Saturday, November 28, 2009

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie! It is a list of the books that I've have received over the previous week, either in the mail, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Bought from Barnes & Noble Online:

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Shadowland by Alyson Noel!!

I'm very excited about all of these. But, the one I'm most excited for is Shadowland!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Finds

This post encloses the covers of the books, I recently found on other book blogs, good reads, bookstores, and that I am highly interested in reading. They're are also a constant reminder of the books that I have to buy!

Adruey, Wait by Rovin Benway
Nothing but Ghost by Beth Kephart

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
The Everafter by Amy Huntley

Going too Far by Jennifer Echols
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Title: Deadly Little Secret
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Pages: 252, paperback

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Age Group: Young Adult

Overall Rating:

Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept. . . .

Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from ordinary. Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something...but he's not the only one with a secret.

Deadly Little Secret surpassed my expectations. It was suspenful, thrilling, and intriguing all in one book. From the cover you get the impression of ghost, mystery, and a combination between paranormal and romantic. Which, is all this book is about. I am so happy I read it!

One gloomy day as Camelia walked, something unexpected happened, she almost got run over by a car, a mysterious guy reached out and saved her life. She felt his touch and it thrilled he she felt it all over her body, even though he was only touching one part of her body. Before Camelia gets to thank him for saving her life the mysterious guy disappears. Three months later, the mystery guy, Ben, is enrolled in her school. Rumors say he pushed his girlfriend down a cliff after strangling her. Camelia shuts her self from believing any of the rumors and believes, he's a good guy, the guy that saved her life. Ben denies ever saving her life, and claims, he is being mistaken for someone else. Strange things happen to Camelia, she is being stalked. Phone calls, mysterious gifts, and letters, she is receiving. Who could it be? Ben says she's in danger? Where will Camelia end up and unravel the secret?

This paranormal romance thriller will have you trying to solve the mystery for hours. It had interesting ingredients of mystery, romance, and action, to complement the thrilling plot. Everytime I thought I'd solved the mystery, Stolarz would put something I didn't see coming. From the beginning the suspense goes on and on. The hook is immediately on the first page. It made me never get enough of it. At some point it did slow down, but it always thrilled me to see what was going to happen next. The light writing had me engaged into the book, although I would have liked it to be more descriptive. There wasn't much character development, it didn't really bother me. I found the plot very original, most importantly "the touch". Hot, mysterious, and sexy Ben was my favorite character. He gave the book and air of sensuality, and danger.

At the end of the book, it had me exhausted on trying to follow the story and the many twist and turns. But, I found it fascinating. Stolarz definitely has a gift for story telling. I look forward to reading the sequel in the near future for more- action, thrill, and romance.

Deadly Little Lies





Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: What I Wore to Save the World

Book: What I Wore to Save the World by Maryrose Wood
Release Date: December 1, 2009
Sypnosis: Senior year's coming up fast and Morgan still has no clue about college, or a career-the whole rest of-her-life thing is basically a blank. Maybe it's because she spent her junior year obsessing about Colin, the hot Irish guy she fell for last summer (that was right around the same time she discovered she's a half- goddess from the days of Irish lore... you had to be there). She even saved Colin from a nasty enchantment, but he doesn't know that. Colin doesn't believe in magic, not even a little.

But then a mysterious message reunites her with Colin, who turns out to be caught up in the biggest faery-made disaster ever. We're talking the end of reality-not just reality TV. To save the world, she's going to have to tell Colin the truth about her half-goddess mojo. But if he doesn't believe in magic, how will he ever believe in her?

I love this gorgeous cover. I haven't read the other 2 books in the series, but I'm hoping that won't be a problem. I'm very excited about the release of this book, I can't wait. Comes out next week, on Tuesday. I'll be ordering it from Barnes & Noble then! Such an interesting title.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Title: Strange Angels
Author: Lili St. Crow
Pages: 293, paperback

Publisher: Razorbill

Tags: Supernatural, Psychic Ability, Werewolves, Vampires, Orphans, Identity

Age Group: Young Adult

Overall Rating:

Dad? Zombie

Mom? Long Gone

Me? Well, That's the Scary Part

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Dangerous, armed, and mysterious Dru, a sixteen year old is a ghost, vampire, werewolf, and zombie hunter. Dru and her dad travel around the country hunting for supernatural creatures. After settling in a new city, Dru faces a new adventure when her dad mysteriously gets turned into a zombie in one of his hunts and his corpse sent back home to Dru. Many twist and turns lead Dru to use her fighting skills to defend herself from the enemies that seek her after her dad's death.

While at the mall, family-less Graves befriends Dru and, while trying to help her, Dru is bitten by a werewolf. To protect her comes a half-vampire Christophe. He claims that Dru is more important than she ever could have imagined. Dru doesn't know what to believe. Who is he and what side is he on? And who else is hunting Dru? And why? The Real world is a frightening place!

I have mixed feelings about this book. It's greatness was on and off. I felt like most of the ideas where recycled from other literature. On many aspects, I felt like it fell flat. Don't get me wrong, the plot is intriguing and of interest to the reader, but some parts of this book were extra.

Crow gets into Dru's mind and makes readers want more. It was a roller coaster of events full of drama, action, and adventure. This made me love the book. Although, some parts caused confusion as the story moved made me lose interest. The action does not last all throughout the book, which disappointed me. Some parts of gruesome and distracting, that turned me off.

Overall, it was a full of trill, well developed, action packed, full of mystery, and suspense that I want more of in the sequel Betrayals. From reading Strange Angels, I can see potential in the series. Without looking at its defects it was a great and trilling story!







Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Read This Past Week:
L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Currently Reading:
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

To Read This Week:
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
The Devouring by Simon Holt

  • I admit I wasn't too productive last week, but I'll pick up the pace this week.
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New Blog Makeover

All day yesterday and today, I've been working on a redesigning my blog. I can never get it to look how I want it. But, I'll have to be satisfied with what I did accomplish. I'm not happy with it, but it'll work for now. I'll be back tomorrow with reviews.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie! It is a list of the books that I've have received over the previous week, either in the mail, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Bought at Barnes & Noble:

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

The Devouring by Simon Holt

I didn't get very many, but on Wednesday, I'll get the ones I ordered online on the mail. I really had to get these, so I could have something to read until then. And, because Barnes & Noble e-mailed me a store coupon for 25% off.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Finds

This post encloses the covers of the books, I recently found on other book blogs, good reads, bookstores, and that I am highly interested in reading. They're are also a constant reminder of the books that I have to buy!

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
Secret Society by Tom Dolby

Once a Witch by Carlyn Mac Cullough
As you Wish by Jackson Pearce

Pretty Face by Mary Hogan
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Random Quote From Good Reads:
"Books may well be the only true magic."
— Alice Hoffman

Thursday, November 19, 2009

On My Wishlist (1)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. It allows us to share the books we haven't bought yet but are waiting to be bought and devoured. If you are anything like me then your wishlist is getting longer by the day! This post is featured on Wednesday, but I will do mine on Thursday.

This week I'm debating on buying:

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

Since, as long as I can remember (July) I saw this at The Story Siren, and I immediately fell in love with the cover. The plot sounds intriguing, too. I'm eager to see this delivered, it would make me scream! I'm absolutely sure about getting this one.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

I have to admit, I don't know much about this book. But, the big hype about this book makes me itch to buy it. I'm still not 100% sure about buying it but may decide for it. I'm really interested in buying/reviewing newly releases. so this one may have a big chance.

I really want to take advantage of 46% off, so this one is at the top of my list.

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

This one, I know I have to buy. It's the 3rd sequel to the Immortal Series, which I have read. There hasn't been a big hype about it, but I'm really curious to see what will happen in this installment of the series. Whatever, I pick I know it will be a priority next week.

Beautiful by Amy Reed

After seeing this on many blogs, I got the urge to buy it. Even though, I don't know much about it, or what it's about. I know it will be great. And, I feel like splurging on this one. The cover is so pretty!

With all that said, I'm going to take my picks. You can see what I got next week on my In My Mailbox post. I will get the ones I pick on the mail, more than likely on Monday, so reviews on some of these coming next week.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wishing on Wednesday: Fallen

Book: Fallen by Lauren Kate
Release Date: December 8, 2008 

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

There is big hype around the book blogosphere about this book. I'm really curious to read it. The synopsis sounds intriguing, we'll just have to wait and see, but it looks like it will be a big hit. It is on my To-Buy wish-list, so I'm more than definitely interested in buying.....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Entries for Princess Bookie's Creative Contest

Princess Bookie is holding a creative contest. Prizes: An ARC of Magic Under Glass, an ARC of Betraying Season, and a MYSTERY ARC!

I'm very excited about this one!

For Cindy at Princess Bookie: 

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Title: The Chosen One
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Pages: 213

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Tags: Isolated Communities, Polygamy, Abuse, Romance
Age Group: Young Adult

Overall Rating:

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.

Kyra, a thirteen-year-old living in a polygamist community, yet she hasn't gone faced the facts about the polygamy going on around her. She is clueless about the feelings to be chosen. One day unexpectedly, it is announced that she must wed her 60 year uncle, who has chosen her to be his 7th wife. Kyra's first thoughts are that God is punishing her for her sins for lying, reading books that are not the Bible, sneaking out out of the house, and stealing food from her other mothers among other things. To console her in her times of melancholy comes Joshua, the guy she soon falls in love with. With Joshua she feels safe, and loved the love her soon to be husband can't give her. After she adventures and lives with the forbidden love, her uncle comes and physically abuses her leaving her bruised and hurt. It was then she experienced with thoughts of escaping the gruesome, strict, and pain-filled life she lives, but leaving behind those she loves troubles her.....

This is is very emotional book, and deals with a very painful subject. The novel is nothing, but beautiful and spectacular. It made me think about how good we have it on the outside world. It was full of surprises, adventure, a powerful message. The heart-moving tale gives us a clear picture of the polygamous life. Williams paints a clear picture of a world where women have no saying and are owned by men. A place where women are only to have outrageous amounts of children and destined to be punished if they fail to obey the commandments of the prophet, of the ruler of their community, a world still existent today. I found no flaw in the writing it is destined to interest anyone. The characters where beautifully developed that you could even feel their pain and struggles. It is definitely a very important book, because we can all learn from it. It can help us all value our freedom, even help us value and respect the female gender, and stand up for our rights. Certainly, it will make your teeth grind!

Overall, from start to finish I enjoyed the book, and highly recommend it. It can do us all a lot of good, to learn about the isolated society hidden from the outside world.