Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Release Tuesday

Yeah I have been waiting for Torment since last Fall. Plus I will get to meet Lauren Kate on Sunday!!! Squee! I will be pacing in front of the mailbox until it arrives!

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

Now a fully trained unicorn hunter, Astrid Llewelyn is learning that she can’t solve all her problems with a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend has left Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers are mysteriously disintegrating, and her hope of becoming a scientist seems to be nothing but an impossible dream.
So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and use her skills as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants—or can she? At Gordian headquarters deep in France, Astrid begins to question everything she had believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and—most of all—her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns or saving unicorns from the world?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cover Love

So there have been a few cover releases in the last few weeks that I have been drooling over. Many of you might have already seen them but I figured I would post them all up here just in case :)

Fins Are Forever
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams?
Slice of Cherry
Happiness is a bloody knife.
Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities....

Blood Magic
For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.
Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.

Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the deadly secrets that hide in blood.
No synopsis yet but lets be honest if you have read the first two in the series you already no the best way to introduce this book:
This book is made of AWESOME just like Shiver and Linger so just pick it up and read it!
Enough said??? lol

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Love Sucks! by Melissa Francis

This is the sequel to Bite Me! by Melissa Francis. I really enjoyed this book. I have to say that it was better then the first one. I felt like the story was better developed and of coarse I was much happier with the romantic developments in this one. Keep in mind if you have not read the first book this review will contain some spoilers for that book so reader beware.

Bite Me! Left off after A.J. and Ryan finally except that they are now brother and sister...well at least thats what they say ;) They decide this once they discover the truth about each other, AJ. and her family are vampires and Ryan and his family are warlocks. Plus their parents are going to have a baby, a baby that is prophesied to be the barer of the mark of both Frieceadan and the Serpentine clans. The baby would render the Serpentine's powerless because its blood will be the anti-serum to their venom. So they all must ban together to protect their family.

When Love Sucks! picks up, AJ is moving on, or at least that’s what she tells herself and Ryan decided to give his relationship with Lindsey a try. Despite their efforts, it is clear their feelings for each other are still nowhere close to that of a brother and sister. But a new vampire in town named Alexander Archer provides just the distraction A.J. needs. Only now she must choose beteew Sexy Lexy and her unwavering feelings for Ryan. Soon A.J.'s past catches back up and she is once again being hunted by the Serpentine's. Her mother is in intensive care and the evil father that abandoned her eight years ago maybe the only one who can save her. But what will he want in return? Just when you think that the story is all wrapped up Melissa Francis drops one more bombshell. You might see it coming (or at least be hopping for it) but you wont be disappointed ;)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bite Me! by Melissa Francis

Bite me was a quick read. It was fast paced and enjoyable. A.J. Ashe is a seventeen year old vampire trying to live a normal life in Mississippi. Her five month relationship with her boyfriend Ryan is cut short when her mother marries his father. Since dating her stepbrother has been forbidden my their parents A.J. reluctantly ends things. To tell you the truth the situation is very Brady Bunch (not meaning the story is cheesy or anything). Rick is the father of three dark haired boys: Ryan, Oz, and Rayden while A.J's mom has three blond girls (all vampires): A.J, Ana, and Ainsley. So you can see how very “Brady” it looks lol

Unfortunately Ryan and A.J's feelings for one another refuse to waver. Even pushing him away and his budding relationship with someone else cant snuff out the flame. As if her love life wasn't stressing her enough, things become complicated when a classmate begins stalking her. He is a vampire and A.J. may have been the one to turn him. Plus her best friends are fighting and dragging her along for the ride.

This was a cute book and definitely left me want more. The sequel is called Love Sucks!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

I love it when I come across a book that seems completely unique. It is hard to find a good paranormal YA book that is not about Vampires, Werewolves, or Faeries. Not that I am saying that I don’t love books on these subjects but I think we can all agree there are a lot out there right now. Nevermore is fresh and new. I also love books that pull in real historical events to serve as a backdrop for paranormal events. It makes the story seem more realistic.

Isobel Lanley: perky, blond, cheerleader
Varen Nethers: mysterious, dark, goth

The simple laws of the high school class system says that they can never be friends, but when they are paired up for an English project they are forced to work together. Varen and Isobel are not the only ones who are upset by their pairing. Brad, Isobel's boyfriend waists no time putting Varen in his place and Lacy is not to fond of Isobel spending time with her boyfriend either.

Despite their initial aversion to each other, both soon discover an attraction hiding beneath the surface. The closer that Isobel and Varen become the stranger their lives become. Soon Isobel is being followed, watched and visited by various beings who seem to be sending her a message, “Stay away from Varen Nethers.” Despite their warnings Isobel falls hard for Varen. When he vanishes before her eyes Isobel ventures into the dream world Varen created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life in order to save him from a fate that seems inevitable. Choices are made, lies are told, and Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined.

Be prepared for a cliffhanger ending this one is a series! I simply could not put this one down. Kelly Creagh's debut is enticing, exciting, and nerve racking. And it's all balled up into this fresh take on the mystery that surrounds America's first master of horror, Edgar Allen Poe.

Interesting tid bit: I love the cover art for this book but I was surrprised to find that when the book arrived Varen was missing the lip ring shown in this picture. He has one in the story and on most cover art you find online but on the actual book it has been removed. Weird!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

I cant even believe how much I loved this book. I have not had a book keep me up until dawn for a while but this book did it! I just loved it. Everything about it. Sophie Jordan has written a young adult book that is exciting, empowering, and enticing! The reader cant help but fall head over heals for Will (the sexy hunter) and empathize with Jacinda's situation.

Jacinda is Draki. She is the descendant of dragons. The Draki can shift between human and dragon form. Her pride has lived in the mountains, hidden by the mist. Jacinda is a fire-breather, the first one in hundreds of years. This makes her a precious commodity to her pride. Property. Jacinda is tired of being told what to do and having her path chosen for her (including her future mate, Cassian).

When Jacinda, in an act of rebellion, sneaks out to fly at dawn (they are forbidden to fly unless under the cover of nightfall) and is almost caught by hunters. Her mother forces her to flee the pride with her sister in tow before her punishment can be carried out. Adapting to the human world is difficult for Jacinda, she hates that her her draki spirit is fading. Then she sees a familiar face at school. The hunter who let her go. She knows that he is dangerous but he is the only thing that awakes the draki inside her. But dating a hunter is impossible. How can she ever let down her guard when it could not only cost her her own life but risk the only secret that has protected her kind.

This book is so amazing. The whole time Jacinda is torn between giving her mother and sister the normal human life they both crave and refusing to let her inner draki die. I think it is great to read about such a strong character. Jacinda is determined not to lose the only part of her that truly makes her happy. And on a lighter note could Sophie have written Will any hotter? I think NOT! He is probably the best male love interest I have read in a while. Oh and just to give those of you who have not read it yet another teaser. Will has a few secrets of his own....

Read it ASAP I promise you will love it. Warning it is a series so be prepared for a gut wrenching cliffhanger!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Smart Chicks Kick It Tour

So tonight was the Smart Chicks Kick It stop in Pasadena, CA! This is my first event since my relocation but it certainly wont be the last. I already have a few more planned in the next month. Which I will post here as well :) I had a great time. Here are some of my pics from the event!
Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely series) and Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers series) kick of the event!
Alyson Noel (Immortal Series) announces NYT Best Seller status!

Rachel Cain (The Morganville Vampires series) talks about new book Ghost Town!

Rachel Vincent (Shifters and Soul Screamers series) introduces herself.

Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series)
Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series) laughs as Margaret Stohl jokes.
Margaret suggests that their contributions to the Beautiful Creatures series is represented by their respective sizes...lol Poor little Kami!!! hahaha
Turns out that Beautiful Creatures may be hitting the big screen!!!!
Who will play what roles? Margret ponders whether to let this slip...
ok......Margaret will be playing Ethan and Lena while Kami plays the roles of everyone else! lol You have to admit that it would be interesting lol
Mary Pearson talks about bringing "The Adoration of Jenna Fox" to the big screen! 
Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely series) talks about new book out soon!
Kelly Armsrtong announces her YA series has been signed on through book 9!!! I had only knew of 6!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods series) tells us who she would Marry, Shag, and throw off a cliff from Alyson Noels' Immortal series

Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia at the signing table :)
I freaking love Beautiful Creatures and I cant wait until Beautiful Darkness comes out Oct 12th!!! Meeting these two was a definate highlight!
Alyson and I laughed about our last signing together. The power outage situation in Chicago...safe to say things were much brighter this time. Cant wait for Night Star!!!
Rachel Caine and I. I brought the Ethernal Kiss anthology for her to sign!
Melissa de la Cruz  and I. I have her series on my to Read list for sure :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Blue moon was a great follow up to Evermore. Now that Ever is an Immortal she is eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities. Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning and then he begins to pull away from Ever. As if that wasn't strange enough, her best friends abandon her as well. The only one who seems to still be interested in her is Roman, the new guy, who Ever hasn’t quite figured out yet. Why is this happening?

Ever is determined to save Damen and Summerland may be her only hope for answers. Summerland can be difficult to navigate but luckily Ever has Rayne and Romy are there to guide her. Ever may not have known what she was looking for but she finds out much more then she planned, secrets that Damon never shared about his past.

Ever wants to set things back the way they were...but will that mean she has to go back to before the accident that killed her family? Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives or staying in the present and saving Damen.

This book was a lot more emotional then Evermore. I even cried at a few parts involving her sister...I won't give it away. The ending is not what I would have hoped for but that just makes Shadowland (book 3) that much more enticing. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the first book

Monday, September 13, 2010

Evermore by Alyson Noel

I really enjoyed this book. It has a similar aspect as the book Fallen (which I adored). Ever is dealing with the loss of everything she has ever known or cared about, her mom, dad, sister, dog, home, friends, boyfriend etc. Her life is turned upside down after a car accident kills her whole family. Now ever is living with her aunt in California. Despite her huge loss Ever does gain a gift (not that she sees it that way). Ever is now psychic. She can see auras (a colorful glow a person gives off that let her know how they are feeling), but that’s not the worst of it. Ever can hear peoples thoughts and even learn a person's life story simply by touching them. Ever is forced to shut herself away from everyone to quiet the noise in her head until Damen comes along. He somehow is able to break through the noise and silence it.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic, wealthy and Ever is immediately drawn to him despite his mysterious nature. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. As the secrets come out Ever will discover just how close her and Damon are and what really happened the night of the accident that killed her family.

I was really glad that I didn't know what Damen was going into the book because I loved finding out when Ever did. I even found myself laughing out loud when Damen refutes her first guess. I finished this book in a little over a day. This series is worth a read!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

Tasha, an American party girl is looking for a quick escape from her suddon fame over, "The Hot-Tub Incident," So when the the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program at Oxford presents itself she jumps at the chance. The only catch is that it has to be an even switch. Someone else will be taking her place at U.C. Santa Barbara. Not just location but classes as well. Lets just say Tasha was not prepared to dive headfirst into feminist theory.

The British half of the exchange, studious Emily, experiences her own culture shock when she reaches sunny California. Emily has never cut loose and it seems like that is all her exchange mate ever did. In order to get by in each others lives the girls begin talking. Giving each other tips on fitting in, finding love, and figuring out who they really are. Tasha and Emily not only find themselves but they also find each other.

I loved this book because it took a good look at all the standards that are placed on women. Some are placed there by society, men, even ourselves. Should we be the perfect, proper, modest woman or is it ok to act on passion....That is what I took away from this book. Ok, now this sounds like a self-help book review but seriously I really enjoyed it. The book was fun with a few empowering moments. Its also got plenty of boy drama and a little heat if you know what I mean...lol Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

W...W...W... Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

1. What are you currently reading? 

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What are your answers?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Release Tuesday

I cant wait until this one arrives in my mailbox!!! 

Happy Release Day Sophie!!

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Follow Friday

It is Follow Friday again and I am participating from my new location in California!!!! I have been in the the process of moving to California this week so I have been very busy and therefore slacking on my posts. My stack of new to-read books is starting to over take my bookshelf. If you have any suggestions on which one I should read first let me know. Check out this post to see the books I am deciding between.

So if you are stopping by on your blog hop please Follow me. Then leave a comment somewhere in the blog with your blog info and let me know you are a new follower and I will return the follow! I cant wait to hop on over to your blog and check it out. Even if you are not a new follower please leave a comment somewhere on the site and I will be sure to return the favor ;) Have a great weekend!

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