Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cover Reveal: Options by: Abbi Glines


Options by: Abbi Glines
Expected Release: February 5, 2013
The cover was designed by Stephanie Mooney from Mooney Designs.


Summary:

"Two paths.
Two completely different roads.
Each one standing before me.
Each one holding a different destiny.
In life you're just supposed to choose one path.  
In life you're not given the chance at choosing one specific future.
Until now.
Until me. 
Why am I different? I don't know. But I'm going to see those roads and walk down each one. When it's over I'll know which one to choose because I'll know my - options."


I need to say that if I could be in love with a cover, it woud be this cover. My favorite color in the entire world is green, so naturally I think this cover is gorgeous and there is pink in it too! Also, I love the eye makeup the cover model is wearing. 
The summary sounds really great as well. I love her Existence trilogy, so I am looking forward to reading her new paranormal series.


About The Author:

Abbi Glines can be found hanging out with rockstars, taking out her yacht on weekends for a party cruise, sky diving, or surfing in Maui. Okay maybe she needs to keep her imagination focused on her writing only. In the real world, Abbi can be found hauling kids (several who seem to show up that don’t belong to her) to all their social events, hiding under the covers with her MacBook in hopes her husband won’t catch her watching Buffy on Netflix again, and sneaking off to Barnes and Noble to spend hours lost in the yummy goodness of books. Her debut novel, BREATHE, can be found in digital format at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Existence, a YA paranormal, was released December 13, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing. She also released a YA contemporary romance, The Vincent Boys this Fall. She just released her first New Adult contemporary, Because of Low. She is currently editing the second book in the Existence Trilogy, Predestined. If you want to find her then check Twitter first because she has a severe addiction to tweeting @abbiglines. She also blogs regularly but rarely about anything life changing. She also really enjoys talking about herself in third person. 


Teaser Tuesday #8: Wake by: Amanda Hocking




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!


My teaser this week is from Wake by Amanda Hocking:



"Harper noticed that when Penn's dark eyes latched onto Gemma's, her sister lifted her chin up higher, as if defying her in some way. Then Harper saw something that made her blood run cold - Penn's eyes changed, shifting from near-black to an odd golden color, remind Harper of a bird."

Share the link to your TT in the comments, or if you don't have a blog just share your teaser there too and join in the fun!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Review: Pushing The Limits by: Katie McGarry

Release Date: July 31, 2012 
from Harlequin Teen


"So wrong for each other...and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again."


My Thoughts:
If you have read other reviews for Pushing The Limits, you will see that most of them say that it is a wonderful book with great characters. Well this review is not going to tell you any different. I had been dying to get my hands on this book for what feels like an incredibly long time and it did not disappoint. I read Pushing The Limits in one sitting and I do not regret the day I lost in doing so.

The characters Katie McGarry created are ones that will easily work their way into your heart. You will genuinely care about what happens to Echo and Noah. I became invested in their story from page one. Echo has had a rough two years; she cannot remember a traumatic event and has become the school’s freak. Not only that, but her home life isn’t all that great either. Watching Echo grow throughout the course of the novel was really something. I loved watching her get stronger as the pages slipped by. A lot of this strength came from Noah, but that strength also came from within herself. Speaking of Noah, he is swoon-worthy. How anyone could not fall in love with him is beyond me. Noah is another one with a difficult past and to deal with it he has made some questionable choices. However, Echo makes him want to be a better person. They were exactly what each other needed, even though neither one of them knew it. 

Noah and Echo bring out the best in each other. They are the epitome of an edgy romance that breaks all of the rules. I truly enjoyed watching these two seemingly very different people fall head over heels in love with each other. While they appear to be polar opposites, they actually have a lot more in common than meets the eye. Both have experienced loss and trauma and therefore they relate to each other in ways others cannot. Not only do they understand each other, but they are simply an adorable couple. 

Noah and Echo are not the only wonderful characters, but the secondary characters are great as well. My personal favorite was Mrs. Collins, Noah and Echo’s school councilor. She knew exactly how to deal with both Noah and Echo. She knew when to push Echo and had no problem telling Noah to cut the crap. She went above and beyond for both students and played a major part in both of their growth. Then we have Lila, Isaiah, and Beth. Each and every one of them contributes to the story in their own way and they help give the story its backbone. Let me just say that I am very excited for Beth’s story. 

Not only are the characters great, but the writing is great as well. I personally enjoyed switching perspectives between Echo and Noah. I have always been a big fan of varying perspectives, and this was no exception. I like not having to guess at what the characters are thinking, but knowing where both main characters are coming from. Although, it does get frustrating at points to know that both are thinking the same thing, but have not told each other yet. 

While my favorite part of the book may have been the romance, that does not mean other aspects of the book were lacking. There were some very dark undertones and very serious circumstances. This is not your fluffy and light romance. Echo and Noah both have had it rough and seriously lack normal. However, together they try to create their own version of normal. 

All in all, Katie McGarry’s debut novel is something you do not want to miss. Fans of Perfect Chemistry and Easy are sure to love this novel. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #7


IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

So this week was a very good week for my mailbox. Lots and lots of goodies arrived!

First I finally got myself Paranormalcy on eBook because it was on sale. Maybe now I will finally make myself read it since it has been sitting on my to-read list forever!
Next, I won a giveaway for all of the Fierce Reads, so that was kinda awesome! Thanks MacTeen!


 I also got Something Strange and Deadly and some swag thanks to a giveaway from Sophie Jordan so THANKS SOPHIE!!!


Next up, I won some awesome swag for voting Team Kaidan in the YA Crush Tourney thanks to Tara at Tater's Tall Tails and the wonderful Wendy Higgins!


And last but not least I got some awesome-tastic swag from Spencer Hill Press.


So yeah, I had a pretty lucky week, which means I am sure some bad luck is on the way.

And here is a list of the books with links to their Goodreads page:
Paranormalcy by: Kiersten White
Of Poseidon by: Anna Banks
Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo
Monument 14 by: Emmy Laybourne
Struck by: Jennifer Bosworth
Something Strange and Deadly by: Susan Dennard

What did you get this week? Link me.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Character Spotlight: Tod Hudson


Note: This post does contain spoilers, so do not read if you have not read the Soul Screamers series.

I am the type of reader that normally falls in love with the first love interest a book introduces and then does not waver. So color me surprised when I first picked up My Soul To Take and was not overly thrilled with Nash and then pretty much fell in love with Tod. Tod was not a love interest initially, but that did not stop me from pegging him as my favorite right from the get-go. From his witty remarks to his determination, to his softer side, Tod is simply very easy to love.

While Tod was always my favorite character of the series, as the series progressed he slowly became one of my all time favorite characters in general. Tod is a reaper, which means he takes souls of those who are ready to die. It is not an easy job, and one that can lead to a severe loss of humanity. However, Tod somehow manages to hold onto his and most of that can be attributed to Kaylee. Tod is not the warmest person around, but when it comes to Kaylee all bets are off. He is almost like a different person with her. It is incredibly sweet to watch this king of sarcasm fall head over heels in love with Kaylee.

Tod and Kaylee’s relationship is one of my favorites. It is the kind of relationship where they make each other stronger. Kaylee can always gauge how Tod is feeling, even when others cannot, and Tod always knows what Kaylee is thinking. Simply put, they complement each other. They are comfortable around each other and have no problem being open with one another. Their relationship is not built off of lies, and honestly, they have more in common than Kaylee and Nash ever did.

Tod is incredibly sweet and incredibly funny and if I had any control he would be in every single scene in the Soul Screamers series. I love his novella, and would love some more from his point of view. I just really like getting in that pretty little head of his. For all these reasons and more, Tod has made his way to the tippy top of my favorites list.

Favorite Tod Quotes:

“You’re not lost, Kaylee. You can’t ever be lost, because I’ll always know where you are. And if I’m not there with you, I’m on my way and nothing standing between us will be standing for very long.” –Before I Wake

“Mr. Cavanaugh, I know this isn’t the future you wanted for Kaylee, and I know I’m not who you wanted for her. And I’m not even going to try to pretend to think I’m good enough – I know I’ve made mistakes, and I’m probably going to make more. But I love her with every single cell in my body. She’s the reason my heart beats – literally. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her. There’s no one I’d put ahead of her. And I will never, ever leave her, as long as she wants me. Kaylee’s the strongest person I’ve ever met. She can make it through eternity on her own. But I swear on my soul that as long as I’m here, she’ll never have to.” – Before I Wake

“So what you’re really saying is that kissing me is one of those things a girl shouldn’t die without experiencing right?” –If I Die

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Reviews: Soul Screamers: My Soul To Steal, If I Die, & Before I Wake by: Rachel Vincent

Note: Since I flew through this series extremely fast, I decided to post my reviews in two giant mega-posts. So this post contains reviews for the fourth, fifth, and sixth books in the series. Also, please note that the sequel reviews, may contain spoilers for the previous books.


My Soul To Steal



Release Date:January 4, 2011 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants."


My Thoughts:


So I know I am getting redundant when it comes to this series, but My Soul to Steal was incredible. Rachel Vincent has created a story that is effortlessly easy to get sucked into. The plot is always fascinating and it always surprises me in one way or another. The characters continue to grow and they get better as the story goes on. My Soul to Steal did not disappoint and fans of this series will enjoy this book just as much as the previous books.

The last book left us with Nash and Kaylee in a not-so-good place. Well that place doesn’t get much better with the entrance of Nash’s ex-girlfriend Sabine. Of course Sabine is still hung up on Nash and therefore there to make life a nightmare (literally) for Kaylee. Part of the reason I liked this book was because we got to see Kaylee’s feisty side. She gets jealous and insecure and catty at times. She also gets much stronger. She is finally learning to deal with her bean sidhe side and all that entails. Kaylee is strong and determined and very much capable of taking care of herself.

Nash was a very different character in this book. He is no longer the reliable rock he once was. He is much weaker now, and it shows. His prior addiction has left a mark and it is not one that will go away. Now, enter Sabine, who also has her demons and claims to fully understand Nash. While she truly aggravated me and I did not agree with her methods, I will say that she really does understand Nash. Don’t hate me, but I have to wonder if maybe Sabine is better for Nash than Kaylee is. Sabine can empathize where Kaylee can only sympathize, but she does not even want to do that.

Now, on to my favorite character; Tod. Tod was back in full force and I loved every minute of it. His presence has been steadily increasing and I love every moment where he pops in (literally). Do I spy with my little eye a bit of attraction between Kaylee and Tod, because that would be fine with me. If you read prior reviews for this series, you will know that I was never a huge fan of Nash and Kaylee as a couple.

All in all, My Soul to Steal is another great installment in the Soul Screamers series. Fans of this series will devour this book as well and be left dying to read If I Die.

If I Die


Release Date: September 27, 2011 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything."



My Thoughts:


If I Die was by far my favorite book of the Soul Screamers series… so far. I am in love with the world Rachel Vincent has created and now that I am coming up on the end of the books that are currently released, I am already beginning to mourn the loss of the series. If I Die delivers heartbreak, suspense, action, drama, and of course romance.


Kaylee, once again, shows how strong of a character she truly is. When faced with her own death, she faces it head on instead of running and hiding. She accepts that it cannot be changed and tries to tie up all of her loose ends before her time is up. But, this is Kaylee Cavanaugh so naturally things are never going to be that easy.


If I wasn’t already sick and tired of Nash, this book sealed the deal for me. He has just become much too needy for me as of late and hypocritical too. Do I feel sorry for him? Absolutely. However, he is not the same Nash I met and initially fell in love with. This is a very different Nash and this one I cannot really like, let alone love. Plus, Sabine is still around and still infuriating as ever. While I may understand her more now, I still do not really like her.

Now please bear with me as I fangirl all over the amazingness that is Tod. If he wasn’t already in my top ten fictional characters, he is now in the top five. With each book his character continues to get better and better. This book shows a side of Tod that, while I always knew was there, we as readers have yet to see. I have been a fan of Tod since My Soul to Take and the events in this book will leave Tod fans in tears. Happy tears or sad tears? Well I’m not telling. I’ll just leave it at that I was crying like a little baby when I finished reading. But simply, here are my feelings on Tod.


I think the reason I loved this book so much was simply the plot. Events occurred that I have been waiting for since the very first book. While I read this series extremely fast, it was still a build up and I give credit to all of the fans that had to wait in between these books. I don’t know if my poor brain could have taken it. I loved some of the events and hated others, but when compiled together they created a wonderful story. Kaylee was faced with some very tough choices, but ultimately I think she made the right decisions.

Overall, I have yet to be disappointed by this series. Why I waited so long to pick them up I will never know. This series is the definition of addictive, it is more addictive than frost, but there is nothing I would rather be addicted to.


IF YOU DID NOT READ IF I DIE, DO NOT READ THE REVIEW FOR BEFORE I WAKE, THE REVIEW CONTAINS IF I DIE SPOILERS, IT IS SPOILER FREE FOR BEFORE I WAKE.

Before I Wake


Release Date: June 26, 2012 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school...  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life...."


My Thoughts:


So I know I said that If I Die was my favorite of the Soul Screamers series, but that was before I read Before I Wake. This book blew me away and I could not and would not stop reading until I finished it. It is truly a one sitting kind of book. The action kicks up right away and does not stop until you reach the very last page. Also, I absolutely love the cover. By far my favorite cover in the series.



The Kaylee we see in Before I Wake is not the same Kaylee we have come to know and love. Personally, I think she is better. She is still Kaylee in all the ways that matter, but death has changed her. She is finding it hard to hold on to her humanity and sometimes she does not really want to. She is struggling to keep herself in the here and now, and only very strong emotions help to keep her grounded. However, she is still selfless and noble and incredibly loyal to her friends.


In case my previous reviews didn’t make it clear, Tod has officially wormed his way into my heart. The only characters I may like more than him are Daemon Black and Patch Cipriano, and even then they do not beat him by much. There were just so many moments where I wanted to hug him and every time he opened his mouth I just fell for him some more. He is determined, protective, sarcastic, witty, and incredibly sweet.

Nash, in my opinion, has fallen drastically since the first book. While I understand that he is upset, and has every right to be, I also think he needs to put his big boy pants on and move on with his life. Wallowing in misery does nobody any good, especially when there are evil hellions out there determined to ruin your life.

Despite the great plot and interesting character developments, my favorite part of this book was simply the relationship between Kaylee and Tod. They make more sense as a couple then Nash and Kaylee ever did. It is evident simply in the way they are around each other. Kaylee is comfortable with Tod, whereas she was never truly comfortable with Nash. It is clear that they understand each other and know even the tiniest details about each other. Kaylee can always tell what Tod is really thinking and Tod is willing to go to extraordinary lengths for Kaylee. Theirs is a relationship that makes the other one stronger where that did not happen with Nash and Kaylee. I could go on and on about this, but I will stop here.

Overall, I am infatuated with this series (and Tod hehe). Now that I have read them all, I don’t really know what to do with myself or what book I should read next. Any book I read is going to pale in comparison, and that just is not fair to that book. So this is me, sitting here, impatiently awaiting the release of With All My Soul.
 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Swoon Thursday #5: Inbetween by: Tara Fuller



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.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! We want to know :-)

This week my swoon-worthy moment comes from Inbetween by Tara Fuller:
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"Before you, there was only dark." He stopped, but his voice was still unsteady when he started again. "You lit up my whole world, like the sun bursting through the clouds on a stormy day. You made me remember what it was like to feel alive. You made me believe I was something that I didn't think existed anymore."

Is that not one of the sweetest things ever!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #7: Toxic (Denazen #2) by: Jus Accardo



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

This Waiting On Wednesday is all about Toxic (Denazen #2) by Jus Accardo:
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"When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez's problems.

After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice—surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged—or losing someone she loves—Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.

Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead..."


I absolutely LOVED Touch, I mean really really really loved it. So naturally I am dying to get my hands on Toxic, especially with the cliffhanger ending we were left with. 
Toxic
will be released on September 11, 2012.


What's your Waiting On Wednesday? Link me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #7: Dark Kiss by: Michelle Rowen

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!



My teaser this week is from Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen:



"Well, I can. And I've spotted a new one, so I guess you do need me. And if you keep looking at me like you want me dead, I can't say I'm all that interested in helping you out." "Kraven," Bishop growled. A warning. "Be nice to Samantha."

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Share the link to your TT in the comments, or if you don't have a blog just share your teaser there too and join in the fun!

Now, let us stare at Daemon....

Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Reviews: Soul Screamers: My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save, & My Soul to Keep by: Rachel Vincent

Note: Since I flew through this series extremely fast, I decided to post my reviews in two giant mega-posts. So this post contains reviews for the first three books in the series. Also, please note that the sequel reviews, may contain spoilers for the previous books.

My Soul To Take

Release Date: August 1, 2009 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next."


My Thoughts:

This book is simply made of awesome. It is one of those books that is physically painful to put down and will keep you guessing from beginning to end. The plot is great, the characters are great, and the writing is great. I was worried going into this book because I had read so many positive reviews and therefore my expectations were pretty high. I am happy to say that this book not only met but exceeded my expectations. 

I need to start by saying that this book really surprised me. I truly did not see most of the events coming, and the characters I had pegged for villains turned out to be okay. Likewise, some of the characters I thought were trustworthy turned out to be a problem. Also, and I feel kinda stupid about this after the fact, I legitimately had no idea what Kaylee was. It is clear she is more than human from the start, but I could not guess what it was. I’m not going to spill the beans in case there are others out there like me who do not figure it out right away. I will leave it at this: I was surprised by what she was, but then mad at myself for not getting it because it really made sense once I found out.

Kaylee is a great lead and I truly enjoyed reading from her perspective. Her voice was easy to read and it was enjoyable. I found her thought process to be quite amusing and her inner monologue was priceless. It was the way I imagine most people to actually think, well at least I think like that. 

Nash was a likable character, but I think he was just too serious for me. I am more of a Tod kind of girl. He was funny and sarcastic and I think I may have kinda sorta fell in love with him. He wasn’t even in this book that much and I’ve already pegged him as my favorite. I just think his character has so much potential. Nash was just way too “these are the rules and the rules you must follow” kind of guy. I don’t know if I’m explaining it right, but long story short Tod=awesome sauce Nash= okay sauce.

All in all, My Soul to Take has introduced me to another series I just know I am going to love. I just know I am going to read all of the books and novellas that are currently out one after the other. So I need to thank the wonderful Jennifer L. Armentrout for loving this series and therefore prompting me to read it (because if my favorite author loves it, then it only makes sense that I will love it) and for introducing me to this wonderful story.

My Soul to Save

Summary:
Release Date: December 29, 2009 from Harlequin Teen
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"When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.


Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk..."


My Thoughts:


I think I may have a new author crush, and her name is Rachel Vincent. Before I picked up My Soul to Save I read a bunch of reviews just to get some sort of idea of what the books was like. I was surprised to see that most people felt it was not as good as My Soul to Take, so naturally I was a bit worried. However, I was worried for no reason. In my opinion, I thought that My Soul to Save was just as good, if not better, than My Soul to Take. However, I realize this might be because I am a huge Tod fan, and this book had a lot more Tod in it.

While I saw numerous complaints that Kaylee and Nash’s relationship lacked presence, I was actually okay with this. I enjoyed reading about the events that were happening as opposed to just the romantic aspect. I liked that there was action and drama and life threatening danger and not just simply romance. Also, and please don’t hate more for this, but I am not a huge fan of Nash and Kaylee together. Yes they are sweet and cute, but something just doesn’t sit right with me. I share a lot of Kaylee’s doubts.

Speaking of Kaylee, she continued to be a likable heroine in this book. She is climbing the ladder of my favorite heroines. She is just a genuinely good person and is always willing to help. While I sometimes questioned her choices, I also completely understood the reason for those choices. She always tries to make the right decision, even when the right decision leads to less than desirable outcomes. She cannot turn her back on anyone and is always willing to help. While this may seem like a weakness, I feel that it really just makes her stronger.

Nash, while likable, is not my favorite character. He kind of grated on my nerves in this book. I don’t really know what it was, but he came across as mean. Kaylee would want to help, and he would not want to get involved and be annoyed at Kaylee. I know he was just trying to look out for Kaylee’s best interests, but it seemed like he was trying (and failing) to be controlling. Tod, on the other hand, made me love him more. I really do not know what it is about him, but I just really like his character. He was willing to go to extraordinary lengths for someone he cared about. He is also simply funny and witty, and we all know I am a sucker for characters like that. Yes he is dangerous, but he is also a good friend to have.

All in all, this series has me hooked! It is hard for me to adequately describe how much I love this series. I had a very hard time putting this review together, because I simply did not know what to say, except that the book is awesome. So in conclusion, I love My Soul To Save and I hope you do too.

My Soul to Keep

Release Date: June 1, 2010 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:


"Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does. Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked. And so is someone else…"


My Thoughts:


Teresa has one addiction: the Soul Screamers series. The Soul Screamers series has sucked her in like none other. Nothing can come between us, not even sleep, nourishment, or a life.  This is the kind of book that really can kill you. It has made its way into everything about my world. How? It is all I talk about, and my family tries to cut me off and protect me- but I am already hooked. And you should be too… 

Okay, now that I have had my fun, I am moving on to the real portion of the review. My Soul to Keep was another wonderful installment in the Soul Screamers series. While I liked the previous novels better, this one did not disappoint. I was a little bummed during the beginning of the book, due to a serious lack of Tod, but the book made up for that in the end with much more of his yummy-ness.

Once again, Kaylee proves to be kickass while Nash proves to be a jackass. It kind of amazes me how good of a person Kaylee really is. Despite all the bad stuff that has happened to her, she still strives to help everyone and anyone, even people she does not really like. However, I will say this; she needs to stop feeling guilty about everything that goes wrong. Most of the time it is not her fault, but just a culmination of bad choices by numerous different people. Now, back to Nash being a jackass- I don’t really mean it that way. I like Nash, I really do, and I feel for him, but sometimes he just makes me crazy. He is always trying to keep Kaylee from doing what she feels is right and I do not agree with that. However, normally I can understand that he is just trying to look out for Kaylee, in this case though his motivations were selfish and I had a hard time looking past that. Now here is the part where I fangirl about Tod. I LOVE HIM. It really is that simple. I went on and on about him in the two previous reviews, so I will spare you here. But I have to say that he just keeps getting better and better as the books progress.

Now I do have one teeny tiny complaint (gasp I know, I didn’t think it was possible), and that concerns one of the plot twists. There is a major plot twist within the novel that I was able to see coming from chapter one. I literally had it pegged from the get-go. While I think it was meant to be figured out along the way, I do not think I was supposed to notice immediately. Maybe I was able to discover it because I jumped right from My Soul to Save to My Soul to Keep or it is possible I just read too much. Either way, it was a bit of a deterrent for me, because I spent a lot of time just waiting for this bomb to be dropped- if you read the book you probably know what I am speaking about. While it did bother me, the rest of the story-line surprised me and once the plot twist was exposed I was much happier.

All in all My Soul to Keep, while not my favorite, was a great addition to the Soul Screamers series. Rachel Vincent has created a world that I have been shamelessly sucked into and I REGRET NOTHING. 



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