Thursday, December 29, 2011

Morganville Vampires Reading Challenge 2012

Ok guys, I've decided to join one more challenge and that's the Morganville Vampires Reading Challenge 2012.




When? The challenge will run from 1st January 2012 until 31st December 2012.


Formats? All formats count - books, e-books or audiobooks!


Levels
There are levels! Pick the one you would like to complete. The levels are characters from the books in the order of their creepiness! So who are you going to be?


Sam Glass: Books 1-3
Oliver: Books 1-6
Amelie: Books 1-9
Myrnin: Books 1-13


And a final level for those hardcore fans...


Bishop: Books 1-13, plus all short stories (in anthologies or otherwise).


For information on all the books, omnibuses and short stories, head on over to the Morganville Vampires Reading Challenge 2012 Book Info page.

I've read some of the books so I'll try to complete lever Myrnin: Books 1-13. (I've read the first six so it shouldn't be that hard to re-read them and read the rest.)
Please make sure you go to the sign up post and enter.
Marti

 PS(2nd Jan):
Here's a list to all the book I hope to read. I'll link all of them with my reviews when I'm done.

Glass Houses (The Morganville... (Finished on Jan 2nd.)
The Dead Girls' Dance (The Mor... The Dead Girls' Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) (Finished on Jan 3rd)
Midnight Alley (The Morganvill... Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires #3) (Finished on Jan 5th)
Feast of Fools (The Morganvill... Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires #4) (Finished on Jan 6th)
Lord of Misrule (Morganville V... Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires #5) (Finished on Jan 8th)
Carpe Corpus (The Morganville... Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires #6) (Finished on Jan 12th)
Fade Out (The Morganville Vamp... Fade Out (The Morganville Vampires #7) (Finished on Jan 14th)
Kiss Of Death (The Morganville... Kiss Of Death (The Morganville Vampires #8) (Finished on Jan 16th)
Ghost Town (The Morganville Va... Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires #9) (Finished on Jan 21st)
Bite Club (The Morganville Vam... Bite Club (The Morganville Vampires #10) (Finished on Jan 24th)
Last Breath (The Morganville V... Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires #11) 
Black Dawn (The Morganville Va... Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires #12) 
 Cold Moon Cold Moon (The Morganville Vampires #13) 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review: Wake unto me by Lisa Cach

Wake Unto MeWake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Goodreads summary:
A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.


You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.  



My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thoughts:
The book was very interesting! I really liked the plot and the idea of the story.

I am surprised by the ending and I don't really know what to say about it. I enjoyed reading it!

It was a very surprising ending, because it turned out that I got everything wrong. I mean, I thought some people were bad and they weren't and the other way around. I don't think I've been this far away from the truth before but it was a pretty cool read.

I enjoyed the shifting from present to past. The idea was pretty good but I am not completely sure why did it happen. I mean I was on board with Caitlyn's theory but then everything changed.

Oh I don't know.

It wasn't a five star book but it was very good. I loved all the historical links and it was a great read.

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 4.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)

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Just sayin' Hi!

Hey guys,
I know I haven't been around lately and I completely forgot to wish you all Merry Christmas but I hope you had a great time. There isn't much to say right now. I will be posting a review that's part of my Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012) and I hope to have another one by the end of the week but I can't promise anything. Oh actually I can because I have to write a review of a book I finished a while back so that's going to be up soon.
Okay, so it's a little early of New year wishes but just in case I vanish again, have a wonderful New year.
Marti

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Giveaway on another blog...

Bookish is having a BOX of BOOKS - Huge INTERNATIONAL Giveaway! It's pretty awesome and she's giving away 16 books, mostly ARC's. The giveaway will last until March 1st 2012.
To enter the this amazing giveaway just click on the picture below:


Friday, December 23, 2011

Review: Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1) by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1) Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Goodreads summary:
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

  

You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My thoughts:

It's been a week since I read the book and I'm not sure if I'll point out everything I liked and I didn't like in the book but I'll do my best!

The book is very interesting. I'm not a fan of mythology and stuff like that so I have absolutely no idea if what was in the book is accurate or not so I don't have anything to say about that. For me, a book with a mythological background from that genre is new to me since I read mostly vampire books so this was pretty interesting read and it certainly was captivating. I liked the idea of the three sisters. I like many other wish to have a twin, and for these girls( mostly Grace) this was actually coming true.

So the main characters are the three sisters Grace, Gretchen and Greer.

Most of the book was about Grace. We know a lot about her and her adoptive family. About her life before and after she came to live in San Francisco. We got to know her a lot better that we got to know Greer of Gretchen, even though the latter was involved a lot in the book.

Gretchen was the one with the answers to the crazy things that kept happening, or at least some of them. She's the bad-ass girl who is though on the outside but lonely on the inside.

And Greer, well I didn't get enough of her. She came along in the last quarter of the book. She's this rich kind of spoiled(but not too much) type of girl that had a tea party to organize and no time for her triplets and their crazy stories about them being the descendents of the Medusa and all...

That was the part that kind of ruined my five star opinion of the book. The way Gretchen and Grace showed up on Greer's doorstep and just threw the information at her. I mean, come on, it sounds ridiculous when you say this to someone who doesn't know about it. Greer didn't even suspect that she was adopted before those two showed up at her house... I didn't like that part and it was too big just let it slide...

Something else that was just a little bit too much were the guys. Every sister has or had a boy that wouldn't leave her alone because he's obviously into her.. They were like been on honey.

All in all I enjoyed reading the book and didn't until now noticed the stuff that bugged me. I will certainly read the next book when it comes out because I'm intrigued to see what happens next.

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 9.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Bloodlines(Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Goodreads summary:
The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.


You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My thoughts:
I loved the book. It was awesome because it was Richelle Mead's. It was awesome because it was about the characters from VA. It was awesome because of the story itself.

There is significantly a lot more of Adrian, which is good because in the VA I was strictly Team Dimitri and now I could actually appreciate him more. He's an amazing character with good and bad traits and he has his moments of brilliance! We get to know him a lot better from more than one perspective because of something that has happened in the gap between the books. You'll see what that was, I'll just say that you won't expect it!

Really this first book was more to get to know the four main characters better. It was the seed to what I expect to be another great success from Richelle Mead! The last sentence to the book blew me away! I mean... there could not have been a bigger cliff hanger! I am jumping up and down with excitement over what would happen.

There was so much in this book!

Sydney, the narrator, is very different from Rose and to see the world from her perspective is very new to us. She has that unconscious fear of the supernatural but in the same time she's really strong and stubborn and as one of the popular quotes from the book 'She fights back plenty'.

Jill... oh little awkward Jill is slowly turning into this beautiful young girl a little to quiet for her own good but I have a feeling she'll grow out of it. We follow her story among everyone else's and it's very interesting because peace by peace we get the whole picture of what happened back at court after the end of Last Sacrifice.

It's a different world though. Sydney faces problems very different from those Rose had to face and the action is in a human high school.

The whole book the characters were building something stable and secure and they were changing and they were healing from past wounds but as I read the final sentences to the book I felt like all that progress for some people just went down the drain.

Definitely a MUST read for every fan of VA. I loved this one and now I don't know how am I going to wait 'til the next book comes out!

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 8.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels (the Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Goodreads summary:
The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels


You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thoughts:

I've been stalling to write the review because I'm not sure what to say. The book was good. It was entertaining and interesting and I certainly had a good time reading it but it wasn't like the previous.

Here we had a lot more Simon, which was good but the POV were constantly changing and there were little cliff hangers. I love those but when it's in the middle of the book and you have been expecting something big to happen and the author has put yet another stop to the storyline you're following. I was irritated at some point but not enough to put the book down...

It still was very interesting and I had a hard time putting it down until I finished it.

The author has inserted a new character that I personally think is going to play a major part in future events... That's Kyle, or Jordan as it turned out later on...He's this guardian thingy... he's a werewolf but he's devoted his life to protect and help vampire or werewolves who had just been turned.. or something like that.. But he's very important for someone in the book and he is not entirely new since we've heard of him before.

I'm not going to reveal more about him, you'll have to figure it out on your own but it's a good story there...



And then there were Clare and Jace. I ... I'm at loss of words to describe how screwed up their life is!... And of course it get's worse. Those two have absolutely no luck even though they came out on the other end of so many deadly situations.

Instead of getting out of trouble, though, they always find themselves surrounded by more.

With an ending like this book had... I don't know what to expect for the next book. I don't know how many awful things those two could overcome. I seriously have a feeling that Jace will not make it out of this okay(I has considering using the word alive but I hardly think the author will kill him...). It is just too much. One hard blow after another..

That's partly why I give it 4 stars.. It was a bit too much at the end... But it was good. It was a great book! I recommend it to every fan of the previous books!


This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 1.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Review: Abandon (Abandon trology, #1) by Meg Cabot

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot

Goodread's summary:  Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away... especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My rating is more 3.5 rather than 4 but let's leave it like that...

My thought on the book...

Well this book was definitely an interesting read. I have mixed feelings about it, though. The story itself is very compelling.

The characters are semi strong but they have their charm and they kind of fit in with the world around them...

Pierce had a near death experience(NDE) and I expected of her to be, like super tough because you don't just wake up from the dead and go on with your life, especially not after seeing the things she did. She was strong but not quite what I imagined her to be. Not a bad character at all, though!

John was a typical bad boy with a strange way of showing his affection but he has bigger problems that trying to be nice... Like what, you ask?.. Oh it's noting.. It's just that his job for a good two centuries has been dealing with the souls of the dead in the Underworld...

So there wasn't much surprise with his strange behavior at times..



I like the characters. I really did. What tipped the scales in my 3.5 stars review is that everything was a big mess! I seriously had a hard time following some events as I was trying to separate the memory from what was happening in the real time... The author was jumping from one detail to another, than to a memory, then there was something of the sort: "my death friend" (that's not exactly it but we've never before heard of someone else dying other than Pierce of course...). It was hard to follow and I got confused at times but then when all the cards were on the table it was great!

I am going to read the second book in the trilogy. I think that now that I know the history behind the characters I would be able to follow more closely...

All in all I really liked it. It was interesting and I guess that messed up story line was on purpose to keep things intriguing . At the end there were just so many things that happened but it wasn't much of a cliff hanger.

Things are definitely not over for Pierce and John and the mess in their world so I am already waiting for the next book to come.

This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads.It's my number 10.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)

And this here is the whole cover of the Hardback copy:

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Monday, November 28, 2011

1000 followers giveaway at Lena Sledge's blog!

Ok so I had promised myself not to post so many "giveaway on other blogs" posts but this one totally deserves breaking my rule.
Lena Sledge is having her 1000 followers giveaway and the prize is.... A KINDLE!!! I personally really, really want to win because I don't have an e-reader. It's international as long as Amazon ships to your country because the prize will be shipped directly from Amazon.com.
The giveaway will end on December 18th so the prize could arrive before Christmas!
For more information on the Kindle and for the rules to the giveaway, please click on the picture below.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: City of Glass ( The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads summary:
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.


You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My review:

Okay, so... At the beginning of the book I was a little skeptical because I liked the previous but it was a bit slower than what I love in a book... I was reading the first pages cautiously because I wanted to like it but I wanted to see where it goes. Well it went strait to awesome. Sometime during the first chapters I found myself more and more fascinated with the book and I just didn't want to put it down!

The pace that it took was crazy and amazing. It wasn't so fast that you don't understand anything, and it's just the perfect combination of fast and interesting. So many things happen. There are new characters, new settings, new growth in the main characters. It is really good.

At some point, maybe in the middle, I started wondering what else will happen and just as I was guessing the next moment, something entirely different happens.

There were a lot of shocking moments, and a lot of those moments we wish would happen but never really believe they will( well it was like that for me).

So I pretty much start to repeat myself so I'll stop now.

The ending was great and I was really happy I continued the series. It brings up something new. It's different than the others.

Of course let it not fool you, there were week moments where I wish would've happened differently but no book(or anything for that matter) is perfect and I love it just the way it is.

I was happy at the end I and truly enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend it to everyone!


Well it didn't turn out as long as I thought it will be but I tried to sum up everything I thought and that's what that was. I know that most of my ratings are above 4 and that requires an explanation.
I usually don't read books I don't like. I read reviews and ask people that have read them and that's how I decide if I'll read something or not, so basically I mostly read things I may like. This is going to change though. I won some great looking books and I'm really excited to read them. I won them so I don't know that much about them but I'll sure as hell tell you when I'm done.
I'm currently reading the next book in the series: City of Fallen Angels and I haven't read that much of it yet since I started it today, but I should finish it soon because it has less pages that the previous. Tell you what I thought later...

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings. Leave a comment if you'd like! I appreciate those!
~Marti

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Thank you post!

Hey guys,
I know thanksgiving was yesterday( time difference!) but we don't celebrate it in my country. I didn't have time then so I decided to do some thanking after all. I have no idea what the tradition is so forgive me...
First I want to thank my followers. It means a lot to me that you're following my blog! I keep telling you that soon I will be able to put a giveaway but that's still not happening yet... and I'm not happy about it!

And now I want to thank a few blogs to the awesome giveaways they have and for the books I've won from them... And here they are:

First book I won from a giveaway was: 
Dearly, Departed 
by Lia Habel






The picture doesn't do justice to the book cover. I assure you it's amazing and I loved the book!
I have Kim @  Baggin's Book Blabber to thank to. She had a September Extravaganza Giveaway in which I won this book!

Next is the amazing
Last Sacrifice
by Richelle Mead
( a favorite author if I may add!!! and an awesome book!)
I certainly enjoyed this book and I have to thank 
for taking part in the Banned books week giveaway!

Next is
The Hunger Games (book 1)
by Suzanne Collins
I loved this book so much, and the whole trilogy blew my mind away. They were three of the most amazing books I've read!!! And it certainly was the number one book that made me love it so much that it literally hurts! I love it and I have to thank
Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook
for giving me my own copy of the books!

Now that was the books that I've read so far
and now on are books that I've received but haven't gotten the chance to read yet!
Next two books I won were:
Abandon
by Meg Cabot

and the second is
Sweet Venom
by Tera Lynn Childs


Both books came from
Anna @ Literary Exploration
from here 300 followers giveaway.

Next up is
Wake Unto Me
by Lisa Cach

This one I have thanks to
Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland
from the Spooctacular Giveaway Hop.

Then I got
Brightwing
by Sullivan Lee
It's an autographed copy that I received from the author but I won thanks to
Heather Powers @ Earth's Book Nook

The next one is 
High-Risk Reunion 
by Gail Barrett

This one I won thanks to
and the Small Blogs, Big Giveaways hop.
I won a bunch of other books but they are ebooks so they will be mentioned after the paperbacks. 

And the last book I received is 
Bloodlines 
by Richelle Mead
(Wooohooo...)

This one I won from
and the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
Here are the e-books I won:
Dodge the Bullet by Christy Hayes
Angle of Incidence by Christy Hayes
Heart of Glass by Christy Hayes
Entangled Anthology by Allison Brennen (Authors4theCure)
Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance
Justice For Emily by Sandy Wolters
Secret Bloodline by Talia Jager
Misconception by Christy Hayes
Unforgiven by Sarah Ballance
I haven't gotten to read almost any of the books yet but that's due to my homework and other stuff to do. I keep reading as much as I can so you'll see that in my next reviews. One is coming up tomorrow morning!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: Happily never after (Night huntress 1.5) by Jeaniene Frost

Happily Never After (Night Huntress, #1.5)Happily Never After by Jeaniene Frost

Goodreads summary:
Isabella Spaga is about to reluctantly walk down the aisle with Mr. Dangerously Wrong…but not if dashing vampire Chance has anything to say about it. As a favor to Bones, Chance has come to derail this wedding of beauty to the beast. Now if only he can keep his hands off the bride. From New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, it’s the wedding of the season…that everyone wants to miss. (Originally appeared in Weddings From Hell anthology)

You can purchase the Anthology from: The Book Depository.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thoughts:


That certainly was an interesting read. It was different because we saw Bones just twice and it's for very new and unfamiliar characters. But it was good. I really liked it but not as good go get 5 stars.

There is a reason I don't like reading short stories and it is because they are over too soon. I started the story barely two hours ago and after a long pause it's already over.

Like I said it was good and it's worth reading... There is a bit of info on Bones so that's cool.

I don't know, there is noting more to say because it was short but you should read it if your a fan of the Night Huntress series.



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I also wanted to say "Hello" and "Thank you" to my new followers. I really appreciate you following my blog.  Hopefully soon I'll be able to show you how much but for now I still can't.
Thanks again and I hope you stick around and leave some comments if you want... I love those!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Official The Hunger Games Movie Trailer

First off here is the amazing trailer to the movie:


And now... To all of you who haven't read the books, you can even begin to imagine what I'm feeling right now, watching the trailer over and over again. It hurts because I know what will happen and because I love those characters and reading the book I felt everything they were feeling. Suzzane Collins is a brilliant author and I respect her because her books are indescribable.
I can't wait for it to come out thought... I miss Katniss and seeing her story one more time will either make things better or worse... We'll see which in March!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Giveaway on another blog...

Hey guys, just a quick stop to tell you about this awesome HUGE giveaway I just found... So here's how it works:
The prize is going to be at least 20$ worth of books from the Book Depository, the thing is, though, that with every 50 new followers the the prize will increase by 10$.
The giveaway is international since it's from the book depository and it'll end on December 25th. The amount that the winner will win depends on how many followers the blog has by that time...Here's the list of prizez:
Starting Amount: $20 Towards the Book Depository (Guaranteed)
200 Followers: $30 Towards the Book Depository
250 Followers: $40 Towards the Book Depository
300 Followers: $50 Towards the Book Depository
350 Followers: $60 Towards the Book Depository
400 Followers: $70 Towards the Book Depository
450 Followers: $80 Towards the Book Depository
500 Followers: $90 Towards the Book Depository
550 Followers: $100 Towards the Book Depository
 
There is one more prize but for that and for more info, plus the entry form visit Justin's Book Blog!

Review: Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1) by Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Goodreads summary:
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?  ...

for the full description click here.

You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My thoughts

Before I start my review I want to tell you that I don't like zombies. At least not the ones that are occasionally after you to eat you alive... I get scared from zombie movies and I don't watch or read about them.



This book was an exception because I read the description and it wasn't so scary plus I really liked the cover...First time I saw it I just stared at it. The cover is gorgeous..so, so beautiful. I choose to win this book and I started it almost immediately after I received it.


It was an amazing, compelling love story combined with sane zombies, crazy zombies and super strange new technologies that just pull you in their world and don't release their hold of you until you're finished!

I loved it!

I give it four stars because there were some flaws but I am already counting the days 'till the next book in the series comes out.

there might be slight spoilers from now on(not something big but I might have slipped a few times with some detail...)


First thing that I didn't like was all the different characters and settings there were in the book. There are so many P.O.V. that it's confusing at times if you've forgotten a name of a character and you need to read a little to remember who this person/zombie was...


And the other thing is that the beginning was a little slow. Not boring slow, just not in the pace I would have liked it to be. Not in the pace it was in the end.


Other than those two things, the book was amazing.

The characters and the setting took some getting used too, because it's a new world and the people are acting different, and things that might have bugged me if happen now in our world are actually normal stuff and behavior for their world...


It is an entirely different world, that Lia Habel has created. The technologies are improved, the way people live is strange and this is all a post apocalyptic future.

It's impressive!


And then there are the zombies, Company Z, the Laz... so many detail about how this disease was created and how it was spread. It's interesting and compelling. I really didn't want it to end.


The characters are complex and well build. Strength wise, that is... some of them are zombies after all and what is a zombie without a missing eye or a leg, or even a head separated from the body(oh you'll see...).


I liked the fact that Nora wasn't the little spoiled girl some of the New Victorian teenagers were. She is intelligent and stubborn but not in an arrogant way. And what I liked the most was that she's not the pretty little innocent girl she's expected to be. Gotta love a little rebel in a book.


And then there's Bram... I don't know what to say for him.... There's one sentence on the book cover that describes him the best.. "..Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble... and dead."

Lovely don't you think... The combo is perfect and he's great. You just give it time to tune it to the book and you won't even notice he's actually a zombie.


Ohh, I will stop here or I'll tell you something that will spoil the fun of reading the book and that's not acceptable...

It's a must read for everyone!!!!



This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 7.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #4 (December 2011 - February 2012)



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2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge

This year I decided to do something different and since I haven't entered any Reading Challenges before, I decided that this year I would... As you can see I've entered two so far and today I'm signing up for a third. It's a YA reading challenge and the rules are pretty simple... There are four levels and it'll run from January 1s- December 31st 2012... I'll be entering on The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels, because I won't be able to read so much next year, but I could always move a level up if I finish this too yearly in the year... The rules, the levels and the sign up link you can find when you click on the picture below:




Friday, November 11, 2011

Giveaway on another blog...

Hey, guys....
So I found this giveaway today and I just had to share. It's a LC's 1000 followers giveaway and the prizes are awesome. There are a few prize packs to chose from and there are going to be 2 winners.. First will win all 3 books from the prize pack and the second will get to choose 1 book from a prize pack... It's international, as long as the Book Depository ships free to your country, and it'll run 'til December 1st. There are up to 24 entries for this giveaway and only one is mandatory..
It's really cool giveaway so go to this blog post:

to enter and leave a comment to congratulate the blog owner...To enter the giveaway scroll to the end of the post and there you'll find a link to the entry form.
That's it for now..
Marti

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2012 Vampire Reading Challenge

Hi guys... So I decided to join the 2012 Vampire Reading Challenge. It shouldn't be hard to complete it since I'm reading mostly vampire books...





The 2012 Vampire Reading Challenge is being hosted by Tales from the Crypt.

Here are the rules and the levels to the challenge copied from Tales from the Crypt:

Rules:
  • Starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
  • Non-Bloggers feel free to share your list of books in the comment section of the monthly link up post.
  • Reviews though not required are always nice.
  • Audio, E-books, Bound and re-reads all count
  • There is no need to come up with your list of books in advance.
  • Challenge crossovers ok
  • Create a sign up post and link up in the linky below.
Levels:
Level 1 – Read 1-5 Vampire Novels
Level 2 – Read 6-10 Vampire Novels
Level 3 – Read 11-20 Vampire Novels
Level 4 – Read 21+ Vampire Novels

Go to this link, or the picture above to join the challenge... I am going to try Level 2 since it's going to be a busy year next year but I could always upgrade...

I am going to update this post with every book I read (and maybe a link to my review of it if there is any).

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review: This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost 

Danger waits on both sides of the grave.
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .
With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

You can purchase the book from: The Book Depository.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
 My thoughts( I wasn't in a mood to finish the book and the review turned out to be random thoughts that escaped my mind so excuse me if it doesn't make sense... THE BOOK IS AWESOME, just if it's not clear after you read the review...)

I have no words to describe this one guys. It was amazing on a whole different level. It was... no I really don't have words to describe it.

I am barely sitting in my chair, I want to jump up and down from excitement over the last few chapters and after reading part of the first chapter of the next book.

The worst part is that I don't have the next book and I don't know when I'll be able to get it.

So back to This Side of the Grave...

It's following the events after Eternal Kiss of Darknes(NHW #2) and it's back to Cat's point of view. We get to see how one more enemy raises hell for Cat and Bones.

But there was more and different powers at play here. Cat is proving that her powers are more useful that she's imagined. At some point she made some discoveries about herself. She let go of all the walls she's build around herself protecting her from the damage, of losing someone she loves, will bring. She also discovered that harsh actions can protect you and everyone around you in the future...

It's really not as much the action in the book that captivate me. It was all the thinking Cat did in this book. There was plenty of action, believe me there was a lot... and passion and love and affection. But there was moments when she'll just start thinking for Bones and for how open he is for his feelings and how he doesn't care what anyone else thinks as long as she's happy... It's those moments that made me love this book so much.

Cat is incredibly strong and passionate and she fights with all her power to protect everyone she loves.

She and Bones were in different states for a while and she spent some time with Vlad( ooh I love this guy) and Mencheres, so we got to see a lot of them, too. It was fine buy me, after the Mencheres's book I got to know him and it is really great to see him there protecting his and Bones's line... and Vlad is just a pleasure to be around if he's not pissed at you so I was really happy to see him again.



Oh I'm just blabbing here so I'll stop now. There isn't a lot I can tell without spoiling the fun of reading the book. You should know that it's awesome and I loved every part of it. It's just as compelling as the rest of the books and I can't begin to tell you how much you're missing if you haven't read them.


As I said I wasn't up to finish the book tonight but I did anyway and the words just escaped me. I couldn't summon up enough of my English knowledge and tried my best(not that I could find words in my native language either...) but it just didn't work... I know that I could've just left the reviewing for later but school is hard on me and I'm not sure if I was going to find the time... So yeah sorry for this one. I'll try and do the next one a little better....
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I saw that I have a few more followers so I just wanted to thank you guys. It means a lot to me that you follow my blog!

Giveaway on another blog...

Now I really love it when I sign myself for email notifications for the blogs I follow. Through one of those emails this morning I found an awesome giveaway at The Bookish Type. It's really great 1500 followers giveaway.


The giveaway is international as long as the Book Depository ships to your country, and it'll end on November 11th.
Three winners will get to chose a book from this three:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


They are awesome guys. I haven't read any of them but they must be...everyone says they are. So go ahead and enter the contest. Click on the picture to go to the giveaway post:




Saturday, November 5, 2011

2012 Ebook Reading Challenge...

Ok so I've decided to join the 2012 Ebook Reading Challenge. I've been thinking of joining any challenge but I wasn't sure if I'll have the time or the resources to buy new books( but the time was the bigger problem since the library at school has a lot of awesome books to read).... This helps with the second problem because I have a ton of unread ebooks waiting for me to get to them. Now I have an excuse to do that...
I am going to join the challenge for CD(10 ebooks) and I'll probably go up if I menage to do this in time...
Here, I'll copy/paste the Rules for those who want to know more and I'll give you a link for the sign-up post...

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Anyone can join, you don't need to be a blogger. If you don't have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.



And the link is:


I will be linking the post to my review of every e-book I read, here:
1.Glass Houses (The Morganville... (Finished on Jan 2nd.)
2.The Dead Girls' Dance (The Mor... The Dead Girls' Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) (Finished on Jan 3rd)
3.Midnight Alley (The Morganvill... Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires #3) (Finished on Jan 5th)
4.Feast of Fools (The Morganvill... Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires #4) (Finished on Jan 6th)
5.Lord of Misrule (Morganville V... Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires #5) (Finished on Jan 8th)
6.Carpe Corpus (The Morganville... Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires #6) (Finished on Jan 12th)
7.Fade Out (The Morganville Vamp... Fade Out (The Morganville Vampires #7) (Finished on Jan 14th)
8.Kiss Of Death (The Morganville... Kiss Of Death (The Morganville Vampires #8) (Finished on Jan 16th)
9.Ghost Town (The Morganville Va... Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires #9) (Finished on Jan 21st)
10.Bite Club (The Morganville Vam... Bite Club (The Morganville Vampires #10) (Finished on Jan 24th)

These are my 10 books so I think I'll go up a level, which means next stop DVD - 25 ebooks. I'll keep posting links to my review here: