Sunday, September 30, 2012

In My Mailbox #15


IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I decided to do something different and that resulted in my very first vlog. Hope you guys enjoy and that I didn't make too much a fool of myself.




Goodreads Links:
Hidden by: Sophie Jordan
Dearly, Departed  by: Lia Habel
Sweet Venom by: Tera Lynn Childs
Iron Fey by: Julie Kagawa
Touch of Death by: Kelly Hashway



What was in your mailbox? Link me.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Character Spotlight: Anna Korlov


To finish up my all female character spotlights for the month of September, I decided to go with Anna Korlov or better known as Anna Dressed In Blood. Also, what better way to kick off the month of October than with a spotlight on Anna. There will be spoilers for both Anna Dressed In Blood and Girl of Nightmares.

Anna is a very different kind of character. Anna is also not alive; she is a ghost, a murderous ghost at that. However, Anna is much more than that. She has a very dark backstory and it is hard to hate her. I actually feel sorry for her and her situation.

Anna is not simply Anna Korlov but she is also Anna Dressed in Blood. Anna Korlov is a sweet girl who lived with an incredibly overbearing mother. She was looking to spread her wings and leave home when on the night of a school dance she is brutally murdered. This is how she became Anna Dressed in Blood, who has no choice but to murder those who enter her house. However, in the afterlife she still holds on to the Anna Korlov side. She is incredibly scary but also incredibly intriguing. I find it hard to blame her for the things she does, because as the book goes on you learn that it is truly not her fault but the fault of a curse put on her at the time of her death. Anna hates herself for the things she has done and it is clear she wishes she could stop.
 
As noted, Anna has a very tortured past and her existence as a ghost has been a lonely one. It is hard to have friends or people to talk to when you are forced to murder anyone who steps foot in your house, that is until Cas comes along. Her and Cas strike up and unlikely friendship that leads to more. Cas finds that he relates to Anna like he has never related to any other living person. They can talk about things that they cannot talk about with others. Their romance is very different and I love it because of that. As Cas puts it “We’d be the fricking dragon and the wicked fairy.”

Anna is a very strong character. She is willing to help Cas and she encourages him when something from his past comes back. She is also willing to sacrifice. She demonstrates this when she practically walks into hell to save Cas. When she is faced with the horrors in hell, she does not break but somehow remains strong.

Anna is one of the most intriguing characters out there because she is not clear cut. She has numerous layers and they are peeled away one by one. She is dark and twisted, but still a good person. Anna is an interesting character that I think everyone should meet.

Favorite Anna Quote:
"Don't start that," Anna says. She walks away from me sharply. "Arthur without Excalibur was still Arthur." -Anna Dressed In Blood

Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: Eve and Adam by: Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

Release Date: October 2, 2012 from Feiwel & Friends
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the published via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.



"And girl created boy...

In the beginning, there was an apple—
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?"



My Thoughts:


Eve and Adam was a book that I picked up and thought I would love. Sadly, I did not love it. I enjoyed it and it kept me interested, but I would not consider it a favorite and not by a long shot. It is simply just a quick and light read, but nothing remarkable in my opinion.

While the concept for Eve and Adam is different, the plot held a lot of elements typical for a Young Adult novel. For instance, we have the boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy does not want to admit to liking girl, boy finally admits it, wait no too much standing in our way, blah blah blah. Sometimes I eat that stuff up, but with this one I just wasn’t feeling it. We also have an attempt at a love triangle, but it was very brief and I felt like it was included simply because love triangles “need” to be in YA books. Then you had the typical “story from the past” mix up, where the reader believes one thing all along, but wait! It actually happened this way. There were more, but these irked me the most.

Part of my problem with this book is simply the characters. I could not bring myself to really like any of them completely. Eve was the only character that I did actually like fully. She is intelligent, headstrong, and a loyal friend. She is not without her flaws, but overall a good character. Then we have Solo, who does not make my book boyfriend list. This is coming from a girl who has an incredibly long list of them. He just seemed like a jerk at some points, but I couldn’t really buy into his reasoning for being a jerk. I really do not know why. He was likable at moments, but then at other times he truly aggravated me. Next up there is Aislin, who is a not really a model friend. Eve may think she is selfless, but I did not. I felt like she used Eve a lot. To the point where Eve was sitting in a hospital injured, and Aislin calls her to come and help her. I mean, seriously? This was her downfall for me. Then we have Eve’s mother, who is just, well there are really no words to express how much I dislike her. I will admit that the characters begin to overcome these flaws as the book progresses, but they still stuck with me.

Now that I have expressed my complaints, I will tell you why this book was still enjoyable. Firstly, it switched up perspectives. If you stop by here often, you will know that I love books that switch perspectives. I love getting inside different characters heads and seeing how they think differently. I enjoy experiencing books outside of a single characters bubble. It enables the reader to see multiple events that happen to multiple characters, without having to hear about certain events second hand. I also liked the silly-ness that was spread throughout the book. There was some great banter and a lot of good one liners. Eve and Adam did have me laughing out loud at times with the quirky pop culture references and irony. For example, I really enjoyed this conversation:
“Oh, snap,” I say.
“What?”
“Sorry. I was flashing back to 2005.”

And then this one too:

“I thought… well, I thought you were just a ruthless, amoral, manipulative, cold bitch.”
Mom nods. “Yes. All that’s true.”

The whole book contained conversations like these and I loved that. I also enjoyed that the teens really sounded like teens. It didn’t seem forced; they thought the way I know I thought when I was in high school. Despite my complaints about some of the YA elements, I did overall enjoy the story line. The whole genetics background was interesting and it raised the question of how far is too far concerning genetics. Also, creating the perfect guy, that is just fun. However once again, this raises another question: what is perfection?

All in all Eve and Adam is a good read, but I would not consider it a great read. I am still interested to see where things go in the sequel Adam and Eve (yes that will probably get confusing.) The best way to describe this book is: quick, light, and fun.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Swoon Thursday #14: Lucid by: P.T. Michelle



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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This week my swoon-worthy moment is from Lucid by P.T. Michelle:
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""Do you still love me Nara?" he ground out. I stiffened offended. "What kind of question is that?" He closed his eyes for a second, then locked gazes with me once more. "All the other bullshit, texts that never made it, guys who think they can have you, stuff happening out of my control, a life I didn't choose, none of it matters," he growled. "But the way you feel about me does." A life he didn't choose? Was he referring to his powers? I searched his angry gaze. For a breif second, vulnerable pain reflected in the dark depths, cracking through my anger. "I've done nothing but love you-" Ethan's mouth cut me off, his lips pressing hard against mine. The fierceness of his kiss rocked me to my toes. I couldn't help but respond to it. Wrapping my arms around his shoulders, I kissed him back with all the longing and worry and fear I'd felt during his absence. God, I'd missed him... missed our connection so very much."


I absolutely loved this moment in the book. It was so perfect.

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #16: Destroy Me by: Tahereh Mafi



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 Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi:
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"In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .
Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.
Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45."

It is no secret that I am Team Warner, so naturally this book is something I am dying to get my hands on.
Destroy Me will be released on October 2, 2012.
What's your Waiting on Wednesday? Link me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Brightest Kind of Darkness by: P.T. Michelle (Review and Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop on the Brightest Kind Of Darkness Blog Tour hosted by Refracted Light Reviews. My stop is for a review of Brightest Kind of Darkness and the short version of the upcoming review is that I loved it.

Summary:

"Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past."


My Thoughts:


Release Date: June 27, 2011
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Brightest Kind of Darkness is unlike any book I have ever read. If I had to describe it, I would say it is like Final Destination, or more specifically what a good version of Final Destination could have been. I have never read a book quite like this, but it still managed to have everything I enjoy in a book. There was an adorable romance, suspense, action, and of course life threatening situations.

Nara is a likable lead, even if she did make me crazy at one point during the book. She is determined and fierce and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. However, she has settled into the comfort of always knowing what is coming, and when she suddenly loses that comfort it makes life difficult for her. As I stated before, the paranormal aspect of this book is something I have never encountered before, so that made this a very refreshing read for me. You would think it is cool to know exactly what is going to happen the next day, but really it is not. You would live in a constant deja vu and that is exactly what Nara’s life is like until she meets Ethan. Ethan turns her whole world upside down, both for the worse and for the better. Together they try to make some normal out of their crazy lives, because as it turns out there is much more to Ethan than meets the eye, but I’m not telling what that is. You will just have to read the book and find out. I will say that Ethan is edgy, sweet, protective, and strong. He also has a dark past that leaves the reader wondering exactly what he is up to.

Not going to lie, one of the things I absolutely LOVED about this book was that both Nara and Ethan volunteer at an animal shelter and that both characters clearly love dogs. As someone who has never gone a day in her life without having a dog around, it was hard not to absolutely love that about the characters. I also loved that they volunteer at a shelter, because both of my dogs are from a shelter and it just broke my heart when I couldn’t take all of the dogs home with me. So, yeah, that tiny aspect of the book really spoke volumes to me and it made me love the characters even more than I already did.

Back to more relevant aspects of the story, the villain in Brightest Kind of Darkness was one of the most intriguing yet. After Nara interferes with Fate by preventing the bombing of her school, it seems that Fate is trying to make up for what he missed out on. How does one fight fate? It is a villain you cannot see or hear, so how do you fight it? How can you fight something that seems to control destiny? Worse yet, what happens when you piss fate off? Fate as a villain is truly creepy and had me looking over my shoulder while reading the book. It also makes the reader question if everything is meant to happen for a reason, even the things that are painful to deal with. I always say, a book that makes you question things is a good book.

All in all Brightest Kind of Darkness was a great read that kept me engrossed from beginning to end. While I was a bit upset with the ending, because the reader is left with a good amount of questions, overall it just got me excited for the next book. If you are a fan of pararomance and are looking for something different, then you need to pick this book up.


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About The Author:


P.T. Michelle is the young adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen romance novels and novellas. When PT isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature. 


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Teaser Tuesday #16: Ceaseless by: Abbi Glines and Down To You by: M. Leighton




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 Ceaseless by: Abbi Glines:

"Riding the back of a motorcycle pressed tightly up against Dank Walker was one of those experiences that all females should have before they die. Nothing compared to it."
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And simply because I ADORED this book, I am also posting a teaser from
Down To You by: M. Leighton:


"He 's the embodiment of the one thing in life I need like a hole in the head - another bad boy love interest."
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Review: Down To You by: M. Leighton... Plus an Excerpt and a Giveaway!

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Release Date: September 23, 2012
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"Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance- Please be advised that this book is NOT YA friendly, not even in a New Adult category!

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not.

Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white.

But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her.

Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.

Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire.

She wants them both.

And they want her.

How will she ever choose between them?"

My Thoughts:

M. Leighton and her books are going to be the death of me, I swear. Her characters are just to die for, hence the previous statement. Down To You is an incredibly sexy and captivating read. It will keep you guessing from the very first page and I dare you to try and put this book down.

I thought I was in love with Trick from The Wild Ones but then M. Leighton introduced me to Cash Davenport and oh dear I just don’t know how to handle him. I still love Trick, but there is just something that verges on dangerous about Cash and well that makes him incredibly attractive. Cash is everything a bad boy should be, but there is a sweet and vulnerable side to him as well. I was drawn to him from the moment he was introduced. Let me say this, Miss Leighton knows just how to introduce characters; she introduces Cash perfectly! Then we have Cash’s twin, Nash. Nash is everything Cash is not. He is the good guy. He is driven, successful, and respectable. However, Nash is very much taken, by Olivia’s cousin no less. It is easy to understand why Olivia had such difficulty choosing between these two guys. Both are incredibly sexy and make her weak in the knees; Nash is everything she needs in a guy while Cash is everything she wants. If you cannot tell already, I am a Cash fan. Also note, this is not your normal love triangle. So those of you who do not read love triangles, please give this one a shot. I am picky when it comes to love triangles and this one is done perfectly.

Moving on to Olivia, I loved getting inside her head. It was easy to sympathize why she was so torn between these two men. It is also very easy reading from her perspective. She is spunky and smart, something I always love in a character. She is also realistic. Olivia is torn by her emotions by both Davenport brothers and it kind of eats at her. She is confused and knows what she wants but also knows what she should want.

Let me warn you, Down To You is hot. Not just normal hot, but go get yourself a bucket of ice hot. Then after you have used that bucket, go get some ice-cream or ice-pops or anything that is cold, because you will need it while reading this book. There are some very steamy moments, and that is putting it lightly. M. Leighton wrote some incredibly sexy scenes without it being tacky; they were tasteful but still sexy and alluring. Simply put, I loved each and every single one of them. However, I did take a particular liking to the one including the four wheeler…. Just wait.

I could go on and on about this book, but not without including spoilers and I do not want to do that, so I am going to stop here. I will leave it at this: Down To You is a book that you need to read. It is fun and sexy and the perfect one sitting kind of book. It will make you laugh and cry and shock you with its secrets. I had numerous theories while reading, but it was impossible to fully figure out what was going on. Then when you learn the truth, well you are going to have to pick your jaw up off the floor.

So yeah… I love this book…. Please do yourself a favor and read it.

Excerpt from Down To You:

“Stop doing that.  Don’t act like there’s nothing going on.”

“I’m not acting. Taryn and I have a history, but that was before she started working for me. I have few rules, but one is that I don’t get social with my employees.  And now she works for me.  That’s it.  Nothing more.”

“But you kissed her. I saw you.”

“No, you saw her kiss me.  You saw me not cause a scene in the middle of the club.”

“Well, you didn’t look like you hated it.”

“But I did.  The whole time, all I could think about was kissing you instead.”  He starts to bend his head toward mine.

Blood is roaring in my ears.  “But you don’t get social with your employees,” I remind him quietly.

“I’d make an exception for you.”  His face is getting close and closer.  Slowly.  A centimeter at a time.

“But it’s your rule.”

“I’ll break it for you,” he whispers.

“No, don’t do that,” I say breathlessly.

“Fine, then you’re fired,” he says just as his lips meet mine.

They are warm and the pressure is light.  At first.  As much as I want to resist, my resolve goes out the window when I feel his tongue run along the crease of my lips.  Without thinking, I part them.

And that’s all it takes.

The taste of Cash is like a perfectly aged Scotch—rich and delicious. His tongue slides along mine, stroking it, teasing it, as he uses his grip on my hand to pull me tighter to him.  I do the only thing I can.  I melt into him.


Giveaway: A Chance to win M. Leighton's  New York Times Bestseller The Wild Ones

Details:
- One winner will win one eBook of The Wild Ones
- You must be at least 13 years old to enter
- This giveway is open Internationally
- Giveaway will run from September 24 - 30
- Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter and will be notified through email. 
- Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen

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Cover Reveal: Just For Now (Sea Breeze #4) by: Abbi Glines

Title: Just for Now (Sea Breeze, #4)
Age Group/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Release: October 23, 2012
Cover Design: Mooney Designs
Book trailer created by: Hellion Works
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours


Summary:
The day Preston Drake figured out that wealthy women paid well for a set of tight abs and a pretty face his life turned around.

The run down rat-infested trailer he had shared with his alcoholic mother and three younger siblings was now only a place he visited to pay the bills and stock the pantry with food. 

He no longer worried about his family starving or living without electricity. The money he made entertaining rich older women more than covered his family’s needs and his own. He had it all figured out. Except…

There was this girl.

She was as innocent as he was tainted.

Amanda Hardy wished her knees didn’t get weak when Preston walked into a room. She hated the fact her heart raced when he flashed his smile in her direction. He had a different girl in his bed every night. He was the kind of boy a smart girl ran from. So, why was she coming up with ways to get close to him? Even when it was obvious he wanted to keep her at a distance.

Maybe her heart knew something the world didn’t. Maybe Preston Drake was more than just a pretty face.




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.
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

In My Mailbox #14


IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week was a good week because I got books from a some of my favorite authors.

First up my finished copy of Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout arrived. Dying to re-read this one now that I have a pretty hardcover version.

My signed copy of Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent also arrived. This may or may not have led to some extreme dancing around my house.

Next, I got some eBooks. Down To You by M Leighton (warning: this book may lead to some extreme swooning) and Ceaseless by Abbi Glines (this book may also lead to swooning).

Last but not least, I received some swag from Jus Accardo. As we all know, I have an addiction to bookmarks.

Goodreads links:
Cursed by: Jennifer L Armentrout
Before I Wake by: Rachel Vincent
Down To You by: M. Leighton
Ceaseless by: Abbi Glines

What was in your mailbox? Link me.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

500 Awesome Followers Giveaway

500 Followers!!!!!!!!! I cannot even begin to thank all of my lovely followers enough. You all make blogging worth it and I love sharing my crazy obsession with books with all of you. Naturally I had to celebrate this milestone with a giveaway. I will now use minions to express my excitement and gratitude.



What better way to celebrate than with my favorite author. One winner will win a signed copy of Obsidian and an ARC of Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Details:
- One winner will win a signed copy of Obsidian and an ARC of Cursed
- You must be at least 13 years old to enter
- Because of shipping costs, this giveaway is open to the US only
- Giveaway will run from September 23 - October 19
- Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter and will be notified through email. 
- Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen

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I do not want to forget my international followers, so there is a second part to my 500 Awesome Followers Giveaway. One winner will have a choice of a Nook or Kindle eBook of one of the books pictured below.
*book choice is subject to availability*

Details:

- One winner will win a choice of one of the eBooks pictured above. Nook or Kindle eBooks only.
- You must be at least 13 years old to enter
- This giveaway is open to both US and international followers.
- Giveaway will run from September 23 - October 19
- Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter and will be notified through email. 
- Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen

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Character Spotlight: Ellie Monroe


I decided to keep going with spotlighting some kickass heroines, because I like strong female characters. This week I went with Ellie from the Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton. Beware of spoilers.

Ellie is the definition of a strong heroine. She is intelligent, determined, strong, and she can kick your butt. However, Ellie refuses to leave her girly side behind. Despite being the preliator or the human incarnation of the angel Gabriel, she still wants to hold onto her teenage life. She enjoys going to school dances and parties and dressing up for Halloween. Also, she wants a boyfriend and not just anyone in particular, the one person she cannot have; her Guardian Will.

Ellie is not the type of heroine to hide behind someone else. She can handle herself in a fight and she is notorious in the reaper world. They fear her and they should fear her. She never backs down from a fight and even when she is afraid she always comes across as strong.

Aside from Ellie being the archangel Gabriel, she is just a teen. She strives to hold onto her normal life and her normal friends. She has an obsession with vampire shows and cold stone ice cream. By day she is a normal teenager, but by night she is the preliator. It is nice to see a character that is able to balance both aspects of her life, even if things do get out of hand.

One of the reasons I really like Ellie is the way she reacts to tough situations. For instance, once her and Will admit to their feelings for one another, they find out that it is forbidden. However, he is still her Guardian and they still need to work together. Despite it being difficult and despite the awkward tension between them, they still work together. They have a job to do and reapers to fight; plus Will still needs to train her. She handles the situation with dignity, even though she does get jealous and act like any teenager would in the situation.
 
Not only does she react well to tense situations, but she also manages to bounce back from some truly devastating circumstances. Things in Ellie’s life are never easy, but she always manages to move forward. I don’t want to say what event I am referring to in particular because it is a major spoiler, but if you read the books I am sure you know what I am referring to. An event that had the potential to ruin her didn’t because she was strong and she grieved, but then she looked at the bigger picture and began to move forward.

All in all, Ellie is simply tough and a force to reckon with. She does not take crap from anyone and always strives to get what she wants. Simply, she is a fabulous heroine.

Favorite Ellie Quotes:
“I have a ninja sitting shotgun. Of course, I'm tense.” –Angelfire

“I wondered, for a moment, if he was cuddly. Probably not.” –Angelfire

“Another one of my mystery skills I can't seem to remember. I really hope cooking is on that list, because I'd like to be able to make cupcakes without turning them into cement.” –Angelfire

“A demonic reaper asked to be my valentine and then killed his crazy ex-girlfriend to save my life. Tomorrow I was starting up antipsychotic meds.” –Wings of the Wicked

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: Opal by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

As you guys probably know, the Lux series is my all time favorite series... EVER... and JLA is my all time favorite author. So when there was the opportunity to participate in the cover reveal for Opal, I pounced on it. Like all of the other covers in this series, Opal does not disappoint. It keeps with the theme from the previous books and I personally love it. When I saw it I probably looked something like this 

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Summary:

No one is like Daemon Black.


When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.



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USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, 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 Russell, 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.

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