Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (28)

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

Adult Pick:

First Published: August 20th 2012
Synopsis(from Goodreads): 
It's been twelve years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved.

Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both fourteen.

Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect. Only, there’s a complication to their instant feelings for one another – Will, Tru’s boyfriend of two years.

Then Jake makes Tru a job offer she can't refuse - travelling the world with him and his band. But taking the job means leaving Will behind, and being on the road with the band means spending an inordinate amount of time with Jake.

Is Tru strong enough to resist the delectable bad boy who once held her heart so completely, or will she willingly risk it all for one night with the worlds most notorious womanizer?
I know this one is already out but I don't have the finances to buy it right now. I actually just heard about it today and I read the EXCERPT and I love the sound of it so I can't wait to get my hands on it now. The cover looks so good too.

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YA Picks:

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by
Expected Publication:  February 19th 2013
HarperTeen


Synopsis(from Goodreads):
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.
Really like the sound of this one and I would love to get my hands on it when it comes out. I can't wait for the book to come out. It sounds very interesting.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

YA Review: Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

This book is suitable for Young Adult readers!!!

Goodread summary: 
What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death--and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.



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I apologize  but there are a few spoilers in my review!
This book was definitely something.... I really don't know how to explain it. It was just so ... amazing.
I'm usually reading books that include at least one supernatural creature but this one was strictly about humans... the only strange things was that the story developed in seven days, well actually one day that was repeated seven times...
Each day Samantha 'Sam' Kingston had to face the same events and she tried to make things right, but with each day, something else went wrong and she kept waking up to the same day, Valentines Day...
What I love most about the book is how much Sam changed. You know how some seemingly shallow characters become more down to earth and nice and all that... well Sam had seven days to perfect her new attitude and she did a beautiful job of it. She started to see her own mistakes, she started to ask questions that are usually a tabu, she started to look at things differently and that helped her realize just who she has to be, for this nightmare to stop.
I was truly sad to read the ending because I didn't see it coming. I thought it would be a happy ending because she got it right, she did what she was supposed to, so when the ending came and the events unraveled, I was surprised by them and like I already said, I was really sad about it.
Sam was this shallow girl, who's world revolved around her school activities and by that I mean, the time spent with her friends and with her boyfriend. She showed us the inside of the cool kids' group and even thought it seemed perfect from the outside, things weren't so pretty once you get to know the group.
Each and every one of Sam's friends had a problem of them own and Sam got to witness different sides of them.
A lot of people told me that this book was good and I was really excited to read it. I didn't finish it on one sitting but I definitely liked it very much. It was interesting, intriguing and very surprising. I never knew what to expect even thought it was the same day repeating over and over again. There was always something new happening, there were always twists and turns that nobody, even Sam, expected...
It was really good. I really liked the way the book was written and now I'm thinking to read another one of Oliver's books(Delirium)
 I give it:

Here's the cover of the book in my country:

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Random post

Sorry guys,
I've been away this week and I missed all my posts. I just had a rough week and things are just starting to settle down.. I'll be returning back to my schedule now and I hope everything runs smoothly from now on.
So yeah, that's pretty much it for now. I have a review for you coming tomorrow so I hope you stop by and comment..



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (27)

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

  Crash (Visions #1) by Lisa McMann
Expected Publication:  January 8th 2013
Simon Pulse

Synopsis(from Goodreads):
If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
I've seen this one literally everywhere and I would love to get my hands on it when it comes out. The book sounds so interesting and I can't wait.

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Entwined with you (Crossfire, #3) by Sylvia Day
Expected Publication:  February 28th 2013
Penguin UK



Synopsis(from Goodreads):
The third book in the New York Times bestselling Crossfire Trilogy following Bared to You and Reflected in You!

-Will Entwined with You be the last book in Crossfire Trilogy?

Well… as I’m still writing Entwined with You I can’t say for sure. Crossfire is supposed to be a trilogy and if everything works out, it still will be. But Gideon has a lot to work through, and after all he and Eva have endured to reach their happy ending I don’t want to rush it. So if it’s best, I’ll write a fourth installment. But I won’t unnecessarily drag the story out beyond its natural end.
I am a huge fan of the Crossfire series and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I just finished reading Reflected in you (view my review here.) and I absolutely loved it. I just can't wait to see what happens next.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

YA Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead

This book is suitable for Young Adult readers!!!
Goodread summary:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

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I didn't know just how many details from Bloodlines I had forgotten until I started reading The Golden Lily. I had completely forgotten about some of the facts and some things were blurry. I should have stopped reading book two and gone back to re-read book one but I didn't and I got through it somehow...
Anyway, even though I was confused about some stuff I still could recognize Richelle Mead's writing and how interesting her stories can get. I just love her as an author and I'm a huge fan of her work so it was a pleasure reading this one.
It was definitely an interesting read. There were always problems for Sydney to deal with, there was drama, romance, fights and a lot of funny moments even in the midst of all the trouble.
As an alchemist, Sydney gives us a very different perspective into the vampire world around her and this is all valuable information because for those of us who have read VA series, we know Rose's P.O.V but Rose isn't human...
Anyway, even though Sydney's believes have been drilled into her since she was a child and all those barriers she has put around her are almost impossible to break down, this crazy bunch around her, that she has to help protect, somehow warmed their way into her heart and she is left with a lot of conflicted feelings.
The position she's in is very difficult and I could see and understand why she was so determined to keep certain things away at arms length but I could also sense how unsure she was, she was beginning to doubt herself and her loyalties and that always made her go on autopilot and she would shut off.
It was definitely a complicated story to live but it was pretty easy to follow. I, once again, found myself lost into this world and I enjoyed reading the book so much.
It brought some awesome memories back and I absolutely loved it.
We are pretty familiar with the world the characters live in and there's always the possibility for things to get boring but that's not the case with this one. Even though it 8th book in the VA world there are a lot of new aspects to be considered. There are new villains. Strigois are the ultimate evil but the story here takes place in Palm Springs so there aren't many of them there...
But like I said, there are lots of new villains to fight off, some of them we already knew about.
I really enjoyed reading The Golden Lily and I can't wait to get my hands on Book 3.

 I give it:

Here are the other cover I found:
The second cover is the one from my country.
 
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Guest Post with Dr Lesley Phillips

Meditation and a Few Simple Tricks to Capture the Present Moment


You are spirit and you exist outside of time and space.

I realize I might have shocked you with that statement; you might be looking at your latte and your laptop and thinking what strange new drug is this woman smoking, but humor me by accepting this for now and keep on reading…

You are not your physical body, but an eternal spiritual being of love and light.
Yes that’s right. You created a body for some fun and expansive experiences in physical reality. The trouble is you keep forgetting where you left that body. Lucky for you it’s capable of keeping things running for a while without you.

Come on admit it, you’ve had that experience, where you got in your car to go somewhere, then arrived at your destination with no recall of what happened in between.

What happened is you were off in dreamland and you left your body on autopilot.

As an eternal spiritual being you can be anywhere in an instant.

You can be in the past, present, or future. You can be with your body in Boston or your dreams in Hawaii. When you worry about the future, you actually are in the future and when you obsess about the past, you actually can be in the past.

I say what’s the point of that? You’re missing the best part. That is the part where you get to be powerful, and playful, and creative, and ride the emotional roller coaster that we call life.

What is more your poor body, which can only be in the “here and now” is either frightened because it can’t join you in the future and it doesn’t know what to expect, or depressed because it can’t go into the past with you and change anything that happened.

So what can you do to focus your attention into the present moment?

There are many practices that can help you. Because the body is always in the now, anything that puts your attention on the body draws you into the present moment.

Exercise, focusing on the breath, being mindful of your thoughts and actions and using the five senses to draw you in are all really useful techniques that will help you to do this.

As I teach meditation, I thought I would focus this article on how meditation can help.

Meditation brings you into the now.
Meditation can help ground you, the high vibration spiritual being, into physical reality. It can help connect you with your physical body, and because the body is already present then you will be too.

One very simple, yet powerful meditation technique that you can use for this is called grounding. This is where you visualize a flow of energy that goes from an energy center that exists near the base of your spine (first chakra) all the way to the center of the earth.

It functions like an electrical grounding and allows that high energy vibration to make a connection with the physical world, which is much denser and slower.

Try it – I guarantee it will work. You can even visualize the energy flow as though it was a laser beam, waterfall, tree trunk or any other image that helps you make this connection.

Once you are doing this grounding visualization, tune into you body and see how it is responding to your presence.

Meditation puts you in charge of your reality.

Many people feel discomfort when they first start meditating. This is because they have stored unpleasant things inside their bodies, while they were off gallivanting around the universe.

As you ground and become more present, you may notice your back aches, or your shoulders are tense, or you have some very unpleasant emotions that you would rather not acknowledge.

The temptation is to run away again. What self respecting spirit, would want to hang out there! The trick is to stay and use meditation techniques to let go of these unwanted energies.

This is easy to do using the grounding technique described above. As you become consciously aware of an energy you would like to let go of, you simply allow it to flow down your grounding chord into the center of the earth.


Meditation helps you see what is.

A second meditation technique that also helps you enter the present moment is called centering. I teach people to place their consciousness in the center of their head. This is in another energy center (sixth chakra) and is also the location of the pineal gland.

Centering not only pulls you into your physical body, but it also brings you to a place, where you can see clearly. The center of your head is a place where you can view your creations from a neutral, non judgmental perspective.
So if you have stored some unpleasantness in your body, you will be better able to cope and less likely to leave; as you will be above your emotions and aside from your intellect.

When you are grounded and centered you are fully present and can see what is. Instead of the lies that many people and the culture at large wish to propagate. You can decide what is right for you, and you can work with your body to make it a comfortable and harmonious ride for both of you.

Meditation puts you in the drivers’ seat of your life.

Now you can decide how to get from A to B and what places you will visit in between and you can be fully present to enjoy the ride of your life.

By Dr Lesley Phillips
Twitter: @DrLesleyP

Dr Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her book “The Midas Tree” - a spiritual adventure novel that also teaches meditation - will be published on November 11th 2012.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Adult Review: Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2) by Sylvia Day

This book is suitable for Adult readers ONLY!!!
Goodread summary:
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…



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I seriously don't know what to say about this book. Right now I'm still trying to comprehend what the hell just happened. That ending, I did not expect.
I absolutely loved book one so by the time I finally got my copy of Reflected in you I was ready to explode. And then it was a struggle to not read it on one sitting. I deliberately stopped myself from reading more and I was really trying to stay away... But as the story progressed I just couldn't stop. There was always something happening. Always some issue to be dealt with by one or all of the characters. There was always a problem with Gideon and Eva's relationship, no matter how good it would get.
I really don't want to tell you anything significant about the story because it was a pleasure to read it without knowing what's coming. It was so exciting to bury myself in their world, so deep that you could lose yourself in it. I was loving every second of the time I read this one.
Needless to say, all the characters were put through hell all through the book and Eva and Gideon had a lot of progress in dealing with their problems and everything else the world brought them. I was delighted to read about their encounters and it was so fun when they were happy. But also, I would feel their pain whenever things went south. I don't know if it's the writing or just the story but I felt everything these characters felt, so strong. It hurt so much when Eva was in pain, it hurt so much to see Cary after his accident, but also it felt so wonderful to read of Gideon and Eva when they were happy, and there were quite a few such moments.
I loved how their relationship developed. It was such a mess in the beginning, both of them having so much baggage from their past, so much insecurities. It was a long bumpy road until they were able trust each other but these two were determined and they made it. It was lovely to see the day Eva knew for a fact that Gideon is not going to cheat on her, or the day she faced the people that had hurt him. It was truly beautiful.
After all the fights, the sex (oh the sex scenes were to die for, something you just have to read), the good calm time they spent together, they just learned to trust each other even if they didn't like the rumors.
Book one was all about Eva's problems, and by that I mean that in Bared to you we got to find out what happened to Eva in her past and all that, but we never learned anything significant about Gideon's demons. We knew that he was screwed up on a high level but, oh boy, you guys have no idea. In this book we finally get to read what happened to him and it was awful. I really wanted to cry for him, but what I loved most in that scene was Eva's reaction. She knew what it was like to be violated, she related to him, and she was there for him 100%. It was beautiful scene!
I really didn't expect the ending the way it was. Don't think it was some huge cliffhanger or anything, quite the opposite actually, it felt complete and finished and well though of but just shocking.
I knew Gideon was capable and willing to do anything to keep Eva safe but that one surprised me.
I'm a firm believer that a relationship like that is not healthy and I feel bad for everyone who is so dependent on their significant others but the way the book was written, the way the story developed... I lost focus on my dislike of Gideon's complete control. I would catch myself disagreeing with something Eva just let go but I would forget it almost immediately...
I really loved this one guys. I'm sad it's over but I'm so excited about book three and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on it.

 I give it:

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (26)

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

Expected Publication:  March 12th 2013
Entangled Teen








Synopsis(from Goodreads):
He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.
Oh, just look at this book. It looks and sounds yummy and I absolutely cant' wait to get my hands on it. I really like the sound of the summary and I would love to read it. Plus I've seen it round the blogsphere every week, and I decided it was time to feature it here.

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Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter
Expected Publication: February 5th 2013
Bloomsbury





Synopsis(from Goodreads):
When Evelyn decided to piss off her parents with a bad reputation, she wasn't planning to ruin her valedictorian status. She also wasn't planning to fall for Todd-the guy she was just using for sex. And she definitely wasn't planning on getting pregnant. When Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn's not sure where to go. Can a distant mother, a cheating father, an angry best friend, and a (thankfully) loving aunt with adopted daughters of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow? With the popularity of Juno, Teen Mom, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, this novel has a built-in audience. Gripping, heartfelt, and responsible, Me, Him, Them, and It is not to be missed!
I've seen seen this one a couple of times on WOW post and I really like the sound of the book. It's Mature YA and I've really enjoyed books from that genre so I would love to give this one a try when it comes out.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

YA Review: Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1) by Lili St. Crow

This book is suitable for Young Adult readers!!!
Goodread summary:
In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?


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I love reading series but first books are always hard to read. The beginning is often messy, and you could get lost in the story. This was the case with this one.
I have first books because, I don't know anything. No background, no information only a scene with unknown character. All you're left to do is read along and hope, things clear up sooner.
In Strange angels we get to meet Dru, while she was in class. No idea about her world and her way of life. In that first few chapters though things became clearer and then it all went to hell for Dru.
Usually it's not this early in the story when the main character would have to face something hard, but Dru had to face the world on her own pretty quickly and she had to go through some pretty awful stuff. It sucked to be her.
Her dad thought her well and all, she knew the basics of what she had to do but she wasn't prepared for what happened. In a day, everything went to hell and she was left to fend for herself and her new friend Graves.
It's strange how quickly these two had to learn to deal with each-other. Not that they had a choice if they wanted to survive but it was still impressive.
Dru also had to face the fact that she was pretty much in the dark about the most important things that involved her. When Christophe came along, he had a lot to teach Dru and it was a pretty interesting to watch these two communicate.
Dru Anderson is not a girl that trusts people easily so when Chris showed up and he knew so much more than she did, she had a hard time letting him in and trusting him but their relationship is far from done so there's a lot more to come.
I really liked this one. It was kind of original and it has a new take on the whole vampire-werewolf world and it was a very interesting read. I originally read it a while back but I'm re-reading it now and I still find it interesting.
So yeah, I really liked this one and I would love to read book two.

 I give it:


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