Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Check out the 200 Follower giveaway on the Book Basement! Button to the right!

Waiting on Wendsday

Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr. Having been working on the Wicked Lovely series for awhile now, I know that her faeries are so much darker that the "fairies" we've all grown up with. I'm not-so-patiently waiting for a blurb to show up under this book so I can have a better idea of what's in it, though I'll likely like it, from my experience with Melissa Marr, who I HAVE met at a signing! The Chicago stop of the Smart Chicks Kick it tour, to be exact.

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. I do like the story of Romeo & Juliet, but I never dug how it played out towards the ending. Thus I dig stories like Anne Fortier's Juliet, which is a new take on the tale. And adding a paranormal element, making the two immortal enemies for opposite takes on love, just sounds amazing. Can't wait to get my hands on this!

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. Loved the Vampire Academy. Love all the anthology pieces I've read. I really enjoy the writing style, the voices of her characters. ust say the premise here sounds really awesome and I can't wait to read this one. Though I hear it's the Vampire Academy world, picking up right after the end of that series, so I should probably finish those first...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! Spent the day playing Warriors of Rock (Guitar Hero) with my little sis. Got Crossed (when groping presents, I'm never wrong)! Plus, it was probably the book on my list that was easiest for my Mom to find. Can't wait to read the newest installment of the Matched trilogy! Of course, my backlist is easily tweny books high and I STILL haven't finished Obsidian, despite it's being fascinating. Get back to you soon.
Happy Readings!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sweet Covers Saturday!

There seems to be stuff 4 every other day of the week, so, I'm throwing in my own. Sweet covers for new, or at least new for me (being a bibliophile, I tend to get books, books, and books 4 Christmas).
So today, I'm going with Christmas presents, things I HOPE are Christmas presents, the sequel of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Obsidian, and a coupla books I can't wait to get or come out! I think Jen may be my new favorite author. Aliens and Angels, some of my favorite non-human character species!

1. Entwined: Just bought with a GC from my Grandparents. Re-telling of the 12 Dancing Princesses, seems to be going in the dark style of the Grimms and other original Fairy tales. But I love the ballgown, the maze, it's great. And I adore the vines & flowers around the edges!

2. Onyx: Just bought Obsidian with that same GC, and, I love what I've read so far. Can't wait to finish, to read more of Jen, and for Onyx to come out! Cover's great, and I especially dig that the cover models are the same as Obsidian!

3. Crossed: Can't wait for this one! Suspect (I'm such a snoop, I grope the presents), and HOPE that I'm getting this on the 25th. Love the bubbles on the covers of the trilogy, with the trapped look on Matched and the breaking-free look on Crossed. So excited for this, the third in the trilogy, and the movie, which I hear Disney's picked up!

4. Iron Knight: My totally awesome sibs got me this for Christmas! The Iron Fey have all the good elements of my fave books: romance, action, magic, love triangles, and that touch of darkness that I love, love, love! I've pictured Ash for awhile, and I must say I prefer ths pic to my imaginings, and the model they picked is so, so cute. Love it!

5. Unleashed: Just found out about this, and I LOVE it! Human & Werewolf dating, yay! I do believe that the girl's supposed to be human, but I love the pose that's more like a Werewolf than human, staring up at the moon.

6. Illuminated: Sounded so, so awesome! And I adore the cover, with the light edging everything. Makes it look like they're more than human even though it doesn't seem that they actually are. Made me think of Obsidian and Half-Blood with the Lux glow and the covers in light on the Covenant covers. Beautiful.

7. Everneath: Looks to be another Persephone retelling! Love, love, love the myth and can't wait to read this. Went to buy this as soon as I saw it, and put it on my wishlist when I saw it wasn't out yet. Love the flowy gown & the mist. It's so ethereal and pretty, perfect for the Persephone myth!

8. Half-Blood: Since I brought it up, it's only fair to show off! This is the first of Jennifer's L. Armentrout's Covenant series, involving Angels and Nephilim and their inner relations. The flower'd be pretty by itself, but all purple and illuminated, it's gorgeous! It's what first caught my eye, but I think I'll love the storyline too, as soon as I get my hands on a copy!

9. Every Other Day: Love Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Golden and Tattoo are excellent. But I love the idea, that she's basically got a spliet personality or soul that forces her to demon-hunt after every twenty-four hours as a human for a full day. And the cover! An hourglass running with blood. Kewl, even if it is a little creepy. But, I'm one that likes that hint of darkness to a story. Can't wait for it to come out so I can read it!

Until next Saturday, Happy Readings!

Giveaway at Books over Boys blog!
So excited! at they're giving away a copy of each of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Covenant series (the ones released). That's a copy of Daimon, Half-Blood, and Pure!
Giveaway ends 11:59PM Jan 6th, Pacific time. 13yrs and older! International if the Book Depo ships to you. Response to winning must be given within 48 hours.
Check it out!!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Just started Obsidian! Starts off awesome. Decided I'd start with the first chapter from Daemon's perspective, the extra feature in the back. I know it's not Tuesday, but I'll throw an extra teaser in! So, so great!

Oh, hell, she was coming here.
Letting go of the curtain, I backed away from the window and turned toward the front door. I closed my eyes, counting the seconds. Humans were dangerous to us. Just being around them every day was a risk-getting too close to a human inevitably ended with one of us leaving a trace on them. And since Dee was obsessed with finding a "normal" friend, it would be especially dangerous for this girl. She lived right next door, and there'd be no way I could control how much time Dee spent with her.
And then there was the fact that I'd been standing at a window for two days watching her. That could possibly be a problem...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Waiting on Wendsday

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, third book in the Graceling world! Already pre-ordered, can't wait!
Nevermore by James Patterson, the eigth and final Maximum Ride adventure. I love me those bird kids and their awesome adventures!
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, the fifth in the Mortal Instruments series. Read the first one, ordered the second, and can't wait to continue on the series!
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong, the second in the Darkness Rising set. Working on the first book and LOVE it just as much as the other Kelley Armstrong books I've read.
Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Debut novel, I think. A re-imaged Persephone! I love, love, love the myth and retellings of it. CAN'T WAIT!
All I can think of for now. To be continued next week!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Teasers

Since it's my first Teaser Tuesday, I'm going to inclue a blurb from a handful of my soon-to-be reads. Just for fun. Enjoy!

The Fairy Godmother: 500 Kingdoms 1 by Mercedes Lackey
When her Father had remarried and brought home his bride and her two daughters, the first thing that Delphinium had done was to claim Elena's room. Daphne had taken the next-best chamber, and Madame had made over the remaining rooms into sitting rooms for the three of them, expect for the one that went to her very superior Lady's Maid. Elena had taken a little garet room at the top of the stairs; at least, with the chimney running through the middle of it, it was warm in the winter.

The Iron King: Iron Fey 1 by Julie Kagawa
"He won't lead us into a trap," I snapped at Puck, who blinked at me. "He promised to help us find the Iron King. He'd be breaking his word if he handed us over to Mab. Right, Ash?"
Ash looked uncomfortable, but nodded.
"Right," I repeated, forcing a bravado I didn't feel. I hoped Ash wouldn't betray us, but, as I'd learned, deals with Fairies tended to bite you in the ass.

Obsidian: Lux 1 by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My back was to the stranger for only a few seconds when I felt a rush of chilly air stir the hair at the back of my neck. Adrenaline coursed through my veins, sending my heart slamming against my ribs and painful tendrils of fear burrowing through my stomach.
"Humans are so stupid, so gullible." His voice was as cold as the wind on my neck.

Matched: Matched Trilogy 1 by Ally Condie
It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.
There is a system of course, to the Matching. In City Halls across the country, all filled with people, the Matches are announced in alphabetcal order according to the girls' last names. I feel slightly sorry for the boys, who have no idea when their names will be called, when they must stand for girls in other City Halls to receive them as Matches. Since my last name is Reyes, I will be somewhere at the end of the middle. The beginning of the end.

Entwined by Heather Dixon
The entire case fell in an arc and smashed against the floor.
Glass exploded. Someone cried out. The sword skittered across the floor and came to a rest beneath one of the forbidden sofas. A sick, panicked feeling erupted throughout Azalea. Her mind shrieked. She fled to the sofa, knelt, and grasped for the sword.
Though dented, pockmarked, and mottled as always, it was unharmed. Azalea nearly fainted with relief. She placed it gently---ever so gently---on the sofa.
Happy readings!

Teaser Tuesday

Just started The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong.

I remember the cat snarling. I remember Daniel backing up. And I remember Rafe, lying on the ground, saying "It's okay. It's okay," over and over in this calm voice, completely calm, like he didn't even see the cougar. The cat backed up, getting closer and closer to Rafe and he didn't move a muscle and I remember thinking, "She's protecting him," which was crazy, but that's what I thought.

I remember one more thing. I remember the cougar turning away and I remember what I saw on her flank...
Happy readings!
Giveaway at
A Beautiful Need, open until tomorrow! Check it out!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

So excited! Got some Christmas $ early and ordered these two.

Obsidian: Katy just moved to West Virginia, it's her senior year, and her droolworthy neighbor Daemon is infuriatingly jerkish. Not the coinciding events one wants when starting over. Then, an attack on Katy reveals Daemon's alien powers. He freezes time. And his touch marks Katy. She's now a target for those in the galaxy out for the powers of Daemon & his sister. She'll have to stick close to them until it wears off. Hopefully she can stand him for that long.

Entwined: Azalea is looking forward to what she's long waited for: glitzy ballgowns, charming beaus, balls. But it's gone before she can savor it. She's feeling trapped. For centuries the Keeper has been imprisioned in the palace walls, just as trapped. He invites Azalea and her sister into a forest through an enchanted passage every night. What Azalea doesn't know is that there's a price for the invitation. The Keeper likes to Collect and Keep things.

It may be too late before she comes to realize what trap she's walked into and what danger the Keeper poses to them.
Great YA giveaway @! Awesome prize packs:
#1. Poison Study, Clockwork Prince, Body Finder
#2. Hush Hush, Waterfall, Anna Dressed in Blood
#3. Hex Hall, Possess, Summoning.
WORLDWIDE, open until Jan 5th!
For the fans of Aliens! Check out this giveaway of an ebook copy of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Obsidian:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

More thoughts for the TBR Pile Challenge:

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Matched by Ally Condie
Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of Isis, & Sons of the Dark series' by Lynne Ewing
The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Juliet by Anne Fortier
Night World Series by L.J. Smith
Impossible & Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordon
Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block
Other by Karen Kincy
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor
Firelight by Sophie Jordon
Jinx by Meg Cabot
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong
My Fair Godmother & My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison
The 500 Kingdoms Series by Mercedes Lackey
The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey
Dragon Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

Just did some pre-Christmas gift opening! (My siblings go to my Father's for break this year, so I get some of my gifts early). Got the Iron Fey books 2-4!!! Love, love, love the siblings! Can't wait to get down to some reading, though my reviews won't go up until after the 1st of the year for contest purposes!

Happy readings!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

I've determined, from a brief inventory of my ever-expanding library, that I do adore the forbidden romance angle. So, in addition to my list of favorite fictional hotties, I'm adding a list of my favorite forbidden romances (BOOKS only). Again, these are not in any kind of order, just off the top of my head. And, I still reserve the right to change my list according to what I'm reading/obsessing about at the current time.

1. Jace and Clary from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments.
They're so good for each other and make each other better, like the best of couples. In a shocker of a twist towards the end of City of Bones, Cassandra Clare makes their love forbidden, but I'm still rooting for them to end up together. I can't help it!

2. Percy Jackson & Annabeth Chase from Rick Riordon's Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
Fairly self-explanatory. Parents at war and all that. Still, rooting for Percebeth!

3. Meghan Chase & Ash from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey.
Again, self-explanatory. Half-Summer Fey Princess. Winter Prince. Doomed, doomed, doomed, and doomed with a side of not-gonna-happen. I haven't read in too far yet, but I'm so hoping for the best! Hopeless romantic and all that.

4. Aislynn & Seth from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely.
Yet again, self-explanatory. Summer Queen. Mortal boy. I hope that when I get to the rest of the series there's at least hope for the two of them.

5. Eragon & Arya from Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle.
Human Rider. Elven Ambassador. Seventeen. One Hundred. Big gap to cross. Though I think they could. They're good for each other. They're suited. Maybe someday...sigh.

6. Viola & Jinn from Jackson Pearce's As You Wish.
Human girl. Immortal Jinn. Great combonation. Except: he doesn't like the human world, she's hung up over her last break-up and major crush, and he'll be gone the second she makes her third wish.

7. Cassia & Ky from Ally Condie's Matched.
Cassia: a perfectly good girl, content with the rules. Ky: a carefully rebel boy who hates the rules but knows better than to try changing them. Xander: golden boy who likes Cassia and dislikes Ky. In this society, people are Matched to their future spouses by higher-ups. Cassia's Match is Xander...but also Ky, who can't have a Match. In exploring this forbidden romance, Cassia realizes what the rules are really for, what's really happening, and who she might really love.

8. Rose & Dimitri from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy
The Guardians of a Vampire Princess: Vasilisia (Lissa) Dragomir, who can't be together because they have to devote their lives to the protection of the Princess.

9. Serena & Stanton from Lynne Ewing's Daughters of the Moon
The Daughters of the Moon: human daughters of the Moon Goddess Selene who have special powers to help defend the world from the evil Atrox, powers fulled by the moon. Four exist on earth at a time, drawn together by their powers. At the age of seventeen, they either return to their Mother or remain on earth, giving up their powers and memories. A special few keep their powers for a special purpose. Serena is one of the daughters, with the power to read minds. Stanton serves the Atrox. But he tries to help, tries to be better, for her. Can he succeed?

10. Romeo & Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.
Had to put them on here guys. The number one forbidden and doomed love in literature.

to be continued...
Check out this trailer for Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie! Sounds cool!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Watched Conan the Barbarian with my Mom and sister tonight. The newest one. Was awesome! There's so much action, all well done, but has more emotional depth to characters and relationships than often found in action movies. Jason Momoa is great at Barbarian characters, as was obvious from Game of Thrones, but I love him as Conan too. It doesn't hurt that he spends the entire movie shirtless with one exception for a disguise. Rachel Nichols did a very good damsel in distress who was vulnerable yet spunky and refuses to depend on the men around her.

Stephan Lang was excellent as Khalar Zym, proving that he plays a great warrior character, not limited to the side of good or bad. I enjoyed Ron Perlman as the Father of Conan, his performance being admirable. And Rose McGowan was probably my favorite to watch. Her performance was excellent, and I adored seeing her as a villain after watching her play the superhero witch in Charmed for so long.

All and all, I found no issues with the movie other than the occasional leap in logic that occurs in all movies and TV shows for that matter. Others may be wary of the violence, which there's a good deal of, and not all of it is clean or the nudity, which there's plenty of. Quite a few characters spend their times shirtless, not all of them male. That was one of the more shocking parts for me. For the most part, the rest of the movie qualifies for a PG-13 rating at first glance. The movie doesn't clearly set up for a sequal, though this is a remake of the first in a trilogy.

I'm actually torn on whether or not I want two more to be made. If sequals are the equal of the first in quality, they'll be worthwhile. Yet, this rather seems made to be a stand alone film. Can't wait to see what's decided, either way.
Happy readings!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spent today doing lots of fun stuff. Watche the 2nd and third Lord of the Rings. Obsessed about how soon I can get the other books in the Motal Instruments and the Iron Fey series'. Took lots of notes for my new story which, no surprise here, has elements of everything I've been reading and watching the past few days.

Gone back to the Nephilim (part-Angel) and Tiefling (part-demon) characters. Giving it an olden-days feel with elements similar to the Lord of the Rings. Allowing more futuristic stuff on the grounds that it's not really olden times, but more of a feel like Matched and the Hunger Games, where it's the indefinate future that's been reordered because of some great calamity. In this case, a great battle between the demons and demon-blooded and the Nephilim.

While complicated, I'm sure this'll be a lot of fun to write. It'll help that there's a lot more books involving Angels and Nephilim for inspiration availible these days.
Happy Readings!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Since I brought it up, I suppose I should list some of my favorite dreamy fictional guys...Vampires...Nephilim...Bean Sidhe...male characters. I'm going with top ten, in no significant chronological order, just as I think of them.

  1. Jace: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

  2. Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

  3. Fang: Maximum Ride by James Patterson

  4. Gabriel: Dark Visions by L.J. Smith

  5. Adam: The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

  6. Stefan and Damon have a tie: The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

  7. Nash: Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent

  8. Seth: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

  9. Sam: Gone by Michael Grant

  10. Keir: Chronicles of the Warlands by Elizabeth Vaughan

I could, of course, go on and on and on. And I reserve the right to change my mine when I start up on new books. But today, off the top of my head, these ten (okay, technically eleven) are my top fictional characters.

So, fully intended to start up on the Iron Fey or Wicked Lovely this week. Unfortunately, as often happens, I got distracted by something else. In this case, I was on Amazon and the Clockwork Prince came up in my recommendations. Which reminded me that I have City of Bones on my eReader, not glanced over more than the Shakespeare quotation at the beginning that I'm certain the series title came from. Looked it over again and started reading last night with the intention of reading a chapter or two before I went to bed.

Didn't work out so well. The story is so fast-paced and fascinating that even the chapter divisions speed by once you've started. And with so many twists and turns, my normal sense that allows me to guess events way in advance became much more inaccurate than it's been since I started reading on my own. Utterly fascinated, I scrimped on sleep last night and normal functions for today, and have just completed the first of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Unfortunately, this means a lot of work for me now.

It gave me plenty of excellent ideas for a new story, which has rattled around in my head since the very moment that I started thinking about the series yesterday. I have to go purchase the rest of this enthralling series, as I can't wait to find out what happens next. And then I have to wait for them to ship to me. Which will be as excruiatingly long as the wait for Christmas, even if the actual wait isn't that long.

On the plus side again, I have another fantastic fictional guy to add to my dream list of spending time with. Yay for Jace!
Happy readings!

Monday, December 12, 2011

How cool is this? It makes me think of the old Fairy stories. Not fairytales, but the legends like from Ireland and such, where the Fairies were darker and the stories creepier. Where someone, or a Fairy could come and go through trees and doorways mere mortals couldn't see, and mortals who ventured through would be there for days to them and decades or centuries in the mortal realm.

Can't wait to get started on this series! The little previews I've checked out are quite promising. Of course, it helps that I adore the original tales, and true Grimm fairytales. The touch of darkness adds so much to a story and makes it much more real. If this set has that same sense of darkness that Wicked Lovely does, and I suspect that it's so, I'll love, love, love the Iron Fey.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tentative Plans to the TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Very excited for the New Year and this challenge! Not sure what level I want to go for, but I think Married with Children is doable. For now, I know I have a handful of series' that I want to work through:
Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr
Merry Gentry Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
Dark Magic Series by Anya Bast
Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Dark Visions Trilogy by L.J. Smith
Forbidden Game Trilogy by L.J. Smith
Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent
Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong
Graceling & Fire by Kristin Cashore

Blogger's Challenge 2012!!!!

So, I've scoped out a handful of blogs today, one of my favorites being Book Passion for Life, which happens to have a challenge for bloggers in the coming year that includes monthly giveaways in addition to a big final giveaway next December! The 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge. Here's the guidelines, Hosts, and level info.

1. The Challenge runs from Jan 1st to Dec 31st.
2. The Challenge is ONLY open to bloggers.
3. There is no limit on length or genre of the books reviewed, but the book MUST be published in 2011 or earlier. NO newly released books.
4. Books you intend to review can be listed in advance or in wrap-up, and if you listed beforhand, feel free to make changes. No need to set a list in stone.
5. When you sign up, put a link from your post to the challenge. Since I don't know where else to find a link-up and don't know how to make my own, I recommend
6. One can go up levels once you've joined, but not down.
7. Sign-up is open until Dec 15th.
8. At the end of each month, there's a wrap-up by one of the hosts of the Challenge, which is themed, has a mini-challenge, a giveaway, and a spot to link of your reviews of the month. Each review is an entry in the final giveaway, as is each mini-challenge you participate in.
9. If you miss a wrap-up, you can link up the next month. Keep in mind, only one link-up for each review.
10. In December, the wrap-up is for the entire year. The entries from the entire year will be entered in the final, the big giveaway. 12 winners rather than one in December.
11. Following the hosts isn't necessary for the challenge, but it is for the giveaways.

A Firm Handshake: 1-10
A Friendly Hug:11-20
A Sweet Kiss: 21-30
Love at First Sight: 31-40
Married with Children: 41-50


As for the Schedule on the mini-giveaways, its:
January- Donna (Theme: Let it Snow!, Book Cover Challenge)
Febuary- Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/ Love Gone Wrong, Advice Column Challenge)
March- Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched, Green Cover Challenge)
April- Bonnie (Theme: Easter, Mini Challenge)
May- Christa (Theme: MayDay/Disaster Books!, Cover Disaster Challenge)
June- Jenna (Theme: Camping, Sentence Challenge)
July- Rie (Theme: International Day, Cover Comparision Challenge)
August- Angel (Theme: Summer Memories, Send your Fave Character on Vacation Challenge)
September- Nicole (Theme: Life-Changing books, Mini Challenge)
October- Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving, Share-a-Book Challenge)
November- Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween, Book Puzzle Challenge)
December- Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss, Book Bachelor Challenge)

Starting up!

Hiya! This is my first post on this, my first blog! This blog is for book and possibly movie reviews for the uninformed. As one who appreciates having lots of information available before commiting to purchases or any other decisions, I figure it's about time that I pass along some information for others to partake of. There has to be somene else out there of similar opinions to me who might appreciate what I have to say. So, to all those who enjoy paranormal and fantasy genres, welcome. And to those who don't particularly enjoy my favorite genres but are visiting anyway, also welcome.
Happy readings!