Thursday, May 31, 2012

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Paperback ARC, 342 pages
Release Date May 29, 2012
Published by HarperCollins
Darkness Before Dawn #1
Source: Own (Won from another blogger)
For fans of: Dystopia, Vampires, Paranormal, Romance, YA

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series. (From GoodReads)

     I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I first received this.... (I'm not a big fan of vampires anymore because the whole idea of paranormal romance with vampires became a bit played out with me after Twilight.) But the cover was just so beautiful I HAD to give it a chance. 
     One thing I didn't like about it, is the plot is extremely predictable. I knew the twist that was coming as soon as the character involving it was introduced.  (Spoiler.... To see it, highlight it!) I also knew some other things as they popped up in the story. It was like reading something I had already read before. I also didn't like Dawn. She was just annoying me. I was rooting for Victor from the beginning and she kept pushing him away. It just annoyed me. 
     What I did like though, was the writing style. I felt like I was catapulted into Dawn's world. And for the details to be so vivid, the world was so dark and my imagination had a field day seeing things from Dawn and her friend's POV. Especially Valentine manor and the first meeting they had. I saw steampunk meets vampires meets dystopia, and it was so intriguing. 
     But overall, the book was a good read. It made my view on vampires more open again and for that I am definitely grateful. 
Overall, I give this 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 5/30/12

This meme tells about those books that we are waiting patiently (sometimes not so patiently) for! 

This week I am waiting on a book from a debut author, Lisa M. Basso. Its about my favorite genre, Paranormal Romance, that features my favorite type of paranormal, angels. And this one sounds reallllly good. 

A Shimmer of Angels

A compelling and spirited debut from Lisa M. Basso in which sixteen-year-old Rayna Evans has spent the last three years locked away in a mental institution for seeing angels. Intent on remaining free, she ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But when her hallucinations begin showing up at school, can Rayna keep her job, her sanity and keep students from dying at the hand of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

Psychiatry, fantasy and real life come together in A Shimmer of Angels, as a young girl struggles with identity, secrets and confronting her greatest fears. A Shimmer of Angels is a wonderful read for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or perhaps has felt like giving up entirely. It touches on themes of suicide, ostracism and emotional pain. The author, personally exposed to suicide through the death of her beloved brother, will donate a percentage of sales of this novel to a local suicide prevention and outreach program in San Francisco, California.

Expected Publication: November 20, 2012 by Month9Books, LLC

What are you waiting on this week??? Leave a link and I'll stop by! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

E-Book ARC, 288 pages
Expected Publication: June 12, 2012
Random House Children's Books
Source: Netgalley*
Lies Beneath #1
For fans of: Mermaids, Fantasy, Romance, YA
(*This book was received from Netgalley and the publishers for an honest review of what I thought. No money or exchanges were given.)

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him. (From Goodreads)

     I really had mixed feelings about this one. It was one of those reads that I enjoyed, but only because I put it down and read a whole nother book and a half before I could finish it. And the only reason I picked it back up, is because I had brought the purse with the Nook in it rather than my current read. But it was well worth it. 
     What made it worth it, was the different view on mermaids. It was very different from anything I had ever read about them. In this they were murderous creatures who lived off human's emotions and trying to get revenge on them. BUT, even with that, it wasn't enough action in the story, which is where I was lost. I was expecting Brown to use those murderous mermaids and use them WELL..... Like have a couple battle scenes or SOMETHING. Don't get me wrong, the plot included some surprises, but not enough for me to say OMG I loved it. As I stated earlier, it was a read that I finished after putting it down for a few days. 
     One thing that I actually did enjoy though, was the romance. What I missed out on in action, I fell right back in the story with the romance that came about. It was way more than I was expecting and I did enjoy every minute if it. 
Overall, I give this 

Monday, May 28, 2012

RAK Random Acts of Kindness

There is a very special thing that the girls over at Book Soulmates have been doing for a long while that I wanted to particiapte in sooooo bad but couldn't because of my financial situation. But now that I'm done with my undergrad college years and I'm working now, I get to do it now yay! 

Book Soulmates

So anyways, the big thing that they do is called RAK or Random Acts of Kindness. It's where a blogger puts up a wishlist of different books they would like to recieve and put it visible somewhere. Then people who see the wishlist see what they ask for then decide if they want to send it to them. For example, My wishlist can be found HERE at Goodreads and I will be adding a page of it here on my blog as well. If I was a random person who is also participating, I would go through my list, see what would be nice to send and ask that person for their email address and ask for their info. It's a very nice way to brighten someone's day and a great way to spread the love of literature and reading. And the best thing is, you do not always have to send brand new books! They can be new, used, hardback, or paperback! Whatever you would like to send to that person is welcomed. 

So, thank you to Book Soulmates for putting this together, I will defnitely be participating for the month of June. I already went through some people's wishlist and decided I would send them something if they still are in it and haven't received it yet.

If you would like to participate, just go on over to their blog and sign up! It's really easy and really fun! Hope to see you joining soon!  

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (1)

This meme will take the place of my Weekly Round Up! It's just to let the blogging community know what books I won, borrowed, got for review, or bought for the week! Its hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

This week I was fortunate enough to win two books from Angie over at Beneath the Jacket
Hidden by Sophie Jordan
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (See my review here

Both of which I was VERY excited to have won! I read Of Poseidon the day I got it! 

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

I had been wanting a contemporary romance novel for awhile, but I couldn't decide which one to get. So I consulted my boyfriend who said get that one because he liked her name.... (Shaw is his last name lol) But he picked a good one because I have heard nothing but good things about it. 

What did you get this week?
Leave  a link and I'll stop by!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

ARC Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 22, 2012
Feiwel & Friends
Of Poseidon,0 #1
Source: Own (Won from another blogger)
For fans of: Mythology, Sirens, Beaches, Hot guys, Summer Reads, Fantasy Romance

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.

     First off, I want to say thank you to Amanda over at Beneath the Jacket for her wonderful giveaway that I won! This wasn't the original prize, but she was nice enough to add this in the package after a little mix up occurred. Anyways, thanks again. You provided me with my first summer read of the year! 
     What's funny, is the fact that I was not expecting to get this, nor was I expecting it to be the way it turned out to be. But in a gooooooodddd way. It was my first true Summer read, and it certainly fulfilled its purpose by sweeping me off to Florida to play in the water with the fish, Emma, and certainly Galen (hehehe). I found myself out by the pool reading this, imagining that I was in the sun and in the sand with the characters. Banks was able to create a whole new world in the "normal one" of Florida. 
     Another thing I liked were the characters. Emma is HILARIOUS. Her humor kept me engaged in her for the entire book. And on top of that, she was a strong person, not one of those "OMG my boyfriend's so hot so I'm going to do everything he says" spineless wimp people. And I loved Galen. Because he is so genuinely in love with Emma, but he can't explain his feelings, and he is harboring this secret for too long. I also enjoyed Toraf and amazingly Rayna too. Especially Rayna. She has some of the spicy attitude that I posess, so I know exactly what she was going through.
     The number one thing I loved about the book though, was the mythology. This is a very refreshing take on the Siren myths. I was able to learn something about them as well as enjoy the story. I really liked how it wasn't bogged down with the legend the whole time. It was kind of spread out and made me keep reading to the rest of the story to find out the whole thing.
     I also loved Banks' writing. She kept the water theme going by including all things fish, in their arguments, as well as what they eat and all. It really feels that she thought of everything. Including the title in the book. (IDK about you, but I <3 when an author can do that...) And she certainly can draw you into a scene. In the very beginning, that shark scene.... One word: Intense. I was literally on the edge of my seat and my heart was pounding. I knew I had to keep reading to see where it would lead to after that. Buttttt, the one thing about her writing that I didn't enjoy.... was that HUGE cliffhanger at the end! (Ok so I did enjoy it, but Banks you DID play with my emotions smh) Like really WTF was that. I desperately need the next book in the series! 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 5/23/12

This meme tells of those books that we are desperately waiting, wanting, and wishing for! It was originally done by Breaking the Spine!

This week I'm waiting on the sequel to one of my favorite read from last year, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. If you read it, you know it ended on a VERY mysterious note, and I cannot wait to see where the story will lead to. Also, I am not ashamed to admit I'm deperately wanting more Noah Shaw too lol Now without further ado, my W.O.W:
 The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.

Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next.
Expected publication: October 23, 2012

Now if that doesn't draw you in, maybe the EXCERPT will. Me personally I haven't read it, but only because I know better than to tease myself like that lol I'd drive myself crazy waiting until October lol

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Summer Reading

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  This meme is simple and fun, you just pick up your current read, flip to a random page, and choose 1 or 2 teaser sentences to share!  Here are the guidelines:
  • Grab Your Current Read
  • Open to a random page
  • Pick two “teaser” sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO SHARE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away.  You don’t want to ruin the book for other readers)
  • INCLUDE the TITLE & AUTHOR too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR and wish-lists!  If possible, add the page number.
This week my Tease comes from a book that seems to be very popular in the blogosphere. I started reading it this morning when I worke up early for work and I am already falling in love. The humor in this book is my favorite part <3 Anyways, my Tease comes from "Of Poseidon" by Anna Banks. Keep in mind that I haven't read this far either, so this tease will be as much of a tease for me as you. ENJOY!
Of Poseidon

 "Fish Prince Charming holding me. It's probably the most romantic moment of my life." -pg 185

With the short sentences in this book it was hard to pick two where you knew what was going on, so instead of picking something like a cliff hanger, I just chose something humorous. Hope you enjoyed! 

Don't forget to leave a link of your Tease! I'll be sure to go & visit! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hardcover, 403 pages
Published January 17, 2012
by HarperTeen
Unearthly #2
Source: Borrowed from Library
For fans of: Paranormal Romance, Angels, Hot Guys, Tear Jerkers

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

     First off, I want to say thank you Ms. Hand for the mini refresher at the beginning because I was a little worried about how far ago I had read Unearthly and if I would be lost reading this. But she put a couple of events in there and I was able to move on easily and memories of what happened came flooding back. 
     On to the story. This book is FULL of emotion. I went from happy, sad, frustrated, to surprised, to devestated. To make the feelings I had even more promenient, the fact that she could read feelings made them stand out even more. And the way she handled all those emotions she felt and all the decisions she made, made it clear that Clara had grown quite a bit since the last book. 
     I will say that some things were definitively predictable, but not wholly if that makes sense. Like there were some things I could pick out, but only one small detail would be different from what I thought. Even still, it makes for a really great story. 
     I also liked the addition of the new characters and the new powers that the other angels had. It was nice to see that as angels there are some with "higher powers" (pun intended lol). I also enjoyed the fact that Clara finds out more and more about herself. It was a bit of a coming of age for her where she realized that her mother hid things, but for good reason. She and us, the readers, learned more about her, her abilities, and her heritage as the story went on, and it was a very emotional ride. I admit, I found myself crying towards the end. If you read it, you know why. I was also crying at the last two pages. So very, very sad.
     Last but not least, if you are a Tucker fan (like myself) be forewarned.... This book is very Chrisitan oriented. I mean I like Christian and all, but who would take him over a hick with a country accent, startling blue eyes, muscles for days from hauling hay, and a cowboy hat? *SWOON* Well Clara, if you don't want him, I DO! lol 

P.S. This cover is to DIE for!!!!! I absolutely LOVE the color! 
Overall, I give this 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weekly Round-Up #3

This meme tells about those books that you have borrowed, bought, or gotten for review! 

This week was a small but gooooooood haul! 

Won (From Rachel over at Fiktshun):

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A London

In case you can't tell from the picture, that is an iPhone 4s.... I know it has nothing to do with anything bookish, but I figure that's where I tweet and comment on blogs sometimes too, so ummm I think it counts a little bit lol (The actual phone isn't in the picture because its what took the picture lol) 

What did you get this week??? Leave a link and I will stop by! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read, which is basically a way to follow blogs and make new friends.
It's pretty easy. Head over to the hosts page, check out some blogs and follow. Make sure you let them know you are following otherwise they won't know.

Q: Summer break is upon us! Which would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading and relax?

A: Mine would definitely be on a cruise. I would hang out on deck in the sun with a Pina Colada or Margarita and just read. Sounds so peaceful! 

And now TGIF---> 

Q: What made you decide to start your very own book blog? 

A: Well as an English minor I had to take SOOO MANY English classes while I was in school. And this one class was taught by a teacher who wanted to know about EVERYTHING we read, so she made us keep a journal (like a written or typed one) about all the books she assigned us different genres and asked that we pick a book from each one and write about it. So I decided I would go the creative route and turn mine into a blog.... Until she told me she wouldn't be able to look at it on the computer because she didn't quite know how to use the internet... (-____-) So as soon as that class was over, I decided that I would just go ahead and do it anyways, I mean I read enough anyway. Also, (another fun fact about my blog) that January, I had come up with the New Year's Resolution that I would come up with a blog. But I hadn't put any thought into what kind or anything like that. And then once school was out in May, that's when I decided I would start blogging about the books I read. (But I had forgotten all about my resolution by then. It wasnt until someone asked me if I had fufilled it that it clicked!)

What about you? Leave a link and I'll be sure to stop by!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

E-Book, 314 pages
Published May 1, 2012
By HarperCollins
Divergent #2
Source: Own
For fans of: Dystopia, Romance, Action, Adventure

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

     Believe you me, when this says its a "thrill ride, with twists, heartbreaks, and romance," they were definitely NOT lying. This book was way more than I expected. I mean I liked Divergent, so I expected it to be good, but this was AMAZING! Like wow. Every time I turned a page, something else was happening. And once I caught my breath from the first event that happened, something else happened that made my breath catch and my heart race again. Veronica Roth, you definitely did not disappoint! I really liked this more than Divergent. And if you know me, you should know what a feat this is, because I am one of those people that HATE the dreaded "Book Number Two." Only because it never lives up to the first one. But this one, definitely did. And in my opinion, surpassed it. 
     Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off. At the beginning of the story, the war is brewing and with it comes the action, suspense, and grief. Tris is still heartbroken of choices she made in Divergent. You can literally feel EVERY emotion in the book, no matter which character the emotion belongs to. And as far as emotion in this book, Veronica Roth's words will have you happy, sad, frustrated, and feeling in love and hanging on until the very last page. 
     And the ending.... Just as good as Divergent's ending. Believe me, this thrilling installment to the Divergent series will leave readers waiting desperately for the next book.
P.S. I still love Four/Tobias. Maybe even a little more after this lol 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 5/16/12

This meme tells of those books that we are desperately waiting, wanting, and wishing for! It was originally done by Breaking the Spine!

This week I am featuring a book that many of you have once featured on your blog. But I just recently heard about it, so I am featuring it now! 

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

Expected Publication: 
May 29, 2012

Man, I just looooove the cover! I cannot wait to read this! I'm not a huge fan of vampires, but I think this will be something definitely worth reading! 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top Ten Bookish Places I'd KILL to Visit

This meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish This week just happens to be a freebie. (It was originally scheduled for the Top Ten authors you'd like to see on a reality show.) 

Now normally I do Teaser Tuesday posts on Tuesdays, but this week I went looking around at everyone's lists and it looked like everyone was having so much fun making up topics or saying that they envisioned Suzanne Collins on Survivor... (Seriously I saw that 3 times lol) So I decided to give it a try. So without further ado... Here's my list (which is in no particular order):

Top Ten Bookish Places I'd LOVE to visit

1. The wonderful world of Harry Potter: Ok, so I had 4 places in his world that I would KILL to visit so I just combined them. A: HoneyDukes. (The one in the book, not the one in Fla lol) If you know me, you know that I am a HUGE sweets fiend so this is definitely fitting. If given, I would literally try EVERYTHING at least once lol. B:Hogwarts itself. Just all the magic going on and the moving staircases... Ahhh I would love to be there. C: Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Only because the twins were some of my favorite characters and because I would love to use some of their wheezes at my job or school to go home early lol and last but not least, D: I would love to go to the Quidditch World Cup Arena! Just because I've always been a HUGE sports buff and I'd love to see the crowd and the competion and all those tents while people waited for it to begin like they were tailgating! 
Exterior of Weasleys Wizards Wheezes shop.JPG                           

2. The Dauntless Compound: From Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I know, seems dark, but I would love to go and see the underground river and all the technology they have. I'd love to be able to play with all the simulations and computers and things they have. (But don't be afraid of me, I'd only use it for good!)
3.The Downworlder world in NYC, London, and I'm pretty sure LA too from The Mortal Instruments series, the Infernal Devices, and coming soon, the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. I would just love to see all the different Downworlders and hang out with them all. And I would love to see all the Shadowhunters  Runes (or tattoos) in person. I am pretty sure they are HOT lol

4.The Star of Paris to make a wish: From Anna and the French Kiss by Stepahnie Perkins.... But I would HAVE to go with St. Clair *SWOON* Nuff Said.....

5. CAMP HALF BLOOD! From the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. He is easily one of my favorite authors. He created a mythological world that I am jealous I couldn't be apart of. To be able to meet all the gods and goddesses in person?! I would trade places with Annabeth in a heartbeat. 
                                               Cabins at camp half-blood.jpg 

6. The Island from Beauty Queens: Only because I would love to watch them try and survive and go through the things they did (Physically and emotionally). I would especially like to see how they would handle the plane crash. All those Beauty Queens and their prissiness lol I can only imagine. 

7. Godspeed the spaceship: from Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I am honestly a technology geek! I love getting new gadgets and seeing how they do things. So, I'd love to go in and tinker with the way the ship is ran as well as go in and see where the freezing of the passengers was done. 
8. Anna's house from Anna Dressed in Blood: Call me a weirdo, but I LOVE Haunted stuff. I would love to go and do a real life Ghost Hunters investigation there. Just to see what I came up with.

9. Panem and the Capitol: From the Hunger Games series. Just to see what it all looks like. The world Collins created is a truly unique one that I would love to explore. (And I would love to see some tracker jackers up close.... Well with some glass or something between us that is lol

10. Anywhere that Logan Keely (ghost or not) is singing at: From the Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready. But he has to be singing an original song for me.... Move over Aura, Nikki is here! lol 

Well, here is my list! Hope you loved it! Please leave me a link to your Top 10 or just comment and let me know where you would KILL to visit or if you would go to some of the same places!  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekly Round-Up #2

This meme is inspired by The Story Siren's "In My Mailbox!" It tells about the books we bought, borrowed, won, or received for review for the past week! 

This week I recently started my Volunteer work here at my public library and I found some interesting choices while I was shelving that I had been wanting to read but never had the time! Sooooo, naturally I checked them out :) 

Borrowed from the library
(Don't mind my unmade bed haha) 

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Yes I know I'm "Tardy to the party" on all of these, but yeahhhh better late than never right? 

So, which one of these would you read first? What did you get this week? 

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

E-Book, 303 pages
Published May 1, 2012
By HarperCollins
The Sweet Trilogy #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Paranormal, Romance, Angels, Demons

 Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

     Well, let's just say it wasn't what I expected. But it was ok. Like it was an interesting twist to the while angel and demon thing that most people have written about. I loved how she incorporated the 7 Deadly Sins into it. It made for a very original story. Finding out all that the Dukes and the Nephilim did was very interesting. I also LOVED the cover. That was my main reason for buying it (bad I know, but it really was....) 
     What I didn't like was I kind of felt like it was a bit of information overload. Like I felt like the plot was dragging or I spent more of the book learning about all the characters than actually enjoying the story. I understand that most good stories have well developed characters, but sometimes I feel that there is too much info. Like I wasn't until the end when I was like "OMG these Dukes are creepy! I can't wait to find out what happens next!" and then it was over. But I can say this... It did leave me wanting the sequel. Only because I want to see if there will be more action in that one since I got most of the info out of the way in this book. 
     Lastly, although Anna wasn't one of my favorite characters (I was reallllly annoyed by her goody goodness... Part angel or not...), I did LOVE Kaidan. He's a Drummer and has a British accent! [Spoiler: Plus he's the son of the Duke of Lust! I mean come on!] I can't tell you the amount of times I imagined him looking at me with those bedroom eyes and then thought wait, how many other girls got the bedroom eyes tonight smh He really has me as conflicted as he does Anna. 
Overall, I give this 


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 5/9/12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for.

This week I'm waiting on a book that many other bloggers are waiting on as well. It is the third and final book in a series and those that have read it are already calling it explosive. 

Hidden (Firelight, #3)

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

Expected Publication: September 11, 2012

I LOVED the first novel in this series! (See my review here!) But unfortunately, that's where I stopped. But only because I knew I would not be able to contain myself and wait for the next book for a year. So I waited and waited and waited..... But I ran into a bit of good luck and won an ARC of Hidden! So now, I plan to read both the second book and this one VERY SOON! It will be hell keeping my excitement and review under wraps until September though. I may go crazy trying lol 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  This meme is simple and fun, you just pick up your current read, flip to a random page, and choose 1 or 2 teaser sentences to share!  Here are the guidelines:
  • Grab Your Current Read
  • Open to a random page
  • Pick two “teaser” sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO SHARE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away.  You don’t want to ruin the book for other readers)
  • INCLUDE the TITLE & AUTHOR too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR and wish-lists!  If possible, add the page number.
This week my tease comes from a book that I waited on for a loooooonnnnnggggg time. It was once one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts. (See that post here.) So now that I have it, I am hoping against all hope that it was worth the wait. But judging from the quote I'm about to give you for a tease.... Yeah it was worth it :) So this week, my tease is from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Remember this will be a tease to me as well since I barely started it ummmmmm like five minutes ago lol 

"Oh, dear Lord. I was in love with him. And there wasn't a thing on earth, in Heaven, or in hell that could have stopped me." -pg 161

Ohhh man.... I accidentally kind of read more from that page to see what I wanted to use and OMG I cannot wait to read the rest of this book! I cannot wait to see what was going on in that scene! 

Do you have a tease? Leave a link and I'll be sure to stop by!