Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #10

Ok, I know its been a minute since I've posted, but I've had way too much going on. By way too much I mean sorority stuff, getting ready for school tomorrow, and having food posioning for two days. But now I'm back, a couple pounds lighter and I promise I won't leave you guys out anymore.

With that being said, let's jump right back into rotation with Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"After all, these are can-do girls from a nation built upon dreams. And what is the ear-splitting scream of metal against metal, the choking smoke, the sensation of falling through a surprisingly uncaring sky, against such unshakeable dreams?"-pg. 3

What do you think of my teaser? Do you have one?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fan Art Friday #8 & Book Blogger Hop #7

FAF is a meme in which I feature a piece of Fan Art from my current read or based on a theme I have for that particular day. I use other people's fan art and give kudos to the person who did it because I know I'd never be artistic enough to make one myself lol Today comes from my current read "The Goddess Test" by Aimee Carter. Being that this book is a fairly new release, there wasn't much out yet, but I still found a great one. It actually came from someone who had the same idea as me and does FAF as well. This one is very pretty. In the picture is Henry and Kate. (Henry's hair is blonde though.)

This came from Jennie over at My Cute Bookshelf. I really adore this. I really wish I could do photoshop as well as some of you out there. I wouldn't even know where to start, let alone get something that comes out this good. Great job Jennie :)

Now on to the Book Blogger Hop :)

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books.com. It's a great way to meet new people and friends around the blogworld!

This week's question:

What't the LONGEST book you've read?


I'll have to say Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It's about 870 pages according to GoodReads. I'm pretty sure I had to read a longer one for school, but this is one that I actually enjoyed lol

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Hardcover, 476
Published August 31st, 2010
Margaret K. McElderry
The Infernal Devices #1
Source: Library

     Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
     When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
     Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
     Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

     This book struck my interest because I had just read the first installment to the Mortal Instruments series and it blew me away. So I saw this on GoodReads and saw that it was the prequel story to it and I was instantly drawn to it.
     The story is way darker written than the TMI series. I think it is the way everyone is described. Tessa is a shapshifter (which is a downworlder, despite the way she acts), the Dark Sisters are eerie and frightening, Will has a dark secret, and Jem has a disease from a Demon. And with all this darkness comes mystery too. Everyone in the story had a mystery about them. Some we picked up on right away, and others it took us awhile. This I really enjoyed. I love a good mystery.
     As for the characters, I loved them all... Except Will. I did like him, but after awhile Jem started to grow on me... So to all you people on Team Will, I think I'm taking the opposite side in this one. Will just seemed like an arrogant jerk who thought girls were supposed to throw themselves at him. I hate guys like that. It makes them far less attractive. But Jem, yes he is sick, but he is way more understanding than Will.
     I also liked the setting. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction (well history in general lol), but add a little supernatural to it and I'm game. This book served as my first "steam punk" novel and I really did enjoy it. It was set in Victorian London in 1878. I adored it because Clare kept to it the entire novel. She wrote Tessa and the other characters in the exact right way for people at that time.
     Another thing I enjoyed was the way characters and certain objects from the TMI series were shown at times throughout the story. It was nice to get back stories and insight as to why the characters act the way they do. (Let me just say here that I LOVE Magnus Bane lol).
     Lastly, I loved twist at the end of the story. I was in shock when I read the last few chapters. Everything left my mouth hanging open. I was sitting in the doctor's office waiting on my little sister when I read it and kept gasping out loud and getting weird looks from people lol But it was worth it, because it was just that good.
     Now for the hard part... What I didn't like. I didn't like the fact that so many elements were like the first TMI book. Tessa lost her brother, Clary lost her mother. Tessa worried about not knowing her family, and Jace didn't know his. It felt kind of like the same story except darker and the fact that what they were preparing to fight was not "alive" per se.
     Also, I felt like at times the story kind of dragged on. I struggled through the beginning, even with the events that happened between Tessa and the Dark Sisters.
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

     Whilst reading this, I saw on GoodReads that there was a Short Story to be added onto the holy water in the attic scene. Clare posted it online here and it was called "Of Loss." It was between Tessa and Will. (I won't say what happened to keep it spoiler free.) But in the book, the scene is told through Tessa's point of view. The short story that Clare posted was written through Will's POV. All I can say is: SWOON.... (Well when I liked Will anyway lol)
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book Boyfriend #11

 Book Boyfriend:

One of my favourite blogs The Unread reader came up with the ADORABLE idea of My book boyfriend. Basically every wednesday i tell you about which fictional boy im crushing on. If your interested in doing this on your blog go to the introduction post on The unread reader.

This week's book Boyfriend comes a series I recently started. I really did like the book and am eager to start the next, recently released installment in the series. His name is Lend and he comes from the Paranormalcy series :)

Facts about Lend

  • He can be whatever you want him to be.... Literally, he's a shapeshifter
  • Funny and sarcastic
  • He loves to draw and he's really good at it
  • Mother is a water spirit, dad is a human
MY Lend:
Grey Damon....
Drew Roy

*Remember he's a shapeshifter. He was described as looking like these and two other forms as well..

 Quotes to make you hold your heart and say "Awwwww"

-"Told you I was going to mess up your make up," he said, a smug grin on his face."   

-"Then the other door opened. I wen't rigid. If I had thought Reth's was beautifull, it was nothing to this soul. It filled the night with light, dacing and rippling like the reflection on a pond. I hadn't seen many souls, but I knew this one was special. I wanted it. I needed it."
(Evie about Lend's soul)

-"What do you think? Does this face make me look fat?"
Ok you wouldn't say aww but you'd laugh lol


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #9

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's Teaser comes from a book that many of you book bloggers have already read, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Yes I know, I'm tardy to the party, but better late than never right?

"Charlotte nodded. "I am one of the Nephilim - the Shadowhunters. We are... a race, if you will, of people, people with special abilities. We are stronger and swifter than most humans. We are able to conceal ourselves with magics called glamours, And we are especially skilled at killing demons."-pg 59
What do you think of my teaser? Have you read this?  

Top 10 Tuesday #1

I know, I know, this isn't my usual Tuesday post, but this week it caught my eye because the list this week is AMAZING! I've decided I'm going to include this in my Tuesday posts when I love the list. So without further ado, let's welcome: Top 10 Tuesday!

 Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top 10 list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Just be sure to leave a link back to the original blogger and add your name to their list so that everyone else can see your Top 10 and comment on them :)

This week's Top Ten List:
 use this week to write a top ten list about ANYTHING in literature. Maybe you have a more specific list you want to do (Top Ten Dystopians, Top Ten Creatures in Paranormal Lit, Top Ten Classics, etc) or something completely your own?
With so many great books coming out this fall and early 2012, I'm going to do
 Top 10 books that I wish were released YESTERDAY!

Release Date: August 30th, 2011

Release Date: Sept 27th, 2011

October 4th, 2011
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Release Date: September 5th, 2011

Release Date: December 8th, 2011

Release Date: September 6th, 2011

The cool thing about this list, it can double as upcoming releases with AMAZING COVERS!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Hardcover, 335 pages
Published August 31st, 2010
Paranormalcy #1
Source: Library

     Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.
     Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

     So much for normal.

Warning: This review does include some mini spoilers....
I really did like this book. It kind of reminded me of the tv show Supernatural that comes on TNT. Well except the fact that Evie didn't kill them, they just tagged the paranormals. Speaking of Evie, I LOVED her. Her sarcastic nature was hilarious and kind of reminded me of myself. But I will admit, it got kind of annoying sometimes. She kind of came off like a spoiled brat. I also loved the fact that she loved pink (even though I despise it) and she was blonde. She reminded me of a kick a*s barbie doll. I also thought the writing was a little juvenile too. Buuuut that's what I get for reading a YA novel right? (I know many of you bloggers out there are saying "Oh no she didn't!" but come on really "OMG my legs are prickly!" is a bit much.....) One thing I would have enjoyed more is seeing more of different paranormals like the hag, Lend, and his mom. Vampires, werewolves, mermaids, and faeries are soo last year hahaha Another thing I didn't like was the end. I was looking to Vivian putting up a huge fight and Evie being all kick a*s and shining in all her glory at the end, but the fight was nonexistant. Vivian threw her around once and it was over. Kind of felt a little flat. I didn't like Reth either. He totally freaked me out lol I understand now he was trying to help her (well really himself...) but he could have done it in a non-scary kind of way, just saying. Ok, I know, I'm rambling now, so I'll just sum it up. It was a very enjoyable read with great characters and a great storyline. The main character was witty, sarcastic, funny, and kick a*s. Everything you need to make the story work.
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox: Sweet Library Finds Edition

In My Mailbox is something that was started over at The Story Siren and I think it's awesome. It's a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places.They can be in any form, including e-books.

This week I got a crap load of books from the Huntsville library again. I got all these because my Nook is STILL out of commission :( and I am at home in Galveston for the week before school starts. Here, remember, we have the crapptastic library, my mom is working, and everyone my age is gone back to school already or has kids (notice I added an -s.....) All there is to do here is read, read, READ :) Now I can finally catch up on some books that I should've read a long time ago. Big thanks to the Huntsville Public Library for having these in stock lol

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (My current read. So far its amazing!)
Abandon by Meg Cabot (I've seen so many great reviews about it! Also, greek mythology??? Right up my alley!)
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon (I had never even heard of this, but I found it in the library and searched the internet for reviews and all I found were good ones. I'm most excited for this one.)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (I'm excited for this one too. I can't believe how long it took me to pick this book up. I also need to finish the Mortal Instruments series....)
Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marchetta (The only reason I'm so interested in this is because of the first few words. I haven't even checked reviews on this.)
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (More Greek mythology! And I've been looking for this everywhere!)
[[Excuse the mess back there in the picture though lol That's my sister's doing smh]]

Have you read these? Can you tell me anything about them?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fan Art Friday #7 & Blogger Hop #6

FAF is a weekly thing I do to highlight those who love fan art as much as me. I got the idea from Sophistikatied Reviews who features art she made, while I do those that others made (because I'm only artistic with words lol). This week's FAF comes from ~Leesa-M. It is a Character Banner of the main character of my current read, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.
I really like this. She looks exactly like I pictured Evie in my head. And the background of the center where she works does indeed look too sterile. And the touch of her signature of pink is really cute too. Kudos to you Leesa, this is very cute! 

Now for the blog hop :)


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books.com. It's a great way to meet new people and friends around the blogworld!
"Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!"

This isn't one that I have on my shelf anymore, but I did have it before.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stay by Deb Caletti

Hardcover, 313 pages
Published April 5th, 2011
Simon Pulse
Source: Library

Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is—and what he's willing to do to make her stay.
Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won't let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough....

This book surprised me in both good and bad ways... Let's start with the good. I really liked the way Caletti went back and forth between the past & present. Clara's memories were my favorite part of the story. I think this was because this is where the danger of Christian was. I found myself swallowed up by those chapters, yelling at the book as if I were yelling at Clara herself. As for the bad, I was surprised that the only time I found myself wrapped up was when the fear of Christian was around. The chapters from the present weren't as engrossing as the others. But at the end, when Christian surfaced in the present, I was a goner. I also was torn between the "realistic-ness" of the situation. I felt after events like that there was no way anyone would move on as easily to Finn as she did. But, I did like the way Christian was portrayed and the realistic way she- a fool in love- kept letting him back in. This was definitely a nice way to come back to realistic fiction.
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

Book Boyfriend #10

 Book Boyfriend:

One of my favourite blogs The Unread reader came up with the ADORABLE idea of My book boyfriend. Basically every wednesday i tell you about which fictional boy im crushing on. If your interested in doing this on your blog go to the introduction post on The unread reader.

Today's BB comes from the second book in one of my favorite series.... Yes you guessed it, Carlos Funtes!

Facts about Carlos:
  • Middle child
  • Dark hair
  • Definite bad boy
  • Dark eyes
  • Rebel
MY Carlos...
Giancarlo Vidrio 
If you didn't know, he actually played Carlos in the official book trailer

"Quotes to make you hold your heart and say awwwww"

-"You're dangerous."he says.
Because you make me believe in the impossible."

-"Tonight was... well, it was perfect for me too. You've turned my world upside down. I've fallen in love with you, chica, and it scares the fuckin' shit outta me. I've been shakin' all night, because I knew it.I've tried to deny it, to make you think I wanted you as a fake girlfriend, but that was a lie."
Best scene in the book.

-"I'm in deep shit Alex, 'cause I think I'd like nothin' better than to wake up with her every mornin'."

-"dear kiara,
The women in the shop told me that yellow rose represents friendship and red rose shows love. And the rosery is the only thing i own that i care for, its yours
i'm yours

Who is your Book Boyfriend? What do you think of mine?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #8

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser comes from Stay by Deb Caletti. This book is one that has been on my TBR pile since its release in April. I could not wait to dive into it. This is my first realistic fiction book I've read in a while. I picked a really great teaser for you guys, and because I haven't reached the page it came from, I'm excited to learn what's happening at this point as well.
"It felt so sudden. We were in one place, and then all at once there was water dripping and things getting wrecked and broken glass, and Christian was on his feet and I was scared." -pg. 160
Have you read this? What do you think of my teaser?
Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your teaser, I'd love to read them :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Hardcover, 324 pages
Published April 13th, 2010
Walker Books for Young Readers
Perfect Chemistry #2
Source: Library

When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

Towards the beginning all I was thinking about was the fact that Alex wasn't this bad. But he actually was. I guess I was remembering him as the Alex at the end of the story and not the "whole picture" of Alex. But anyways, this story is about Carlos his younger brother. He was the regular hard a*s who didn't care about anything but himself. Even though he was so rude and egotistic, I still loved his character. In her books, Elkeles uses the POV of both the main characters so that we can get into both their minds and see their feelings for each other start to develop. Because of this, it made it so easy to fall into their world. I really felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. I remember I said the same thing about Perfect Chemistry. But I must admit, I did not like Carlos at first. My guess, I was just anticipating the romance, because as soon as it hit, I found myself just like Kiara, falling for him. My favorite part of the story is actually the part that is pictured on the cover of the book. I read it and my eyes got all watery. Let's just say I liked the cover at first, but after reading that part, I LOVED it even more. I would love nothing more than to actually watch this as a movie. (If certain books can be made into movies, I don't see why this one can't... I'm just saying...) As far as the story line, I love how it just flowed and how well the other characters connected to the main characters. (I loved Brandon lol) And the ending was EPIC. I must admit, I was nervous even though I could tell how it would end. The story was a great edition to the triliogy, but I must say I still loved the first one more. (And Alex too!) But don't get it confused, I did fall for Carlos. Can't wait to see how Luis will turn out when his story comes out on AUGUST 16TH!!!!!
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Check out the trailers for this and Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3).... They are amazing!
Rules of Atraction Official Book Trailer

Chain Reaction Official Book Trailer
(Be sure to pick it up August 16th, 2011!!!)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Hardcover, 260 pages
Published April 5th 2011
Dutton Juvenile
If I Stay #2
Source: Library

     It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
     Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.
     Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

This was a very moving story. I was blown away by the intense writing of Forman. It was so easy to connect to Adam's raw pain even though it was from a male POV. I loved the way it was written about the the one day they had together. And although it was about the few hours they were together, the story never got boring. I was able to feel every emotion in this story; happy mad, sad, everything. It was refreshing to feel the grief caused by love lost from a male POV instead of the usual female's. It was also refreshing to hear about a male being in love rather than a female. I hate to say this, but I loved reading about Adam and his broken heart. Forman is an AMAZING author. If you have not read If I Stay and this, you are definitely missing out.
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Just wanted to add some quotes because I <3 Adam but I already used him as my book boyfriend lol
-"MTV + Lifetime = Shark Bait."
-"Quitting's not hard. Deciding to quit is hard. Once you make that mental leap, the rest is easy." -Mia. "Really?  was that how you quit me?" -Adam
-"I know that unlike that night, tonight I won't kiss her. Or touch her. Or even see her up close.
Tonight, I'll listen. And that'll be enough."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fan Art Friday #6 & Blogger Hop #5

FAF is just something I made up to showcase artists and their talents. I got the idea from Sophistikatied Reviews who does her own fan art, but since I'm not that talented, I show other peoples lol. Today's FAF comes from my current read "Where She Went" by Gayle Forman. I found this on the net and LOVED it. I'm upset because the artist's name wasn't there so I can't give a name, but I can give it a website :) Here you are, hope you enjoy!
Now on to Book Blogger Hop :)

For those of you who are new to the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books, this is Jennifer's description of the meme, "In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!" (Crazy-for-books) 
Come join the fun this week HERE!

This week's question is...
What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?

Picking one isn't going to be particuarly easy... There's a lot I've had my eye on, but I'll stick with 3... One is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  (Goodreads). Next is Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon. (Goodreads). Lastly I would love to get Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (Goodreads). All of their covers are soooo pretty and their synopsis all look sooooo good!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Hardcover, 372 pages
Published December 22nd 2009
The Dark Divine #1
Source: Library

A Prodigal Son
A Dangerous Love
A Deadly Secret

     Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.
     Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.
     As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul

Wow... This book really caught me off guard. I really only picked it up because I read the blurb and was being nosey trying to figure out what he was. Then when I began reading it I began liking it more and more. I loved the dark mystery of Daniel and although Grace was the main character, I liked him more. I also liked Jude. Well really I felt sorry for him. Ugh its complicated... I really did like Grace though. She went through so much the entire story but still stayed strong. I also loved Grace and Daniel's romance. The way they kept fighting for each other and how she chose to save him was amazing. Then there was something refreshingly different about how she put the setting or the fact that it was a memory, at the different times in the story. I've never read a book like that so this was something to set it apart from other YA novels. Also, every element and character in the story helped move along the plot. It was easy to tie in everything and know why Despain decided to write everything the way she did. Lastly the ending was EPIC! It threw me for all kinds of loops and I sat bug eyed reading in my living room. I definitely recommend this to you guys if you haven't read it. As far as what I didn't like, well, there wasn't really anything. Except  that it wasn't until the end where it completely knocked my socks off.  Still, I really loved this story! Add it to your TBR pile now! lol
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Book Boyfriend #9

 Book Boyfriend:

One of my favourite blogs The Unread reader came up with the ADORABLE idea of My book boyfriend. Basically every wednesday i tell you about which fictional boy im crushing on. If your interested in doing this on your blog go to the introduction post on The unread reader.

Today's boyfriend is Will Rutledge & he comes from Firelight by Sophie Jordan. I haven't seen anyone else with him and am happy to say he is all mine!

Facts about Will:
  • Hazel eyes
  • Brown hair
  • 18 but a sophomore in high school
  • Comes from a family of draki hunters
  • Had Leukemia before
  • Doesn't approve of what his family does
  • Had a blood transfusion with draki blood
I've loved him since he first appeared in the book and he let Jacinda go. 

MY Will:
Kerry Degman

Ok he's a little "bigger" than I picture Will, but the look is almost dead on...

Quotes to make you hold your heart and say "Awwwww"

-"Why do you care? I've ignored you for days." (Jacinda)
His smile fades. He looks serious, mockingly so. "Yeah. You got to stop that." (Will)

-"A hunter in love with his prey." (Will)

- "I won't leave you! Do you know how unbearable it's been without you? You're not like the rest of them." His hand swipes through air almost savagely. I stare at him, my eyes wide and aching. "You're not some well-trained puppy content to go along with what you're told. You have fire." He laughs brokenly. "I don't mean literally, although there is that. There's something in you, Jacinda. You're the only thing real for me there, the only thing remotely interesting." (Will)

What do you think of my book boyfriend?
Who is yours?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #7

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's Teaser comes from The Dark Divine by Bree Despain. Hope you enjoy!!!
"There was blood- a small pool and several drops around it. "I thought maybe one of you was hurt," Don said. "Maybe the monster-'" -pg145
What do you think of my teaser? Have you read this?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Hardcover, 341 pages
Published May10th, 2011
Revenants #1
Source: Library

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.

I was practically dying to read this (no pun intended) and I won't say I was disappointed, but it wasn't what I expected. The above book blurb was from GoodReads but is not the same one on the book jacket. This is the one that drew me in. Although the book blurb gave me too high hopes, there were many things I still enjoyed about the story. For example, I love Love LOVED the setting. Paris is a beautiful place and perfect for lovers. I also liked the refreshing new type of paranormal being that Plum brought to our world, the Revenant. They are best described by Kate (the main character) as a "kind of undead-guardian-angel type of monster that runs around saving human lives." Definitely a cool idea. I also liked Vincent's romantic side (even if we didn't see it much). Yes I admit, I'm a hopeless romantic. The cover too is indeed gorgeous. I like this one better than the others. Maybe because this one was animated. lol yeah I'm a big kid. Now to the hard part, what I didn't like. The story to me was so good... until Vincent was gone. Then it got a little bland. I also felt like I was learning about the Revenants and what they do for too much of the story rather than just enjoying it. There wasn't very much I didn't like. All I can say now is I enjoyed the book and I look forward to the sequel coming out in May 2012.
Overall, I give this *** 1/2 (3 1/2 out of 5)
Revenants by Amy Plum