Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Bree Despain does not disappoint with her sequel, The Lost Saint. The story takes off a little under a year after Grace’s brother Jude ran away. Before starting The Lost Saint I was wondering how Bree could pull off a second novel after her amazing debut The Dark Divine. Well I found myself one again captivated in Grace’s world and breezing through the pages just to get to the end.
Not only has Bree continued to give us an awesome book but she also introduces more characters to the story. Talbot and Katie. Katie is a classmate who seems to want Daniel as her boyfriend. I felt the same way as Grace did about Daniel and his seemingly blossoming friendship with Katie. Talbot was a mysterious guy who seems to be into Grace. For some reason I liked Talbot more than Katie. I guess its because he was more in the story and we got to know more about him. Oh, and we also get to see more of Gabriel when he comes to town.
Grace gets a call from her brother and a string of vandalism and robberies follow. Grace and Daniel wonder if Jude has something to do with these crimes. Grace and Daniel tell each other that they would not keep secrets from each other. Turns out they both start hiding a lot of important things from each other. Grace and Daniel’s love for each other is tested with the addition to the 2 new characters and with their hidden secrets.
The ending was a little predictable. I was able to guess who the leader of the pack of vandals were. Still I was shocked at how everything went down in the battle. At the end it all made sense about why Daniel was acting so distant from Grace. How could anyone ever doubt him for a second? I love Daniel he is such a great boyfriend to Grace. Even if he ignored her for practically the whole book. Although all of their problems could have been avoided if they were just open and honest to each other.
To try and make a long review short, The Lost Saint is an epic sequel that had me feeling almost every emotion. Fans of The Dark Divine will never be let down as they join Grace as she goes undercover to fight crime with her growing powers and discover who is behind the crimes and find her brother.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Its where people can show others what they got that week in books. IMM also helps introduce books some people are aware of. :)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
These weekend trips into the city become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior year grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom. But, after the initial fun wears off for Alex, she is forced to reevaluate her friendship with M., who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior....
At first Echo’s not interested, doubting there’s anything in there she doesn’t already know. But when curiosity prevails, she starts reading, becoming so immersed in her sister’s secret world, their lives begin to blur, forcing Echo to uncover the truth behind Zoë’s life so that she can start to rebuild her own.
Prepare to laugh your heart out and cry your eyes out in this highly addictive tale as Alyson Noël tackles the complicated relationship between two sisters and shows how the bond can endure long after one of them is gone.
Having recently discarded her dorky image--and the best friend that went with it--Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQ’s, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her crazy aunt Tally.
Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby worries that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Synopsis: Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.
The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry, glint in his eyes.
The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boys' dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain is one thrilling debut novel. How and why could I have possibly waited this long to read this book? Well part of the reason why is because I wary about The Dark Divine because it came out when vampire books where starting to become all the rage. If it were not for my fellow book bloggers and book lovers, who convinced me that it was a werewolf book, I would probably have lived on without reading it. Also, take note that this review might not be too great. I started reading the The Lost Saint soon after finishing this book, and they both blend into one book now.
The Dark Divine is about Grace who is part of a religious, do good family. Grace starts seeing Daniel her childhood friend who disappeared 3 years ago. Her family avoids all talk of Daniel and that night he disappeared. Despite her brother’s warning to stay away from Daniel, Grace is drawn to him.
The mysteries and secrets pertaining to Daniel kept me flying through the pages. And who or what is causing all these deaths throughout the city? All the characters were likable; beside Pete Bradshaw. He got annoying after a while.
I love how the reader slowly gets the whole story as to what went on in the past between Daniel and Grace’s brother Jude. Bree Despain tied in the religion and werewolf folklore aspect very well. Although I wouldn’t consider The Dark Divine a christian fiction novel. Every element in this story comes together and makes this book original and unique. In my eyes The Dark Divine definitely stands out in the sea of YA books.
The ending was action packed and shocking. You never really know what twist or turn is coming until it happens. I could go on forever talking about this book. I’ll end this review by saying that you should give The Dark Divine a try. You’ll be sure to love it if you like werewolves, romance, mysteries, and action.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Now here is the cover that bn.com has:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This book trailer is just perfect: In my opinion. For those who have yet to read this book series or just want to re-watch here is the book trailer for The Dark Divine:
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.
Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.
Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.
In this electrifying novel, Heather Terrell spins a gripping supernatural tale about true love, destiny, and the battle of good versus evil.
I really do like Ellie and Michael’s journey to discover who they are and also their budding romance. Ellie and Michael have always lived a sheltered life, but as their paranormal powers start to develop their parents begin to tell them bits of the truth as to who they are.
There was one character who was a little annoying. This character would be Ellie’s best friend Ruth. I understand that she has gone through terrible things in her life, but seriously this girl is like a stalker/controlling friend. She has to know every single thing Ellie does.
An interesting part of the book is that Heather Terrell takes the time to educate her readers on the history/story of Angels and Fallen Angels.
Fallen Angel is a unique and dark twist to Fallen Angels. With its mystery, romance, family secrets, fight between good and bad, and self discovery Fallen Angel will capture you and not release you until you are done reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Fallen Angel even if it is an odd and different book. I can’t wait to read the next book, Eternity, which will be released June 28 2011!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (bought: and I got it cheap on BN.com for about $5! Sad to say though it did not arrive in perfect condition the back is all bent up.)
Haven by Kristi Cook bookmarks! I cannot wait to read Haven now with one of these bookmarks. If only I had a copy now! In the near future I will be giving some of these bookmarks. Now that I'm thinking about which is the right way to say bookmark in plural form: Bookmarks or Bookmarkers?)
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (2 COPIES! Holy Cow! In one week! As you can see they are two different versions; I think its awesome. The one on the left I received from the Publisher and the one on the right is the one I won from the author herself. Both copies are so pretty. I'm in cover love two both!) Below is the swag I got for winning Beth's ATU Tour.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Synopsis: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
I liked Cassia as the protagonist. When she is matched with her best friend, Xander, she couldn’t be more happy. But when the society gives her a micro-card where she can find out more details about her match another boy’s face flashes on the screen. A boy who is not just any boy; a boy who is not allowed to be matched.
When Cassia grandfather dies he gives her a gift that turns her life around. Cassia starts thinking for herself and does what she wants to do. The world that Ally has created is fascinating. Its pretty odd to think of people only being good at one skill while other people do other things for you. Like today we can choose what we want to eat. But for Cassia she has others choose her meal for her and have them cook her meals. Another example is that there are people who clean your dishes for you. I mean sure we have dishwashers or ourselves, but other people taking care of your dishes? My main point is that we can do things for ourselves easily but for the people in Matched they are very dependent on others.
The romance story line of the book is really the only interesting part of the book besides Cassia following her heart with making her own decisions. Both Xander and Ky are great boys. Xander is the safe one and Ky is the forbidden boy. At times the book was slow and boring. I’m not sure if it was because I read two books at a time. Matched regardless is a good book that anyone should read. It also is a book that will make you think “What if I had people making my decisions for me?”. May I add that the cover is awesome! The cover is sparkly and shiny! While reading the book it made sense to have Cassia wearing the green dress that she wore to her Matching Banquet and have her in a bubble/Glass ball.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Synopsis: Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.
Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?
Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .
Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .
From debut author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain (not pictured The Lost Saint nail polish)
Monday, November 15, 2010
When a group calling themselves The Unidentified simulates a suicide to protest the power structure of their school, Kid’s investigation into their pranks attracts unwanted attention from the sponsors. As Kid finds out she doesn't have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or identity, she and her friends look for a way to revolt in a place where all acts of rebellion are just spun into the next new ad campaign.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins Publishers)
Pub. Date: Oct. 5 2010
Starting her junior year, Logan McRae is excited about her internship at CRUSHmagazine. But she is not so excited about her new boyfriend Jeremy’s travel abroad in Ireland. Logan’s in over her head trying to balance school, love, and friends, while trying to solve an astrological mystery—the fate of a Gemini is star-crossed.
Will Logan find out who is in danger before the CRUSH Halloween costume party? Can she prove to the publisher she deserves her own astrology column? And will her relationship with Jeremy survive the distance? Only time will tell as Logan continues to reach for the stars!
Picture and Book Synopsis provided from BN.com
Ends 12/4 at 11:59 P.M EST
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Ends 12/2 at 11:59 EST.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I don't recall any blogger ever blogging about the book trailer for The Scorch Trails by James Dashner. Guess I'm the first, unless you can prove otherwise. =) I love the first book, The Maze Runner, in the trilogy. I still have not gotten around to reading this book, but I must say that the first book was pretty epic.
I believe this trailer was recently released this week? Well here is the cool book trailer for Hilary Duff's debut novel Elixir. After I'm done reading Vixen and Matched I'll be reading this book.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Yesterday, I posted my review for How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Vordak the Incomprehensible. If you read the review, its pretty obvious how much I enjoyed reading Vordak's guide on how to become ruler of the world. Here is my interview with Vordak the Incomprehensible. This will give you an idea of how much fun Vordak's book is.
1. What motivated you to create your book HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD for kids? What would you think if an adult got ahold of a copy and became the ruler?
I felt the youth of this planet deserved to be exposed to my indescribable brilliance. Sure, they get plenty of schooling on subjects like math and science and English, but I wanted to give them information they can actually use later in life.
Adults are too set in there ways to use my knowledge to Rule the World. Their brains are already filled to the brim with grownup information like bank account numbers and laundry setting and soap opera settings. Now that’s not to say they can’t still gain great enjoyment from my Magnificent Manual, but growing up to Rule the World is a young person’s game.
2. Care to tell us something about yourself that is not in your book?
I won my 3rd grade spelling bee with the word evilosity. It helped that all my classmates were out sick that day due to a “mysterious” illness.
3. You have a serious, yet funny, personality. Have you ever thought or done comedy before?
I resent that you consider my work to be humorous. There is nothing funny about the business of planetary domination. That’s not to say I can’t be hilarious if I want to be. For example:
Q: How many minions does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: How would I know? My time is much too valuable to waste it observing my minions perform routine lair maintenance.
4. I noticed that Commander Virtue looks a lot like an older version of your brother. What do you think about this?
Well, I suppose they do have similar hair color. What’s your point?
5. Have you ever done something good unintentionally while doing something evil?
I’m embarrassed to say it, but yes. I once concocted an Evil Plan to shrink the residents of Boise, Idaho to 4% of their current size. Unfortunately, and through absolutely no fault of my own, I set my Shiver-Inducing Shrink Ray to 4% REDUCTION rather than 4% OF CURRENT SIZE , so everyone woke up the next morning overjoyed that their clothes fit better.
6. If someone ever became ruler of the universe, what do you think they should do afterwards?
Change the price of intergalactic Slurpees to $10. MUAHAHAHAHA!!
7. How are your minions Scott and John?
How would I know? I haven’t paid their dungeon cells a visit since they completed work on my Glorious Guide months ago. Come to think of it, they’re probably getting hungry.
8. Quick! Write down 6 words that come up in your mind.
Evil, Nefarious, Wicked, Nasty, Loathsome, Kittens.
Thanks Vordak for taking the time to answer my questions.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The prize pack includes:
1 Paperback Movie-tie in edition of The Clique
1 Paperback of The Alphas
1 ARC of Monster High
Open to U.S. Residents only! I am planning a international giveaway soon; so don't feel bad internationals!
Ends November 30 at midnight (12 A.M. EST)
Synopsis (from amazon.com):
Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy.
From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents' basement in Trenton, New Jersey).
With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces.
In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.)
Pub. Date: August 24, 2010
Looking for a fun, short read? Well, How to Grow Up and Rule the World offers just that. Vordak takes the reader on a step by step how-to in order for the reader to gain knowledge on how to successfully achieve power over the world. Due to some circumstances Vordak the Incomprehensible is unable to continue his quest for world dominance so he has written this amazingly evil book for a future ruler. Or should I say his captives have written and illustrated this book?
I really enjoyed reading How to Grow Up and Rule the World. Laughing to myself until my family looked at me weirdly? Yep, this definitely happened. Vordak is hilarious and I know he'd dislike me for saying this but its true. He manages to have a serious tone but I found it hard not to laugh at some points. For example: When you are given a quiz Vordak demands you not write in the book or else. That you must keep the book in perfect condition and it has to be kept safe like in a glass showcase. The illustrations were also very funny to look at. The illustrations and the humor of this book made reading a breeze. Everything you need to know about a villian's life is in Vordak's book. Which could possibly more than meets the eye.
Even though this book is geared toward young kids, I'd recommend this book to older readers as well. Families could have some fun reading this book together. My only warning is that I hope no one takes Vordak's advice because it could get you into trouble. The humor, quizzes, steps, and illustrations all make How to Grow Up and Rule the World an evilly, incredible, great, and fun read. Oh, and watch out for the shocking ending!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I literally jumped up and down when I got a package from Simon and Schuster. Inside the package was:
Wither by Lauren DeStefano; coming March 2011.
Here is the synopsis for Wither (from the back of the ARC):
In the not-too-distant future, because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb- males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. To keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted- expect freedom. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before it is too late.
Injane by Douglas K Pearson
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Most people think I'm crazy because I see things they cannot. But if they saw the blood and the torture, or felt an ounce of the pain I feel, they would know I'm not insane. No one believes me and that makes me more alone than I feel. To those who meet me for the first time, I'm Jane; once they hear my one-sided conversations and terrified screams, they refer to me as Injane.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I was just browsing the internet and stumbled upon this book and I'm pretty excited to know that there is another angel book coming soon! I absolutely cannot wait to read this book. Any YA book that has angels, fallen or not, you'll find me reading. The synopsis and the trailer has me wanting to go buy SINFUL this very second! What do you all think about SINFUL and the book trailer?
Last but not least, The Last Guardian by Michelle Wachbrit. The cover is so pretty! Plus I believe this book is going to be unlike any other angel book out there.