Saturday, June 30, 2012

Character Spotlight: Four

Another character with more than one name, and another character worth falling in love with. Personally, I think I have a soft spot for characters with numerous names (Patch/Jev Cipriano, Jace Wayland/ Morgenstern/ Herondale/ Lightwood, Four/Tobias Eaton). Apparently one name is simply not good enough for me but, any-hoo moving on. Four from the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth is one of my all time favorite fictional characters. He ranks in my top three with Patch Cipriano (Hush Hush Saga) and Daemon Black (Lux Series).

The quickest way to describe Four would be to simply say that he is badass. However, he is also capable of being sweet, kind, and caring. Four and Tris (Fourtris) make the perfect couple because their relationship is imperfect. They have to work at it and it is not idealized in any way. Four is a character with a very traumatic past, one he has to constantly work to move on from. No matter how hard he tries to escape it, it still comes back to haunt him.

Personally my favorite thing about Four is the way he treats Tris. He never once coddles her. He knows that she is strong and capable of taking care of herself. While most male leads are overprotective and suffocate their girlfriend, Four never does this. He recognizes that Tris is her own person and is capable of making her own decisions.

Veronica Roth created a wonderfully complex but lovable character in Four. He is sexy without knowing it, strong without boasting about it, and dangerous without being scary. It is easy to see why Tris fell for him.

Favorite Four Quotes:

"But becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it, that's the point." -Divergent

"Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up. I've seen it. It's fascinating." He releases me but doesn't pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck, "sometimes I just... want to see it again. Want to see you awake." -Divergent

"Fine. You're not pretty. So?" He kisses my cheek. "I like how you look. You're deadly smart. You're brave. And even though you found out about Marcus..." His voice softens. 'You aren't giving me that look. Like I'm a kicked puppy or something." -Divergent

"You were right," Tobias says quietly, balancing on the balls of his feet. He smiles a little. "I do know who you are. I just needed to be reminded." -Insurgent

Friday, June 29, 2012

Book Review: Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: June 5, 2012 from Henry Holt & Co.
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"Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. 
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. 
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart."


My Thoughts:


When I picked up Shadow and Bone I honestly had no idea what I was getting into. I hadn't even read the summary; I just really liked the title, so I just picked it up. Not knowing anything about the book made for an interesting and surprising journey. I truly enjoyed getting lost in this fantasy world. 

Alina Starkov is the perfect heroine. She starts off as a meek and scared little girl, only to really grow into someone to reckon with. She is not perfect, she has her flaws and makes her mistakes, however she is genuinely likable and you will root for her. She is the kind of heroine girls can relate to, because everyone at some point feels like they don't belong. 

The character that intrigued me the most was The Darkling, yes that is his name. He is dark but charming, and you never really know what he is going to do next. You want to be afraid of him, but at the same time you are inexplicably drawn to him. He keeps the reader guessing and will confuse you from beginning to end. 

The love story involved is really very sweet and will make you swoon. It is the kind of romance that will make you smile despite the bleak circumstances. It isn't the driving force of the novel, but it does play a significant role. I kinda wish that it was more forefront, because I truly enjoyed it.

Shadow and Bone takes everything that is good about fantasy and makes it better. It has magic and strange lands that you kinda want to visit, but it also has the strange lands that you are fine not having in this world. My one reservation was the strange words and names. Some were very hard to pronounce and would cause me to stumble in my reading. However I did get used to it and the story distracted me from the unknown words. I really wish we had learned more about the Grisha and exactly what they can do and where they came from. I would have liked more of a basis for them, but maybe I will learn more in later books. 

Overall Shadow and Bone is the perfect book for fans of fantasy. If you read books like Lord of the Rings and the Inheritance Cycle then this is the book for you. 



Thursday, June 28, 2012

Swoon Thursday #1: Easy by: Tammara Webber


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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"His eyes locked with mine as the music swelled in my ears. I couldn't hear anything outside of it, couldn't see anything but his eyes on me. He leaned closer and I inhaled the soothing scent of him."

And I will stop there, read the book to find out what happens next.

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #3 - Girl of Nightmares by: Kendare Blake



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

So this Waiting on Wednesday is all about Girl of  Nightmares by Kendare Blake. This is the follow up novel to Anna Dressed In Blood. I am so excited for this book, I cannot really adequately describe it. I am dying for some more Cas and Anna. 

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"It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on. 
His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live--not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.
Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor."

I really cannot wait to get my hands on this book!
Girl of Nightmares will be released on August 7, 2012.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #3: Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo



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!



So my teaser this week is from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:

"Why don't you just admit that you wanted to belong to him? said a voice in my head. Why don't you admit that part of you still does?"

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: Easy by: Tammara Webber

Release Date: May 25, 2012
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"When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy."


My Thoughts:


How do I know when I really like a book? Well I have to go back and re-read the last couple of pages immediately. Why do I do this? Probably because I just do not want the goodness to end. Now with that being said, I had to re-read the end of Easy at least three times before I fully accepted that the book was over and the story concluded. I was sad and immediately missed the characters. This book is very easy (sorry I have a strange obsession with puns) to fall in love with.

Firstly, I need to point out that I love books that center around college students. There should be more books within this age range. My initial attraction to the book was because it was about college students. As a recent college grad, I always appreciate books like this. It was a big part of why I liked this novel.

This book is not your happy-go-lucky gooey eyed love story, and I loved it all the more because of that. It centered around some very realistic circumstances and created a very believable story. I mean, how many girlfriends have followed their boyfriend to college only for him to break it off shortly after, or vice versa. It is a common situation that can end up altering your future forever. Now this is something I cannot stress enough, I loved the way the author portrayed certain common stereotypes. I will not say about what because it will give too much away, but after you read the book you will know exactly what I am referring to. She took those stereotypes and smacked them in the face for being so stupid.

I will admit that I did see certain events coming while I was reading; however in this case it really did not bother me. I was still engrossed in the novel and nothing and no one could pull me away. This is probably because although I could see the what, I did not know the how or the why. I am not going to lie; I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. After reading so many good reviews, I was sure I was going to be let down (sadly this happens a lot). However, Easy did not let me down at all; it was just as good as I expected it to be.

The characters Webber has created are really wonderful. I found Jacqueline to be strong, not because she is super girl, but because she overcomes obstacles, is determined, and perseveres. Lucas, well, just *sigh*. That is really all you need to say about him. I loved his character and his flaws. If you haven’t noticed yet, I really like flawed characters (I like perfect ones too) but I just find flawed characters to be more relatable and realistic. Because lets be serious, sometimes perfect can get boring, sometimes it’s fun to yell (case and point: Daemon and Katy). 

All in all, Easy is a book you need to pick up. However, I will warn that it is for mature readers. It is not truly Young Adult, but an Upper Young Adult book. I would not want a 13 or 14 year old reading this book. Anyhoo now that I have read this, I am going to have to go out and read some more Tammara Webber.

In other news: will I ever be able to get through a post without mentioning Daemon Black or JLA?



Sunday, June 24, 2012

In My Mailbox #2


IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

So my IMM this week is not as cool as my IMM from last week, but I still got some pretty great books this week. Lots of eBooks.



So yea, it turned out to be a pretty good week for books! For me, there is no greater joy than getting new books!

Here is a list of the books I received with links to their Goodreads pages:

Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo
Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi
Intangible by: J. Meyers
Shiver by: Maggie Stiefvater
Easy by: Tammara Webber

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book Review: Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: November 15, 2011 from Harper
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"Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel."


My Thoughts:

So I really dont know why I haven't read this book sooner. I started this book one night before bed and the next thing I know it is 4am and I'm finishing up the book. The story will captivate you from the moment you pick up the book and the rest of the world will cease to exist. Shatter Me manages to combine dystopian with paranormal perfectly. 

I really liked our heroine Juliette, partly because I really love her name and partly because she shows a lot of growth throughout the novel. While she is not the strongest heroine out there, she really comes into herself. She is selfless and giving and genuinely good in a world where everyone has turned their back on her. 


Adam is a great hero. He is everything you could want in a hero. He is enraptured by Juliette from the beginning, even though Juliette doesn't see it, but the reader picks up on it right away. He manages to be sweet, fierce, strong, and intense all at once. 


Is it wrong that I kind of like Warner? I am really starting to think there is something seriously wrong with my brain. Warner has some serious issues, but I couldn't completely hate him. In real life I would totally consider him my frenemy. It is obvious that there is much more to his story and I really want to know what that story is. While he has got that bad boy exterior down pat, I know there is a sweet guy in there somewhere. 


The writing was beautiful, but it took a little bit for me to get used to it, especially at the beginning. At times I felt as if I was reading a stream of consciousness and while this helps the reader to understand Juliette and exactly how she was feeling, it was also a bit confusing. I felt like I was in Juliette's head and therefore a bit crazy in the beginning. It helped me understand the character, but it hurt my head a little bit. Also, if I saw one more strikeout I was going to scream. I understood the point behind them, but I just don't like them in general. They efficiently showed what Juliette was thinking and didn't want to say, but I have always hated reading them. I think my mind just rebels against reading something that is crossed out. This really has no bearing on the story, I just wanted to vent about it. 


Overall Shatter Me is quite good. I really should have picked this book up a long time ago. It is everything you could want in a dystopian as well as a paranormal novel. 



Friday, June 22, 2012

Character Spotlight: Clary Fray




Since my last two character spotlights were guys, I thought I would write this one on one of my favorite heroines: Clary Fray. From the moment I began The Mortal Instruments series, I knew Clary was going to be different. She is short and spunky and never backs down from a fight. She always endeavors to do what she feels is right, even when others do not agree with her choices. Even when she is new to the Shadowhunter world and surrounded by people who have had years of training, she never stays behind and hangs in with the others.


Clary is an incredibly strong heroine. Not only is she strong in the "I can kick your butt" sense, but she is also intelligent and she has strong morals. While the lines between good and evil sometimes blur, she always does what she feels is good. Even when her whole world is turned upside down, she still manages to keep her head on her shoulders and stay focused on the task at hand. 

I'm not going to lie, part of the reason I like Clary is because of her relationship with Jace. Not because I like Jace and therefore my like of him is influencing how I feel about Clary; I am speaking more of their relationship as a couple. Both are willing to go to extraordinary lengths for the other and they succeed in making each other stronger. Clary is a strong girl, but when Jace is threatened or by her side, she is just that much stronger.

All in all, Clary is just a great character to read about and I enjoy getting lost in her stories. I have re-read these books countless times and I cannot wait for City of Heavenly Fire to see how everything pans out.

Now here is where I normally include my favorite quotes from the character. While I like a lot of Clary quotes there is one that stands out above the rest:

"Why are you always such an asshat?" -Clary Fray

What do you like about Clary? What is your favorite Clary quote?


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review: Intangible by: J. Meyers

Release Date: January 31, 2012
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Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.
Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it."

My Thoughts:


Intangible is a quick and fun read that is perfect for fans of the paranormal. I say paranormal and not pararomance, because a romantic relationship is not the center or the driving force of the story. The driving force belongs to the relationship between twins Sera and Luke and all of the problems that follow them because of their powers. Intangible will give you characters that are easy to fall in love with and you will easily become invested in their story.


Unlike many books, Intangible switches character perspectives quite a bit. This enables the reader to see different aspects of the story and grasp what is going on at different points; as opposed to being stuck in the bubble of the main protagonist. It was nice to get inside of all the characters heads, even if it was a bit confusing in the beginning. Never fear, you will get used to the changing perspectives.

My favorite aspect of the book was the relationship between Luke and Sera. Not only are they siblings, but it is clear that they are also best friends. Their banter was the best part of the book and they really do come across as two halves of one whole. It was nice to see the focus of a book be on a relationship like this as opposed to a romantic one.

Meyers created a bunch of lovable characters, but I do not want to go into too much and ruin the book for everyone, so I am going to focus on my favorite and that is Marc. Now if you read the book that will probably surprise you, but please just bear with me. Marc is my favorite because of his flaws. He is far from perfect and therefore realistic. He is clearly trapped in a bad situation and he cannot see any way out. It is hard not to feel sorry for him, well at least it was for me. I would go from wanting to smack him one minute to wanting to hug him the next. He is not my favorite because he is the perfect, lovable, “OMG” character, but because he seemed the most human to me.

While I truly enjoyed Intangible, I do have some reservations. The ending felt a little bit dragged out to me. I would be reading, feel like the climax was on its way, and then it wasn’t. While it did build up the anticipation, it also frustrated me. I was able to guess some of the outcome and I just wanted it to happen already. I really don’t know if I just made any sense at all, but I hope I did.

Overall, Intangible is a great summer read. Grab the book and go spend the day at the beach with it. It is fun and enjoyable and I am really glad I read this book. I will definitely be reading the sequel; and now I wait. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #2: Leif (Existence #2.5) by: Abbi Glines



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

So for this Waiting On Wednesday, I decided to go with Leif by Abbi Glines. This is a novella from the Existence Trilogy. Yes I know it is only a novella, but I am really excited to see Leif's point of view. I love this trilogy and I will read anything extra that comes along with it. Also the summary is really ominous and that makes me really excited, and the cover is pretty too.
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"She was mine. I owned her soul…until Death stole her heart."

See what I mean about the ominous summary! 
It's barely any summary at all, but it just grabs my attention. 
Leif will be released on July 3, 2012.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #2: Onyx by: Jennifer L. Armentrout



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!


So this week my teaser comes from Onyx by: Jennifer L. Armentrout. I absolutely adored this book and I needed to share a little teaser with you guys. So without further adieu:


Challenge filled his eyes. "If you say so, Kitten." 
Folding my arms, I sighed. "This isn't a game." 
"I know, but if it were, I'd win."

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: August 14, 2012 from Entangled
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"Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.
Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…
The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies."

My Thoughts:

Words… I am having a very hard time finding the right words to adequately describe Onyx. If you thought Obsidian was great, then Onyx will blow you away. I had very high expectations for this book, and it exceeded every single one of my extremely high expectations. Armentrout delivers everything you could want in a sequel, even things you didn’t know you wanted. There is action, romance, angst, and of course smart-assery. Onyx has introduced me to some new words that I plan to begin using when I am in need of a good insult, my personal favorite being “douche canoe.”


One of the reasons I believe I am so enthralled with this series is Katy. I have never related to a character more than I relate to Katy Swartz. From her extreme love of books to her witty comments to her sometimes misguided choices, there is just something about her that makes her relatable. I find myself agreeing with a lot of the choices she makes, even the ones that lead to disaster. She always has good intentions, but good intentions don’t always guarantee a good outcome. That being said, Katy is also incredibly strong. She never backs down from a fight and is willing to protect the people she cares about.


Daemon Black is back in full force in Onyx, except this time he is determined to get Katy to like him. He is still the lovable albeit egotistical and sarcastic boy from Obsidian, but now we get to see a lot more of his sweet side. This just makes you love him more. Daemon Black has officially become my all time favorite fictional character (sorry Patch, but Daemon blew me away in Onyx). I could not get enough of him, and sorely missed his character when he wasn’t around. How Katy was able to resist, I will never know. Between the pen poking, the use of the word Kitten, and his wit; Daemon is just one character that I cannot get enough of.

The ending to Onyx will knock you off of whatever you are sitting on and leave you dying for the next book. I need more and I know that I am going to have to re-read Obsidian and Onyx numerous times between now and the release of Opal. This book has left me with what I refer to as a “book hangover.” It’s when I cannot get a book out of my head and I just keep replaying everything that happened over and over again. When I get one of these, I know I have read an amazing book.

I honestly cannot think of one single complaint when it comes to this book, it was just perfect. I finished this book in one sitting and I kind of want to start all over again. O wait! Daemon and Katy do not approve of “kind of”, so yes I want to start Onyx all over again and savor every single sweet moment. I could go on and on forever about how much I loved this book, but I will spare you my incessant fangirling. All in all, Onyx is fabulous and I am sure you will love it.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

In My Mailbox #1



IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

So my very first In My Mailbox should be epic right? Well, I'd like to think it's pretty epic. Not too long ago, I started running out of room for books in my room. So what did I do? I went out and got myself a nook and I love my nook, it goes everywhere with me. However, I started to notice that I kinda missed my books. A little over a week ago I got the urge to get physical copies of some of my favorite books, that previously I only had in eBooks. This week they all arrived, and let me tell you, opening that giant box filled with books was extremely exciting. So here is a picture of the fabulousness that arrived this week.


Now you are probably looking at that picture, going "why are there two copies of Obsidian?" Well thats because the inside to one of them looks like this:



Lets just say I fangirled all over the place and I am pretty sure I frightened the delivery man when the box got here. Because not only was my signed Obsidian in that box, but so was Onyx. It was like Christmas had come six months early. This was me:


So here is a list of all the books I got this week with links to their Goodreads page.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by: Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by: Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by: Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by: Cassandra Clare
Divergent by: Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent #2) by: Veronica Roth
Nevermore by: Kelly Creagh
Hush Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick
Crescendo (Hush Hush #2) by: Becca Fitzpatrick
Silence (Hush Hush #3) by: Becca Fitzpatrick
Obsidian (Lux #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx (Lux #2) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by: E.L. James
Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by: E.L. James

What was in your mailbox this week? 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood (Anna #1) by: Kendare Blake


Release Date: August 30, 2011 from Tor Teen
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"Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life."


My Thoughts:


Anna Dressed In Blood is not the type of book I would normally pick up, mostly because it deals with ghosts, and ghosts give me the creeps. I don’t know why, they just do; they always have.  So I really don’t know what prompted me to pick up this book. Maybe it was all the recommendations on Goodreads or possibly the pretty cover. However I think it was the title itself, it just rolls off the tongue. “And besides, I wanted to see her, dressed in blood.”

With all of that being said, I am also very happy that I did decide to give Anna Dressed In Blood a go. It was very different from any book I have ever read (probably due to the “I don’t read about ghosts” thing), but its difference make it refreshing. I was intrigued from the very first page, and putting the book down was painful. I easily became invested in Cas and Anna’s story. Now, that is not to say the book didn’t give me the creeps, because it did. It will keep your adrenaline pumping and have you looking over your shoulder.  

Cas is a good lead and I really enjoyed reading from his point of view. Books from a guy’s point of view are few and far between, and sometimes I find that I enjoy a guy’s point of view best. Cas is not your normal teenager. Firstly, his full name is Theseus Cassio. Secondly, he hunts ghosts and it is a lonely job. He doesn’t have friends; all he really has is his Mom. His life is far from normal, but this doesn’t seem to bother him. He feels that it is his responsibility to hunt ghosts, just don’t call him a ghostbuster, he doesn’t appreciate that.

Now, on to Anna. What can I say about Anna? Well, she is terrifyingly beautiful and tormented and very very scary. Anna is a murderous ghost who rips anyone who enters her house into shreds. However, there is a lot more to Anna and her story than meets the eye. It is hard not to feel sorry for her when you finally discover her past. While she is an incredibly scary ghost, she is also a great character to read about.

The ending to Anna Dressed In Blood left me wanting more. The story has conclusion, no crazy cliffhanger, but there is the definite promise for more to the story. I truly enjoyed every single page I read and never reached a point where I was bored. Anna Dressed In Blood gives you horror, suspense, drama, and even a touch of love. You will not be disappointed with this book.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Character Spotlight: Patch Cipriano

Patch Cipriano is probably my favorite male book character.  Patch is the bad boy that Edward Cullen wishes he could be.  Patch is a fallen angel, and from the moment he turns up on page, the reader is intrigued by him.  You want to love him because he is handsome, witty, funny, dark, brooding, sarcastic, and charming all at the same time. However, there is also something very mysterious and dangerous about him. The reader never really knows if he can be trusted or not. The reader will want to trust Patch, but there is always some nagging suspicion about what he is doing. Unlike other heroes, Patch doesn’t try to be an angel (please excuse the pun, I couldn’t help myself) he is who he is and accepts that. He recognizes his flaws and doesn’t really try to hide them. Patch is very happy being his bad boy self, until Nora comes along and changes everything. Nora makes him want to be a better person. After meeting Nora, Patch remembers what it is like to be “good.” He changes for the better, while still keeping his dangerous and for lack of a better word bad side.  
In my opinion, Patch is one of the funniest guys in literature. His banter with Nora is hysterical. However, I speak sarcasm as a second language and Patch clearly does too. So naturally, I am going to love him. Read below and you will see what I mean.
Nora: “What does ‘hmm’ have to do with anything? Could you ever use more than five words? All this grunting and minced words makes you come across - primal.
Patch: “Primal.”
Nora: “You’re impossible”
Patch: “Me Jev, you Nora.”
Nora: “Stop it.”
Patch: “Since we’re keeping it primal, you smell good.”
Nora: “It’s called a shower… Soap, shampoo, hot water.”
Patch: “Naked. I know the drill.”
Overall, Patch is simply great and I thank Becca Fitzpatrick for creating his lovely character. I always enjoy revisiting him and Nora in the Hush Hush Saga and I am eagerly awaiting Finale which releases October 23, 2012.
Some of My Favorite Patch Quotes:
“And I need you, Angel. More than I think you’ll ever know.” -Silence
“You’re mine, Angel, and don’t you forget it. Your fights are my fights. What if something had happened today? It was bad enough when I thought your ghost was haunting me; I don’t think I could handle the real thing.” -Silence
“I’m not going to kill you, Nora. I don’t kill people who are important to me. And you  top the list.” - Hush Hush
“You’re getting cocky. I like that, Angel.” - Hush Hush
“Angel… I don’t think you understand the lengths I would go to if it means keeping you here with me.” - Silence
“There’s only one thing I know for certain anymore… That I would do anything for you, even if it means going against my instincts or my very nature. I would lay down my soul, for you. If that isn’t love, it’s the best I have.” - Silence
“First, Hank can’t see us together. Second, I don’t like the idea of dragging you into something that could get messy fast. If you need one more reason, I love you. This is uncharted territory for me, but I need to know that at the end of the night, I have you to come home to.” - Silence
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