Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday(4)

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


 The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Expected publication: June 12th 2012
Razorbill

Synopsis:
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

I absolutely love Richelle Mead's work. Her Vampire Academy series is my all time favorite in the genre! I still catch myself thinking of Rose and Dimitri and the whole world Mead has created. I also loved Bloodlines. It wasn't quite as good as VA series but it's a first book in a spin-off series so it was pretty good anyway! I was happy to have a taste of the VA world even though I missed Rose and her amazing personality.
Anyway. I can't wait for The Golden Lily to come out. I can't wait to dive in, head first in the story again!

For those of you who don't know about Richelle Mead's work, here are the vampire related books:

The first book in the spin-off series Bloodlines:

And here is the original series about the moroi, strigoi and dhampirs- Vampire Academy:











The author has two more book series but I've read only one of them. It's the Dark Swan series and
Georgina Kincaid Series. I've read the books about Georgie and they are amazing. If you haven't already, you should check Richelle Mead's work.


You could see my reviews of some of her books here!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) by Jamie McGuire

Goodread summary:
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Beautiful Disaster is the most addictive book I've read in a while. I still go back to a random page and start reading from there... I was so not ready for the story to end.
It also is the book with the most accurate book title. I couldn't describe it better.
Abby and Travis are a big messy, beautiful disaster. Their relationship is so intense and crazy at times.. They both love each other very much, but Abby's past is holding her back, She is too afraid to jump in the incredible world Trav has to offer but at times it's too hard to stay away.
Their brake-ups and then the making-ups kept me at the edge of my seat and everything was so intense that when I was away from the book I felt like I'll go crazy. I literally couldn't stop thinking about it and even now(a few weeks after finishing it) I go back and think about what their lives would be after the ending...
It was an incredible read. Jamie McGuire has written such a beautiful book that it easily jumped in my Top 5 favorites( that aren't fantasy!... actually there the book is at the top of the list)
I absolutely loved every single second with the characters. They were built so well and it was so obvious that they were a match made it heaven, well it was obvious to everyone except Abby or as Trav calls her- Pigeon. Poor thing really, she was the last one to realize that Travis is in love with her..
Yes, Travis could be a little overprotective and possessive at times but he's not used to having a girlfriend, or wanting to have one that it makes him go crazy when Abby gets too much attention.
As they struggled to be together there were sad moments at times but then everything was good again. I just love this book so, so much.
I want to read more about them( unfortunately the author said that there wont be a sequel to the book but there will be a book about the story from Travis' POV... and something else...). Their lives just begin and for me it'll be so interesting to see what happens next but that will be left for our imaginations.
When I finished the book I was like an addict out of drugs and the feeling is awful, until I open the book to a random page and start reading again. I did it for a week after finishing the book and I was as excited to read it as I was the first time.
This is a unique book that I recommend to everyone who enjoys reading about college students, alcohol and fights..(yeah I know it's not the best publicity but I loved it) and crazy relationships... And the title says it all!

Beautiful Disaster!

 I give it:
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Here is a second cover:

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: Divergent (Divergent trilogy, #1) by Veronica Roth

Summary from the author's site:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

OH MY GOD!
This book is incredible. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started it but everywhere I looked there were 5 stars reviews of the book. I didn't read any of them because I didn't want any spoilers and decided to believe the hundreds of people that loved it! I wanted to find on my own just how good it is and what all the noise was about and let me tell you, it was worth it. There is no other book like this one!
I was pretty lost at the beginning, stepping into a completely new world. It took some getting used to and I'm still figuring out some things but everything else is so freaking awesome!!!
Beatris is a sixteen year old girl from the faction Abrigation. Yeah, I didn't know what that meant either...
All her life she ties to be selfless and she almost always is, but there are times that she is fighting her faction ant that's not good. Not good at all, when all she is not supposed to think of herself.
When the Choosing Day comes, Beatris has to make a very important decision which she'll have to live with for the rest of her life.
Is she selfless enough to remain at Abregation, with her family, or is she destined for another faction.
Tris(the name she chooses for herself after the Choosing Day) is different than most people. She is Divergent, but even she doesn't know what exactly Divergent is. All she knows is that she must keep it to herself or she won't last long in her new faction.
Over the few months she spends at the Dauntless compound she learns to fight, to control her fears and to be brace. Her life changes and so does she.
I really enjoyed reading this books. It's something different than your average young adult book and even tough it's fiction there is something quite real to it. I found it incredibly compelling.
As I got to know Tris and everyone around her(especially Four <3) I grew to love her friends and to hate her enemies. I experienced something amazing while reading the book and I can't believe that I've waited so long to read it.
The world that Veronica Roth has created is unbelievable and amazing... I still can't wrap my brain around it but I love it.
In the end I was so shocked by what happened. I feel like my heart broke in a hundred peaces and the only way it's going to heal is if I read more of the story. I just can't wait to get my hands on book two- Insurgent. If it's even a bit as good as this one, then I'll definitely fall in love with it too!
I'll finish now because if I continue I'll start ranting about random parts that stick out in my mind and that will just be too confusing to those who haven't read the book.
Know this though, there is a very good reason that the book is a best-seller and has won so many book awards already. It is incredible!

 I give it:
You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

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And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website



See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday(3)

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


 Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
Expected publication: June 26th 2012
Avon

Synopsis:
She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

I absolutely love Jeaniene Frost's work. I love her Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress world and Vlad is one of my absolute favorites after Cat and Bones. I was so happy to hear that there's going to be a story just for him! It's amazing. I can't wait for the book comes out!
If you're interested in this story and want to get to know Vlad a little better before this book comes out you might want to check Jeaniene's work: (for more information on the books and the author click on any of  the pictures below)
~Here are the first 6 books form the main story about Cat and Bones:









And here are the two books from the spin-off series Night Huntress World:
 
You could also see my reviews of all the books here.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: Unbelievable (Pretty little liars, #4) by Sara Shepard

Goodreads summary: 
Behind Rosewood's grand facades, where the air smells like apples and Chanel No. 5 and infinity pools sparkle in landscaped backyards, nothing is as it seems. It was here, back in seventh grade, that five best friends shared everything--Seven jeans, MAC makeup, and their deepest, darkest secrets. For Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily, it was a dream come true . . . until Alison, the most beautiful of them all, suddenly vanished.
Now someone named A has turned their charmed lives into a living nightmare. Emily has been shipped off to her hyper-conservative cousins in Iowa. Aria is stuck living with her dad and his home-wrecker girlfriend. And Spencer fears she had something to do with Alison's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse than all of that--she's clinging to life in the hospital, because "she knew too much."
With A's threats turning dangerous and Ali's killer still on the loose, the girls must uncover the truth--about A, about Ali, and about what happened to Hanna--before they become A's next victims. But as they unravel Rosewood's mysteries and secrets, will it bring an end to the horror . . . or is this just the beginning?

Book 4 was even better than the previous books. There is so much going on here and so many secrets are revealed.
With the previous book ending the way it did it I was expecting that this one will start with Hanna. It was crazy to read about her after the accident. The chapters with her POV were quite interesting, while she was still in coma. Her dreams took her to strange places. Of course when she woke up she had no recollection of what happened the night of the accident and who A is.
Pretty much the whole book we were in the dark about A but there is a lot of action.
Oh it's hard to talk about it without revealing too much.
A got active toward the end of the book and that's when Aria cave in. She gave up the secret but guess what, she didn't know the half of it.
I realized that all the girls are clueless as to how much Aly hid from them. As more time passed I begin to wonder how did a 16 year old girl manipulated everyone around her so well. She adjusted every situation to benefit from it. Let's just say that A is not the first person to put a leash on the girl' neck and make them jump trough hoops, the just didn't know it when Ali was around.
If you guys read the book you'll see what I mean...
Mona said some interesting stuff that got me thinking just how many secrets did Ali have...
Everything from now on is new to me and I really look forward to reading the next book!

 I give it:
 
You can find the book on Goodreads,

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

In my mailbox(2)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

 I didn't win anything and I didn't buy any books this week but I did borrow one from the library!

I borrowed

The picture above is the book cover most people get to see and the picture below is the pretty cover I get to look at when I'm not completely lost in the amazing story behind it!

So that's it. It's just one book but it's a pretty great book and I still have books on my shelf waiting for my attention. What did you get in your mailbox this week?
Leave a comment with your IMM post and I'll visit!

Until the next time,
 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Torn (Trylle Trilogy, #2) by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads summary:
When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story… She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction. Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds. As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

Oh I loved this one.
Torn is the second book in the Trylle trilogy and it was an amazing. There were some silly moments, which were too unbelievable and they stood out but even that didn't stop me from reading the book so fast.
I love reading about Wendy. She is still fighting for everything and everyone she loves, but she is doing it while she learns to be someone else completely.
Wendy the out-of-place human is completely different person than Wendy the Princes and the future Queen. She is suppose to fit into this world that is so demanding and incredibly weird.
So after she ran away in book one the second book starts pretty much from where the previous left of. Of course it wasn't long before someone showed up to collect her but nothing went as planned and Wendy found herself locked in a dungeon with Mat and Rhys and this gorgeous guy was holding her hostage.
I enjoyed reading about Loki. For those who had the new releases of the books, they know Loki from the short story included in the book. That's when we met him for the fist time. Now trough Wendy's eyes we got to really see him and get to know him a little better.
He is definitely not like Finn and that and who handsome he was, were the most compelling parts about him. He is easygoing, charming, grins at every single joke he makes... But there's so much more to him. He is someone worth getting to know and maybe under different circumstances Wendy would have though the same thing but now it wasn't the time.
Anyway, I got carried away... After some time the Trylle got their Princess back but everything that happened then was so crazy.. I don't think I would have survived the pressure and imagine what Wendy must've felt like.
The story was amazing. I loved the little fights between Wendy and Finn, the moments with Loki around, I was pissed at some characters and fascinated by others. It was a mix of funny, sad and complicated all at once and it was an incredible book to read.
I can not wait to get my hands on book three so I could see what happens next.
My advice to those who haven't read the trilogy yet is to go look it up and if not buy it then borrow it from someone because it is really great!

I give it:
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Books in the series:
                     Book 1                                                 Book 3

Until the next time,

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

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


 Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Expected publication: July 10th 2012
Viking Adult

Synopsis:
"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

I absolutely loved A Discovery of Witches. It was incredible. I loved everything about it and I can't wait for Shadow of Night.  Here's the other cover:









Until the next time,

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Need (Need, #1) by Carrie Jones

Goodreads summary:
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now. She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara. In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

I loved it. It was different and it was funny and there were some serious parts but even then the sarcasm from the main heroine was enough to make me laugh.
It was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it but it's one of those reads that suck you in while you read them but then when you think about it you start seeing the flaws.
There are not that many flaws here but the main heroine, Zara, she is a little too trusting and she accepts everything that is thrown at her and for me that was a little too much bravery. You ought to be at least stunned to find out half the things that she did and she believed everything!
That was part of her charm though and it worked for the book.
The pace at times was a little bit too fast and some parts the characters just sped through to the next challenge.
I don't know. I don't want to over-think it. I loved the book while I was reading it and there were some pretty badass characters(Nick! ... sighs...yeah I loved seeing him!!!!) and it was interesting.
It was easy book to read, silly at times but what can you expect when the Zara's grandmother is a were-tiger... It's hilarious..
Like I said, I loved it. And you actually can learn a lot about phobias. I mean, every chapter instead of a number it's a type of phobia. And Zara recites them in her mind to calm herself down so there's a lot of them going around!
I liked the side characters even though we don't learn all that much about them but it's normal. Zara just met them too and she started trusting them pretty easily so they must be good.
There were some unexpected twists but there were some that I just saw coming(it was pretty obvious really...).
Ok that's it. I really liked it and it's a great book to read in your free time or before you go to bed.. 

I give it: 

You can find the book on Goodreads

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This book is also part of a three months challenge I participate in Goodreads. It's my number 3.
Here's a link to it if you want to join too, you still can: Quarterly Challenge #5 (March 2012 - May 2012).
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