Friday, July 29, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 7th 2010
HarperTeen
Firelight #1
Source: Library

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

*MY THOUGHTS*
I want to start by saying that this is not something I would normally read (wasn't really feeling the whole dragon thing), but after seeing so many good reviews about it, seeing a video on youtube say it was the next "book box office" hit,and all the hoopla the sequel Vanish is causing, I decided to give it a go... To bad I couldn't find it anywhere -_- But I finally got ahold of it and amazingly, I LOVED it. I loved it so much I sat in awe a few minutes after reading it.I really don't know what to say about it besides that, it was just that good. But I'm sure just saying that will not count for much of a review lol So, being realistic, let's start with the cover. It's beautiful! The hint of the draki skin around her eye is my favorite part. As for the story, it was wonderful. The teens still acted like teens and they faced teen like situations. I did not like all the characters, but it was because of what they did in the story, not because I couldn't connect to them. The romance is also good. I fell for Will as soon as he let her live. As for Cassian, we didn't see him much, but a piece of me likes him because he's safe for Jacinda. All in all, this is an amazing story that had me wanting more. Literally lol There IS a cliffhanger... And we know how I feel about those, but this one I didn't mind. I guess because I loved the story. Anyway, I simply cannot wait for Vanish!
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out 5)

Firelight by Sophie Jordon

*EXTRA*
This is the sequel. It will hit shelves September 6th, 2011. I love this cover too, but I wonder who the blonde is... You should definitely be at whatever midnight book release you can find, I know I will!
     To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.
     Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
     In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.


Fan Art Friday #5 & Blogger Hop #4

Today's FAF & BH will be short... I'm at the end of Firelight and I'm really trying to finish it lol

Today's Fan Art actually comes from the blogger who inspired my meme, Sophistikatied Reviews. She makes her own designs sometime and this one was actually from a festival. It's a wallpaper that I TOTALLY love. Kudos to her for this, I'd never be that talented lol In it you can see the beginning of the book blurb, the cover and a pic of a chick who looks a lot like the girl on the book. I LOVE the fire she added as well (if you have read it you know the reason its there.)



And now for the Book Blogger Hop... This meme comes from Jen over at  Crazy For Books :) 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!
This week's question:

“Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”
 
This is hard because I got Vanish by Sophie Jordan for review buuuut my Nook broke so I guess I don't really have it :( The book that I actually have in my grasp from the library, that I'm absolutely dying to read, is "Die For Me" by Amy Plum. I have been waiting FOREVER to read it!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Theme Thursday #2

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event, hosted by Reading Between Pages, that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”
This week’s theme is

ANY ACTION (go, walk, close, clap etc)

Here's mine:
"Given the pattern, I sit higher and search the parking lot. He emerges between two vehicles, striding with the ease and confidence of a jungle cat. The sun hits his hair, gilding it." -pg 73
This theme came from Firelight by Sophie Jordan. If you have not picked this up, you are definitely missing out!

Bookish News

LOOK WHAT I FOUND!
(Ok I did find all this yesterday, but I had already posted three times so I decided to wait till today to do it...)

This was released for Comic Con. I've been watching the internet for any other info they might put out so I'll keep you guys posted. Also, just because this is here, I'll repost the trailer for it so you can get the "whole effect" of just how epic this will be...


*SIGH* I definitely cannot wait for this movie....

For more books to movies news, EW put out some great photos of the Hunger Games men out. For all you extreme fans, have a looksie.


In other news...
The cover for the second book in the Chemical Gardens Series has also finally been released. Take a look and tell me what you think...
 It will be released February 21st, 2012. The first book in the series was Wither. Click it for the GoodReads page :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Paperback, 369 pages
Published April 23rd 2000
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Bought

Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn't know why.
The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.
Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey -- one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

*MY THOUGHTS*
I just want to say, this book was NOTHING like what I thought it would be. It was ok, but the writing was a little too advanced for the kids to be in high school in my opinion. It seemed like they were way older than they were described. I also did not like the characters. Ok, I lied. I liked TWO of them. One being Jillian and the other Kate. Through out the entire story Kate is amazing. She is strong as an outcast and even in their trip back in time. She also stood up to Jarrod who never believed anything she had to say. As for Jillian, she was so sweet. She was a strong woman who looked after Kate even after her mother left her. It was a little sad to see how Jillian's daughter did Kate. And also, her magic is AMAZING. Now Jarrod, he got on my nerves. He was a spineless wimp who I HATED strongly disliked the entire story. In the very end he did grow up, but by then my mind had already been tainted by how he was written in the rest of the story. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but not until it got to Part Two of the story. Part Two is where the climax of the story takes place. Without giving too much away, its where everything finally falls together. Its the only part in the book that stood out to me. This part was the only part in the book I was able to see with my "mind's eye" and I really enjoyed it. The first and last part though, not so much. It wasn't that I didn't like them, it just wasn't as good as part two... But I suggest you read it for yourself. (This review probably didn't do anyone justice, but I'm trying not to give the story away...)
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

In My Mailbox - The VERY mad edition...

I know I don't normally do this meme, but this week its a MUST. Ok, so I have been in Huntsville, Texas for four years now going to school here and I have been in both the school and public library numerous times, but neither had very much of a selection.... Or so I thought. When I went to the public library I was stuck in a genre where they didn't have much of it, so I didn't really care too much to go back. But now that I have become obsessed with the Young Adult genre (really paranormal romance), I decided to check the website and see what they had in the YA department. (Plus since my Nook is broken out of commission and I can't really do any reviews without giving myself a headache from reading from a computer screen, I had no choice but to give them another go.) I wasn't expecting much because the library as a whole is small and also going through renovations, but OMG they had some really good stuff; stuff that my library back home doesn't even have. I am VERY mad at myself for not checking them out sooner. So, this is what I got today. Sorry about the picture, but I was in a moving car and it is with my cell phone lol I was jut that excited. I got some things that a lot of you other bloggers have already read, but I never got the chance because I stay in Galveston, Texas where there is no malls, no Barnes & Nobles, (clearly) no Borders, the library only has things from April or earlier, and the choice at Wal-Mart is very slim. Thank goodness I decided to give Huntsville Public Library one last shot!
In case you can't read the amazingness...
Die for Me by Amy Plum
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (I'm VERY excited about this because I JUST said in my earlier post that I wanted it but couldn't find it anywhere :] )
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

So, I guess I should make this meme continuous... But only when I get excited enough. This time was a good one. I waited a long time to get ahold of these books.

Have you read these? Can you tell me what you think of them?

Book Boyfriend #8

 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 my book boyfriend comes from the beloved Shiver series. I waited to use him after Forever came out (even though I only read Shiver... I can't find Linger anywhere in my hometown -_-) because I figured after reading it, everyone would be using him. But anyways, he took my heart in Shiver and I heard about him in Linger from a friend and other blogs, so he still sounds swoon worthy to me...

Facts about Sam:
  • Dark Brown Hair
  • 18
  • Yellow eyes
  • Species: Werewolf
  • Plays guitar
  • Reads poetry
  • Writes songs
  • He really is the sweetest thing ever
MY Sam Roth:
Ben Barnes

Ok so no one ( and I really mean no one) matched what I thought Sam would look like, so imagine Ben with yellow eyes and he was the closest I got...


Quotes to make you hold your heart and say "Awwww"
-"I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl,
From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl,
I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl,
But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl,
It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child,
It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while
She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand
I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had."

-Sam: I could still smell her on my fur. It clung to me, a memory of another world.
I was drunk with it, with the scent of her. I'd got too close.
The smell of summer on her skin, the half-recalled cadence of her voice, the sensation of her fingers on my fur. Every bit of me sang with the memory of her closeness.
Too close.
I couldn't stay away.


-"Counter Girl (in candy shop): You two are cute. Seriously. How long have you been going out?
Sam: Six years."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #6

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 has been sitting on my TBR pile for some time, but I finally picked it up because my Nook was broken and I had nothing else to read. But its turning out to be really good.
"I decide, against my better judgement, to take the chance. What the heck? Things couldn't get any worse. He already thinks Jillian and I are crazy, what more damage can I do?" -pg. 161 of Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Click HERE for the synopsis on GoodReads :)

So, what do you think of my teaser? Have you read this? 
Post your teaser, I'd love to read them.
Happy Reading! 

Yay Me!

Ok this post won't be about much, just came to flaunt my VERY FIRST WIN IN A GIVEAWAY! I was sitting at home with my boyfriend when someone from the apartment office called and said he (I don't know why they said him...) had a package in the front office. He went to retrieve it and brought it back to the house. We looked everywhere for a return address and couldn't find it. (The writing was extra small.) My name though was big and highlighted. So I opened it and LOW AND BEHOLD, it was from Simon & Schuster :) I entered a giveaway from them when I joined their Galley Grab program just for kicks. Like I even forgot about it, because I never win anything lol I really just did it because it popped up and the book sounded good. I'm so glad I did it. I won an ARC of "The Mistress's Revenge" by Tamar Cohen. (*sidenote* The book is actually available NOW!) I cannot wait to read this book. Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster, Free Press, and Claire Kelley!

Be sure to check out the synopsis on the GoodReads page!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

E-Book ARC, 226 pages
Published by HarperCollins
September 27th, 2011
Source: NetGalley
(Hopefully lol) A Beautiful Dark #1

On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites--like fire and ice--Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye's life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move--only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can't help falling for, and Devin, who she can't stay away from, the consequences of Skye's choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.


*MY THOUGHTS*
The very first thing that drew me in on NetGalley was the cover. I think its really beautiful the way she's like flying and after reading the story I kind of think I know what scene it was from. Anyway, so I clicked it and read the synopsis and I was intrigued by the two boys. It didn't really say what they were, just that one was "dark" and the other is "fair." I wanted to see what theur mystery was. So I was able to review it (thank you HarperCollins) and it turns out that they're angels. I was so excited because I LOVE books with Angels. They're my favorite genre of paranormal romance. As far as the story, I liked it. I will say that at the beginning I was like ok... where is the moving plot, but it got a lot better after the boys introduced their story and said what their purpose of being there was. Also, the love triangle.... I'm not exactly sure what to say about it. I was just as confused as she was while bouncing back and forth between the two during the story. It wasn't until the very end where we got something definite. (I didn't like either one during the plot but at the climax it was confirmed.) As far as everything else concerning Skye, she was an ok character, but I couldn't reallly relate to her. She was ok, but not terrible or great. I was a little disappointed because like I said I was looking for a "real" romance with angels, but it was ok. I enjoyed the read and Davies' writing style, but I wish I liked the two dudes more and the romance was a bigger part of the story. Lastly, the end does have a cliff hanger ending. If you do not like them, you will definitely not like this ending. I'm unfortunaely one of those kinds of people. I felt so lost and confused. Like its ok to have a cliffhanger, but don't put it to where the reader feels like they still don't know anything after the entire story is read. That's the way I felt. Hopefully this book has a sequel. (That's why I put that on the book's info at the top. I need there to be a sequel to understand the missing part.)
Overall, I give this ** 1/2 (2 1/2 out of 5)


A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Boyfriend #7

 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 book boyfriend comes from a book I finished reading last week but didn't use because someone else had. Now he's all mine :) This person is Jay Heaton from The Body Finder Series.

Facts about Jay:
  • 16 years old when we first meet him
  • Blonde hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Nice Body
  • Likes hiking
  • Enjoys "doing homework" with Violet
  • Violet was his childhood best friend turned girlfriend
  • The only person outside of Violet's family who knows her secret (from Book one)
MY Jay:


LIAM HEMSWORTH

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

-"She needed Jay to go with her. Because despite her bold words about doing it by herself, it was all just a bluff. She really wasn’t sure if she could do it on her own. “All right,” he finally agreed, flashing her the same stupid grin that always made her heart stutter, even though he still seemed uncertain. “How about we start by going to the movies tonight? We can make sure the theater is safe."

-"I was just waiting for you to want me as much as I wanted you.” His words were quiet but carried one hell of an impact. “I knew we were going to be together; it was just a matter of time. I kept hoping that you would figure it out. But for a smart girl, you’re a little dense, Vi. I kept bringing up Lissie Adams, and showing you the notes she was leaving me, hoping that you’d get pissed enough to finally admit how you felt about me."
-"He loved her. Jay Heaton, her best friend since childhood was in love with her. He didn't say it but she knew that it was true. And the part that really freaked her out, the part that caught her completely off guard, is that he wasn't alone. Because even though she'd been denying it for a long, long time, it had always been there... waiting beneath the surface of thier friendship. And now that it was out there was no going back.
And it was so wierd to even be thinking it but...... she was in love with him too."
So, what do you think of my boyfriend this week? Who is yours?

Teaser Tuesday #5 (On Wednesday)

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!
Ok so I know its Wednesday now, but I've had a bit of trouble earlier... I got a pressure crack in the screen of my Nook and I got really depressed so I've been trying to refrain from reading. Then I tried to do the Teaser with the book on my adobe's digital edition, but my internet connection would not work, therefore I could not post anything grrrrr. It was just a kind of tough day :/ But now the connection is back and so am I! (And thank GOD my mother was great enough to get me insurance on my Nook when she got it for my birthday, so I should be back in business soon *fingers crossed*)

But ANYWAYS, my teaser comes from A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies a wonderful book that comes to a store near you September 2011!

"Skye," he said testily, the look in his eyes not one to mess with."Don't think we haven't noticied how you're avoiding us again. But it's time to get back to work." - pg 176

(Check out the link above for the synopsis on GoodReads.)


So, what do you think of my teaser? Do you want to read this?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fan Art Friday #4 & Book Blogger Hop #3

FAF is a weekly meme based on one that a fellow blogger at Sophistaked Reviews thought up for her own Fan Art, but because I am no good at drawing, I feature othe people's art. This week I dedicate to a childhood friend of mine who I was introduced to in the fifth grade... That friend is Harry Potter :) Today marks the end of his time.... Don't get me wrong, the Harry Potter Fever will forever be within me (I will always re-read the books and watch the movies), but today sadly seems official :( I was not one of the lucky ones to get to see it at midight, but I WILL be going at 3:15 today. I am soooo excited! ANYWAYS, there was over a dozen pages of HP fan art, so I just picked one that didn't contain any spoilers or anything.(For those who hav not read nor seen the series.) Also I could not find the artist who did this, so I will just give praise to the artwork instead. Beautiful don't you think? (lol at Ron's face and broken wand.)

And now for the Book Blogger Hop... This meme comes from Jen over at  Crazy For Books :) 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!
This week's question:
How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?
 
I get my books from the library and read them. Then if I like them, I go and buy the book for myself. When I  buy the book, I get it from either Barnes and Noble, Wal-Mart, or newly now, the Book Depository. Although I am a member of Barnes and Noble and recieve free shipping anyway, shopping at the Book Depository is good for anyone. They give good prices and free shipping. Thank you to my fellow bloggers for teaching m about them.
 
Where do you get yours?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book Boyfriend #6

 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 my book boyfriend comes from the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. He was SUPPOSED to have been my man last week, but I saw too many people with him lol (Didn't wanna cause an imaginary fight haha). But he is JACE WAYLAND! Or whatever he wants to go by. I know the info surrounding the triangle between him and Clary is a bit ummm... how sould I say this...  interesting..., but its not that way with me!
Facts about me:
  • He's a Shadowhunter
  • He's 17
  • Tan
  • Golden Hair
  • Covered in ancient runes
  • Nephilim
  • Loves mu shu pork
  • Hates cucumbers and bergamont
MY Jace:

Alex Pettyfer


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

-"Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?" Clary
"If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked." Jace

-"It wouldn't be my move," Jace agreed. "First the candy and flowers, then the apology letters, then the ravenous demon hordes. In that order."

-"A diary with no drawings of me in it? Where are the torrid fantasies? The romance covers?"

Who is your boyfriend for the week? What do you think of mine?

 

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

E-Book (Nook Edition), 244 pgs
Published by Harper Collins
March 16th, 2010
Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
The Body Finder #1

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered.
Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

*MY THOUGHTS*
As you can see from above, this book was published in 2010. I bought it that same year, but it sat on my TBR pile until just recently.... It took the back burner to books with a "lighter" synopsis and books I had to read for school. I purchased it because the book blurb interested me, but it also made me think the book was going to be totally dark and creepy, the opposite of the contemparary/paranormal romance kick I was on. Because of this I figured this wouldn't satisfy me. Boy was I wrong! The third book in the series coming out (check under the review for the extra tidbit about the series) with its new title and cover had bloggers all around posting about it and it sparked my interest about it, so I got out the good ol Nook again and finally cracked it open... And I'm glad I did. This book is about a girl who has a "special knack" for finding dead bodies; animals and people alike. The story opens with her as a little kid with her father and she finds a body off the path in the woods by her house. As the story goes on, it is revealed that a serial killer is on the loose after Violet finds the first girl's body with her friends during their leisure time at a lake. Going further into the story, Violet decides that she will be the one to catch the killer, using her special ability. This story is nothing short of AMAZING. There were so many times I couldn't put it down. One thing that I really loved about the story though, was the fact that the story wasn't as morbid as I thought. The romance between Jay and Violet balanced the story out perfectly. Especially all the ups and downs they went through. Everyone knows how I feel about a good chase in a romance and this story did just that. I loved it. The other thing I really liked about the story was all the twists and turns that it had. There were plenty of times I felt my mouth drop because something that was completely unexpected happened. I hate love surprises, but only in stories. And this one was great.
Overall, I give this *****(5 out of 5)

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

*EXTRA*
This is the second book in the series, "Desires of the Dead" by Kimberly Derting. Isn't t cover gorgeous? I liked TheBody Finder as well. (See the GoodReads page for this book here.)

Published Feb 2011, Available NOW!
This is the third book in th series "The Last Echo" by Kimbery Derting. I believe this one is my favorite cover. I LOVE the purple. (See the GoodReads page for this story here.)


Predicted Release Date: April 17th, 2012

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #4

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 my current read "The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting. Although this book has BEEN out, I'm still gonna do a "teaser" although I'm sure many of you bloggers might have read it.
"That was his first victim. He thought he'd done a better job of hiding her than that. And he probably had. He had no way of knowing that an eight-year-old girl with a special knack for finding dead bodies would come across her, butried there." -pg. 166

Have you read this? What did you think of my teaser?
Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fan Art Friday #3 & Book Blogger Hop #2

FAF is something that I began based off what fellow blogger at Sophiskatied Reviews. But instead of featuring my OWN fan art, I feature someone's I found on the internet. I love seeing what someone else can do with someone else's story. Most times it will feature something from what I'm currently reading or a story that's been on my mind lately that I've already read.

This week, I chose the same series that I chose for my Book Boyfriend for the week, the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. For some reason Patch and Nora have been on my mind. I feel a re-read coming soon.... Anyway, this piece of Art was done by Triscia95 on Fanpop. She has a lot of different things featurng Hush, Hush but this one is my favorite. She also has a few chapters of Fan Fiction, so go check out her profile. Thanks for this great piece of art, kudos to you Triscia95!

Book Blogger Hop

Now this meme comes from Jen over at  Crazy For Books :) 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!

For this week:
This week’s question isn’t a question at all! I thought I would do things a little differently this week and give all of you a chance to promote a giveaway (or two!) from the blogosphere.

The catch?

IT CAN’T BE YOUR OWN GIVEAWAY!

The giveaway I would like to promote is a really great one given by /- LA FEMME READERS-/ Entitled "Hot Summer Giveaway!" She has some amazing titles that are coming out like Everneath and Sweet Venom, so click her name and go check it out!

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

E-Book, 179 pages
Publication September 20th 2011
HarperCollins
Paranormal Romance
Source: NetGalley**

“It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn’t going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn’t think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder.
That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest.”


When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved. Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.


*MY THOUGHTS*
I really enjoyed this book, but I felt like it was over to soon :( I felt like Garvey could have put a little more back story to it and made it a little more lengthy and I would have more excited. I would also have liked to know the "living " Danny a bit more. I guess what I'm saying is the story was sooooo good, I would love to know more about all the characters. Besides that, it was a quick enjoyable read that was full of emotion. With each page I felt the raw pain that Wren held for Danny and I could see why she did what she did; even if it was the wrong thing to do. This read was also surprising to me, because it was actually my first read about zombies and I must admit I was a little skeptical, but it actually opened my eyes to a whole nother area of my favorite genre, Paranormal Romance. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I have already made my decision to pre-order this on my good ol' Nook soon as I get a chance.
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5) 

*FTC Disclosure: I received this egalley from NetGalley. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review. I would also like to give a big thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for letting me review this book.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Theme Thursday #01

Sooo, since the beginniner of my Sunday meme discontinued it, I decided to pick up another weekly meme for my blog. This one will be done on Thursdays. It seems really fun and I think for my very first one I did pretty good.


Theme Thursdays
Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event, hosted by Reading Between Pages, that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”
This week’s theme is

FACIAL PARTS (Eyes, Ears, Nose, Lips etc)

My entry:
 "But the more I read, page after page of incantations and phases of the moon and streams of energy, the better I could see Danny's face again. Not the waxy, blank one in his casket. Danny, laughing, shaking the hair off his forehead, rolling his eyes at Becker's weak Borat impression, leaning in to kiss me with his wide, soft mouth curved up on one side." -pg. 71 & 72 (E-Book addition)
This came from Cold Kiss By Amy Garvey. Click HERE for the goodreads page to get to the synopsis.

Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Book Boyfriend #5

 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.

Ok this one will be kind of short.... I kind of caught by my REAL boyfriend who's now upset that I'm cheating on him with dudes made of paper and ink lol Regardless, I'm still gonna post my Book Boyfriend for the week. Now, without further ado, my Boyfriend for the week is: Patch from the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. (originally I was going to use Jace Wayland, but a fellow blogger that I follow used him and I'm not one to share boyfriends, so I changed my mind lol)

Facts about Patch: 
  • He wears dark jeans, black shirt, thin silver necklace
  • He's a fallen angel who later turns into a guardian angel.
  • Dark Complexion
  • Muscles
  • Scars from street/bar fights
  • Smells good
  • Mysterious
is DREW DOYON



Quotes to make you hold your heart and say "Awwwww"  
-"Say 'provoking' again. Your mouth looks provocative when you do." Patch
-"All this time I've hated myself for it. I thought I'd given it up for nothing. But if I hadn't fallen, I wouldn't have met you."
-""If you can't feel, why did you kiss me?"
Patch traced a finger along my collarbone, then headed south stopping at my heart. I felt it pounding through my skin. "Because I feel it here, in my heart," he said quietly." (This is by FAR my favorite quote of his.)
 
So who is your Book Boyfriend? What do you think of mine?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

E-Book, 254 pgs
September 6th,2011
HarperTeen
Source: NetGally**

Sixteen-year-old Laurel's world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all, there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel's life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss, a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.
*MY THOUGHTS*
The book was about a girl moving on after her parents die in a horrible car accident. I felt kind of detatched from the main character because she didn't seem that sad to me, but I realize that all people mourn different so I couldn't really blame this on the author. Also, I'm not sure about how I feel about the story... I feel like sometimes it felt kind of monotone at times. I expected it to be a tear jeker throughout the entire story, but weirdly I did not cry once. I know my emotions must be out of wack... I heard it was being compared a lot to "If I Stay" by Gayle Foreman which is one of my favorite books, but it wasn't really like it at all except for the car accident. Well to me anyways. But still I wanted to know how the story would end so I kept reading. I did enjoy the book though, regardless of what it may seem like. I also really enjoyed the cover. That was one of the other reasons I chose to request it from NetGalley. I also eally enjoyed the other characters, like David. I was more in thouch with his form of mourning (minus the pot smoking lol) so I was able to identify with him better I think.


**FTC Disclosure: I received this egalley from NetGalley. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

Teaser Tuesday #3

After a few days with internet connection problems, I'm back in full effect 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!


Today's Teaser comes from a book that I recieved from NetGalley to read and review, "The Beginning of After" by Jennifer Castle.


"I looked up to watch him go, running. Running from me, because I'd totally freaked him out. Three minutes ago we were playing Tongue Twister, and now he was fleeing for his life. I should have been wearing a label on the back of my dress that said CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE. OPEN WITH CARE."

What is your teaser? What do you think of mine?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ultraviolet by R.J Anderson

Paperback, UK , 410 pages
Published September 1st 2011
Orchard
Source: Recieved from NetGalley**

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.


Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?
*MY THOUGHTS*
This review was hard for me to write. I sat for  long time tryin to decide how to write thi review. Despite the MANY five star reviews from a lot of other bloggers out there, while reading this, I decided in the early stages this would not be the case with me. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. Now, lt me expain. For one, some of the writing descriptions were a bit much. It sometimes seemed that the writing was a little too "flowery" when the toneof the book was supposed to be kind of dark and whatnot. Another thing I didn't like (but understood), the main character seemed detatched from the story. It seemed too "telly" for me. I understand we're in Allison's mind and she's not all there, but at the same time, I would rather it not have been so choppy. I don't know... I just felt like I wasn't getting the whole story from her. I saw the plot twist coming early, but I refuse to put it here because I HATE reviews that include spoilers.... So I'll leave that comment there. As for what I did like, I really liked the plot and the premise to the story. I said throughout the book that I would put it down and not pick it back up again, but the book blurb kept drawing me back everytime I looked at it. I was also drawn to the cover. My Nook really brought out the violet color and made the stunning cover even more beautiful to me. Lastly, I liked the end. Although I did see it coming as stated earlier, I sill really enjoyed it.  
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

**FTC Disclosure: I recieved this egalley from NetGalley. I do not recieve payment of any kind in excahnge for a review. I do not recieve monetary compensation from any book links in my review

**Thank you Learner Publishing Company for allowing me to review this story.