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa Review

Name: Iron Knight (Iron Fey # 4)
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: October 25, 2011
386 pages
This is an ARC received from Netgalley!

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:
When I got this book on my kindle a couple of days ago, I literally screamed because I was so excited for this book!!

The Iron Knight is definitely my favorite book out of the whole Iron Fey series! I was not sure how I was going to like it because it was from Ash's point of view, but as I read more and more of this book I found myself loving to hear Ash's side of the story.

One of the best part's of this book was Puck. He is HYSTERICAL. I was laughing almost every single time he spoke! He really is one of my favorite characters!

This book also made me love Ash even more then I did before. He is so dedicated to be with Meghan that he will do anything. Seeing him struggle to get to Meghan throughout the book made my heart break! I was rooting for Ash the whole time throughout the novel, and the end of the book made my heart soar!
Of course I won't give anything away, but I really enjoyed the end of the novel. It was a very satisfying way to end an awesome series!

Can't wait for more books from Julie Kagawa! If you haven't checked out the Iron Fey series you should, and for those who have, I hope you enjoy the Iron Knight as much as I did!

My Rating:
Five out of Five Stars

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Marked Son by Shea Berkley Review

Name: The Marked Son
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
334 pages
Received as an ARC from Netgalley!

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what.

When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.

Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death...
- Goodreads

My Review:
When I started this book last week, I was really into it! The Marked Son was fast paced and mysterious and I was really enjoying it. However, half way through the book I hit a road block. I just could not get myself to like this book that much anymore.

I found it really confusing at parts and I was not really understanding what was happening.

It had so much potential for me, but I just found myself really struggling with this one!
That being said, I still think you should all check it out and give it a chance, not every book is for everyone!

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sunday, August 7, 2011

In My Mailbox (6)

Hello fellow readers!
In my Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

This week I got some awesome books from my local library and NetGalley! I am going to have a lot of reading to do this week!

So on with the books!

The Lacey Chronicles # 2: The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards (from Netgalley)

The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Woods

Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (from Netgalley)

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Undercurrent (Siren # 2) by Tricia Rayburn

The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

Well, that's all I got this week! I better get started on all these books! I am going to have a reading filled week!

What do you think of the books I got? What did you receive this week? Comment Below!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Michael Grant's New Book and Story Experience!

Hello fellow readers!

I got an email a couple of days ago asking me to let you all know about Michael Grant's (the author of the Gone Series) new project that he is working on!

So here's what the email said:

"The missing son of a U.N. diplomat... the reemergence of a strange organization... a pair of society twins caught in the middle... this is just the beginning of "Go BZRK," a new transmedia experience from author Michael Grant.

If you're ready to take the plunge in an interactive story like you've never experienced before, visit and register with to take your first steps in a strange and compelling universe.

Filled with video, puzzles, community collaboration, and more, "Go BZRK" put YOU the player right in the middle of the action as you join Nexus Humanus and unravel a mystery that may hold the key to the fate of all mankind."

So register at and in the upcoming months we will be finding out more about "Go BZRK!!"

Here's some questions that Michael Grant has answered for us:

What is “Go BZRK”? Is this a book or some kind of interactive story?

Both. The book comes out this winter, but the interactive part starts now. One leads up to the other, but they're part of a complete package.

Why “transmedia”?

There are different approaches to transmedia. Most people take a single story and reproduce it on various platforms. My philosophy has been to make each element - ARG, app, web, book - a thing unto itself, each revealing some aspect of the world of BZRK. I've been fascinated with this is as a new way to tell stories. The book remains central, but now I can reach beyond the book and create a much more complete world. I can tell stories that enhance the book, and stories that parallel the book, and stories that are offshoots of backstory. I guess the answer to "why" is "because it's fun."

Is this the future of publishing?

I began a few years ago reaching out to publishers and saying we collectively needed to understand that the old models were dead or dying. I want publishing to survive, and of course I'd like my own career to thrive. So Egmont Publishing and my partners and I certainly hope this is a part of the future of publishing.

How long is this running? Is this part of a larger picture?

We'll be running this in several chunks between now and the book release this winter. Because these things have a hard start/stop point, August is a ramp-up phase. There'll be a lot of content coming out, but the experience really gets underway at the end of the month… just in time to distract the kids from their schoolwork.

What if someone wants to follow the story but doesn’t want to participate?

You don't have to do anything. You can do one thing and not another. But the deeper you plunge the wetter you get. I think every part of this is fun, I think people will enjoy the ARG, the app, the site and the books.

App? You've mentioned that a couple times now.

Just wait and see.

What can you tell us about the story? What is “BZRK”?

It's a battle for the soul and freedom of the human race carried out simultaneously in the world we know, and in a world that you're not going to expect. It's a world where if you make a false move, you're going to lose your mind.

Insanity… is this something you have a personal familiarity with?

The line between writer and crazy person is very thin. Both go around holding long, involved conversations with people who aren't there.

What’s this other world thing all about?

Do you really want spoilers? I'll tell you this. We'll be going "down in the meat." It's going to be vast, bloody, and beautiful.

Wait… isn’t this supposed to be for kids?

Adults like to flatter themselves that kids won't get, won't understand, won't be able to handle, more intense, more complex stories. That's nonsense. It's the adults who are easy to creep out or scare. Say the word "biopsy" in a room full of adults. Or "audit." See? Easy to scare. Kids are a tougher audience because kids think they're immortal.

Doesn't this look awesome? Can't wait to find out more about this great experience!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Warped by Maurissa Guibord Review

Name: Warped
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 11th, 2011
352 pages

Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.-Goodreads

My Review:

Warped was a really fun read!! The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the cover, isn't it awesome? I love everything about it!
One of the coolest parts about this book was the Tapestry combined with magic. It was really unique and I have never read a book with that in it before!

I also liked the relationship between William and Tessa. It was fun seeing a guy from the 1500s try to be with a girl in the 2000s!

Overall, this was a fun read! If you like paranormal romance this one is for you!

My Rating:
Four out of Five Stars

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 5: A Temptation of Angels

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Title: A Temptation of Angels
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Author: Michelle Zink
Release Date: March 20th, 2012

This book looks AWESOME!! It has my favorite types of things in it: historical fantasy and paranormal romance!!!
One of the first things that caught my eye about this book was the cover! Its gorgeous! It's really eye catching and I really like the colors on the cover.
Also, I love books that take place in London. London is one of my favorite cities so I love that this book takes place there!
I have heard really good things about Michelle Zink, so maybe I will check out her other books too before this one comes out!

I am super excited for this one! Can't wait for March!!

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal
.- Goodreads

So what do you think? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Comment Below!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan Review

Name: The Mephisto Covenant (book 1)
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
400 pages

This is an ARC received fron Netgalley!

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?-Goodreads

My Review:

I LOVED this book!!! Once I started it, I could not put it down!! The first thing that caught my eye when I first heard about this book was the cover. It is gorgeous! I love the color scheme and the girl in the middle of the cover!

The plot of this book is very unique, I enjoyed learning the mythology of Anabo and the Mephisto Covenant.

One of my favorite parts about this book was the relationship between Jax and Sasha. It was secretly cheering in my mind when they had scenes together because I loved them together so much! I loved seeing their relationship grow throughout the novel as well!

Overall, I highly recommend this novel! It's one of my favorites that I have read this year! I cannot wait for the second book in the series!!! You should all check it out when it comes out!

My Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow Review

Name: Bitter Frost
Publisher: The Edge
Publication Date: June 1st, 2010
235 pages

Based on the Dutch folklore about the Snow Queen and Jack Frost.

All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them...beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland.

In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don't see. Her best friend Logan suddenly acts very protective.

Then she sees Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland. That's fine and all, but for the fact that humans rarely survive a trip to Feyland, a kiss from a fairy generally means death to the human unless that human has fairy blood in them or is very strong, and although Kian seemed to be her intended, he seems to hate her and wants her dead.
- Goodreads

My Review:
When I first received this book on my kindle, I was kind of skeptical. It sounded a lot like the Iron Fey series (which I love!!) so I wasn't sure how much I would like this series. Nevertheless, I was sucked right into this book and I loved it!

Although this book was short (only 235 pages), I found myself sitting down and finishing this book in only three hours!! It was a great fun read, and I also really enjoyed the other books in this series.

Overall, this was a quick fun read and if you liked the Iron Fey series you should check this one out!

My Rating:
Four out of Five Stars