Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Kick Ass Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Kick Ass Heroines
These are in no particular order.
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Half-Blood (Covenant, #1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

1. Katniss from The Hunger Games series- What kind of list would this be if I didn't include her? I mean lets face it, she won the Hunger Games twice and still saved all the Districts. Hellz yeah she's kick ass!

2. Alex from The Covenant series- She's been through so much and hasn't given up the fight! And seriously, who else can actually fight their mom?!

3. Hermione from the Harry Potter series- She was the exact thing that the trio needed, the brains. She could figure out any and everything just from a book. [My kind of person lol]

Divergent (Divergent, #1) Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

4. Tris from the Divergent series- She chose to be a part of the most bad ass faction there is, Dauntless. She has no choice but to be a kick ass heroine!

5. Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles series- If you know me, you know I LOVED HER! She was quirky, sarcastic, and strong. She was definitely one of those heroines I've had a hard time forgetting! 

6. Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments series- I'm sure everyone else chose Clary, but me personally, I like Isabelle more. I mean she possesses a whip?! You can't lie, that like oozes awesome. 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) Catching Jordan (Catching Jordan, #1) Firelight (Firelight, #1)

7. Rose from the Vampire Academy series- Although I don't like vampires too much, I did like her. She was strong and sarcastic and she was a kick ass fighter. 

8. Annabeth from the Olympians series- Of course she made it to my list. She was amazing throughout their entire series. And she was bad ass the entire time. 

9. Jordan from Catching Jordan- What I liked most about her, was how strong she was. She led an entire football team and they respected her. She gave women empowerment and that's a big thing in my book. 

10. Jacinda from the Firelight series- She fought for her love, all the while blowing fire and turning into a draki. Yup, safe to say she's bad ass. 

*Runner ups include:  Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall series, Evie from Paranormlacy series, and Calla from the Nightshade series.

Who made your list of kick ass heroines? 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nook E-Book, 323 pages
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hush, Hush #4
Source: Own
For fans of: Angels, Action, Fallen Angels, Paranormal, and Paranormal Romance

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.
Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?

*MY THOUGHTS*
     Finally, the conclusion to the Hush, Hush series. I really don't know how to feel right now. I remember reading the first book back before I was even a blogger, right after I had read Twilight and was looking for any type of paranormal romance there was. Now here it is years later, and I would choose to read it all over again. 
     As the final book in the series, this book had a lot to do for me. It had to make up for all the fluff in Silence Hush, Hush #3 [my review] and it had to tie in to the rest of the series and make them all make sense. And that's just what it did. 
     The book starts right off from where Silence ended. The threat of war between the Nephilim and Fallen Angels is looming ever closer, and with Nora being the leader of the Nephilim army, its a lot more work than expected. As she begins to get ready for this fight, she begins training and is introduced to something that can help as well as harm her. 
     What I liked most about this book, was the amount of action and suspense in it. I have to admit, the others had some action in it, but it was nothing compared to this one. In this one, it was like nonstop. Every time I turned a page, I found that something else was happening.  And the best part of that, not everything that happens is expected  There were a lot of things that had my mouth like hanging open, trying to figure out how and why something happened. 
     But, there was one thing that I was sort of on the fence about. The romance between Patch and Nora. It was not played up as much in this one. I liked that because it gave room for the rest of the action and suspense in the story. There was more time for other things to happen. What I didn't like about it, is there was less of Patch's romantic side. But I let it slide, because when it WAS time for him to be "Patch," he definitely delivered. Speaking of things along that line, I do respect Fitzpatrick for the way she handled the next step in their relationship. Well done. 
     As far as the characters, there is not one that is left unfinished. We learn everyone's entire story. Some of which I was proud to see grew up an exponential amount and some that left me with my mouth agape, having to read it again and make sure I wasn't seeing things.   But, in all honesty, I did figure out what was going on with one of those characters a bit early, but I thought he was teamed up with someone else who was missing from the story. But I wasn't entirely right so no points off for being predictable.
     All in all, I'm sad to say good-bye to this series. I will forever keep Patch as one of my favorite Book Boyfriends and I look forward to the next book that Becca Fitzpatrick writes. 
Overall, I give this 

     

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #17

This bookish meme tells about all the books that we begged, borrowed, bought, or received for review. It's hosted by Tynga'a Reviews and its based on the meme In My Mailbox by The Story Siren. 

Guys, I got some really great stuff this week! I'm still waiting on one big huge thing to come in, but my mailbox was awesome none the less. 

Bought: 
Finale (Hush, Hush, #4) Struck (Struck, #1) Stealing Parker (Catching Jordan, #2) Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally 
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

So, what did you all get? 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Mystery Thriller Edition

This is a bookish meme that tells the blogging world what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It is run by Jill over at Bending the Spine. 

Today we're going to continue with the scary book theme for the blog! This one is proving to be a thriller from the short synopsis. I was also captivated by the weird looking cover. This week, I'm waiting on 

Hysteria

After stabbing and killing her boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Mallory, who has no memory of the event, is sent away to a boarding school to escape the gossip and threats, but someone or something is following her.

Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Walker Childrens

Dude, even if you don't like the synopsis, the fact that she has no head in this cover makes me instantly want to know what she's hiding from. 

What are you waiting on?
Leave your link and I'll be sure to visit! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: 10/23/12

Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme that gives our readers a peek into what we're reading! The rules are:

1. Open your book to a random page.
2. Choose some sentences from that page and type it up!

*Be careful not to give too much away and don't forget to add the page number and edition of the book you have!

The closer it gets to Halloween, the more excited I become! Here is my Teaser that will make you feel all creepy and cold for the week! It comes from Girl of Nightmares!


"It's a strange sensation, that feeling of intense awareness from somewhere behind you. When you're being watched by the dead, the sensation is weirder, because you can't pinpoint which direction it's coming from. It's just there." 
-Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  pg. 32 (Nook Book)

I don't know about you, but the thought of being watched watched by the dead FREAKS ME OUT! Especially I'm one that actually believes in that kind of stuff *shudders* (Maybe I HAVE read too many books....) 


What is your teaser from? 
Leave a link and I'll be sure to visit! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

E-Book, 217 pages
Release date: September 18, 2012
Published by: Balzer & Bray
Stand-alone
Source: Own
For fans of: Horror, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, YA

And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

*MY THOUGHTS*
     This book totally caught me by surprise. At first I was kind of "iffy" on what I was thinking about it because I felt like the writing was kind of wonky, but then, it got better. Loads better.
     In this tale, the author spins a massive tale of deception, mystery, and horror. Ten teens have gathered together on an island in hopes of having the "most epic house party ever." But, upon arrival things begin to go downhill. There is a torrential downpour and then hours later, someone turns up dead. The teens know something weird is going on and they must put the puzzle together before it proves to be too late.
     As I said, at first I wasn't too happy with the writing style. I kind of felt like the author was trying to hard to seem teen-ish, but that small minor detail can be overlooked. Especially since on of her characters is kind of quiet and a little awkward. Maybe she meant to do that....
     Also, I'm not sure what it was, but the set up of the story was a bit bland for me. I didn't get hooked until the first kill came into play. That's when the story like jumped off and I was completely sucked in. 
     Other than those things, I really enjoyed it. Once the first kill car up, everything started coming together. It didn't prove to be as scary as everyone was hyping it up to be, but I know had I actually been in that situation, I would definitely have been scared out of my mind lol
     Lastly, that ending more than made up for the bland beginning. First off, the culprit was someone I wasn't expecting. And let me just say, fooling me is a difficult feat. The only things I watch on tv are cop shows and I've pretty much programmed my mind to thinking its the least obvious person. Also, the final scene with the person who did it (the "bonfire") made me like "ZOMG!!!" I was literally reading the pages like this 0_0 
     All in all, this book more than surprised me. The ending threw me off and it was full of drama, suspense, mystery, and death. The perfect combination for a Halloween read. 
Overall, I give this 



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Voo-Doo Edition

This bookish meme tells the blogging world what we are waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) on! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. 

This week I'm waiting on something that has the best of both worlds.... An amazing, gorgeous, beautiful cover and an intriguing premise. And since its still October, it has an interesting bit of curses in it to keep you on your toes too! 
Without further ado, here's what I'm waiting on:


Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .
Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . . 
Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Josh, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .

Expected Publication: February 12, 2013

You cannot tell me this doesn't look amazing! 
What are you waiting on this week? 



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: 10/16/12


Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme that gives our readers a peek into what we're reading! The rules are:

1. Open your book to a random page.
2. Choose some sentences from that page and type it up!

*Be careful not to give too much away and don't forget to add the page number and edition of the book you have!


This week features another Teaser that will leave you on the edge of your seat for the "Everyday is Halloween" event! This one comes from a book that's deliciously creepy and newly released: Ten by Gretchen McNeil!






"Behind him, lying on her back, was Vivian  Her eyes were wide open, frozen in fear and pain. She wore a yellow raincoat buttoned up over her sweater and silk pajamas. Blood trailed slowly down her arm, dripping off her fingers into the pooling water beneath her. A jagged piece of driftwood protruded from her chest; it had impaled her from behind." 
-Ten by Gretchen McNeil
   E-Book, page 94

So, what do you think of my teaser? Have you read this yet? 
Leave a link to your teaser and I'll be sure to visit it! 




Monday, October 15, 2012

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ARC, 331 pages
Expected Release Date: November 6, 2012
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
The Covenant series #3
Source: Borrowed from: The wonderful Jen at Jenuine Cupcakes
For fans of: Mythology, Hot Guys, Action, YA

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "


Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden. 

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. 

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed. 

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

*MY THOUGHTS*
     First things first. This is definitely the most amazing of the Covenant series. It will twist your heart and make you scared, make you laugh, and make you nervous as hell. All because of Armentrout's writing. 
     From the beginning, we find out something very unexpected about Alex's family. She is caught off guard by this and doesn't know how to react towards it. For once she keeps her cool. All because of the most amazing boy in YA literature... Aiden St. Del Phi. 
     As the book goes on, Alex finds herself more into classes and is not really training anymore, except with Seth. It is during these sessions that strange things start to happen. Then one day, out the blue when Alex is in class, all hell breaks loose. Soon afterwards, she realizes who it was that was lying to her. And "my gods" will you be surprised. I have definitely learned a lesson from Armentrout's writing, do not assume that you know something. You will be wrong every time. 
     From here, the story goes into way too much detail for me to  continue without being spoilery. There are so many twists and turns in this book you will literally sit up for hours with this face 0____0 like I was the entire second half of the book! And that ending, wow, it will have you holding your breath! It literally found myself flipping through the ads in the back of the book wondering if there was more of the story but I just missed it. But alas, there was not. 
     What I liked most about the book is the presence of the gods. In this book they are more prevalent and you are reminded that this is a book about mythology. (Not that there was any doubt before, they are just more than merely mentioned now). Just as a precaution, you must know that with them being there, the story is nothing less than intense. Nothing is going the way Alex expected it and she is freaked out. 
     Last but not least... The two chapters that you come across with Aiden? Geez louise! I didn't think it was possible for me to fall for him any harder, but it happened and I did. He is the epitome of greatness, hotness, and the most perfect book boyfriend ever. Although I mentioned those two chapters, it was more than that. The entire book is full of times with her and Seth and her and Aiden, but I don't think its a surprise to anyone which one I enjoyed more. 
     Overall, this book is a fantastic, enchanting read. It will leave you reeling and ready for Apollyon (Covenant, #4) as soon as you close the back flap.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #16

Stacking the Shelves is a bookish mem started by Tynga's Reviews where we show what we bought, borrowed,  and checked out for the week!





This week was small, but epic in porportion size.... Here's what I got!

Bought: 
                         Carnival of Souls Ten

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Ten by Gretchen McNeil

EPIC right? And all for my Halloween event! 

What did you all get? 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Follow Friday: Halloween Edition 2012

Finally the most anticipated day of the week! Don't you just love that feeling when you finally get off and realize you don't have to go back for 2 days! SCORE!


To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
Q: What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness . . .

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)
A: This week I'm afraid I'm going to have to go with the most generic answer as I don't read much horror anymore. (I read a lot of Stephen King, but most of his stuff is already made into movies lol) But anyways, I would LOVE to see the Anna Dressed in Blood series made into movies. It has the right amount of creep factor and a ghost with blood and a touch of voodoo?! Yeah I'd totally watch that. 

What about you? 



Thursday, October 11, 2012

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Hardcover, 361 pages
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Published by: Little Brown and Company
Jasper Dent, #1
Source: Library
For fans of: Suspense, Thriller, Contemporary, Mystery, Crime, YA

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

*MY THOUGHTS*
     If I could, I would have my review say this and this only: 
"Read this f&%$%$g book! NOW!"
     But since I know you all are expecting a real review, here goes.... 
     Jazz is a teen who learned a lot from his dad. Normally people would say that's a good thing. But when your dad is known for being the most infamous serial killer with his body count up to triple digits.... Not so much. Especially when murders begin happening in the same town that you live in. 
     But instead of doing things like his father, Jazz chooses to use his knowledge and do things that will help the police. Or at least help them to think its not him committing those crimes. He becomes obsessed with it and makes it his duty to catch the killer. 
     I was not surprised at all that I liked this book. If you know me, I am  a HUGE fan of Criminal Minds and I felt like this was Criminal Minds in a book. And just like with the show, at the end of this book, I found myself thinking 'How in the hell did Lyga come up with all this information?!" Kind of scared me, but it definitely did not stop me from finishing the book. 
     Another thing I loved about this book was the characters. Jazz was very conflicted and it showed. He was fighting his demons the entire story and chilling as it was, I loved it. I also loved Howie. He was like the opposite of Jazz but that's why I felt like they were so good together. Realistically I felt like they would be real best friends because they're so different from each other; they balance each other out. And he was so funny. His sarcastic nature and funny one liners made him the comedic relief of this dark and creepy book. And last but not least, there was Connie. I loved her because she was so realistic as well. She was so believable and you could tell that she loved Jazz. 
     The only thing that kind of irked me, was the fact that I got who the killer was a loooonnnnnggg time before the book told me. Don't get me wrong, the book isn't at all predictable, its just as stated earlier, I watch Criminal Minds and CSI: Miami, Vegas, and New York "religiously" so I knew the signs to look for. I kind of brought it on myself. But it kind of redeemed itself with the end. I was definitely NOT expecting the end. Gahh I can't explain how great it is without giving it away, so I'll leave it at that.
     What scared me the most about this book was the detail of the crimes though. With my reader's imagination, I was able to visualize everything going on in the book as I read it. There were certain parts of the book that made me put it down. Like my teaser I posted on Tuesday.... (See that post HERE) *Shudders* And that was only on page 82! I think what scared me about visualizing everything, was knowing that there are really people out there like that out in the world. That are into killing people and all that jazz. (no pun intended...
     With this book, Barry Lyga shows his true genius with this creepy thriller.  This is one book you will not want to put down. Not only because its so amazing, but because not knowing will gnaw at you until you find out "whodunit." 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Creepy Creature Edition

This is a bookish meme that shows the bookish blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm waiting on a book with a really unique twist on a scary creature! I am soooo excited for this book that I can't really put it into words. So, without further ado, here it is:


The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
Expected publication: 2013 by Delacorte Press
Fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series and Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy will devour The Beautiful and the Cursed, a wholly original interpretation of gargoyle lore.
It was bizarre and inexplicable, but after it happened no one spoke of it and Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London behind. She had to trade a world full of fancy dresses and society events for Paris with her mother and younger sister, Gabby.
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house her twin brother Grayson found for them isn't a house at all. It's an abbey. A creepy, old abbey with a roof lined in stone gargoyles that one could almost mistake for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson is missing.
Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson's whereabouts save for Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant who has some secrets of his own.
There's one secret about the city that he can't keep hidden, though. There's a murderer on the loose. And every day Grayson is missing means that there's less of a chance he's alive.
Ingrid is sure her twin isn't dead--she can feel it deep in her soul--but she knows he's in grave danger, and that it's up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.
Only the path to him is twisted—and more deadly than she could ever imagine.

Dude, they had me at the BEAUTIFUL cover. Ok, maybe at "gargoyle lore" or maybe it was at "Paris." Whenever it was, I am so incredibly excited about this book I don't think you understand. It's like woahhhhh. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: 10/9/2012

Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme that gives our readers a peek into what we're reading! The rules are:

1. Open your book to a random page.
2. Choose some sentences from that page and type it up!

*Be careful not to give too much away and don't forget to add the page number and edition of the book you have!

Everyday is Halloween is still going strong, so today we're doing a Teaser from a book that has been keeping me awake at night for Day nine!






"Harriet Klein  Reddish hair. Green eyes, according to the file, but they were gone when the police found the body, of course. I was worried they'd drop out, what with her hanging upside down all night. So I took 'em out before I left her."
-I Hunt Killers pg. 82


Now if that doesn't creep you out, I don't know what will! I remember having to put the book down when I read that. That part got me good.

What do you think about my teaser?! Have you read this?

Leave me a link to your teaser and I'll be sure to visit!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Everyday is Halloween: Day 8: Author Spotlight

Today marks Day 8 of 31 Days of Halloween and I would like to use today to spotlight one of my favorite authors in the horror genre. 

Call me crazy, but as a child in high school, I was one of those that read adult books because I hadn't discovered the beauty that is YA yet. And I wasn't reading just any adult books, I was reading stuff from the horror genre. My favorite author from that genre, was none other than the famous Stephen King. 

My 3 favorite books of his are as follows: 
  Carrie
    It: Yes the one with the clown. Very weird. I remember being too scared to sleep for a whole week. And this is where my Stephen King obsession began. Even though I couldn't sleep for a week straight after reading this, I still wanted to read every Stephen King novel ever written. Not because I wanted to scare myself silly, but because he was an amazing author. 
     Misery: The next book by him I read was given to me by my mother. She surprised me with it one day after school. I found it on my bed. She said she was trying to support my reading habit and move me into a higher reading level at the same time. I was all for it when I heard that the person in it was an author. After reading this, I began to wonder if he was really crazy? Or if he was you know, on drugs or something. Because this was just too weird. 
     Carrie: The last book I want to bring light to, is Carrie. I found that one at my local library book sale for $.05. I remember it being pretty beat up and the cover barely holding on. But I still wanted to give it a home anyway, because it fueled my obsession with him. Carrie was a lot different than what I had usually read, but I loved it all the same. And to make it better, I hadn't seen the movie yet, so I was able to go in and read it unbiased. The blood thing literally made me put down the book for two days. 

About Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.
King has received Bram Stoker AwardsWorld Fantasy AwardsBritish Fantasy Society Awards, his novella The Way Station was aNebula Award novelette nominee,[10] and his short story "The Man in the Black Suit" received the O. Henry Award. In 2003, theNational Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his whole career, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004), the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America(2007). 
(Info from Wikipedia) 

If you haven't experienced anything written by Stephen King, you need to get on that ASAP! Don't sit and settle for the movies, trust me, they are not as good as the books. With the movies, you have to see what they want you to. With the books you get to use your own imagination. And books by Stephen King, your imagination is indeed the most important part. 





Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #15

Stacking the Shelves is a bookish mem started by Tynga's Reviews where we show what we bought, borrowed,  and checked out for the week! 

Since this is Day 7 of Everyday is Halloween, I went to the library and borrowed some of the scariest books or books with the scariest creatures that I could use for my month long event. Here's what I got!

Borrowed:
Born at Midnight by C.C Hunter
(I chose this because I had heard a lot about the series. I also saw that there are various types of paranormal creatures in the book and can't wait to experience them all!)

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
I've heard so much about this thriller and its soooo good! Even if I can only read it during the day smh lol 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Although this one isn't too scary, I've been wanting to read it FOREVER. I saw it and HAD to get it!

Rot & Ruin by Johnathan Maberry
I'm not a big fan of Zombies, but I read the prequel of this and was hooked. I decided I would give this series a try. 

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
I've been saying I'm going to read this forever, but I could never get my hands on a copy... Finally it turned up back in my library and I grabbed it! And just in time for my event on the blog too yay! 

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The TTT post I did the other day really got me into finishing all the series that I had left stalling. So, I saw this and grabbed it. Especially since my librarian said this is the first time it's been in our library for more than 2 days since its release........... In January 0_o Crazy right?!

So that's what I got! What about you all! 

This week on Take Me Away:
-Monday 10/1 Everyday is Halloween
-Tuesday 10/2 Teaser Tuesday post with City of Ashes


Saturday, October 6, 2012

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Paperback, 453 pages
Release Date: January 1, 2008
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
The Mortal Instruments, #2
Source: Own
For fans of: Various Creatures, Action, Adventure, Angels, Demons, Hot Literary guys

A murderer is loose in New York City ...

... and the victims are Downworlder children. Clary Fray and her fellow Shadowhunters have a strong suspicion that Valentine, Clary’s father, may be behind the killings. But if he is the murderer, then what’s his true motive? To make matters worse, the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, has been stolen, and the mysterious Inquisitor has arrived to investigate, with his eyes vigilantly targeted on Clary’s brother, Jace.

Clary will need to face some terrifying demons and even more terrifying family decisions. No one said that the life of a Shadowhunter would be easy.

*MY THOUGHTS*
In book two of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary is finally understanding the importance of her Shadowhunter’s duties. There are Downworlder children that are being murdered and removed of their blood and the team of Shadowhunters must find out the reasons behind it.
This will be a little hard to review, only because there is so much going on in the story. In the book we meet new characters and it adds on to the actual story of those characters from the previous book. What I liked about this, is the way Clare was able to bring them all together without making the story seem too strained. It flowed completely and didn’t make me feel overwhelmed.
I also enjoyed the pace that this book moved. With all the things that are going on in this, the plot has no choice but to be quick paced. The book is filled with action and I loved every bit of it.
And the ending!? Oh gosh, that was my favorite part.  From the “Aquatruck” on I was like GLUED to the book. I found myself reading it at work, at the dinner table, and anywhere else I could read it. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on City of Glass, the Mortal Instruments #3.
And call me strange, but another thing that I liked about this book was the new creatures we were introduced to. Like the demons? No lie, I was reading it with my eyes wide open and I could only read about them in the day time because the image I was getting of them all scared me lol I was also pretty scared of the fairies. I don't like how they are so sneaky and cunning. Even people like that make me nervous lol 
In short, City of Ashes is an impressive sequel to City of Bones. Clare brought life back to her fantasy world and made me once again, not want to leave it.
Overall, I give this