Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review: Clash (Crash #2) by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: September 1, 2012
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"The only easy thing about Jude and Lucy’s relationship is their love for one another. Everything else is hard.

Especially when it comes to reining in Jude’s trigger touch temper and Lucy’s increasing jealousy of Jude’s Spirit Sister on the cheer squad who’s attached herself to him in just about every way a girl could. Feeling the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while becoming the foremost dancer in her class, Lucy knows something’s going to break. She wants both. She needs both. But if she doesn’t make a choice, she risks losing everything.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love might be the thing that just isn’t enough."



My Thoughts:

Whoa! Clash is an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end, but it is also an absolutely amazing read! Clash will break your heart into itty bitty pieces on numerous occasions, but I promise you that the tough road is worth it in the end. I was an absolute wreck while reading this book and I need to send a special thanks to Magen @ Corrie The Book Crazed Girl for talking me down numerous times and promising me that the pain would be worth it. I believe I was holding her personally responsible for my mental well-being at one point. I also need to thank Momo @ Books Over Boys for understanding my pain and helping me through. Then one last thanks to the wonderful Nicole Williams for holding my virtual hand through it! These guys kept me sane when this book tore me apart!

I’m not going to lie, I kind of hated Lucy for the majority of the book. She is lucky that the ending was worth it; otherwise I would have reached inside the book and broke her point shoes. She was just incredibly indecisive and very hypocritical. I thought that she freaked out more than was necessary towards the end of the book. She created something out of nothing and was only looking at the worst in herself. She goes from never giving up on Jude because he needs her to basically turning her back on him. Thank goodness Mommy was there with some words of wisdom (who would have thought that would happen?). Even though Lucy made me crazy, I still loved this book and I do still like her, she was just frustrating!

Jude on the other hand was fabulousness all rolled up in some more fabulousness. He has come oh so very far since Crash and he really is near perfect in this one. He is still his crazy Jude self, but he is not nearly as much trouble as he once was. He has some absolutely amazing speeches in Clash that will make any girl swoon. I think all guys should be required to read this book and take a few pointers from Jude (they can leave out the crazy moments). I cannot even fully describe Jude in this one because I have a hard time finding the right words. (Want more Jude? Go check out my character interview.)

Release Date: December 18, 2012
from HarperCollins
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My favorite part of Clash was the beginning portion of the book. This was what I refer to as the happy portion, the part where Jude and Lucy are happy and together and an adorable couple. AKA, the part before the floor falls out. I loved all the happy and steamy moments that took place during this happy time. But then everything went downhill and my mental health was threatened. Thankfully I grabbed onto the rope when the floor fell out.

The only thing I can complain about, and I don’t really think complain is the right word, but I can’t think of another one. I would have liked to see more of the secondary characters. In the short time we see them, I became really attached to them (probably cause Nicole is awesome like that), so I really would have liked to see more of them as the story wrapped up. See, not really a complaint, more like a “I liked them so much, I wanted more.”

Clash has a great plotline and like I have said numerous times, it kills! The events may not necessarily surprise you, but they will devastate you anyway. Some I could predict and others took me completely by surprise. Either way I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that is Jude and Lucy’s story. The writing is fabulous and it is very easy to get lost in this whirlwind. The ending to Clash is so fabulous that it makes every heart wrenching moment absolutely worth it. So if you read this book, do not fret, I promise you it gets better. It is worth it.

Clash is a book that will consume you from beginning to end. Crash fans do not be like me and wait to read this book. Read it as soon as you possibly can. Also, I need Crush right now. So here is me waiting impatiently.




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Swoon Thursday #23: If I Die by: Rachel Vincent




Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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"They were starting to get what they wanted from me. I stayed close to my mom and Nash, and that worked for a while, but it wasn't enough. Only two years dead, and it was getting harder for me to feel... anything. I was starting to slip into the darkness. The numbness. And the worst part is that it wasn't even scary. I was losing myself, and I didn't even care. Then I met you, and at first I didn't understand what had happened. What had changed. All I knew was that I wanted to be near you. Then you helped me with Addison, even though it nearly got you killed - I nearly got you killed - and I started to understand how special you are. But by then, you were getting serious with Nash. With my brother - one of few people in the whole world I still gave a damn about. So I tried to stay away. I tried so hard." His voice cracked on the last word, and my heart cracked with it. Tears stood in my eyes, but I was afraid to let them fall. I was afraid to even breathe for fear of missing a single word. "But you kept pulling me back. You're the brightest thing I've ever seen, Kaylee. You're this beautiful ball of fire spitting sparks out at the world, burning fiercely, holding back the dark by sheer will. And I always knew that if I reached out - if I tried to touch you  - I'd get burned. Because you're not mine. I'm not supposed to feel the fire. I'm not supposed to want it. But I do. I want you, Kaylee, like I've never wanted anything. Ever. I want the fire. I want the heat, and the light, and I want the burn."

This week, I went back and picked an all time favorite swoon worthy moment. I love this series and I love Tod and this is one of his finer moments!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #25: The Indigo Spell by: Richelle Mead



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series 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."



Do I really need to go into the many reasons I am dying to get my hands on this book? I mean, it is Vampire Academy and this book has Adrian and I love Adrian. So yeah, I want it now!

The Indigo Spell will be released on February 12, 2013.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #25: Entice by: Jessica Shirvington


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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"I felt Lincoln's sharp intake of breath. I pressed nearer, drinking in our rare closeness, craving more. Just a few seconds more, a few precious, stolen moments."
I cannot wait for some more Lincoln. He kinda made Embrace for me.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

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

Release Date: June 12, 2012 from RazorBill
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"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?"



My Thoughts:

If you read my review of Bloodlines, you will know that I was a bit underwhelmed by it, but do not fear, The Golden Lily makes up for what Bloodlines lacked. I thought it was ten times better than Bloodlines. I had lots of trouble putting this one down. I think I enjoyed this one more simply because I wasn’t able to guess as much of the outcome. I was constantly surprised and that kept me intrigued. 

Sydney is so much better in this one and I found her to be much less annoying. She is finally beginning to overcome her vampire aversion, even though it does show up from time to time. I loved that we got to see a side of her that we had not been able to see before. The Golden Lily makes it obvious that she cares for others very deeply. I loved the way she handled Adrian’s father and that she was not willing to listen to him hurt one of her friends. I also love that Sydney is an incredibly smart character. She is a heroine that shows girls that you do not have to dumb yourself down for a guy, EVER, and that the right guy will love you exactly the way you are. However, I do wish she applied this to her body image! 

Adrian Ivashkov is absolutely perfect in this book. He did not do one thing to aggravate me throughout the entire book. He is everything he was in Vampire Academy, only ten times better. Somehow, I have come to love him even more than I already did. Just wait until you read his little speech; I may or may not have said “awwww” out loud on my bus ride home from work. To add to the swoon, his wit and humor is even better than it was in Bloodlines, and I really did not think that was possible. I am so glad that Richelle made him the male focus in this spinoff series. This is why Adrian is our YA Crush Tourney Champ. 

Dimitri Belikov makes a reappearance in The Golden Lily and I really enjoyed seeing him again, even if his presence was limited. I love the little nods to him and Rose as a couple. Every time they are mentioned I get ridiculously excited for absolutely no reason. They are just too sweet. I should also mention Jill, because I was really impressed with her character growth. Aside from one big mistake, she has really begun to grow up. She has become much more responsible and is conscious of her actions. Eddie is another character that I am liking more and more. He is so fierce and determined, but at the same time my heart breaks for him. I want to see Eddie happy. 

While this book has lots of great characters, it also takes the award for the most boring character ever written: Brayden. I think I would rather watch paint dry than ever have to talk to this person. While both Brayden and Sydney are intelligent, Sydney just manages to have more life in her whereas Brayden is just blahh. Yes, I realize this is intentional, but I still felt like mentioning it. I do enjoy how it makes Sydney compare him to Adrian and makes her start to see some things she never would have otherwise. I know I have mentioned a lot of characters, but I felt that this was a very character driven book. 

I loved the addition of witchcraft into the storyline. I found it to be an interesting paranormal twist and it gives the story a nice element. I was also surprised by the emergence of a new group that have it out for all vampires. I loved the addition of more action and how the pace kept going. It makes the book very hard to put down. 

One thing that still bothers me is how much faith Sydney puts in the Alchemists. Even though she is beginning to doubt them, I still think she is very much blinded to what they really are. Here she is in a situation where she has friends, probably for the first time in her life, and it is among vampires and dhampirs. These people do not judge her or make her feel bad about herself, they appreciate her for who she is. I think Sydney needs to start trusting her gut more when it comes to this. 

All in all, The Golden Lily is an incredible follow up to Bloodlines. Now I just need to figure out what I am supposed to do with my life after reading that ending. I do not think I will be able to function for quite some time.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekly Recap 11/25/2012




Goodreads Links:
Wicked Game by: Jeri Smith-Ready
Bring on the Night by: Jeri Smith-Ready
Release by: MR Merrick
Les Miserables by: Victor Hugo


Reviews:
Devine Intervention by: Martha Brockenbrough
Bloodlines by: Richelle Mead
Elixir by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

MeMe's:
Teaser Tuesday: Shift by: MR Merrick
Waiting On Wednesday: Altered by: Jennifer Rush
Swoon: Elixir by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Other Posts:
Exiled Excerpt and Shift Giveaway
Opal Book Trailer
WVMP Appreciation Post

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review: Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: November 27, 2012 from Spencer Hill Press
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"Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.

Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.

Even if it means making war against the gods."

My Thoughts:

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS.

I dare you not to fall in love with Aiden St. Delphi after reading Elixir. This book makes it painfully clear that there is absolutely nothing he will not do for Alex. This includes pissing off a bunch of gods. 

Elixir was a wonderful novella and it helped me cope with that killer ending in Deity. It didn’t make everything better, but it will give the reader a feeling a hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, if only Aiden and Alex are strong enough to make it there. I personally have faith, and if they don’t make it, I may just go curl up in a ball for the rest of my life. 

The Alex we see in Elixir is a very different Alex from the one we have all come to know and love. For reasons I will not go into, Alex is almost a new person. I really missed her attitude, snark, and her vivacious personality. 

Poor Aiden is forced to make some very tough choices on behalf of Alex in Elixir, because she really is in no place to make them for herself. I just wanted to hug him and make him feel better. He spends a good portion of the novella torturing himself over this, but in the end he will always do what is right by Alex. 

I really loved getting inside Aiden’s head and finally seeing what goes on in there. Aiden has always been a tough one to crack and Elixir was very illuminating. We all know by now that he loves Alex, but I don’t think anyone realized just how much he truly loves her until you see his thoughts and understand just how deep those feelings go. 

“And I finally understood why Paris had risked his country and his blood for Helen. Selfish, yes, but I understood. I would burn down the world if that meant Alex would be safe.” 

This is by far my favorite JLA novella to date! Yes, Daimon and Shadows are great, but there is just something truly outstanding about Elixir. All in all, it is a great novella that will help give the readers some hope and peace of mind as we wait for Apollyon.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by: Richelle Mead

Release Date: August 23, 2011 from RazorBill
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"Blood doesn't lie...
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning..."


My Thoughts:

As a lover of all things Vampire Academy, I really cannot believe it has taken me this long to pick up Bloodlines. I had heard some pretty good things about the series, but for some reason I just kept pushing it back. I think I was afraid to go back into the VA world and then just be disappointed. While I will admit that I enjoyed the original series a lot more, I still really liked Bloodlines. It was kind of like going back to visit your old college, still fun, but not as fun as the first time around. 

One thing I loved was that Rose made a cameo in the beginning of Bloodlines. It felt as if she was passing along the heroine crown to Sydney for this series. In my opinion, Sydney verges on annoying. She was a bit too controlled for me and I quickly got tired of the whole alchemists are better and we always know what is right thing. Especially since vampires and dhampirs were being nicer to her than the alchemists. I know I shouldn't compare Sydney to Rose because they are very different, but it was hard not to. Rose is not an easy heroine to follow and while Sydney does a good job, she just doesn’t quite get there. 

Now I must gush about Adrian. I had always loved him in Vampire Academy (even though I was rooting for Dimitri) and had truly enjoyed his wit and personality. However, in Bloodlines I feel like he cranked it up. I found him to be absolutely hysterical. Maybe I just forgot how much I loved him or with Vampire Academy I was more focused on Dimitri or maybe it is just looking at him from Sydney’s point of view; but something about this book made him even better than he already was. Honestly, thinking about it, I feel Sydney’s point of view has a lot to do with it. A lot of what he does shocks or infuriates her whereas Rose would just go with it. Whatever the reason, I loved it. 

While I did enjoy Bloodlines and the story, there were some drawbacks for me. First and foremost was that I was able to peg a major plot point IMMEDIATELY. By immediately I mean the moment I saw the characters that it affected. Maybe I read too much or I’m a genius or it was poorly hidden. Whatever the reason, it really bugged me. It was a turn off because Sydney is trying to figure it out and I’m just like come on already it is obvious, let’s move on. I realize that Sydney had no reason to figure it out so quickly, but I am armed with other VA knowledge and as hard as I tried to remember this, I just could not. Actually, plot points were one of the biggest downfalls for me. I found it easy to figure out a lot of the plot points and the ones I didn’t get completely, I figured out partially. I still enjoyed the read and discovering exactly what was going on, but it was frustrating to know some things before the characters. 

The best part of Bloodlines was the last portion. The beginning is a bit slow and I felt like it contained a lot of setup for the rest of the series. The last portion however, really amps it up. The plot twists and turns and the pace gets going. Simply things finally started to happen, things other than deciding which boy Jill should date (I’ll get to this in a minute). The last part of this book really has me looking forward to the rest of the series. 

Back to the which boy Jill should date thing. A good chunk of the middle is spent with Sydney and friends figuring out who it is okay for Jill to date and who is inappropriate. I mean, really, Jill is in hiding so she can stay alive. Was dating really a priority at this point in time? Wait a few months until you go back home and then get back into the dating game. Maybe I am being irrational, but I just could not understand this. 

Overall, Bloodlines is a nice visit back into the Vampire Academy world. I was excited with every mention of the old gang, even if the Rose and Dimitri bashing made me sad, I am just very attached to them and feel the need to defend them. It may not be the same as VA and it may not be better, but it is still a good read that any VA fan will enjoy. It is interesting to see the other side of this world and to see how it is viewed from the outside. I am very much looking forward to starting The Golden Lily.


WVMP Radio Appreciation Post

As you guys may know, I am a huge fan of the WVMP Radio series by Jeri Smith-Ready. It is such a refreshing take on vampires and from the moment I began the series, I just knew it was going to be a favorite of mine. So with the release of the final book in the series next week, it is safe to say I am feeling a bit anxious. So while I wait, I just wanted to share a bit about to series with everyone. 

First, here are all my reviews for the books in the series:

Next up, you should go here and find out some more about Lust For Life which will be out on November 27. However, before you read that make sure you read the novella Let It Bleed. It is an integral part of the story and is free right here.

In case you were wondering, there will be signings for Lust for Life and information on that can be found right here. I know I will most likely be going to the one in NYC!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Swoon Thursday #22: Elixir by: Jennifer L. Armentrout




Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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Be warned this teaser could be considered a bit spoilery for previous books in the series!!!

"Apollo had said he knew what this kind of love was capable of. And I finally understood why Paris had risked his country and his blood for Helen. Selfish, yes, but I understood. I would burn down the world if that meant Alex would be safe."

Yeah, I kind of fell in love with this quote. I don't know why, but there is just something about it! 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Opal by: Jennifer L. Armentrout Trailer Reveal!!!


Opal:
The Third Book In The Lux Series
Available in both print and digital version on December 18, 2012
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.  Facebook | Twitter | Official Website









^^^This sums up my reaction after watching that trailer^^^
We all know how much I ADORE this series and now I am literally thinking of a bajillion different things that can go wrong and I am making myself crazy! Me wants book now! See I'm not even coherent anymore.

Waiting On Wednesday #24: Altered by Jennifer Rush



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.


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"When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away."



Here is another situation where I just absolutely love the cover and therefore must read the book!




Altered will be released on January 2, 2013.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Exiled and Shift by: M.R. Merrick Excerpt and Giveaway


Power Will Flourish

Lives Will be Lost

Nothing, Will be Forgotten


"Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase's birthday, the bloodline stopped.

Exiled without the Circle's protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle's agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world.

Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can't do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna - a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret. In their attempt to stop them however, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle's plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it."


Excerpt from Exiled: I decided to go with a funny-ish one. Hope you enjoy!
I woke to find I could open both eyes and Willy's nose was almost touching mine. I screamed, in turn scaring Willy, who fell backwards and crashed into the table.

"What the hell!" he said.

"What do you mean what the hell? You can't stand over somebody staring at them like that. That's... that's creepy, among other things," I said.

"You were making weird noises, so I came to check on you. I didn't think you would ever wake up."

"How long have I been sleeping?"

"Like two days."

"What? I've got to go!" I tried to sit up and realized the only pain I felt was in my back, and it was just the kind of pain from lying in one spot too long.

"I don't hurt!" I said, more to myself than anything.

"I told you Grams is good. Although, you were only supposed to sleep for an hour. I guess it works different on hunters."

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M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, a Young Adult mash-up between Urban and Epic Fantasy. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.
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Teaser Tuesday #24: Shift by: M.R. Merrick


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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"I walked on the shadows, calling my flame as I neared Riley. The fire stayed masked in the darkness and I let my flaming fist smash into him again."
I am really enjoying this series! So glad I finally started them!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Devine Intervention by: Martha Brockenbrough

Release Date: June 1, 2012 from Arthur A Levine Books
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Source: Huge thanks to ARCYCLING for this book!


"There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light.
This is not that story.
Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine's guardian angel. Sort of. He's more of an angel trainee, in heaven's soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he's just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.
Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.
When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi's time is up and her soul is lost forever.
Martha Brockenbrough's debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that's wicked as hell, and writing that's just heavenly."


My Thoughts:

Devine Intervention is the kind of book that I can enjoy while I am reading, but I just could not fall in love with it. It is funny and lighthearted, but not very memorable. The characters were likable, but at times they were annoying and overly immature. Sadly, Devine Intervention is very easy to put down and stop reading for a while.

The best part of Devine Intervention is the humor. It is an incredibly funny book and you will laugh out loud. The book has lots and lots of amazing one liners and duh moments that will make you chuckle. Also, the way the characters think is simply hysterical. Jerome was so thick sometimes that it was just funny.

On that note though, sometimes Jerome is just too thick. I get that he wasn't supposed to be the brightest kid, but it was a bit much for me. He was supposed to be 17, but honestly I felt that he acted like he was 13. Now we all know that I am a fan of character growth, but not when it is unbelievable. I felt that Jerome grew up too fast. Pretty much in one chapter he goes from being completely irresponsible to taking responsibility for his actions. It felt very unreal to me.

Heidi felt much truer to her age. She was insecure but that is how a 16 year old girl should be. However, I still couldn't bring myself to love her character. I just felt very meh about her, no strong opinions one way or the other.

I also feel it necessary to mention the relationship between Heidi and Jerome. It simply felt forced. I honestly did not see it at all and I also didn't really care about it. Mini spoiler ahead: when they realized they loved each other I was annoyed. I felt like it happened because the author added what was expected but I think Heidi and Jerome were just great friends. The ending to Devine Intervention felt very dragged out to me despite it being a relatively short book. I got to a point where I was just ready for the conclusion already.

While I do have my issues with it, I did still enjoy it, I just didn't love it. It is a funny and lighthearted read, just not one that really stays with you. If you are looking for an easy and light read then this is for you. Actually, I think younger kids will enjoy this one.



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Weekly Recap 11/18/2012

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Goodreads Links:
Deity by : Jennifer L. Armentrout
Cursed by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Venom by: Fiona Paul
Bad to the Bone by: Jeri Smith-Ready



Reviews:

MeMe's:
Waiting On Wednesday: Neverfall by: Brodi Ashton

Character Spotlight:

Blog Tour:

Make It Last by Bethany Lopez Excerpt and Giveaway

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Title: Make it Last (Friends & Lovers, #1)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release date: Nov 12, 2012
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Event organized by AToMR Tours
"In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.

Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last."

Excerpt:

“What did you come here for, Bree? Go back to your boyfriend and leave me be.”

“I don’t have a boyfriend.” Briana retorted. “I haven’t had the stomach for one since you left.”

Colin took a step closer. “That Kent guy isn’t your boyfriend?”

“No,” Briana responded. “Look, I came here because I was pissed that you got mad at us. You have no reason to be mad. I don’t get why you’re. You’re the one who left. You didn’t want me then, so why do you care now?”

With that she whirled towards the door, intent on leaving.

She only made it a couple steps before Colin grabbed her arm and whirled her back. He walked her quickly backwards until she was stopped by the door.

Before she could register what was happening, she was flat against the door and his mouth was on hers.

She didn’t think, she just reacted.

Her hands came up around his neck and his fastened under her bottom and lifter her up. She wrapped her legs around his waist, to get stabilized, then met his hot, hungry mouth with her own.

They kissed frantically, as if they had been starved for the contact. When his mouth left hers to trail kisses down her throat, her head fell back to allow him better access. As he licked his way back up to her mouth, she groaned loudly, and he paused to look at her.

“Wanting you was never the problem,” He stated, eyes black with need, then dove back in and began to drive her slowly crazy.

Giveaway:

- One winner will win an eBook copy of Make It Last
- You must be at least 13 years old to enter
- giveaway is open internationally
- Giveaway will run from November 18 - November 25
- Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter

- You must answer the mandatory question and if you win, the book will automatically be sent to you

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About the Author:



Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Character Spotlight: Zachary Moore



Picking a character to spotlight this week was harder than normal. I just could not think of a character that I had a real urge to write about. And then it smacked me in the face; I have not done a spotlight on Zachary Moore from the Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready yet. I consider myself a member of Team Kilt, so I really do not know why it has taken me so long to do this post. So, here is the very long overdue spotlight on Zachary Moore also known as Zach.

Zach is one of those characters that I literally fell in love with the moment he opened his mouth. Literally, I think he said a sentence and I just knew I was going to love him. There was just something about him that caught my attention immediately. And no it was not just that lovely Scottish accent, although that is really nice.

Zach is a swoon-worthy character that blows a lot of other swoony characters out of the water. The way he is with Aura is wonderful, to put it simply. He is also incredibly patient. He puts up with a lot from Aura and her inability to let go of Logan. There are not many guys out there who would have waited the way Zach did. I’m not trying to put Aura down, I love her, but my point is that it was not an easy situation for Zach to deal with, but he did it for her. The scenes with Zach and Aura can and will melt your heart.

Over the course of the three books, Zach’s character sees a lot of growth. Certain events push him to the limit, and while he may not come out the same on the other side, he still makes it through them. Zach is very strong and it takes a lot to keep him down. He is the kind of character that will never give up without a fight and I think this is my absolute favorite thing about him.

One final thing about Zach, he wears a kilt….

Favorite Zach Quotes:
“I can't forget you, any more than I can forget my own name." –Shift

“Instead I crawled next to him, snuggling close. "Zach, wake up." "Can't. Sleeping." I pressed my mouth to his in a full, deep kiss. "Second thought, not sleeping.” –Shine

This one isn’t Zach, but it is about him, and well I just like it:
“Missing Logan was an emptiness, an ache so dull and deep, it was a permanent part of me. I would never truly get over his death, but someday I would find peace. 
Missing Zachary, on the other hand, was a searing knife in the gut. I burned to save him from the horrible fates I imagined, and the need to be in his arms again set my skin ablaze. 
One boy was gone forever. The other was gone now.” -Shine 
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