Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My Mailbox #50

In My Mailbox is Hosted by The Story Siren.
Gift/Review:
 Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Fever by Lauren DeStefano
One of my awesome blogging friends, Heidi from YA Bibliophile, went to a conference last weekend and managed to pick me up these two books! The rep from S&S gave her the last copy of Clockwork Prince to send to me. (Thanks Venessa!) So excited to finally get these.

Review:
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Thanks Harper Teen!

What did you get in your mailbox this week? :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lauren Oliver's Liesl and Po Holiday Giveaway!


Lauren Oliver was awesome enough to ask me to host a giveaway for her fantastic middle grade book, 
Liesl and Po. 
I loved Lisel and Po and am so excited to give one away on my blog.

I am so happy to announce a massive SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON GIVEAWAY!

The holidays, as we all know, are a time of sharing--and frantic, last-minute gift-buying. In order to do my part to celebrate, I will be giving one lucky reader one signed and gift-wrapped copy of Liesl & Po, perfect as a present for under the tree (or beneath the Menorah!).

I am thrilled to announce that I will be co-hosting this contest along with ten other fabulous bloggers and avid fans of L & P, so be sure to enter early and enter often! A winner will be selected from EACH blog, meaning that ten copies of Liesl & Po will land in the hands of a lucky child this holiday season.

www.thereaderbee.com
proudbooknerd.com
www.greenbeanteenqueen.com
chickloveslit.com
booktwirps.com
www.pureimaginationblog.com
http://www.hookedtobooks.com
www.readingvacation.net/2011/10/liesl-and-po-book-review.html
www.starryskybooks.com
www.stuckinbooks.com

Winners will be selected on 12/12!
I'm so sorry to all my international friends, but this is US and Canada-only.



Monday, November 21, 2011

Audio Review: Shift (Shade #2)

Shift (Shade, Book 2)
Jeri Smith-Ready
Published May 3, 2011
Audiobook Purchased from iTunes
Read by Khristine Hvam

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to. Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.
-Goodreads


I've gotta tell ya - I was so happy to be able to go right into Shift after finishing Shade. I've never been big on purchasing audiobooks unless they were on sale - I usually download from the library - but this one I downloaded right away without a second thought. Everything about these books are amazing and I just love them so much! Khristine Hvam does an amazing job of narrating the story and I absolutely love to hear her read it. And I've never been a big ghost story reader but after these books I've been reading them like crazy. (I finished this audio back in September - I just skipped reviewing it somehow but I just wanted to share my love for this series.)

Shift picks up a few months after Shade's ending - after Logan didn't cross over and Aura still trying to deal with this and make sure he's okay. What happens next is a story of love and letting go and heart ache and seeking the truth. Smith-Ready has written an incredible series that will have you experiencing every emotion possible. I really don't think I've ever had so many emotions while reading a book - this one definitely takes the cake.

The world of pre and post shifters that Smith-Ready has created is intriguing and there is so much mystery behind it - mystery that Aura and Zachary must try to figure out since they are effected the most by it.

I love the characters in Shift. Aura is your typical teenage girl struggling with letting go of her first love while trying to deal with a new, complicated relationship that doesn't go exactly how she would've liked. I love Logan and Zachary (Zachary a little more..) and you can sympathize with Aura - her first love died - she needs to move on - but it's hard when he still haunts her. Smith-Ready makes the characters real and believable - they do things that typical teenagers would do in their situations regardless of how infuriated it will make the reader. I also loved getting to know Dylan (Logan's younger brother) more. He is someone that witnessed a horrible thing - and he has to deal with that - along with his older siblings, Mickey and Siobhan.

The audiobook of Shift is FANTASTIC. Like I said, Hvam does an amazing job of reading the book and bringing it to life. I love the voices she uses and the accent she does for Zachary is excellent. I will definitely be acquiring Shine on audio if she is reading it.

If you haven't picked up Shade and Shift, you are missing out. There were so many people on Twitter buzzing about it that I finally gave in to the hype (even though I thought I would hate it) and I'm so glad I did. If you can get the audio from your library, read it that way - you will not be disappointed.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey!
It's a great way to share what you read the past week, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to read next! 
Finished:
I haven't finished anything this week because I'm in the middle of four books and can't seem to decide which one I want to finish.

Currently Reading:
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (audio)
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (audio)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (audio)
I should have The Pledge and The Name of the Star finished in the next day or so.

Up Next:
Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Half Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
Variant by Robinson Wells

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2012 Debut Author Challenge

I am participating in the Debut Author Challenge again in 2012. I have read 17 debut author books in 2011 so far - not too bad but not as many as I would like. In 2012, I would like to read at least 25 but we will see how it goes. 

Here is my list of books that have already caught my eye for 2012:
1. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
2. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
4. Fracture by Megan Miranda (already read and reviewed but I'm gonna list it anyways)
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
6. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotwood
7. Tempest by Julie Cross
8. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
9. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
10. When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
11. Queen of Glass by Jessica Maas
12. The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
13. The Selection by Kiera Cass
14. Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne
15. Velveteen by Danny marks
16. The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards
17. The Last Princess by Galaxy Crave
18. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
19. Arcadia Awakens by Kai meyer
20. Immortal City by Scott Speer

There are a few more that look interesting but I'm gonna wait and hear a little more about them before I add them to my list.

Are you participating in the DAC in 2012? Let me know! I would love to see your list. :)

Sophmore Reading Challenge




I'm going to participate in the Sophomore Reading Challenge hosted by Shayna @ Chick Loves Lit.
I already plan to read a ton of second books so this is a great way to keep track of them all!
So, here's my list so far. 

1. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
3. Untitled (Mara Dyer) by Michelle Hodkin
4. Timepiece by Myra McEntire
5. Until I Die by Amy Plub
6. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
7. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
8. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
9. A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
10. Revived by Cat Patrick

There are several more on the list that I need to read the first book before the second - but I definitely plan on it! Let me know if you are signing up and link me to your list. :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
 
Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Lauren DeStefano
February 21, 2012
Simon and Schuster
 
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.
-Goodreads
 

Audio Review: Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road
Moira Young
Published June 7, 2011
ARC Received from Simon and Schuster
Audiobook Won from Reading Teen
Read by Heather Lind

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back. Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction. -Goodreads


This debut novel by Moira Young is absolutely phenomenal. I completely loved everything about it - the dystopian world, the characters, the story was all spot on and written perfectly. Dystopian is all the rage right now in YA and Young is a leader of the pack.



Our protagonist is Saba, a young girl from Silverlake who has her whole world thrown upside down in a blink of an eye. When her twin brother, Lugh, is taken by four horsemen - Saba must become the strong one and find a way to rescue her brother while also caring for her younger sister, Emmi. As Saba and Emmi make their way across the barren land - they face more terrible things than they could ever imagine. When Saba is forced to join forces with a group of revolutionary girls and a handsome boy named Jack, she starts to find herself and her strength.


One of the biggest things I heard about this book was the writing style - that the way it was written was in the dialect that the characters spoke and some people didn't care for it. I actually listened to the audio and found it completely engaging. Heather Lind does an amazing job of reading the story in this dialect and even now I can hear her voice and remember the story and characters. I'm not sure if I would've loved this book as much if I hadn't listened to the audio. Lind completely drew me in and I will definitely be listening to the other books on audio if Lind is reading them.


The characters in Blood Red Road are awesome. I loved Saba. She is one kick butt girl that doesn't take any crap from anyone. Even when she is put into the worst situations, she fights and never gives up. On top of being tough - she is smart and can scheme when she the need arises. I like for my female characters to be tough and smart - and Saba definitely is. I also loved Emmi. She is the typical kid sister who doesn't listen to anything her older sister has to say even if it's whats best for her. Saba and Emmi never got along before but, as the story progressed, their relationship changed and you can see why they feel the way about each other. When Saba meets Jack, I immediately love him. There is just something about him - even though we don't know that much. I can't wait to find out more about him. 


Blood Red Road is a awesome debut book. If you can pick up the audio for it, I HIGHLY recommend it. Lind is superb and if something happens and I end up reading book two instead of listening, I know it will be her voice I hear in my head. This book is amazing and if you haven't checked it out you are missing out.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

it's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey!
It's a great way to share what you read the past week, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to read next!

Finished:
49. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
50. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (audio)
51. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
52. Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer 
53. Obsidian by Jennifer Arementrout
54. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (audio)
55. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (audio)

Currently Reading:
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (audio)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (audio)

Up Next:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Half Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
Variant by Robinson Wells

Sunday, November 13, 2011

In My Mailbox #48

In My Mailbox is Hosted by The Story Siren.

Bought:
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (for $7!)

Review:
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep from Kensington Publishing

Gifted:
Reagan from Miss Remmers' Review sent me a box of awesome this week!
Fallen by Karin Slaughter (audio)
Martin Misunderstood by Karin Slaughter (audio)
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
The Girl Who Was On Fire edited by Leah Wilson
The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
Wintertown bye Stephen Emond
Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus
Falling Together by Marisa De Los Santos
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Thanks so much Reagan!! :)

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

Obsidian
Jennifer Armentrout
Publish Date December 6, 2011
Entangled Publishing
eARC from Publisher for Review
 
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.


Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.


The hot alien living next door marks me.


You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.


If I don’t kill him first, that is.
-Goodreads

I have been DYING to get my hands on Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout. First, it's set in WV, my home state. Second, it is about a hott alien - intriguing. And third, look at that cover! It has to be good with a cover like that! As soon as I received the eARC, I dove in - I had been in a reading funk and Obsidian was exactly what I needed to pull myself out. I loved everything about this book and can. not. wait. for the next one.

Obsidian is a fun read that is face paced and never dull. Katy, Daemon, and Dee's characters play off each other fabulously. There is witty banter, steamy chemistry, and a great friendship between the characters that I just loved. Katy, who just moved to WV, is loyal and caring but doesn't take any crap from anyone and her friendship with Dee is fun to watch develop. You know those insta-love relationships? This was like a insta-friend relationship. These girls just clicked - and they needed each other. The one thing that could ruin the friendship is Daemon - Dee's twin brother - who is a jerk to Katy instantly. He insists the girls can't be friends - which hurts Katy - but the girls don't listen. Katy and Daemon develop a love/hate relationship - they are always at each others throats but at the end of the day if one needs help the other is there.  There is definitely some sexual tension between these two and I really love that it wasn't insta-love.

Not only are the characters great but the storyline is addicting. Katy has no idea what Daemon and his sister and friends are - but finding out is a lot of fun. Of course there were signs leading up to the big reveal but Katy never really saw it coming. And as for the type of aliens Daemon and the gang are - well, you are gonna have to read to find out. It is a very interesting part of the story and not something I would have considered.

The ending of Obsidian left me wanting so much  more. I loved these characters and want to know what happens next! Obsidian is probably considered sci-fi but don't let that turn you off - it's more about love and friendship and less about the sciencey stuff (even though I'm really loving the sci-fi stuff right now). Make sure to pick up a copy when it's released!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Million Suns Winner(s)

So, I messed up sending out emails about winners. I'm crazy apparently.
There was only suppose to be one winner for this giveaway but since I already sent out emails - the other two winners will get a book of their choice from my giveaway pile. 
Sorry for all the emails, guys. Today has been crazy.
So, I messed up sending out emails about winners. I'm crazy apparently.



Blogiversary Winners!!




Sunday, November 6, 2011

In My Mailbox #47

In My Mailbox is Hosted by The Story Siren.


Bought:
Crossed by Allie Condie
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
(2) Half Blood by Jennifer Arementrout

For Review:
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Thanks Little, Brown!)
Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
(Thanks, Harper Teen!)

Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF!: Gateway Books


TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads!

This week's question is: 
Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre? 

 

This would have to be The Hunger Games - which opened me up to the world of dystopian. I can not get enough of dystopian lately. I love to read about the new worlds that are created. Some of my favorite dystopians are Divergent, Delirium and Pandemonium, and Blood Red Road. All of these books are so different but completely addicting.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November Goals


I'm setting goals for this month. Oh yes, I am. I've been really slacking lately with the blog. Life gets in the way and by the time I get home and get everything done that needs done - I'm exhausted. Is it summer time yet? 

So.. Goals!

Blogging Goals:
I would like to post every day in November - just to get back in the habit as well as to get caught up on reviews. I have so many that need written right now. If I don't post every day - I WILL post at least 6 days a week.

Review Goals:
I need to get all of my pending reviews written - I think it's at like 9 or 10 right now. So, catch up on reviews and write all the reviews for the books I read these month.

Book Goals:
I never finished the read a thons that I said I was going to complete in October. So, I'm going to work on those books plus some more.

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
Half Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
Variant by Robinson Wells
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful Chaos by Margaret Sthol and Kami Garcia
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Audio Goals:
I need to finish some audios I've got for review and ones that I've gotten from the library.

(Finish) All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
(Finish) The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
 
 
Clockwork Prince
Cassandra Clare
Release Date: December 6, 2011
 
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Audio Review: Delirium

Delirium
Lauren Oliver
Published February 1, 2011
Harper Teen
Audiobook from Library
Read by Sarah Drew
Harper Audio

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. -
Goodreads

I'm not really sure why I put off reading this book for so long. I won a copy on Twitter back when it first came out and just never read it. I kept hearing how amazing it is - so when I saw it on audio through my library I jumped at the chance to listen to it. I seem to be getting through audio books faster than books right now for some reason.

Delirium is a wonderfully well written dystopian about love, friendship, and trust. Oliver's words just flow off the page and takes the reader into a captivating world. I loved every single word of Delirium.

Delirium is set in a world where love is considered to be a disease - and once you turn 18 you are cured from ever contracting the disease. What I didn't think about going into the story was how eliminating love in a world is like taking away feelings for anything - there is no passion. No love for your children or husband. No love for even hobbies or the world around you. That makes for a very depressing place, full of empty shells walking around not caring about much. Oliver does a fantastic job of keeping the world believable. Her descriptions of the world and reasoning behind how it worked made sense. The world she creates is sad and lonely - and even though Lena sees it she embraces it.

Lena has been hurt far too many times - her father and mother are dead and she is left to live with her aunt. She doesn't want to feel anymore - she wants to be "normal" like everyone around her. When Lena meets Alex that slowly starts to change. Alex is part of the Resistance and feels that Lena is worth saving. What happens next is a story full of love, heartbreak, and risk.

I loved the characters in Delirium. At the beginning, Lean is very no-nonsense type of girl - she plays by the rules and doesn't cause any trouble. As the book progresses, we see her grow into her own person. She comes out from the shadows of her past and becomes strong and fearless. Lena progresses with the help of Hannah and Alex. Hannah, her best friend, is a bit of a wild child and tries to get Lena to loosen up before she is "cured." I loved the scenes with Hannah. And Alex. Ahhh.. I love Alex. He is like the perfect guy. Every scene with between him and Lena is so full of life and love and happiness. I loved their relationship.

The audio part of this book is amazingly good as well. Sarah Drew is a FANTASTIC narrator. I've actually had the chance to read Pandemonium and as I read, I could hear her voice. She became Lena to me and I will probably "reread" Pandemonium again on audio just to hear her read it. I will definitely be checking out more books narrated by Drew in the future.

Overall, Delirium is a fantastic read and I highly recommend the audio book. If dystopian is your thing and you like a good love story - this is a book that should be on the top of your TBR pile.


 
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