Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In Her Shoes #2

In Her Shoes is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then talk about what you would do in her place, what you've learned from her, or what it was about her that you liked or didn't like. 

     This week I want to use Sophie from the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. She everything you could want from a main character. She's witty, sarcastic, and hilarious. In the series, she's a very unique type of being but I won't go into it here for spoilers. Throughout the series she goes through many different things that continue to change her, her opinions. If you haven't read this series you're missing out. 
     The reason I loved her so much because she reminded me of myself with her sarcastic nature and inability to stay out of trouble. But the number one thing I loved about her was the fact that she was one of those characters who taught you a lesson without trying to. She taught her readers that being different is normal and that its perfectly ok to be diffferent from everyone else. (Plus, Archer and Cal make for great reasons to love her as well lololol)
     If I were her, I would have handled a lot of the situations the same way she did. Because even though she stayed in trouble and her mouth was the cause of most if it, she was still helping her fellow community and trying to save the world like every other heroine. I guess I just liked that she never gave up. No matter the circumstances. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 387 pages
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
The Lunar Chronicles #1
Source: Library
For fans of: Action, Fantasy, Dystopia, Fairy-Tale Retellings, Sci-Fi, and YA

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

     When i first heard the title I was soooo excited to read this. Then as I read the blurb, I was like.... Uhhh Cyborgs? Lunar people? Androids? Yeahhhh not happening. When everyone else was requesting it on Netgalley, I was trying to stay far away from it. But then I noticed that everyone was giving it 5 star reviews... And as you all should know I take all my blogger friends recommendations seriously.... So I went ahead and added it to my TBR pile. And I let it sit there and sit there. Until I got word that the sequel was coming out sometime next year. Yes I still had time, but because I've been on a fairy tale retelling kick lately, I decided to give it a go. So, I did...... And I really did fall in LOVE.
     This book was nothing like I thought it would be. From the very beginning I was pulled into Cinder's world. And let me tell you, Meyer's world building is fan-effing-tastic. I could see the entire book played out in my head as I read, from the hovercrafts, to the palace, to the andriods. I loved everything about it. With her words she is able to take you to a place way off in the future way off in another country. 
     In Cinder's world, she lives with her "evil stepmother and stepsister" who treat her as the servant. Even through all this, she still was able to remain herself. Her wit and sarcasm was what I loved about her. As the story goes on, Cinder is the Commonwealth's top mechanic. She has the pleasure of meeting Prince Kai one day when he asks her to take a look at his android. And then the story takes off from there. 
     The only thing that I disliked about the story was the fact that I was expecting more Cinderella elements... I can't say what was there or what was missing for fear of giving away spoilers, but just know they were there, but not what I was expecting. I guess I was looking more for that precious fairy tale  (because Cinderella was one of my favorites. Second only to Beauty and the Beast...) and not thinking it would more than likely ruin her retelling. But overall, I did enjoy the parts that were there. 
    Lastly, what the crap was up with that ending?! I mean JESUS Meyer are you really trying to make your readers suffer over this cliffhanger?! Now that the sequel is coming out I know a little of what may happen from reading its blurb, but I NEEEEEEEEEED the next book. And the fact that there are ARCs out right now circulating the US.... Ughhhh I need someone to be my very best friend ever in life and let me borrow it. I promise I will read it and return it in mint condition :)
Overall, I give this

1. There was a prequel to this released on the internet. I read it first before I read Cinder. You can also read it here: Glitches by Marissa Meyer

2. Also, Meyer uses Pintrest and I stalked looked at her Lunar Chronicles Inspiration board as I was reading and it made it more enjoyable since I was able to see her version of the characters. 

3. And last but certainly not least, if my review is not enough, here is the rundown of the next few books according to GoodReads
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
[#2] Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: 
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

[#3] Cress by Marissa Meyer: This book will feature Cinder and Rapunzel and will take place on the moon.

[#4] Winter by Marissa Meyer: This book will feature Cinder and Snow White and will take place in the Sahara Desert.

If those descriptions don't get you interested, I'm afraid nothing will!!!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Hardcover, 324 pages
Released: June 7, 2010
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Fairy-Tale Re-tellings #1
Source: Library
For fans of: YA, Action, Romance, Retellings, Werewolves

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?
     Let's start with the most impressive thing about this book; the cover. Its AMAZING. And call me crazy, but I just recently realized that there were hidden images on it smh lol But at the bottom you can see the scary looking wolf with the red eyes and above him you can see the two faces of the girls that are across from each other. The black of the wolf makes up some of her hair and the red makes up the other girl's hair. And the colors all look great together, the red is so radiant and the black is brings it out. The white seems to purify it some way. Most importantly, everything on the cover is a huge part in the story and is there for a reason.
     The next most impressive thing is the idea and writing style of this story. The idea of turning around a fairy tale and turning it into a paranormal romance kind of story really blew me away. This version of Little Red Riding Hood is one that you've never read before. In the prologue the wolf makes its first appearance and the girls, Scarlett and Rosie, both narrowly escape and their grandmother dies. In the next seven years, the girls are hunters and there is a friend of theirs who returns from visiting his siblings. Its Silas, who happens to be the woodsman. They go on fighting these werewolves looking for the Potential (can't elaborate without spoilers, so I'll just leave it at that.) until the relationship of the three of them is tested when Rosie and Silas fall for each other. 
     I also liked the use of fairy tales. For example, the setting was modern day Atlanta but it was also a fairy tale world that only a handful of people knew about. Then there was the mentioning of the other fairy tales, like Scarlett saying Rosie looked like Sleeping Beauty while she slept. And I liked the fact that she stayed so true to the original Little Red Riding Hood. All the characters were there; the wolf was even saying "The better to see you with my dear." I thought that was pretty cool.
     However, there were a few things that didn't impress me as much. For instance, when the romance came into play it was a kind of insta-love. Also, when the plot twist came in, she knew it instantly. Like there was no thinking about it, guessing, or anything it was like BINGO! I guess what I'm saying, is there were no surprises. I always knew what was coming.
     I also didn't like the characters. Rosie was too afraid to stand up to her sister and do whatever she wanted to do. Granted her sister saved her life, but she doesn't have to spend the rest of her life doing whatever it is that she wants her to do. Where does that leave you to be happy? Then there was Scarlett... I definitely didn't like her because she was too obsessed with the hunt. Although she may have a reason to (i.e. the scars and eyepatch), the things she was doing was way tooooo much. She didn't give her sister or Silas a chance at having a life. She wanted them to be just as unhappy as she was. I understand why she was the way she was, but I also didn't like the fact that she wasn't listening to their side. Only complaining about why they weren't on hers. 
     Lastly, I didn't like the plot the entire time either. I kind of felt like there wasn't much going on. Don't get me wrong, the scenes where Scarlett, Silas, and Rosie are fighting are soooooo cooooolll, and there was alot of kick ass moments and bloodshed,  but other than that I was like "........Oooookkkkkk.... What's next?" It seemed a little boring in the middle. I seemed to only like the story when there were Fenris around. Then when the romance came up, it was like all Rosie could think about. I understand that you like him, but he should NOT be your only concern. 
     Overall, it was a good read. I definitely like the era of fairy tale retellings, and this one didn't disappoint!
Overall, I gave this

Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 7/25/12

Waiting on Wednesday is a bookish meme that tells about those books that we're waiting patiently (ok NOT SO patiently) for. Its hosted by Breaking the Spine! 

Whenever I like a book, I can tell by how obsessed I become with it. Well I'm currently reading a book about werewolves, so I've been stalking  searching GoodReads looking for books about werewolves or anything with sharp teeth and smells like dog lol  I found a really good one that I was ready to go out and buy right then.... Until I saw the release date smh So, it has ended up here on my WoW! Enjoy!

This week's WoW is:
Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz
Expected Publication: September 6, 2012

From the bestselling author of Blue Bloods, comes a series that will reinvent the myth of the werewolf in the same way that Blue Bloods did with vampires—with style and NYC flair!
Lawson and his brothers escaped from the underworld and now lead desperate, dangerous lives. They’re pursued by the Hounds of Hell from one town to the next, never calling any place home. But when the hounds finally catch up with them and capture the girl Lawson loves, the hunters become the hunted. Lawson will stop at nothing to track down the hounds, even if the chances of saving Tala are slim...
The only hope he has lies in Bliss Llewellyn. Bliss, too, has lost someone to the beasts and will do anything to get them back—even if it means joining forces with the insolent, dangerously good-looking boy with a wolf’s soul.

Although this is about a character from the Blue Bloods series that I have *GASP* not read, I guess I'll be reading it soon to be ready for this when it comes out. And Idk about you guys, but am I alone in thinking the cover looks kind of fake? And if its not its not very pretty? *Shrugs* You all know I judge books by its cover, but I think this one will be worth it... 

Would you read this? 
What are you waiting on this week? 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In Her Shoes #1

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah I know this day is normally reserved for Teaser Tuesday and Top 10, but this week's top 10 was one I had already did and the book I'm currently reading has been out since 2010, so it wouldn't be much of a teaser.... So, I found this meme on the blog: YA Storyteller I saw this meme and ADORED what it was all about, especially since its exactly how I feel as I'm reading. (As if I'm the main character.) So I think I will be participating in this meme on Tuesdays now! Hope you enjoy!

In Her Shoes is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then talk about what you would do in her place, or what you've learned from her.

     For my first one, I want to use Jordan from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. (See my review for it here)This isn't one of my most recent reads, but I still thought this was a great place to start because in some ways as an athlete she reminded me of me
     Jordan is the captain of her high school's football team and the daughter of a famous football player. She is independent, strong, focused, and determined; the complete makings of a great football player. She's also sarcastic and has more fun hanging out with the guys rather than "catty girls." But somewhere along the way, she forgot how to be a girl. 
     What I liked most about Jordan though, was the fact that even through all that, she was still able to get a little girlish when her crush came into play. She ended up doing some journal writing and trying to dress a little more "girly" to show off her figure. It was a little refreshing after all the binge eating of spaghetti and burping she would do lol
     Jordan is one of those characters that gives empowerment to girls. In the real world we may not be able to play football as she did, but by reading this book, we're able to live out that small fantasy. (Well if you ever wanted to play football lol) Seeing Jordan in the captain position and being so good at what she does gives faith to women that anything is possible.

Have you read Catching Jordan? What did you think of her?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

 E-ARC, 416 pages
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Published by: Balzer & Bray (HarperTeen)
Defiance #1
Source: Edelweiss*
For fans of: Action, Adventure, YA

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

     First off, the thing that drew me in at the very beginning was the STUNNING cover. I LOVED it! If you know me, you know that I am one that judges a book by its cover. Even if its out of my comfort zone of reading, if I like the cover, I’m interested. It just has to hold my attention, and that Defiance did.
This story follows kick ass female protagonist Rachel as she goes on the journey to find her father. While other females are learning to cook, sew, and clean, she was learning to wield a sword. After not returning from a courier mission her father is declared dead by the tyrant ruler, The Commander. (Who is CRAZY!) Then there is Logan. He is named to be Rachel’s new protector, which is news to everyone. Rachel is especially upset about this because she fell in love with him a few years, told him, and he broke her heart.  
The plot and imagery was what drew me in most about this book. I was able to see each moment in my head perfectly. This was great because there wasn’t a dull moment in the book. I was able to enjoy it as if I was Rachel myself. Also, there were twists and turns throughout the book, none of which were expected. 
The romance between the two was a little different. Rachel had admitted to Logan that she loved him before but he denied her for more personal reasons. But once he was made to be her protector, their feelings begin to resurface. And this time the feelings are mutual. 
Overall, I give this

*A huge thank you to Balzer & Bray (HarperTeen for giving me this E-arc. I was given this in exchange for an honest review. There were no type of monetary exchanges. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #8

This meme shows the blogoshphere what we have bought, borrowed, received for review, or got just for fun. It's hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)

Destined Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1) Wildefire (Wildefire, #1) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
After reading Deity, I was dying for more Greek myths, so I went ahead and bought these. And Mara was free because I had bought the other two. I read it last year as an ARC and I LOVED Noah Shaw it so I got a finished copy :)

Borrowed from Library: 
The Vicious Deep Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1) Unraveling (Unraveling, #1) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

If you saw my post last week, you know I had no reason to go to the library, but I had to grab these titles before they were gone. I have been waiting on all of them for wayyyyy too long. (Plus I need to finally jump on the Fairy tale retelling/Jackson Pearce bandwagon before the third book comes out in September!) 

What did you all get in your mailbox?! Leave a link and I'll be sure to visit! 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

ARC, 214 pages
Release Date: June 9, 2012
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Source: Own (Given to me by Jen from Novel Thoughts)
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Hot Guys, Realistic Fiction, YA

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

     Nineteen year old Travis is enlisted in the Marines. As he returns from a tour in Afghanistan, he gets some upsetting news. His parents are splitting, his brother has taken his ex-girlfriend and his car, and he can't even interact with his friends like he used to. But one day after coming home, he finds himself in a bar where he meets the one chick who's life he made a living hell in school... Harper
     As the book goes on, we see that Travis has a few things he can't shake, like nightmares of being in Afghanistan of his dead best friend Charlie who was in his company. He doesn't want anyone to know about it and think he's crazy, so he keeps it to himself
     About Harper and Travis' romance, it wasn't too fast paced and it fit the story. Granted there were some times I wanted to jump into the book and slap Travis for being such a bone head, but he's a guy. (They're not really all that smart lol) I did love them together tho. Like the baby turtle scene. Golden. It was so incredibly cute and the fact that there was baby turtles there.... Yeah, that's a win for sure lol. 
     Every page in this book was filled with raw emotion.  What made it so much better was the fact that I know a little about the military from family being in it, and I can relate 100% to this. (I was also a military girlfriend once, so I realllly understand....) It was really heart wrenching to "watch" Travis deal with seeing Charlie and not being able to help him. I was glad when the one person did convince him to get help. 
     Another thing I loved about this book was the fact that it was told from a male's POV. We don't have many of those in YA anymore, so it was refreshing to get to read a story a different way. Now although the language was pretty bad, I just related it to him being a guy and in the military. 
     Something Like Normal is about a truly broken character with only one person that can help build him himself back up. Although he is so damaged, he is  very likable. He will definitely win your heart and have him thinking about him nonstop. Believe me when I tell you, Travis is definitely a hero. 
     Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something serious and shouldn't be handled lightly. Having gone to these awful places during a time of war is hard and scary and should be looked at with admiration that they gave up their time to do it when we wouldn't. So if you know someone on active duty, on reserve, retired, a veteran or whatever, be sure to thank them. Because remember, they didn't/don't have to do what they did/do. (And I say this in the most non-lecturey, serious way possible :D)
Overall, I give this 

I was stalking searching Trish Doller on Pintrest (this link will take you to all her boards) the other day because I like to see what is is (if anything) that may have helped the author get inspired for the book. As I found her, I came across the Something Like Normal board as well as two for some WIPs. The WIPs have me intersted already and I cannot wait to see what the story will be about. But HERE is the board for Something Like Normal. I loved it and thought it was amazing. 

Also, as I was reading this, I found out that there is a picture of Harper's tattoo flating around. So in case you haven't seen it, go to Jenna's blog over at Making the Grade and she has a link from a picture at a Trish Doller book signing! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

TGIF! 7/20/12

TGIF is held over at GReads! and it gives us a bookish question every week! It nice to see what the answers from others are! 
This Friday's Question:

Throwback TGIF: Pick a previous question you posted on your blog in the past & revisit your answer. Has it changed since then?

So, this is what I chose for my question:

Q: Book Moments: What has been your favorite moment (scene) in a book that you've read so far in 2012? Please be kind & not include spoilers.

A: Oh man, there were so many great moments in the books I've been reading. My last favorite moment included one from Insurgent, but since then I have read some amazing things. But I think I can bring it down to three.... So, here goes.... 

Something Like Normal

All I'm gonna say is baby turtles and the beach! Cutest thing EVER!

Pushing the Limits

The scene when Noah is speaking with Echo's dad. Nuff said. I think I melted into a puddle then. I LOVE Noah *le swoon*

Deity (Covenant, #3)

If you know me and you've read it, you EXACTLY what scene I'm talking about, but I'm not trying to add any spoilers so I'll be quiet. Just know that there is a certain something in there that made me read it three times lol 

So there's mine! What do you think? Do you like any of the same scenes that I do? Or, what did YOU pick for your TGIF? Leave a link and let me know!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 7/18/12

Happy Humpday! Just a couple more days and you can close out the week! 
This bookish meme is held by Breaking the Spine! It tells about those books that we are waiting patiently (and sometimes NOT so patiently) for! 

This week I'm pining over a book that has been on blogger's radar for a long while. And for all the right reasons. The cover is amazing, the premise is intriguing, it has everything you need for a great read. So, without further ado, I'm waiting on The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington.

The Dead And Buried

A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller. 
Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . 
But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. 
Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't. 
Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house . . . is haunted. 
Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school -- until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. 
But is one of them a murderer?

Expected publication: 2013 by Scholastic Print

So what do you guys think? What are you waiting on this week? leave a link and I'll stop by when I can!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

A quick apology...

Hey guys and girls, I just wanted to do a quick apology. As of right now, me and my boyfriend are moving so posts will be kind of scarce. I will still be able to do all the memes, but since I am a procrastinator and I wait until the last minute to read my review books, my reviews will be a little late until things die down and I actually get some internet over there. I'm sorry it may take me a couple days to read a book, but its only because I'm moving, not because I don't like the book or anything.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #7

This meme shows the blogoshphere what we have bought, borrowed, received for review, or got just for fun. It's hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)

This week I acted as if I didn't have a million things on my review pile, I wasn't in summer school, and that I'm not moving this weekend.... But hey, YOLO right? lol Here's alllllll that I got. 

Borrowed* (from the amazing, wonderful) Jen of Jenuine Cupcakes
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant, #3)
Vanish by Sophie Jordan (Firelight, #2)
*Thank you so much for feeding my Aiden addiction! I am starting on it ASAP! I read Vanish first to prepare myself like you said I should lol Anything you may want, and I can send you.... You got it chick! 

Received from Jen over at Novel Thoughts*:
Something Like Normal
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

*She was clearing her shelves and was doing something awesome. She made a list of all the ARCs she wanted to give away and let people ask for them. As they were asked for she crossed them off and mailed them out. I was one of the lucky ones who got something! Thanks again Jen!  


Easy Elemental (Elemental, #0.5) Storm (Elemental, #1)
Easy by Tammara Webber
Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental, #0.5)
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental, #1)
*These are not actual pictures because they are E-Books 

From Edelweiss*:
What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1) Defiance (Defiance, #1)
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)
Defiance by C.J. Redwine (Defiance, #1)
*These are not actual pictures because they are E-ARC's and will be read on my Nook. 

From NetGalley: 
What I Didn't Say
What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

So, here is all I got this week! What did you all get? Did you get anything that I got? Let me know and we can read it together! (If not and you've just read it already, let me know and I will be sure to fan girl with you lol)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Hardcover, 294 pages
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Firelight #2
Source: Borrowed from Jen over at Jenuine Cupcakes
For fans of: Draki, Romance, Fantasy, YA, Hot Fictional Guys

An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

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?

     Let's first start with the cover....  You guys, its beautiful! I love how she went from the "firey" red one on the first one featuring Jacinda and on this one choosing a cool soothing one featuring her sister Tamara. And the way her draki skin is coming through on the top left corner, ahhh I love it! This series is by far some of my top favorites when it comes to covers. 
     Now, on to the book. Vanish picks up right where Firelight left off. Tamara experiences a huge event in her life by a sick twist of fate and from then on things change. They then escape back to the pride. When they reach it, things are nowhere near the same. Everyone looks at Jacinda as a traitor and but at Tamra  with a new sense of admiration. 
     But out of nowhere Jacinda begins getting lonely and amazingly through it all Cassian is still there on her side. Which is why I LOVEEEE him! He is not giving up on his love for her. Although I was a little perturbed on some of the things he did at first, I was impressed that he didn't let that cloud his judgement. But in the end, Jacinda ultimately made her decision, and it was one that was not expected. 
     Then, there's Cassian's sister, Miram. Although we are just introduced to her.... I hate her lol She made me so mad because instead of being a teenage girl she was acting like a bratty child who's never heard the word "No" before. Then there was Corbin..... Yeah don't want to go too much into him because I don't want to give anything away... I know anything I say about him won't be pretty. 
     So after all that, things begin to get serious. Will comes back into the story and it causes a big turn of events. This story mainly shows how even your smallest choices never effects JUST you. The story ends on yet another cliffhanger which I would be upset about if I didn't have Hidden's ARC sitting on my shelf lol 
     But overall, I kind of felt like this was sort of a filler book. I sort of saw it as her moping around alot because she was so depressed about not being with Will anymore... But yet she wasn't doing anything about it. Until almost the end. And then when the action arrived again, that's when I dove back into the story. It made me realize again why I don't like the dreaded second novel in a series. Don't get me wrong, Jordan did not disappoint. She hooked me again with her beautiful language. I felt like this was for the older crowd of YA. She really knows how to write. She also hooked me with the end. I will be reviewing Hidden soon, just stay tuned! 
Overall, I give this 

Friday, July 13, 2012


Woot It's Friday! Time to chill and have fun! 

This week's question over at GReads was: 
Quotes That Make You Swoon: What are some of the most swoon-worthy quotes you've experienced in a book?

A: Wow, there are so many... Let's see... 

"All this time I 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." Patch from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

"You are the one girl who made me risk everything for a future worth having." Alex Fuentes, from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

"You don't share me. You own me." Adam, from Where She Went by Gayle Forman

"You want me as much as I want you. And all I want is you. My tongue warred with my mind. Today I whispered. Noah stood slowly, his body skimming mine as he rose. Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever." Noah Shaw, from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too. . . maybe coming back to your old life would just be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.” Adam from If I Stay by Gayle Forman

"Ever since I met you I've wanted to break every rule." Aiden turned away, the muscles in his neck tensing. He sighed. "You'll become the center of someone's world one day. And he'll be the luckiest son of a b*tch on this Earth." Aiden from Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

"I love you enough to never make you choose." Noah from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

“Dumbledore opened his eyes. Snape looked horrified.
“You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?”
“Don’t be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?”
“Lately, only those whom I could not save,” said Snape. He stood up. “You have used me.”
“I have spied for you, and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter -“
“But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”
“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto patronum!”
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.” 
Snape from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

ARC, 292 pages
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Published by: Harper Collins Children's Books
Source: Own
For fans of: Retellings, Fantasy

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring 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, 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 him. When 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.

     When I first heard about this book I knew I had to have it. I thought both the premise and the cover were beautiful. I always wondered about the stories of the lesser known characters in fairy tales and this was exactly what I was looking for. 
     My first impression of this book was pure genius. I LOVED Anderson's writing style and the metaphors and similes she used. So many pages that I had to write down and write beside it something like "OMG" or "Awwww so pretty!" Then, because of such amazing writing, the imagery was fantastic! The pictures she gave me in my mind were amazing. 
     I also loved how connected we get with the characters. All of them, the Lost Boys, Peter, Tiger Lily... This was a little harder because the story is actually written from Tinker Bell's point of view. It's told as she's watching all the events take place. And just as Tinkerbell, there are some events that will bring out every type of emotion in you. Just as I did, you will swoon, cry, and get upset. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster. 
     Once the romance comes in to play, it is wonderful. They are seriously too cute together. But just as always, nothing is perfect. Some things transpire and all of a sudden their romance they had takes a serious turn. 
This story is sooo good. So many things you thought you knew about Peter, you didn't. 
Here is a quote to get you to understand what I mean...
“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you've ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn't win.” 
     Overall, I give this

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 7/11/12

This bookish meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine! It tells of those books that we are waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! 

This week my WoW belongs to a book that I noticed from another blogger last week! If you know me (pr at least follow my blog) you know that I am obsessed with Greek Mythology. Every book I have read about  it I have LOVED! So when I saw this one, I knew I HAD to have it!

Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.

We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.

We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.

Expected Publication: April 16, 2013
Henry Holt & Co. BYR

Dude..... I NEEEEED this in my life. I cannot wait to see what other Greek mythology elements they will put into the story. And let's be honest here.... That cover is EPIC! I love the purple and the girls on there look seriously kick ass! 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday???