Friday, December 31, 2010

WINNERS and Happy New Year!

Happy New Years everyone. 2010 was a fantastic year of blogging and sweet book releases! It was a great year for me. Being as I feel like an established book blogger, finally! I got to graduate High School and start and finish my first semester of college. I also got to celebrate my 1 year blogoversary this year too. Here's to 2011 and another awesome year of books to come.
Now onto the winners of my 1 year blogoversary. I know its a little late! I still have more books to giveaway soon. =)
Using here are the winners:

The winner of the Lisi Harrison Prize Pack is...
Theresa M

The winner of the Darren Shan Prize Pack is...
Cindy Gates

The winner of Star Crossed: Gemini Night by Bonnie Hearn Hill is...
Jennelle S

Congrats, I will be e-mailing you soon! You have 72 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel. Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven. Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble. Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, raveous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.

Book Details:
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub. Date: December 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416

My Review:

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 (25)

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. :)

For Review:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Look for a giveaway of this book next year!

Thank you Liz for sending me the copies!

Check out my Guest Post

Today I have a guest post over at Katie's blog, Books are Dreams. Please feel free to take a moment and go check out her blog and the Holiday Celebrations posts. Just click the button and it'll take you there. Plus I should of done this post a long time ago. Sorry! Its just that time of year where life gets crazy. ;)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Alyson Noel's New Book Covers

Appearantly Alyson's books are getting a makeover! Here are the new covers to a few of her older works.
Faking 19 by Alyson Noël: Book Cover
Faking 19 (Synopsis):
On the surface, 17-year-old Alex has it made; she is beautiful and smart. Plus, she's best friends with M., the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their fancy Orange County suburban town, Alex and M. decide to check out L.A.'s glitzy nightlife scene.Pretending to be 19, Alex and M. meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. At first, Alex can't believe her luck- she gets to hang out at hip Hollywood houseparties and downtown L.A. clubs.
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....
Saving Zoe by Alyson Noël: Book Cover
Saving Zoe (Synopsis):
It’s been one year since the brutal murder of her older sister, Zoë, and fifteen-year-old Echo is still reeling from the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and the awkward start to her freshman year proves she’ll never live up to her sister’s memory. Until Zoë’s former boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoë’s diary.

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.

Both of these two books will be released on Feb. 15, 2011.

Her next book is a combined edition of Laguna Cove and Cruel Summer. The title of this combined edition is Forever Summer. This will be released on April 26, 2011.
Forever Summer by Alyson Noël: Book Cover
Synopsis of Laguna Cove:
Moving to sunny Southern Cal feels like punishment to 17-year-old Anne. the hippie-ish school is different from her old one on the East Coast, and the social scene is all about hanging out at the beach and surfing. And then there's Ellie: beautiful, competitive queen of the social scene who takes an instant disliking to Anne. So when Chris--one of Ellie's oldest friends and, oh yeah, the most gorgeous guy in school--reaches out to Anne and offers to teach her how to surf, sparks more ways than one.

Synopsis for Cruel Summer:
“This was supposed to be my best summer yet, the one I’ve been working toward since practically forever. Now I’m being banished from everything I know and love, and it just doesn’t make any sense.”

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

Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

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.

Book Details:
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub. Date: Nov. 23, 2010
Original Pub. Date (for Hardcover): Dec. 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 4oo

My Review:
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.

5 Stars!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Father of Lies by Ann Turner Cover Change (Again?)

I was browsing looking at all the awesome books that are coming soon, and happened upon Father of Lies. Only the cover was totally different from what I've been seeing lately. If the cover on is the final cover then that brings the cover change total to 3. And a sad girl (me). I was a fan of the second cover for the book:
Father of Lies
Now here is the cover that has:
Its more darker than the one above this one. I just don't like how her hair is blocking half her face. Plus the second cover compared to this one is more colorful and pretty. What are your opinions?
But really what counts the most is the story inside that book. I'm sure its amazing. Regardless of the cover you can bet I'll be at the bookstore to buy myself a copy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HOLY DIVINE! The Lost Saint Book Trailer is Here!

So there is this book trailer I've been anxiously waiting for. This book trailer is for The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and is the sequel to The Dark Divine. I recently read The Dark Divine (review coming soon) and LOVED it. Now I am reading The Lost Saint and its so good! Without further ado here is the recently announced trailer (If you had not read the first book maybe you should wait to watch this trailer as it might spoil the first book!):

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

In My Mailbox (24)

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. Its where anyone can share what books or other things they got that week.

This week was a slow week, but I'm not complaining. I have a lot of reading and reviewing to do this month. Good thing I'll be done with my first semester of college Wednesday. Oh, and I almost forgot that I did in fact get a couple of books this week. I've just been so busy worrying and studying for finals.

Two weeks ago I made my first purchase from the Book Depository. I bought a UK book; which will be my first UK published book. Sure I do have books that were originally published in the UK and then got published over here in the states. Now onto the book I bought:
Dark Heart Forever by Lee Monroe (Don't you just love the cover?)
For Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Thank you St. Martin's Press and!

On another note:
I want to let you all know that I still have a couple of books for giveaways that will be posted in the upcoming weeks. I also have some blogger related posts I plan to make. Lastly there are more awesome book related trailers out and about. I will be posting about these also. So stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Awesome Book Trailer

The book trailer is for Enclave by Ann Aguirre. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games trilogy (for a kick-butt Heroine), Harry Potter series (Because of the weird creature with blood all over its face), and I Am Legend (Don't you think?).

What do you think of the book trailer? Does it make you want to read it; like it made me want to read it even more than I already did?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

Fallen Angel (Fallen Angel, #1)
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.

Book Details:
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins Publishers)
Pub. Date: December 28 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336

My Review:Fallen Angel is a very fast read. I don’t know how but it was. Its been weeks since I have finished reading Fallen Angel, and I have forgotten details. I have to say that I still don’t know what to think of this book. At first it felt extremely like a vampire book. Knowing me I dislike vampire books. But for Fallen Angel I was willing to set aside my feelings for vampires. I was constantly feeling that the title was misleading but knew that it was given the title of Fallen Angel for a reason.
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!
3.5 Stars!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In My Mailbox (23)

IMM is a weekly meme host by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. IMM is where you can show off the amazing books you got that week. This week I decided to challenge the UPS, USPS, and FedEX. The challenge was to see who could deliver the most packages to me. Now on to the awesome books I got this:
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (bought: and I got it cheap on for about $5! Sad to say though it did not arrive in perfect condition the back is all bent up.)
Night Star by Alyson Noel (Bought: Also from and the pages in the middle are protruding out. I was shocked to see the book in this condition. Has anyone received a book that was not properly trimmed?)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (For review; second copy! What do you think about a giveaway for this one? Thanks to S&S.)
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.
ATU Watch
A note from Beth
And down below more awesomeness from Beth
Star candy
Star bracelets
I'd like to give a big, scratch that, HUGE THANKS to Beth Revis and Penguin!

As for the challenge here are the results:

UPS: 2 Packages
USPS: 2 Packages
FedEx: 0 Packages

I was hoping that they would all tie. As I was expecting two more packages but apparently they will be coming from the USPS.
Also I thought for the second time that this deserves a Vlog; unfortunately I have a cold so that wouldn't be a great way to introduce myself to you lovely followers.

Anyways. What did you get in your mailbox?