Friday, March 30, 2012

Follow Friday & TGIF #2

Q: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?
A: I have no idea how people can switch back and forth between books that they're reviewing, but I just can't. I stick to one book, take notes on it, and review it from there. 

Q: Book Blogger Retreat: If you could gather up a handful of book blogger friends to spend a weekend away talking books, where would you go? Tell us about it.

A: I love this question! I always wanted to be a part of a book club, but there was never anyone close to me that read the same things as me. (Unless you count my mother...) I would invite everyone to a vineyard where we could sit and talk about the books we liked and gush over the hot fictional boys over glass after glass of wine! 

Angelfire by Courtney A. Moulton

Hardcover, 453 pages
Published February 15, 2011
HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
Angelfire #1
Source: Library
For fans of: Romance, Angels, Hot fictional boys, YA, Action, Fantasy

First there are nightmares. 
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her. 

Then come the memories. 
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream. 

Now she must hunt. 
Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

      When I originally heard of this book, I had saw a fan's rendition of the way they thought Will would look. I was immediately drawn to his green illuminated eyes and before reading anything else I decided I HAD to read this book because I wanted to know who this character was. And low and behold, I wasn't disappointed. All the characters in this book were easy to connect with and made me keep wanting to know about everything they were doing.
     Overall, this was a great debut from Moulton. She has a great writing style that allowed for easy reading and a clear understanding of all the information in the story. Her writing also allows for the easy connection to all the characters. 
     I also enjoyed the fact that the stereotypical things you see in YA books were nonexistent. There was no love triangle (she handled Landon the RIGHT way) and there was no "insta-love." It took awhile before Will and Ellie kissed. The only thing that was close to the YA stereotype was the forbidden love, but the fact that Will actually was willing to take heed on it and didn't just say "Oh forget it," like in many of the others, it made me happy. Another thing I loved about her writing was the fact that it was action packed. I was hooked to the book because of the non-stop action throughout the story. I mean there was a reaper fight in almost every scene. (The boat scene and her birthday party scene.......OMG I was wide eyed the entire time!)
     The only thing I did not like about the book, was the fact that Ellie seemed sooooo naiive. All these things were happening to her yet she still couldn't believe what she was. And then all these things were happening to her yet she still wasn't trying her hardest to fight. She was relying on memories to help guide her to fight. I would've been trying to practice alllllll the time. Especially if I had things like reapers big as minivans coming after me. I just found it awkward that she didn't care as much. 
     But overall, this book was amazing. Now I'm on the hunt to find the next book in the series, "Wings of the Wicked," because my library doesn't have it. I recommend this to anyone that may have a love for angel books but cannot find a good one. 
Overall, I give this **** 1/2 (4 1/2 out of 5)

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bookish News!

Well, its that time again! I found something on YouTube that I think all you Twilight lovers would love. Its the teaser trailer for Part 2 of Breaking Dawn that was featured before The Hunger Games movie. I heard this trailer would only be out during opening weekend, and if you're like me and are waiting until the theaters aren't as full, we might have missed it. Buuuut I found it! Here you guys go! Enjoy!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 9th, 2011
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
For Fans of: Retellings, Supernatural, Romance, YA

The most tragic love story in history . . .
Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

When I first saw this, I was very anxious to read it. One of my favorite stories of all time is Romeo and Juliet and I knew that with a premise like this, there was no way Jay could disappoint. And disappoint she did not!

This story had a ton of surprises. There were alot of things that happened that I had no idea was coming. One thing is for sure, Jay definitely delivered with this book. Then, the surprises added onto the style of Jay's writing, it was a very great read.

I must admit, I was a little worried about it because like I said Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite stories and there was ALOT  of hype surrounding it. I didn't want the book to end up a dud and ruin the classic love tale for me or for it not to come through like everyone said. But it was a very good, compelling story.

Lastly, I loved the characters. I loved seeing the many sides of them; from the nice side of them to their angry side. She was able to develop each one individually and some twice.
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Follow Friday, Fan Art Friday, and TGIF...

The question this week is:
What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

Mine would be any of the Harry Potter books that are over 600 pages (for example #4 and #5) and also Breaking Dawn, the last novel of the Twilight series. 

Now for Fan Art Friday :) I couldn't really find one for Juliet Immortal, so I went ahead and went with the actual play of Romeo and Juliet and found a really good one on a Tumblr page, called "Fuck Yeah Fan Art." It says that it was by  Alicechan.

I like all the details of this. It looks like they really put alot of time into it. I mean look at the floor. You can even see every stone in the floor. I also like the colors. It looks like she used watercolors to do it. One day I'm going to learn to paint/draw like that lol 

And now, here is my TGIF! 
What are some bookish trends you are noticing in the literature world today? Is there a particular trend you'd like to see more of? 

I've seen a lot of Greek mythology and also alot of fairytale retellings. Which is fine with me, since I adore both. 

Let me know about your longest books, what you think about the fan art, and what you think is a "trending topic" in the literary world! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bookish News!!!

So, I've strayed away from this topic for a while, but now that I'm getting back into the swing of things, I want to come back to it. Soooooo, here's a bunch of news that I've found from looking around the blogosphere:

Not trying to take too much away from The Hunger Games movie coming out tonight, another favorite of mine has a second part that is coming out in November.... If you guessed Breakin Dawn Pt 2, you guessed right! Yes it is only a couple seconds long, but its only a teaser. Here it is:

What do you think? Me personally, I like it, but of course I'm a little disappointed that its so short :\ 

Something else, that's along the same lines as the trailer above, has recently hit the internet as well.... It turns out that another novel by Stephanie Meyers is becoming a movie also. This one is called "The Host" and it recently released its first trailer as well..... I haven't actually read the book, but I read a couple of pages... Looks like I'll be bumping it up on my TBR list to read it before the movie comes out. Here's the trailer:

What do you think??? I can't give my honest opinion until I read the book, but I can say its not making me rush off to read it... 

And for you fans of The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices, Cassandra Clare has announced a new trilogy that will be coming out in 2015! It will be called THE DARK ARTIFICES. Here's what she said about the series: 

“The series follows Emma Carstairs, the fiercest warrior and most skilled young Shadowhunter since Jace Wayland, and Emma’s sworn partner in arms, Julian Blackthorn,” the statement reads. “Despite Emma’s complicated feelings for Julian, the two must band together to investigate a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.”

Clare said in a statement that she was sure readers would love both her new and her established characters. “I know readers will come to love Emma, Mark, Cristina and Julian just as they have loved Jace, Clary, Will, Tessa and Jem,” she said. “Readers have often asked what will happen in the Shadowhunter world after the events of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ and this series will give them a chance to find out.”

So there's your bookish news for the week! If you know of anything I missed, feel free to comment and let me know! Hope I was able to give you something you may have not seen or knew about! 

Swoon Thursday #2: Historical Style

     The ladies over at YA Bound created a sexy meme where you share what made you tingle in your current read. If you want to join in, here is what you do:From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! 

     As of midnight last night, I started reading Juliet Immortal, and I was swooning from the very first pages. This quote I'm about to give came from pages two and three. Let me know what you think!

"He is steady and sure, and every candle shines bright, the better to see the tenderness in his eyes, to be more certain with every passing moment that this is no youthful mistake. This is love. Real. Magnificent. Eternal. 
Always, I whisper, so full of adoration the emotion borders on worship. A part of me feels that to love so is sacrilege, but I do not care. There is nothing in the world but Romeo. For the rest of my life, he is the god at whose feet I will kneel." 

I can only imagine the conflict that will be coming from this story in the future pages, but just the opening pages were enough to make me feel all warm and tingly. 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Hardcover, 338 pages
Published September 29, 2011
Dutton Books
Source: Library
Anna & the French Kiss Companion
Recommended for fans of: Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, YA

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. 

     When I found out about this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, I was ecstatic to read it. If you read my review on Anna, you know that Stephanie Perkins is now the reason why I can read contemporary romance. And just like Anna, Lola did not disappoint. 
     There were some things that I LOVED, like the many controversial things that came up in the story, like her parents. I like when stories give light to controversial issues and make them seem acceptable. Especially when its issues like those in her book. (Trying hard to keep it spoiler free lol) I also LOVED Cricket. He had it all... Style, looks, smarts, and the right attitude. I now know why everyone was always talking about Cricket. I felt so bad for him because I felt like he was tortured the entire time for being in love. It seemed like nothing could go right for them. I also like the whole costume thing from Lola. I thought it was cool she was daring to be different. I really wish I could see the things she came up with. It was like putting on a play everyday. 
     Overall, this book opened my eyes to a tortured love, controversial issues, and people who live their lives in a way different than others. 
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Legend by Marie Lu

Hardcover, 305 pages
Published November 29,  2011
Putnam Juvenile
Legend #1
For fans of: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, YA, Romance

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias' death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.


     This book took me completely by surprise.... In everything. From all the twists and turns to the great way the characters were portrayed, it was just an amazing book. The thing I liked most about it was the character development. It seemed like every character, even those that weren't as prominent as June and Day were perfectly developed. I was able to connect with them all. I also loved the way I was able to feel every emotion in the book. I was so connected to June and Day, more than likely because of the dual perspectives in the novel, and I was able to feel what they felt. I found myself enraged or sad at the same times as the characters. Lastly, I liked how Lu was not afraid to just let go and write as she wanted to. Some of the scenes were a little bloody and with my imagination it made it worse lol but she made it to where it was believable. I could picture what she said happening in my mind without any questions. 
     For anyone that's a fan of Divergent by Veronica Roth, I definitely recommend this for you! I'm sure you would love it like I did!
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Some time off!

Hi all! I'm just here to say bye to everyone. I'll be gone until next Sunday because me and the boyfriend and some friends are going to Panama City Beach, Florida. So any missing posts (since like last weekend) are the result of me getting ready for it, like shopping or driving there or coming back. I will post pictures later when I come back. 

But the actual point of this is to ask you which books I should take with me.... I'm only taking two because we're going down there for just this weekend, but the drive from Texas to Florida is 11 hours so I'll need some kind of entertainment. Give me any suggestions that you want and I'll come back later and edit my post and let you guys know what I decided. I'm looking for a "beachy, funny, contemporary romance" read since I'll be looking at the REAL beach and not Galveston's dirty one anymore lol 

Which books should I take with me?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Hardcover, 372 pages
Published December 2, 2010
Dutton Books
For fans of: Contemporary Romance,Chick-lit, YA

     Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris- until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near -misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers -have long awaited?

     This book really shocked me. It wasn't bad at all. It was so surprising to me because I don't usually like contemporary romance. I've probably read three in total besides this one. I usually go for the paranormal/fantasy romance. This time I just needed something a little lighter. And this one had nothing but 3-5 star reviews, so I decided to start with this one. And I'm definitely glad I did. Anna is so real and her story is so believing. From the "hot Euro boy with the accent" to everything that goes on with "hot Euro boy."  
     What I loved about this story is the fact that even though this was a contemporary romance, it was still full of twists and turns. It still had a ton of scenes that I was not expecting and left me eager to finish the book. 
     The next thing that kept me reading was Perkins' humor. She really is gifted with words. She made the not so fun moments funny and made it into a very amusing story. Just like a teenage girl's life really is. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on Lola and the Boy Next Door since its Anna's companion novel. I'm really interested to see if any of Anna's characters will be in it. 

P.S. Where can I find my own Etienne St. Clair?!?!?!?!?!?! 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Follow Friday & Fan Art Friday

Follow Friday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Parajunkie's View and Alison Can Read. Each Friday there's a new topic/question which people answer and link up on Rachel or Alison's blog. It's a fun blog hop! Here's this week's question:

Q: Have you ever looked at book’s cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

I know... This isn't YA.... But I couldn't really think of one that I just LOVED but didn't like the cover of.... So I'll just go with adult... But this book was the first book I read by James Patterson. My cousin was a fan of his and she told me every time she saw me that I needed to read his books. When I said I would, she knew I was just saying that to keep her quiet. I told her I don't like the cover and she said "What is on the outside has NOTHING to do with the awesomeness that's on the inside." (I'm one of those people that judge a book by its cover. If I don't like the cover, 9 times out of 10 I won't pick it up.) But finally she pulled it off her shelf and left it on my bed at my house for me to find. I finally gave it a shot and am now a total James Patterson fan girl lol This series of his is my favorite too. All the women doing all those different jobs is a little empowering to me. 

Fan Art Friday!
This meme is where I feature fan art that I've found on the internet of the book I'm currently reading or one that I just finished. I give credit to the artist who created it in the description because I am in no way, shape, or form an artist who draws or does digital graphics, so those that do need all the praise.

I haven't done this in a minute, but I have to now! I'm currently reading Anna and the French Kiss and I am in LOVE with St. Clair already lol I absolutely LOVE his sense of humor. Anyways, since I fell in love with him, I became obsessed with him... And since he's not on the cover of the book, I became obsessed with picturing him and seeing what other people thought he looked like. (Yes I was literally stalking a fictional boy on the internet smh) But then I came across this and I was like "Aww this is cute!" It was done by ~StrawberryKill who actually does alot of fan art for books. (Click her name to be taken to her devianART site.) I have instantly become a fan. I like the way she fashioned Anna and her pinched cheeks and the way St. Clair looks and the fact that it looks sort of "cartoony." That's how I picture him from his sense of humor. She did an awesome job on all the little details too. Great job! 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Swoon Thursday #1: Space Style

The ladies over at YA Bound created a sexy meme where you share what made you tingle in your current read. If you want to join in, here is what you do:From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog!

I saw this meme and immediately thought: OMG I HAVE to participate in this! So.... I did lol And for this to be my first one, I picked a really good one because it has to last for two weeks. (I'll be in Panama City Beach for Spring Break next Thursday!!!) Anyways, my pick comes from Across the Universe by Beth Revis. (See previous post for my review) 

“If my life on Earth must end, let it end with a promise. Let it end with hope. 
I wrap my pinkie around his. He squeezes my finger, and this world doesn't feel so cold anymore. 
"Will you stay with me?" I whisper. 
"Always.” -pg. 398
Hope you enjoy!
What made you swoon this week?

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Hardcover, 398 pages
Published January 11, 2011
Across the Universe #1
Source: Library
For fans of: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Romance

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust intl the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. 
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was mere computer malfunction. Someone of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship- tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. 
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could have never seen coming. 

     My initial thought after closing the book last night was "Woooow.... That was really a debut?" After reading this, one thing is for certain, Revis is an amazing writer. The story left me breathless. At certain parts I found myself yelling and other times I found myself gasping at the book. 
     What I liked most were the characters. From Amy to Harley to Eldest. Yes I liked Eldest, but not because of what he did, but because of how he was written. For Revis to be able to write and develop such a sick, sadistic, lying characters like Eldest and one who will not be named (for spoilers), and make me feel all the hatred that all the other characters did, she deserves applause  lol 
     Although I did like the book, the beginning starts out a little slow. It took a minute to get into it, but when I did, I had a day off and ended up devouring the end of the book. The end is where all the jaw dropping twists and turns occur as each secret is unlocked. With every one secret that you discover, it will become harder and harder for you to put the book down. 
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

The second book in the series just came out January 10th, 2012. The cover for it is just as pretty as the first one, yes? 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

This meme tells about those books that we're waiting (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) to get our hands on.

This week I'm currently waiting on Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Release Date: July 3, 2012

15 year old Tiger Lily, proud and fierce, wild and misunderstood, doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland, and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, big-hearted but hard to reach, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything - her family, her future - to be with the haunted, hunted, courageous boy who loves her. When - as a punishment for her rebellious ways - she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart. 

From the New York Times bestselling author of PEACHES comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up

This book was brought to my attention by a blogger named Brooke at Brooke Reports. She was talking about it on Goodreads and she made it seem good, but the blurb is making it seem like AMAZEBALLS! I cannot wait to see what this book has to offer.

What are you waiting on??? 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis

Hardback, 309 pages
Published November 14, 2011
Harcourt Children's Books
Source: Library
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Ghosts, Paranormal

Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. The fact that she has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather doesn’t help. But Holly has no idea that as she goes about her days, Rob’s ghost is watching over her. He isn’t happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, reach out to help Holly with her grandfather—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. Is his best friend really falling for his girlfriend?
     As Holly wonders whether to open her heart to Jason, the past comes back to haunt her. Her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?
     Told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob,Wherever You Go is is a poignant story about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.

     This book held a really great story. In many ways it reminded me of If I Stay by Gayle Foreman which I LOVED! It had all the romance, plus the ghostly kind of feel to it. In this story, author Heather Davis was able to describe in perfect detail the raw emotion that each character had. From the ghost of a boy Rob, to the lost girl after the accident Holly, to the love struck boy Jason, all the way to the Alzheimer's stricken grandfather Aldo. I was able to identify with each character and connect to them as if they were my own family. The emotions were so real and intense, that I found myself crying before I had even reached 100 pages. It was a great story of a lost love and finding the courage again to move on. 
     Another thing I loved was the actual way it was written. For a while I've been trying to make the switch to contemporary romance from the paranormal romance genre, but I couldn't find anything to make me want to switch. With the addition of Rob and his ghost in this story, it made it easy for me to get into the romance and not think about him being a ghost.
     The only thing I did not like about it, was the fact that the ending was terribly predictable. I pretty much knew everything as it came up. 
Overall, I give this *** (3 out of 5)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cover Reveal #2

So some of these covers came out last week right after I had did my other post, so I'm here to catch up! You've probably seen some of these floating around the blogosphere, but even still, hope you enjoy! 

This is the cover for the sequel in the debut series of Jocelyn Davies. The first book was A Beautiful Dark. You can see my review for that here. I like the first cover better because of the way she is laid out, but this one looks dark and mysterious. And I love mysterious lol 

This is the third book in the Firelight series. Although it is still beautiful, I don't think it can be put up to the ones that came before it. I posted them here at my review of the first book. You be the judge. 

Lastly, here is the third installment in the Matched series. Although the first two are still sitting on my TBR pile, I do plan to read them soon for the March Dystopian Challenge that I am doing on Goodreads. But regarding the cover, they are all so pretty. The first one is my favorite color and can be seen here. The second one was my other favorite color and can be seen here

This book is new to the online book world. It looks like a really interesting book from the blurb, and the actual cover is amazing! I love all the colors and the way the actual picture looks. The rose just looks great! See the GoodReads page for it here

What do you think of these covers?! Have you read these books? 

In My Mailbox: The Late Edition

In my Mailbox is an original meme from The Story Siren of books that I've borrowed/won/bought over the week. 

Heyyyy guys! Sorry I've been away, but this weekend was sooooo tiring! I was in bed the whole weekend with a toothache. But I'm here to catch up on posts today :) 

Here's what I got this week:

From the Library: 
-Divergent by Veronica Roth
-Wherever you Go by Heather Davis
-Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
-Across the Universe by Beth Revis
-Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Nook Loan:
-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

What did you get this week? Have you read any of these? 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

E-Book, 275 pages
Published September 1, 2009
The Hunger Games #2
Source: Nook's Lend Me (from Shenell)
For fans of: Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Romance

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in the Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves the victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster teens for a rebellion they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bulls eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's launch series, The Hunger Games. 

     Although this book was riveting, I found myself thinking I was reading The Hunger Games all over again. I feel like it was just the same story, with a different twist this time. I wanted to just skip to the end, but I knew I would be reading the third book, but I didn't want any type of surprises, so I just went ahead and finished it. The only thing that really kept me reading was the surprise that came at the end of what seemed like every chapter. Collins knew what she was doing when she made even every chapter a bit of a cliffhanger.
     One thing I did like was how I went through every emotion in this book. I was able to put myself as Katniss once again. From Gale in the square, to Peeta in the arena, to seeing the reading of the Quarter Quell card on the tv, to the very end. *Warning* This book is definitely a tear jerker. And the end will leave your mouth hanging open and begging for more. For me to enjoy this is epic... I usually NEVER like the second installment to a series, but this book was so full of twists and turns that I had to keep reading it.
Overall, I give this **** ( 4 out of 5)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bookish News! #2

This is the time when I discuss anything "bookish" that I may have heard about during the week. Just to keep up to date with the news. There was actually quite a bit that went on this week.

Starting with last Friday, co author of the children's books, the Bearenstain Bears, Jan Bearenstain, died of cancer. She was 88. In case you don't know, all of their books were bestsellers and were fit for preschoolers who were learning about "Too Much Junk Food," "Talking with Strangers," and "The Trouble With Money." I must admit, as a child, I was one of their readers. I had just about the ENTIRE collection of their books. But I'm sure their legacy will live on just as they did with me. I read them, I read them to my little sister, who then read them to my little cousins. My condolences go out to their family.

Another thing I found out, is for fans of the ever famous novel "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer." The title of book two is FINALLY out! The title is "The Evolution of Mara Dyer." For you who have read Unbecoming and understand my excitement, I literally saw it and freaked thinking everything was released, but no. Sadly, there is no cover and no synopsis yet. As soon as I find out about it, I will let you know! If you don't remember how much I loved the first book, here's my review.

Lastly for the big news..... There's new Hunger Games footage! March 23 CANNOT come fast enough! Go ahead and check it out!


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hardcover, 487 pages
Published May 3, 2011
Katherine Tegen Books
Divergent #1
Source: Library
For fans of: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, YA

In a future Chicago, 16 year old Beatrice Prior must chose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who doesn't fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

     I want to start by saying it took me FOREVER to read this for two reasons... I was concerned about all the hype it had around it and I wasn't the biggest fan of Dystopian. But finally I broke down and read it and omg I am SO glad I did! This book was so good. There were so many ups and downs in this story, and Tris was the perfect person to take me on the ride. I complained about her detachment in the beginning, but as it went on, I realized why she was like that. This book was really a coming of age novel for her as she began to find herself in her newly chosen faction. And by the end I was able to feel every piece of raw emotion she encountered.
     I also really liked the character development by Roth. Although some of her characters were cruel and evil, I loved watching them grow and getting to know them along with Tris. They all seemed real, from their happy emotions, to their jealous emotions. I was so connected with them that I felt myself hating everyone that she did and friends with those she was friends with.
     One thing I did not like was the actual world building. I would have been happier if it had went into the other factions a little more, but I understand that would have been a little confusing seeing as there were still all the details from the actual factions that were "really" in the story.
     And I have saved the BEST for last..... OMG the ending is heartbreaking. When I cry in a book, like actual tears, I know its good. I usually just get teary eyed, but in Divergent, I found myself like with real tears falling onto my cheeks. I was NOT expecting it to happen that way! I literally sat up on the couch and started ranting with tears on my face to my boyfriend who was helplessly watching tv lol
     And last but not least, I HAVE to mention Four.... Ahh how swoon-worthy is he?! I keep thinking of the lines "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you though" and "Maybe I'm already sure, and I just don't want to frighten you." Ugh I really don't know if I'll make it to may for Insurgent.
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

Divergent by Veronica Roth


If you missed my post from yesterday, here is the sequel to Divergent. Isn't the cover gorgeous? I love how it has Amity's sign on it! I'm so excited for this! There will also be a third Divergent, but there isn't a cover or a speculative date so I'll add that later as it comes. Until then, just go read Divergent if you haven't already!