Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #60: The Fall of Five by: Pittacus Lore

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

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"The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again."

I actually didn't love the last book in the series. However, I have invested this much of my time and I am curious to see how the series wraps up.

The Fall of Five will be released on August 27, 2013.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

I LOVE this weeks topic. Great beginnings grab you and great endings stay with you forever, so I cant wait to share my favorites.

1. Clockwork Princess by: Cassandra Clare- Best. Epilogue. Ever. This epilogue made me cry like a baby... uncontrollable sobbing. Upon finishing it took me a good hour to finally calm down. Not only was the epilogue great, but the conclusion to the series in general was just fantastic. I don't think I have ever loved the way a series wrapped up as much as I loved this one. (Hence my new TID inspired tattoo on my back)

2. The Sea of Tranquility by: Katja Millay- That last sentence is the best last sentence EVER. The two words!!! It was just so beautiful and perfect.

3. If You Stay by: Courntey Cole- This book opens up in such a risky, but amazing, way. I was stunned and I loved it!

4. The Iron Knight by: Julie Kagawa- I absolutely loved the last few pages of this book. Ash will forever be a favorite of mine and that little speech of his always makes me melt.

5. Deity by: Jennifer L. Armentrout- Crazy cliffhanger ending... yes.... but OH MY it was awesome.

6. Opal by: Jennifer L. Armentrout- Yes a mean and evil cliffhanger, but come on.... it was amazing! And Daemon's last words *swoon*

7. Losing Hope by: Colleen Hoover- "and sometimes I find her at night, too... on Skype" ---> nuff said

8. This Girl by: Colleen Hoover- Will butterflying Cooper people! The epilogue in this book was the absolute perfect was the close out this amazing trilogy.

9. With All My Soul by: Rachel Vincent- Another fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series. I love what Rachel did with this book. I especially loved the last chapter for Tod reasons and for other spoilery reasons I will not go into.

10. Flawed by: Kate Avelynn- This ending absolutely destroyed me. It was completely unexpected and heartbreaking and resulted in days of crying.

What made your list?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2) by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Release Date: October 12, 2010
from Little Brown and Company
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"Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems."

My Thoughts:

I am loving this series. Once again I was dragged into this original world of Casters. I’m probably in the minority here, but I actually enjoyed Beautiful Creatures a lot more than Beautiful Darkness, even with the slower pace of Beautiful Creatures. This one frustrated me at times and not the good kind of frustrated, the kind of frustrated where I needed to step away from the book. With that being said I did enjoy the story and thought it was a good addition to the series. 

I freaking love Ethan, and not in the OMG he is so swoony way, but in the you are such an amazing character kind of way. He survives a crazy world with a crazy girlfriend and will not back down or give up. Also, I love that the guy is the normal one. I’ve said that before, but it’s worth repeating. I love that he is the one trying to save the day despite not being the most powerful. 

Then we have Lena. I wanted to strangle Lena on numerous occasions. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but just know that Lena is very annoying in this one. Annoying to the point where I was rooting for Ethan to just give up on her. Aside from Lena though, there were some other great characters. I loved Link because he is just too funny. I also loved the addition of Liv. She was a great character and I thought a great addition to the story. I’m very curious to see what happens with her. 

I know many people complain about the length of these books, but I honestly don’t have that problem. I love that the story is drawn out slowly. It’s slow, but you can’t look away. It’s a good kind of slow. I never get bored and the book never feels as long as it actually is. The plot is great and always keeps me guessing. I love the Caster world and the new creatures we are constantly meeting and I love that nothing is ever as it seems. 

My complaint with this book is that I missed the history aspect. The Civil War played a huge role in Beautiful Creatures and I would have liked to see that continue in Beautiful Darkness. The history was still important, but I feel as if it wasn’t as present in the story. Also one more thing. I felt like people kept showing up out of nowhere just when you needed them. Sure there was always a reasoning the authors included, but it just seemed constant. Every time Ethan was in trouble, someone would conveniently be where they needed to be to help him out. Aunt Prue is probably the best example of this. For those who have read it, I just had a hard time accepting that one. 

All in all, Beautiful Darkness is a great addition to the series, even if it did follow some of the typical second book patterns. I’m looking forward to whatever else is in store for Ethan and Lena.

Cover Reveal: Gideon's Spear by: Darby Karchut

"For Finn MacCullen, it’s time to Irish up.
With a shout, Finn held the spear aloft. “Come along, ye manky beasties,” he yelled, throwing every bit of Gideon-ness he could into his voice. “I’ve a wee point to share with ye!” Gripping the end of the shaft in both hands, he swung it around and around over his head, creating a whistling sound. “Faugh a ballagh!”
“The Spear!” Goblin voices screeched in panic. “The Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan!”
“Yeah, you got that right!” Finn yelled back.
When a power-crazed sorceress and the neighborhood pack of beast-like goblins team up and threaten both his master and his friends, thirteen-year-old Finn (not Finnegan) MacCullen does the only thing an apprentice monster hunter can do: he takes the fight to the enemy.
And woe to the foe he meets along the way."

Title: Gideon's Spear 
(The sequel to Finn Finnegan)
Author: Darby Karchut
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN: 978-1-937053-94-9
Release Date: 2/4/2014
Formats: Paper, e-book

Finn Finnegan
(Book One of The Adventures of Finn MacCullen)

“Overall, a great choice for adventure-loving readers who prefer their battle scenes with a hefty dose of ancient weaponry, ground-fighting skills, and just a touch of magic." --School Library Journal

"If Lloyd Alexander had written The Ranger's Apprentice, the result might have been something like Finn Finnegan. Fantastic!" --Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall and Ashen Winter

"Finn Finnegan brings classic adventure into a modern day setting for a great read.”
--Dee Garretson, author of Wildfire Run and Wolf Storm

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Weekly Recap 7/28/2013

I completely spazz fangirl all over this vlog... so be warned

Goodreads Links:
Origin by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
No Attachments by: Tiffany King
Catching Liam by: Sophia Bleu
Promise of Shadows by: Justina Ireland
These Broken Stars by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Near & Far by: Nicole Williams
Belladonna by: Fiona Paul
Up To Me by: M. Leighton
Everything For Us by: M. Leighton

Everbound by: Brodi Ashton
The Sea of Tranquility by: Katja Millay

Waiting On Wednesday: Origin by: Jennifer L. Armentrout


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nicole Speaks: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.

"R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world...

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between."

Nicole Speaks:
*this review contains minor spoilers*

As soon as I saw a coming attraction for Warm Bodies I knew I had to see the movie! Once I found out the movie was based on a book I got even more excited and couldn’t wait to read it. After seeing the movie, I loved R and Julie, and I looked forward to reading all about them. Even though I had the book for some time before I actually read it, what made me end up deciding to read Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies, was that I wanted to read something different. I wanted to read a book where you were reading from the supernatural person’s point of view instead of the usual human falling for a mysterious creature. I’m glad I read it because reading the book made me love R and Julie’s relationship even more.

R may be a zombie, but I don’t care. He is incredibly sweet and caring; especially once he starts falling for Julie. He may have eaten people, but Julie changes him, in more ways than he could ever imagine. It was so cute how he saved her while they were all out hunting. Their story took off from there. After eating her boyfriend Perry’s brain, which lets him see some of Perry’s memories, R can’t help but start to fall for Julie. I never thought I’d love a zombie, find eating brains cute and be cheering on a zombie-human relationship, but I just couldn’t help it! They were cuter together than some regular relationships I’ve read about and they had such a huge impact on everyone they know.

I knew Julie couldn’t stay with R forever at the airport, but I knew when she finally would leave, R would be heartbroken. I felt so terrible for R and I found myself cheering him on as he decided he needed to go after her, no matter what the risks were. I knew they needed to be together no matter what differences they had. I was thrilled to see him putting his life in danger just to go after the girl he loved. I couldn’t believe how much I wanted a zombie to end up with a human.

R’s zombie friends were also incredibly interesting. I never knew that R and Julie’s feelings for each other would spark “the cure” to the zombie apocalypse. Love was all they needed to realize they didn’t need to be the way they were. I find that super cute and I couldn’t wait for more and more zombies to change just like R was. I wanted all of the humans to realize what was happening, accept them, and help the change, but of course it wouldn’t be that simple.

One thing I loved about this book was that you got to read from the zombie’s point of view. So many books with supernatural love stories you read from the human’s point of view. I wanted something different and I didn’t know what book to read. Reading as a zombie was so different and awesome that it made me like Warm Bodies even more. I don’t think the book would have been nearly as amazing if it was from Julie’s point of view.

I loved this book and it was different from many other books I read. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a love story, or a zombie book, or even something just different. This book was great and I loved reading all about R and Julie.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility by: Katja Millay

Release Date: November 13, 2012
from Atria Books
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"I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances."

My Thoughts:

At this point there is nothing I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said. It has been raved about and cried over by practically every single bookish person I know. Therefore part of me feels as if this review is a bit useless, because what can I say that hasn’t already been said numerous times. However, I have a lot of feelings when it comes to this book and this is my outlet. 

This book is a gift. That is the best word I can use to describe it. It is wonderful and beautiful and the writing is fantastic. I was hanging on every single word. The story builds up ever so slowly and the story is pulled apart layer by layer and piece by piece. Nothing is handed to you all at once. Even when you think you know everything there is to know, there is still more to the story. It is the best kind of torture. I spent the entire book frustrated and an emotional wreck… in the best possible way of course. 

This book packs an emotional punch, but not necessarily in a bad way. Simply put, the book makes you feel and feel with your whole heart. I laughed, I cried, I sighed, I screamed, I danced around like a little girl, and at one point tossed my iPad in a fit of rage. This book will break you down and tear you apart, only to put you back together. Once you become invested in the story, there is no turning back. 

The characters we meet are truly broken and together they find some semblance of peace, but that peace does not come easy. Nastya is a character that broke my heart. To see the pain she was living with killed me, and it killed me even more because I had no idea what made her the way she was. Then we have Josh and I really loved Josh. This was another character that broke my heart because of all the pain he had to deal with. This review would not be complete if I didn’t mention Drew. Drew brings lightness to the story that is very much needed with Nastya and Josh. There is so much more I want to say about the characters, but so much of the story is focused on the characters journey that to do so would be considered spoilery. 

This book hurt, and it hurt a lot. I loved every single second of the hurt. It was also original. The whole concept it opens to and the way the story is told is genius. It may be a contemporary with broken characters, but it is like no other book out there in the genre. It also had the ABSOLUTE BEST closing line in a book I have ever read. Can you say uncontrollable sobbing? Cause that was me. It was pure perfection. 

The Sea of Tranquility is a book everyone needs to experience. So if there is anyone left out in the world that has not picked up this book, please remedy that as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Swoon Thursday #57: The Sea of Tranquility by: Katja Millay

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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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"You know I meant it. I am human. And male. And not remotely blind. Do you want me to say it again? You are distractingly, even-if-that-is-not-a-real-word pretty. You are so pretty that I bullied Clay Whitaker into drawing me a picture of you so I could look at you when you aren't around. You are so pretty that one of these days I'm going to lose a finger in my garage because I can't concentrate with you so close to me. You are so pretty that I wish you weren't so I wouldn't want to hit every guy at school who looks at you, especially my best friend.

There were so many moments I wanted to share from this book. However, a lot of my favorite moments were spoilery, so I ended up with this one since it was the least spoilery of all the moments I highlighted. I love Josh F*cking Bennett. 

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #59: Origin by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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

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"Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?"

I don't think it is necessary for me to explain why I am waiting on this book. We all know the love I possess for this series.

Origin will be released on August 27, 2013.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Words or Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up A Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

I struggled with this week's topic. I am usually willing to give anything a shot. There really isn't a specific type of book I avoid, the summary (or cover) just has to grab my attention. But I tried...

1. Horror- This doesn't always hold true, but I am not really one for scary books. I just can't handle them. I imagine terrible things and end up freaking myself out. I do on occasion read a scary book, but I never venture into the land of out and out horror.

2. Robots- Again, not always true, but usually. I don't really know why, they just don't appeal to me.

3. Non-Fiction- I just can't do it.... I can't... I try... but no.

And that is pretty much my list. I simply cannot think of anything else that really sends me running for the hills. There isn't much I won't at least give a shot. I failed at this week's list... oh well.

What made your list?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Review: Everbound (Everneath #2) by: Brodi Ashton

Release Date: Janaury 22, 2013
from Balzer & Bray
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"Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love."

My Thoughts:

*note there are spoilers for the first book in this review, it is spoiler free for Everbound*

Fellow readers. Answer me this. What did I ever do to you? Why did you not warn me about this book and how it would take my heart and mash it into itty bitty bits? Is it because misery loves company? Did you feel the need to drag me down with you? Because, hey it worked. I am now broken. So congratulations, you broke me. 

Okay, so real thoughts now. I was super excited to start this book. I had put it off because I had some other books I needed to read, but this one was always there calling me. So when I finally got around to it, I was so ready and excited and a ball of emotion. So imagine my surprise when I get to the 50% mark and I’m just not feeling it. I was crushed and honestly shocked. I didn’t get it. Then I realized it is not the books fault. I just wasn’t in the mood for it and I wasn’t feeling whiny Nikki at the moment. So I took a step back from the book. I put it down for a while until I was in the mood for some fantasy. Then a little more than a week later I picked the book up again… and proceeded to fall in love. This time I fell right into the story and was captivated and ready for the ride. 

Nikki is a tough one for me. See I usually like my heroines less whiny. But she is also realistic. It was hard for her to deal without Jack and it showed. She fell apart at times and she should fall apart. However, she is also determined. She wants to save Jack and will do whatever necessary. Speaking of Jack, I like him, but I wish I knew him better. Sometimes I just feel as if all I know is that Nikki loves him and thinks the world of him. I want to really know him and I hope I get to. 

Then we have Cole. Guys, I love Cole and I want to smack him right now! That boy shredded my heart! Why did he do that to my heart? Doesn’t he know its breakable? The sad thing, I can completely see the reasoning behind his crazy ass backwards actions and that is the problem. He is so broken and I just want to fix him. I can’t help it, he remains my favorite character. Everyone knows I have been Team Cole from the beginning and thought Nikki crazy for not taking him up on his offer, but I have resigned myself to the fact that it is never going to happen. Jack and Nikki are one of those stupid unbreakable loves. 

Everbound was a great ride and a book that broke my heart. I was sobbing upon finishing this book and dying to get my hands on the next one. Again people, why didn’t you warn me? Now I have to wait forever for the next book. *sobs*

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekly Recap 7/21/2013

Goodreads Links:
If You Leave by: Courtney Cole
The Midnight Heir by: Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Heartbeat by: Elizabeth Scott
Witchstruck by: Victoria Lamb
Immortals by: Ednah Walters
Frigid by: J. Lynn
One Week Girlfriend by: Monica Murphy
Daimon by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Bared To You by: Sylvia Day
On Dublin Street by: Samantha Young
Down London Road by: Samantha Young

Perfection by: J.L. Spelbring
Left Drowning by: Jessica Park

Waiting On Wednesday: Darker Days by: Jus Accardo
Swoon Thursday: The Evolution of Mara Dye by: Michelle Hodkin

Other Fun:
Blog Tour: Frigid by: J. Lynn (Excerpt, Q&A, Giveaway)
Trailer Reveal: Frigid by: J. Lynn
Cover Reveal: Wings by: Elizabeth Richards
Cover Reveal: Courage by: Carrie Butler


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