Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What Should I Read Next?

I have so many great books right now and I really don't know what I should read next. I just finished The Goddess Test and it was amazing. Take a minute and vote in my poll?

What Should I Read Next?
Red Glove
Warm Bodies



First I want to say hi to all the new followers from the giveaway hop. I hope y'all stick around, comment, and let me get to know you!
So, I finally got around to picking my winners of the giveaway hop!

The winner of the $15 towards a book is:

Jennifer (booknoise@..)


The winner of the ARC of The Near Witch is:

Sage (authorsage...)

Congrats! Emails have been sent and winners have 48 hrs to respond! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading 
Grab your current read 
Open to a random page 
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
This week I am reading:
The Goddess Test
Aimee Carter

I wasn't spectacularly pretty. I wished I was, but I was just me. I'd never modeled, never had guys drooling over me, and never looked like much of anything next to the genetically blessed socialites that attended my preparatory school back home.

Which was why I couldn't for the life of me figure out why Dylan was still staring at me.

NetGalley ARC
Page 23 (Subject to Change)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Wither

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)
Lauren DeStefano
Published: March 22, 2011
Received From: S&S Galley Grab

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

I loved, loved, loved this book. I've been sitting on this review for a while because I don't even know if I can adequately express how much I loved this book and why I loved it so much. The writing is amazing. DeStefano's world is so beautiful and at the same time so heart breaking. To know when you are going to die - how you are going to die - and to have to sit and count down the years.. Could you imagine?

I loved all the characters in this book. I thought Cecily, the spoiled, selfish third sister wife, would get on my nerves but I ended up really liking her and feeling for her. Here is a a girl who has never had anything in her life  and has been handed the world on a platter. Of course she is going to take full advantage of it! She thinks she has been given a gift. On the other hand, Rhine and Jenna have been taken away from something - their families, people they love. I've gotta say, I loved the relationship between the sister wives. Throughout the book you can tell that they truly do care for each other and become sisters.

The boys in the book are interesting as well. I know some people are Team Linden (looking at you, Miss Remmers!) but I'm gonna stay on Team Rhine for right now and not even pick a boy. I liked the relationship with Gabriel - they became friends first not this rushed love kinda stuff - and with Linden - he seemed to really care about her. I'm really interested in seeing what happens in the other books and how the relationship between Rhine and the boys play out.

Also, the writing in this book is beautiful. The situation is depressing but DeStefano makes the world beautiful. Rhine's feelings just explode off the page. You feel what she is feeling - despair, happiness, sadness. The writing just sucks you in and doesn't let go until the last page. I am going to take a minute and say how much I love this cover. It is just gorgeous! I usually don't mention covers in reviews but this is one of my favorite covers so far this year. Love it!

Y'all, this is a fantastic read. If you haven't read it yet - Go now and read it. You will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

Well, I'm participating in another giveaway hop! This one is two parts.

Open Internationally - $15 towards a book of your choice.
US Only - A ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

So, fill out the form(s) below and happy hopping!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight (A Shadow Falls Novel)
C.C. Hunter
Published: March 29th 2011
Received From: Around the World ARC Tours

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs… - Goodreads

This was one of those books that was on my TBR list for a while, so when I saw it offered for tour from Around the World ARC Tours, I jumped at the chance to read it. While it wasn't my favorite book ever, I did enjoy it and would like to continue reading the series.

When Kylie is shipped off to a camp for troubled teens, she thinks she is going to any other camp - but oh, is she wrong! This camp is full of all kinds of supernatural beings - and Kylie is one of them but with no clue which one. The one thing Kylie does know - she can see ghosts - which freaks out even the scariest of supernatural beings. Who would think vampires would be freaked out by ghost? As Kylie tries to figure out which world she belongs in she also has to deal with all the other normal stuff- girl friends that don't get along and three boys that are after her. (Can I say again how much I hate love triangles..)

One thing I did enjoy about the story were the characters - main and secondary. Kylie is a normal teenage girl trying to discover how she fits into the world (and in this case the paranormal world). She has so much to deal with - new powers, her parents divorcing, being shipped off to a camp - but she isn't annoying. She is very much down to earth and easy to relate to. Her roommates, Miranda and Della, are fun and I very much enjoy their arguing back and forth.

I really had a hard time getting behind the whole three different love interests thing. Really, authors, pick one and stick with it! Or let them break up and move on to someone else like normal relationships. I have worked in a high school and a middle school and never see the amount of love triangles that end up in these YA books. Please, make it stop.

Sorry. Vent over.

Moving on.

Overall, it was a nice, fun read but felt like the same ol' thing with a different twist. I would like to read the rest of the series just to see what happens with Kylie but it won't be going to the top of my TBR pile.

Teaser Tuesday (4/19)

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading 
Grab your current read 
Open to a random page 
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
This week I am reading:
The Emerald Atlas
by John Stephens

And perhaps it was fear, or exhaustion, or perhaps the knowledge that if the wolf did reach them, then further flight was pretty much pointless, but the children didn't run. They just stood there, rain-soaked and mud-splattered, watching the great beast fly toward them.

Page 138 - Advance Reader's Copy

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog Hop and Follow Friday (4/15)

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!
The question this week is:
 "Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her."
I am currently reading The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong. The main girl is Maya. I'm not too far into the book yet but some interesting things about Maya is that she is Native American but doesn't know anything about her heritage - she was adopted as a baby. She lives on an island in Vancouver in a medical research town where her dad is the park warden for the national park surrounding the town. Maya loves animals and takes in ones that are hurt - who will surprisingly fast in her presence.  
I don't know much about her since it is still kinda a mystery but she is a very interesting character and I can't wait to see how Armstrong develops her. 
 Follow my Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View
The question this week is:
Do you have anyone you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her. 
I have several people that I can discuss books with IRL. My twin sister being the main one. We both love to read so I'm always just passing my books on to her. She might start helping me with this blog if she ever reads anything that I haven't already read. 
Also, one of my teacher friends loves to read the same books I read. I'm always passing stuff on to her as well. She is waiting very impatiently patiently for me to bring her Wolfsbane. 
Another person that I know IRL that I can discuss books with is Lindsay from The Violet Hour. I have known Lindsay since high school and it's great to have someone I know now book blogging too! I think we are the only two book bloggers in WV. Kinda sad, huh?
So, there's my IRL book buddies. I couldn't leave any of them out!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (4/12)

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading 
Grab your current read 
Open to a random page 
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
Unfortunately, my read this week is STILL 
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
I'm ridiculous and didn't read at all last week.
Clary didn't recognize them, but she could feel the language of the runes in her bones, and it made her shiver. Death and blood.
City of Fallen Angels
Page 161/314 on the Nook. 

Review: Enclave

Ann Aguirre
Published: April 12, 2011
Received From: Around the World ARC Tours
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.  -Goodreads

 An amazing and well written dystopian, Enclave is nonstop action from the first page until the last. Aguirre takes the reader right into the action at the beginning of the book and it doesn't stop. When the story picks up, we are introduced to Deuce who is just starting her role as a Huntress for her enclave.. When she is paired up with Fade, an outsider who has been accepted to the enclave very slowly, she is cautious and worried about what this will mean for her as a Huntress. As Deuce and Fade learn to work together to fight off the Freaks (monsters in the tunnels that eat people) they uncover some secrets that lead to them being cast out of the enclave and forced about ground. Once above ground, Deuce and Fade must still learn to trust each other while dealing with the dangers in this new place. 

Aguirre does a great job of developing her characters in this book. Deuce and Fade are both so complicated and tough. They both kick some major ass and know how to survive. The world that Aguirre develops is so unique too. There are virtually no adults in the enclave - since living underground is rough and dangerous. All the people in the Enclave are given certain jobs on their 15th birthday - a hunter, builder, or breeder - and must fulfill their job requirements. 

I really loved this book. It was so dark and sorta terrifying - I couldn't imagine living underground with the freaks - they are some nasty monsters. I'm really looking forward to the second one to see what happens with Deuce and Fade and the new world they discovered above ground.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Blog Hop Monday! Guilty Pleasure

Book Blogger Hop

 Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!
The question this week is:
Outside of books, what is your guilty pleasure?
I did a post on this a while back but the one thing that I do probably as much as I read is watch tv. I am a tv junkie. I love reality shows - Survivor, Amazing Race, and Big Brother - teen shows - One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, VAMPIRE DIARIES - comedies - Cougar Town, Mr. Sunshine, Modern Family, Glee - dramas - Brothers and Sisters, Big Love, Parenthood, Grey's, Private Practice, Off the Map. It's really quite ridiculous. My DVR helps me manage my time between reading and tv though and I usually save tv for the weekend when my husband is home and won't let me read.

So there it is - my guilty pleasure. 
What's yours?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers share what they read last week, what they are currently reading, and what they plan on reading next.

Just Finished Reading:

Currently Reading:

What I Plan to Read Next:

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

In My Mailbox #22

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

Sorry it's so long! I got a ton of stuff! And I finally had time to play around with iMovie - I figured out how to add text and a title page. Yay me!

Nocturne - Thanks to Regan @ Miss Remmers' Review
Zombies vs. Unicorns - Thanks to Katie @ Book Love (can't find your link!)

And a big thanks to Little, Brown, Disney Hyperion, Harper Collins, and Penguin for all the books!

Let me know what you got in your mailbox! Put your links in the comments!
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