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!

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.

 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.

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)

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