Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday [ 2 ]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. 

In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy

Only a couple more weeks. I have never been so impatient for a book!! If you haven't read the first book "Nightshade" GO! READ IT NOW!!! I can't wait to see how this ends. January 3rd 2012

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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In My Mailbox was created by Kristi at The Story Siren

Seeing as this is the weekend before christmas I don't have any books other then the ones I received via NetGalley. So I thought I would just list them below! XD

Halflings by: Heather Burch 
Tooth and Nail by: Jennifer Safrey
The Merchant's Daughter by: Melanie Dickerson
Pure by: Julianna Baggot

Thank you NetGalley and the wonderful publishers! :)

All of these will be reviewed on my blog, if you are interested in seeing a review of one of these on my youtube channel, let me know! Remember to leave a comment and a link to your own IMM so I may check yours out! 

Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Tempest # 1
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 334
Rating: 4.5/5
Genre: YA science fiction
Release Date: January 17th 2012

*Won on Goodreads*

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Okay let me start off saying that I was super lucky to be have won this on goodreads and given the opportunity to read it and review it before the release date. I classified this book as science fiction because it is about time travel and there is a love story intertwined but it definitely is something that involves theory which is science... right? ;P

I really enjoyed this book! Really interesting twist on time travel and a love story that had plenty of swoon worthy moments to gush over. I absolutely loved the relationship between Jackson and Holly, it was pure and real and something you can really relate to. I found myself wanting to read more and more about their relationship but was also completely interested in the time traveling aspect of the book as well. I guess you could say there was never a dull moment! I was a little worried at first with Tempest focusing on a male character if there was going to be love involved since I tend to like reading from a female perspective. However, Jackson was perfect. He had flaws like any normal person would which kept me reading because he NEVER got on my nerves!

The reason I did not give it a full 5 stars is because the information with the time traveling was a little bit confusing to understand at times. I found myself reading parts of the book out loud (Helps me think!) to help myself from being confused. I think she could have cut down a little bit with the amount of time travel because some of it was a little confusing. Other then that though it was really awesome!

I really look forward to reading the next book in the series since it left me wanting more but not in a "Grr what a mean cliffhanger" but in a way where I was really intrigued to keep going with the story. I just wish I didn't have to wait so long! Grr!

Click here for a tease of the audio book!

4.5 stars

HUGE thank you to Macmillan Audio who will be giving a fellow reader a free Audiobook of Tempest! I was so excited to be given an option to host a little giveaway and can't wait to see what you guys think! Make sure to click the link to listen to a little teaser of Tempest. :) GOODLUCK!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

First blog giveaway :)

This is my first giveaway on here!! 3 lucky winners will give these books a home. <3
Only rule is you have to be a follower on my blog & twitter! :)

Book Review: The Night Circus

Series: Not a series
Edition: Hardcopy
Pages: 387
Rating: 5/5
Genre: Adult Fantasy 


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Oh my freaking goodness. This book is one of a kind! 

I was a bit worried going into this since it has such a high amount of description vs. dialogue and I usually don't like books that have an overwhelming amount of description. This was more perfect that I could ever give it credit it for. 
I tend to read books really quickly since I get sucked into them and stay up until the wee hours of the night to read them. I did the opposite with this. It took me over a week to read this which is a little longer then normal but I think thats what this book needs. I was so consumed by this book that when I wasn't reading I was thinking about it and when I was reading, it would take a whole lot of distraction to pull me away. Erin Morgenstern has mastered an ability to tell you every single detail to the point that you not only saw the circus in your imagination, you could smell the carmel in the air, you could feel the wind pick around you as you walk from tent to tent. All of your senses will be used when you read this book.

I really suggest you read this VERY slowly. It is rather complex since there is so many point of views that are switched in the book and some time jumps. (Not by that much just a couple years here and there) What I did was make sure I read the dates on each chapter listed just so I can remember where the story left off from that date.

If you LOVE fantasy, you really need to check this out. It is definitely one of my favorites.

**If you want to see my immediate reaction after reading this book read my goodreads review here!**

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teaser Tuesday [ 4 ]

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
  1.  Grab the book you are currently reading
  2. Open to a page
  3. Share two sentences from somewhere on that page (I like to give a nice long tease :P)

This week it's... The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern

The wind increases, sending waves of dark ink crashing into the ship. Pages fall from the sails, swirling around them like leaves. The ship begins to tilt and Celia almost loses her footing, but Marco puts his arms around her waist to steady her while she laughs. "This is quite impressive, Mr. Illusionist," she says.
"Call me by my name," he says. He has never heard her speak his name and holding her in his arms he suddenly craves the sound. "Please," he adds when she hesitates. "Marco," she says, her voice low and soft. The sound of his name on her tongue is even more intoxicating than he had imagined, and he leans in to taste it.

Pg. 263

I know this was a long teaser but this book is just amazing. I think the key to this book is to really take your time with it and become absorbed in the story. I hope you check it out because it's truly one of a kind!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

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I know I don't do many of these but here is my IMM [ 3 ] on my blog which is a video that can be found on my youtube!

Please comment below with your link to your own or if you just have feedback! :)

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi at The Story Siren

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Back into the swing of things!

Hey guys =)

So I know I was a little MIA with my blog for a couple of days I promise I have a good excuse coupled with some exciting news!

I applied for a book spot on a blog and I was focusing my attention with sending her mock reviews and also focusing a lot of my attention on my youtube!

I can say that I am officially part of  @ Rosey's Review 
She reviews Tv shows, movies, and books! I was lucky enough to get a spot as a book reviewer!! So excited to begin my work there and that starts in January!

ALSO she is having sign ups for her book challenge of 12 dystopians in 12 months. So you read one dystopian for every month in the year of 2012! So be sure to check that out and thank you for everyones continued support!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review: Dead Beautiful

Publisher: Hyperion
Series: Dead Beautiful #1
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 455
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Paranormal Romance


On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder. 
After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”
It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.
Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life. 

This book was really unique and I am always looking for something really creative to read since I get pretty sick of the same story over and over again. I read this pretty quickly and was happy to have found a nice gem in my bookstore since I haven't heard a lot of things about it. I was a little nervous thinking this might be another vampire book but nope! It's not! 
I won't give anything away but what I will say is how gripping this book was for me. The element of mystery and the love interest had my heart pounding and my mind racing from page to page and had me completely hooked from beginning to end. The only negative I have was that the beginning was a little slow but that was needed for the dramatic twists and turns that were coming ahead.
The love interest was awesome and it had the element of "I want to love you, but you scare me" thing to it, which is always exciting! 
There were times that I was reading this and thought I completely figured this book out but I was completely wrong and just shocked by what was really going on.
If you want a book with a conflicting love interest, mystery and mind games check this book out!!

I will definitely be giving the next book a read. Check it out below!

February 24th 2012

Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Review: Ashes by: Estevan Vega

Publisher: StoneGate Inc
Series: Arson #1
Edition: E-book
Rating: 5/5
Genre: Paranormal

*Received by author* 

Taken from goodreads:
More than three months have passed since Arson and Emery were taken. Taken and then separated.
And experimented on.
Salvation Asylum is more like a prison than a psychiatric facility. Unknowingly, Arson has become a vital instrument in a campaign set to genetically alter mankind. Enraged, confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, he wonders if he will ever see Emery again. His new existence is one crawling with questions. Is Grandma alive? Where does the fire come from? Can he become more than a monster?
In Ashes, book two of the ARSON series, nightmare and reality collide as Arson must embrace what he is and the haunting realization that there may be others out there, others like him.

Wow, this book was absolutely amazing. I read the first book "Arson" and really enjoyed it, but WOHOO this book was great! It was so fast paced and just a thriller right to the core. I love when a book can absoultely captivate me from beginning to end. This book did exactly that.

Ashes will keep your heart racing and your mind guessing. You will not want to take your hands off the pages. I was absolutely captivated reading this book. The difference between Arson & Ashes was how dark, psychological, and suspenseful Ashes is compared to Arson. Ashes takes you on a ride to find out what kind of experiments they have been doing to Arson and what toll that takes on him psychologically.

This is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read and something I will have on my re-read list for sure!

I love Estevan's ability to switch point of views between Emery & Arson, it's flawless and I admire a writer who can do that without disrupting the story. Estevan is a fantastic suspenseful writer and I look forward to see what else he will do! 

Make sure to check out the first book "Arson" !

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Harper Inprint challenge (Starting January)

This is going to be my first challenge on this blog and I am super excited! I saw this through a couple blogs I follow and decided I had to be apart of it!

This challenge is hosted by Starry Sky Books make sure to check that out for a full list of rules, guidelines and questions! To make this short and sweet it is a challenge to read as many HarperCollins imprints that publish YA books in that month!

  • This challenge is open to anyone, that can be if you blog, youtube or don't do either!
  • Books started before January 1 do not count
  • Your books can be crossovers with other challenges

Me being the challenge seeker that I am, I'm going to attempt to do the hard level! Which is 9-12 books!

Right before the start of this challege I will list all books I will be reading that month and add my progress to each. I am also going to do a youtube video about this challenge to get as many people in this as possible!!

Okay, now I need to go make a list fo the books I want to read!


Book Review: Arson by Estevan Vega

Publisher: StoneGate Inc
Series: Arson #1
Edition: E-book
Pages: 318
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Paranormal

Summary taken from goodreads:
Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl—who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin—moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

My thoughts:

When I first started reading this book I couldn't help but think about the movie Fire starter with Drew Barrymore, I was so excited to find out that this was not only way better but much different then what I expected.
I will start off by saying that it was a little difficult to get into this book however thats usually the thing with the first books in a series. It's trying to set up for upcoming books that will have massive amount of action so of course after reading for a little bit longer I was hooked.

The connection between Arson and Emery was extremely real and genuine. Their romance truly has the making of a really powerful paranormal love story. Arson is completely drawn to her and feels the need to protect her from everything and it was extremely beautiful to read that. Of course that wasn't the only thing in the book because I get really annoyed with books that have an easy romance and no action.

The pace of the book started to become heavy near the end of the book. (Sequel is going to be really dark)

I give a lot of credit to authors who are able to switch up point of views in a book without completely disrupting the story. Estevan has a gift of keeping up with the flow with the book with the flawless transitions between characters. I loved that, and that is something I really love in books.

What Arson has to go through with his grandmother really breaks my heart. I won't give anything away but at times it was difficult to read those parts because I felt horrible and sad for Arson. He still loves his grandmother no matter what she says to him.

I can't wait to read book #2 and see what happens to Arson and Emery!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Teaser Tuesday { 3 }

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
  1.  Grab the book you are currently reading
  2. Open to a page
  3. Share two sentences from somewhere on that page

This week it's...

"All at once there was a shifting, a stirring. I felt myself growing taller, and then I was in the air, hovering over my human body as it crouched on the dry, scrubby ground below. I had and angel's body, pure white, brilliant in the sun. There was no fear, only determination. They were not going to kill me, and they were not going to kill Alex." 

I love angels, you will notice I will pretty much any book that has an angel in it. THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME! :) Read for yourself!

Cascade: Book Review

What if you not only fell back through time... but fell in love, too?

Publisher: David C Cook
Series: The River of Time Series book 2
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 399
Rating: 5/5 
Genre: Young Adult

Summary is taken from goodreads.

Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.

But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.
Give me one sec while I go all fan girl. *Screams tears of joy while jumping up and down*
Whew, glad to get that out of my system. Let me start off by saying this series is SO AMAZING!!! Why haven't you read it yet? Whats wrong with you!!!
So the story continues with Gabi and her sister Lia and it does NOT disappoint. The first book in every series is always meant to set up the scene for some action to go down in the upcoming books. This is book # 2 in The River of Time series so you guessed it, theres a lot of action. Gabi is so smart and strong that deserves to be my favorite heroin ever, the connection she has to her sister Lia so unbelievably real, and sweet. They truly, deep down, care for each other and are always there to protect one another. I loved that this book had not only true love, action, but it also had a beautiful connection between sisters.
My heart was racing as I read every page of this book, every moment I was dying to read and know more and more what was going to happen. The amount of conflict in the second book is definitely heart wrenching. The writing is absolutely captivating and the scenes leap off the page and bind themselves straight to your heart.

Book cover: Beautiful, my favorite of the three. The girl on the front is exactly how I picture Lia and it has that soft buttery feel again to the cover.

Characters: There is not one flaw I see in any of these characters. Completely pure and perfect.

Writing: Beautiful and Captivating

Ending: As soon as I was at the end of this book I immediately grabbed Torrent. (Book 3)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

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In My Mailbox was created by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Heres my IMM for this week! :) Books all linked below as well.

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