Monday, January 23, 2012

So, just read Daimon and Half-Blood. Adore them! Haven't felt the greatest, so no reviews today, but soon! Can't wait until Pure comes out! Can't believe that that won't be until April.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is still most definately my new favorite author!

Happy Readings!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

"What?" He's hurting me, but the look of terror on his face has me shaken. "But she said---"
Suddenly there's a tug in my gut, but when I try to ignore it, it becomes an intense pain. I wince, pulling away from Monroe to lean back over the table. "It's the Need."
"The Need?" he whispers to himself, as if he likes the term.
"Make it stop," I growl, pushing my forehead down into the table as I continue to writhe. "Make it stop."
He's at my ear. "Don't fight it....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

What if you had an extraordinary power in a dying world?
What if you couldn't control it because it rested in your skin?
What if you could kill with a touch?

Juliette has this power, lacks this control, and has done this.
She's been untouched by human beings for years now. Locked in an asylum alone. Until the day Adam becomes her cellmate. Something about him niggles at her buried memories and tugs at the sanity that was slowly oozing through her fingers.
But nothing is as it seems in this world that's slowly dying.
Soon Juliette finds herself central in a war for power over the world. She can be a weapon for good, or for evil. No one can touch her.
Or is that an illusion too?
Rating:5/5 sucks you in and holds tights until you don't want to let go.

My Reaction: Ohmygod! Love, love, LOVE!!! Seriously, I had to put it down...twice to do stuff and I literally itched and thought of nothing else until I got back to it. Addictive and compelling. I admit that the not-so-sane pattern to Juliette's thoughts, including the crossed out phrases, is a bit disconcerting until you get used to it. But the story is wonderful and very real. A Dystopian environment, a paranormal touch of power, a powerful love, it has it all! And leaves room for a sequel or series, which I sincerely hope that there is! Juliette and Adam are heroes to savor. I'll be watching Tahereh Mafi for more. (oh please let there be more!)
Happy Readings!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Very excited! My books have come in! Had a hard time choosing which of these to read first, but whe Fury came in yesterday, I just had to go ahead and start that before Shatter Me. But since I will make sure to get through both this week, I'll include a teaser from each.

Fury by Elizabeth Miles:

She was smiling brightly. In her hand was a gleaming red orchid. Beautiful, translucent, like something blown from glass. "Hi, again," the girl chirped. Her tiny nose quivered like a rodent's and her teeth gleamed white. "Sandta never found out you were naughty. But we did."

The words crashed through Em's skull...

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

There must be as least a hundred soldiers following us through these streets, clustered in different groups, dispersed n different areas of the city, ready to capture and kill.

But I know they won't kill me.

It's Adam I'm worried about...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Check out Gathering Storm! Historical, paranormal fiction. Releases the 10th. For a good blurb, try this link at RandomBuzzers.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

Whisper is excellent. It centers around Joy Stefani, who comes from a long family line of women who hear the thoughts of those around them. Most of the family, like Joy, try to help those around them by answering the secret wishes that they hear from those around them. But Joy's big sister, Jessica, long labelled "Icka", delights in making other people miserable. Especially Joy. Family legends, old and new, prompt self-hating Icka to take risks with herself and torment Joy with horror story that can, and seems to be, happening to Joy on this pivotal birthday. Loyalties are tested, and not only the ones you expect.
It becomes a race to save Icka, one that could cost everything and change all that Joy knows about her family, their power, her "normal" existance, and herself.

My Rating: 4.5/5
My Reaction: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The layers to every character are so interesting to see peeled back. I admit, for a chapter or two, I was worried, it seemed to be moving slower than I expected. But I muddled through and it picked up quite nicely. Growth of characters and relationships are very real, very intense and excellent. Joy seems to start off very likeable, but as she comes to realizations about herself and develops, you realize just how likeable she's capable of being and becomes. Even Icka is shown to have redeeming qualities, when she starts seeming like the devil incarnate. None of the characters are strictly good or bad, though they can seem one way or the other viewed through Joy's perspective. But the layers are well done, revealing both sides of everyone. I must admit one of my favorite characters (besides Joy, because you can't help be adore the narrator), is Jamie. His twist is something I picked up on a little earlier than I consciously realized, and is something you could predict, but still very well done. I can't wait to see more from Phoebe, and I'd love to see a sequel to Whisper.
Happy Readings!

Friday, January 6, 2012 List for TBR Pile Challenge

So, the first time I thought about this Challenge, I was all over the place, looking at my entire backlist. Think I'll pare down now, make a more oficial/accurate list.

  • Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

  • Covenant Series by Jennifere L. Armentrout

  • Daughters of the Moon Series by Lynne Ewing

  • Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

  • Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

  • Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent

  • Immortals Series by Alyson Noel

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

  • Illuminated by Erica Orloff

  • A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

  • Entwined by Heather Dixon

  • Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie

  • Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

  • Firelight by Sophie Jordon

  • Raised by Wolves, Golden, & Platinum by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  • The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

  • And of course I'm working on Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis right now.

I know that's more than I need for the highest level, but what can I say? I read a lot and I'm absolutely ready to get through all of these this year, and probably more. I'll keep you posted.

Happy Readings!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Giveaway of Big box of sixteen books including some ARCs and a signed booklet. Open until March 1st! International. See giveavay button to the right.

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

So, Obsidian has a wonderful premise. Katy, the bookloving blogger who's been forceably re-located to West Virginia by her Mother. Daemon and Dee, the supermodel-worthy next-door neighbors. Dee, who's almost desperate for a "normal" friend. Daemon who doesn't want anything to do with "normal" people. Katy admits to Daemon's droolworthiness, even lets herself enjoy the view until Daemon opens his mouth. And procedes to complete the hot-boy trifecta: gorgeous boy, beautific face, additude of a class-A jerkwad. She can't stand him in the slightest. She knows that they're different, she catches it from time to time. But she doesn't know just how different until after she's attacked by a stranger, confronts the twins, and discovers their secret when Daemon marks her.
The two are aliens.
With Daemon's mark branding her to those who can see it, Katy has no choice but to stick close to the twins. Which makes it ever harder to deny the explosive attraction she and Daemon share. Because no matter the chemistry, a relationship between a human and a Lux just can't work, even if they wanted it to...

Rating: 5/5. Captivating, thrilling, and it draws you in without letting go.
My reaction:
I love, love, love this book. Katy is relatable. Not only does she have the classic heroine spunk, the stubborness and the temper, through the poignant first-person perspective, you see her struggle to find and keep that part of herself. Daemon is a very misunderstood bad-boy, forced into being an asshole to protect his baby sister, the only family he already has left. Both of them fight the attraction between them tooth-and-nail, convinced that they don't want the other, that they can't be. Watching their relationship deepen and grow is worth every setback sent their way, including those they themselves put there. It's a gripping tale, one that, once I got going, I couldn't put down. Literally, I stayed up all night to finish it and was still going strong the next day, looking up the teasers in Daemon's POV, for the sequel Onyx, and the prequel Shadows. I love the voice Katy and Daemon have (Daemon in a bonus chapter) and I eagerly await more, in the Lux series, the Covenant series, and Cursed. I'll be very closely following Jennifer from now on.
Happy Readings!

Waiting on Wendesday

Now, I realize that last week, like most Waiting-on-Wendsday posts I've seen, I did a handful of books I'm wait to come out. But this week, I'm so psyched about having spent my Christmas money, all I can focus on waiting for are the ones I have coming in the mail. So, here are some of my eagerly-awaited Christmas spoils! And because I love not only reading in general, but also most of these authors, and the beau-ti-ful covers, and anyone brilliant enough out there to have chosen to read and/or follow my blog, I'm including Teasers for each of these books I'm so excited to get my hands on.

1. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

"I understand, but her behavior before the incident with her Mother cannot be erased. This is a school, not a daycare center. I do not have the time or the energy to keep an eye on her. I cannot have her running wild through these halls and influencing the other students."

I rolled my eyes. He made me sound like a cunning criminal about to bring down the entire Covenant...

2. A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young:

I hear an echo as sound hums its way into my ears. It's a heavy noise, reverberating as it gets louder. Louder. Louder--I'm afraid my head will burst from the vibration, and finally my eyes flutter open and it stops.

I see sky above me--blue and cloudless...

3. Illuminated by Erica Orloff:

I had another dream...-A.

Like the breath of a ghost against an icy window, the scrawl whispered to us across the centuries.

"Even a book has its secrets. Come on, then, tell us more...

4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi:

Raindrops are my only reminder that the clouds have a heart-beat. That I have one, too.

I always wonder about raindrops....

5. Fury by Elizabeth Miles:

In a flash she realized she couldn't take it back.

Her lungs were being squeezed to pinpricks. She couldn't breathe. Ice swirled around her, terror radiating through her body.

She clawed at nothingness.

She screamed...

6. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes:

His eyes, scared and imploring, told of a darkness and agony I couldn't begin to understand.

I leaned further into the window, the glass surprisingly warm from his brush past it. Like I touched a trace of him. As he completed his unhurried, torturous descent to the lawn, he kept his gaze locked on mine. Beseeching me for something I couldn't give...

Happy Readings!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top Tens of 2011 post3

Now, for my favorite CHARACTERS of 2011. A mixed list. And, since I've focused on my boys, a list of my favorite females. In fact, top females first. As always, no particular order to these, and my thoughts change from day to day, if not hour to hour. But these girls are most of my consistant faves.
1. Clary, from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. She has that strength and stubborn streak that makes you root for a girl even when she's not at her best. The sweetness and caring help too. I can't wait to read more about her! Spunky sweet growing strong, my favorite flavor of heroine!
2. Isabelle from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. She may not be my favorite girl, with that instant dislike of Clary, whom I can't help but favor, but being able to kick butt while still looking fabulous isn't a feat to be taken lightly. Besides there's a quality to her...I can't remember how I described it initially, but I can't help but like her.
3. Cassia from Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. A good girl who may not have the most redeeming qualities to begin with, but an overwhealming curiosity that spurs a love that helps shape her good qualities into great one. She'll fight for what she wants, this one, even if she has to pretend to submit to get it. Loyal, stubborn, sneaky. A brilliant combonation.
4. Daenerys from George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. Getting to watch Dany develop from a sheltered girl with no power to a strong, brave Khalissi who fights for what she wants is amazing. From what I suspect could happen further on, she may not stay my favorite Ice & Fire girl, but she certainly is for the first book!
5. Evangeline from Anya Bast's Jewelled. Again, a girl you get to watch grow. Very like Elena from the Vampire Diaries (books, not show, there's more depth to character growth in the book series), she starts as one all about appearances. One who has adapted to the point of not caring to survive where she is. But when she breaks and you watch her rebuild into a loving woman with a strong spirit, you have to root for her.
6. Katy from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Obsidian. A sweet girl who's loyal and stubborn, a great match for the secretly nice Daemon, who's also a badass who's adept at being a jerk. Her temper is as bad as his, and she doesn't back down when she wants something. No, she digs in and fights for it, though, in the first-person, you watch her struggle not to be a pushover. Made me laugh, at a couple point produced tears, and made me care all about her. Couldn't put it down and can't wait for Shadows and Onyx!
7. Alex from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Covenant series. Okay, I'll be honest, I haven't gotten my copy yet. Ordered it off Amazon yesterday. But I've entered giveaways and followed the YASisterhood tournament. She seems to be my kinda girl, based on descriptions and teasers from the wonderful Jennifer L. Armentrout. Can't wait to be proven right!
8. Cassie Blake from L.J. Smith's The Secret Circle. Cassie may be a bit of a pushover, a sweet pushover, but she's protective, loving, and believes in doing things for the right reason. Self-sacrificing and willing to think the worst of herself, she's very real and I cheered whenever she made a victory. I know her storyline's over, but I can't help but want more!
9. Meghan Chase from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. Haven't read her entire story, but what I have caught me and dug in deep. Go Meghan!
10. Kaylee from Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers. Kaylee, what can I say about Kaylee? She's awesome! Confused and scared, she doesn't understand what's wrong with her. But she's loyal to family and friends, though they aren't necessarily as loyal to her (cough, cough Sophie). Stubborn and curious, spunky. Can't wait to see more of her when I get to My Soul to Save.

Now top ten overall characters. I reserve the right to list couples, as some of my favorite characters aren't their best until their significant other comes along and encourages them to be their best or better.
1. Katy & Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Obsidian.
2. Clary & Jace from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.
3. Cassie & Ky from Ally Condie's Matched trilogy.
4. Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. (Didn't include him on my boyfriends or bad-boys list. I'm not yet sure if he's good, bad, or neutral. Plus I'm not exactly his type. But he's a great character, I have to include him).
5. Meghan & Ash from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.
6. Saphira from Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Saga.
7. Todd from Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers.
8. Katsa from Kristin Cashore's Graceling.
9. Red Gloves from Elizabeth Vaughan's Daggerstar.
10. Romeo Marescotti from Anne Fortier's Juliet.

Yeah, yeah, I'm aware that There are a lot of couples on my characters list. But I can't help seeing how my favorite heroes and heroines make each other better, are only at their best when with or because of their significant other. So, when it comes down to it, I have such a hard time choosing my favorite between hero & heroine. Therefore, in order to be my favorite from a book and/or series, my most favorite characters are usually irrevocably paired in my head.
Happy readings!

Top Tens of 2011 post2

More top ten action! I did a top ten of my all-time favorite fictional guys in December, but this time I'm doing a 2011 top-ten book boyfriends. And top-ten bad boys, misunderstood or not (though the misunderstood ARE my fave!)
Book Boyfriends of the year:
1. Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Obsidian.
2. Jace from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.
3. Nash from Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers.
4. Anatol & Gregorio from Anya Bast's Jewelled. (I know, two, but they're kinda a pair).
5. Adam from L.J. Smith's The Secret Circle.
6. Jon Snow from George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire Saga. (Those who liked the books but didn't see the show: WATCH IT. It's brilliantly done & cast. I was finishing book one through the season, and the voices matched so well!).
7. Zach from Nancy Werlin's Impossible.
8. Ky from Ally Condie's Matched.
9. Ash from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.
10. Po from Kristin Cashore's Graceling.

As for my favorite yummy bad boys, here they (there will of course be some overlap) are:
1. Ash from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.
2. Nick form L.J. Smith's The Secret Circle.
3. Julien from L.J. Smith's The Forbidden Game.
4. Ky from Ally Condie's Matched. (He's not exactly a bad-boy, but he's definately a rebel, and that's enough for me!)
5. Jace from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. (Again, not exactly a bad boy, but definately a badass, and of Clary's love interests, as far as the 1st book, he IS the bad one).
6. Gabriel from L.J. Smith's Dark Visions. (One of those misunderstood bad-boys, which I love, love, love. And yes, this is the fourth L.J. Smith boy on these lists. I can't help it. Her boys, good and bad, are so cute!)
7. Nash from Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers. (Again, misunderstood bad-boy. He sure comes off as one so far, though clearly he's not rotten through.)
8. Murtagh from Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Saga. (Clearly misunderstood and forced to be bad, but he does good and bad so well in equal measure!)
9. Romeo Marescotti from Anne Fortier's Juliet. (Mysterious. Bad-boy. Romantic. He's got it all!)
10. Tyrion Lannister from George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. (Not exactly my type, but I love, love, love the character! Classic misunderstood bad boy, one of my favorite reads! I literally went through the 1st book check for his, Jon's, and Dany's chapters, because they were my faves!)

Again, I reserve the right to edit my decisions at any time, extend lists, and I say again, that these are in no particular order and limited to what/who I can think of just now. I'm sure I've missed one or two of my favorite boys that I'll want to work in later.
Happy Readings!

Top Tens of 2011 post1

So, I've seen a LOT of top ten lists for the past year. Thought I'd work on catching up. In no particular order whatsoever, her are my top ten books read in 2011 are:
1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
2. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
4. Juliet by Anne Fortier
5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
6. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
7. The Secret Circle Series by L.J. Smith (I know these are technically four books, but I read through them all in a little over a DAY, they were that good)
8. Jewelled by Anya Bast
9. Graceling & Fire by Kristin Cashore (I know, again multiple, but I INHALED these).
10. Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Teaser Tuesday

Since I can't seem to decide what I'm reading this week, I'll give teasers of the three I've been jumping between. All are so AWESOME!

Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

"They tortured me with them. And it worked. I had horrible night terrors. There was one year that I hardly ever slept."

Katelyn just listened. Cordelia looked as if she might throw up. "When Haley was killed, I went to my Dad and I asked him if he thought maybe that's what attacked her. Justin overheard. And they both laughed at me." She took a deep breath. "But I wasn't fooled, Kat. They were afraid too...

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I swallowed and fixed a smirk on my face. "Blah. Blah. You're gonna kill me. Blah. I know."
The female's ravenous shriek cut off his response. Obviously, she was very hungry. She circled me like a vulture, ready to rip into me. My eyes narrowed on her. The hungry ones were always the stupidest--the weakest of the bunch. Legend said it was the first taste of aether--the very life force running through our blood--that possessed a pure-blood. A single taste turned one into a daimon and resulted in a lifetime of addiction. There was a good chance I could get past her. The other one...well, he was a different story.

Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

I took a chance and moved past her.
"Fine, go plug yourself back into the Mother ship!" She screamed after me. "But get ready. You're about to turn into me."

Monday, January 2, 2012


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