Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Linger

Title: Linger
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Page Number: 360
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls Series - Book 2
SYNOPSIS VIA AUTHOR WEBSITE

In Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love—the light and the dark, the warm and the cold—in a way you will never forget.
MY RATING:
Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

The breath-taking love story Maggie Stiefvater started in Shiver continues in Linger. Sam and Grace are back and continuing their fight for love. There are also new characters introduced that add another remarkable tail (yes, I am lame☺) to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

Grace and Sam's fight to be together continues. For Grace that means more lying to her parents and keeping a dangerous secret from those she cares about. For Sam it means figuring out how to survive into the future. Isabel, who had already lost her brother to the wolves, is suddenly drawn to new werewolf, Cole whose past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.

The breathtaking writing in Shiver blew me away, and I was so happy to see Maggie's beautiful prose continued in Linger. Sam and Grace's story becomes even more intense. I swear I might have stopped breathing a few times. Isabel also comes into the story more. She and Cole have a relationship that is completely different from Sam and Grace. It's just... I loved it!

You have no idea, probably, unless you read the book, how much I wanted to shake Grace silly in this book. That "dangerous secret" mentioned in the synopsis... Yea. Why would you not TELL ANYONE?!? Seriously, though, I was getting really worried about her. She was getting worse each chapter, but she wouldn't tell Sam. Ah, Sam. We get to see more of Sam's life and his personality in this book. We also get to see more of Isabel, which I was super thrilled about. She's a really interesting character, and I loved her humorous one liners. Cole was yummy. He almost the polar opposite of Sam. I want to see more of him. *nods*

As was with Shiver, this book is very romance heavy, but I loved every single minute of reading this book. When I hit the last page, all I wanted was more. Sadly, though, my copy of Forever, the last book in the trilogy, has not yet arrived in the mail. I am eagerly awaiting it because I am hooked!

PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Shiver

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WWW Wednesday (August 31)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading Remember Me by Christopher Pike. I am in the second out of three stories in this omnibus.

What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished was From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender. Unless you count the first book in the omnibus above.


What do you think you'll read next? Next I will be reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Thank you to everyone who helped me decide this!


I'd love it if you shared you WWW Wednesday post with me, too!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (August 30)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. To 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!

This week's teaser:

 
"But I wasn't a bad girl. I don't want to be forgotten. I want people to remember me."
~pg. 307, "Remember Me" by Christopher Pike

I just started the second story of the three books in this omnibus. I LOVE this book! What's your teaser this week?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Just a Note

Today school started up again. This unfortunately means that I might be a little inconsistent with my posting. I will try to stick to my schedule, and I will always be reading, but posts may come at a slightly slower rate. Sorry, but my school work has to be my main priority right now.

In related news, I am still in the process of deciding what features I would like to have here on the blog. If you have been following, or you just happen to stop by often, then you know I have daily memes (one from Monday-Friday) along with a review every other day or so. Since I don't want to write a bunch of stuff no one wants to read, I decided that I would ask you if there's anything you would like.

If you have anything specific you'd like me to do, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me an email (see Contact), so I can see if your ideas would be possible for me. I'd love to do a giveaway at some point, but at this time, my wallet does not extend to giveaway books. Author interviews and blog tours are also something I'm looking to in the future, but right now I don't have any plans for either. Partly because I have zero courage when it comes to asking an author for an interview.

One of the things I've been considering is a discussion post. That would probably be a monthly thing in which I would have a topic (most likely book related) and I would just give my thoughts on it, ask for your thoughts, that kind of thing. I think that would be fun, but what really matters is what you think.

Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions and/ or if you'd enjoy a discussion post. Also let me know if you like what's been going on here. I'm going to go now before this post gets any longer. Everybody stay safe, and thank you for reading!

- April

Cover Crazy: Elemental Reality

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms.

Here is how Cover Crazy works:
  1. Cover Crazy will be posted on Mondays.
  2. Each week I will show a cover that I am completely crazy about.
  3. The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design, but I will also provide a synopsis along with the title, author, and of course cover picture and what I like about it.
  4. In the comments section below, please feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, etc. about the cover (but be respectful about it).
  5. If you decide to start your own Cover Crazy, please give credit to The Book Worms.

This week's cover is:

Elemental Reality by Cesya Marae Cuono

I think my favorite thing about this cover is the background. I love the colors. I also love the way the sun looks through the clouds. Of course I also like the dress... Who saw that coming? But the dress was not what immediately drew me to the cover, which both surprises and pleases me.

SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearance twelve years later, the earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that's only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any Faerie ever born. Now they have to use their powers to save their mother and family from the evil hands of fate that threaten to tear them apart. Welcome to her elemental reality.

What's your cover this week?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Review: The Gathering

Title: The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Number: 359
Series: Darkness Rising Trilogy - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA AUTHOR WEBSITE

Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can’t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students–for every grade from kindergarten to twelve.

Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya’s determined to get to the bottom of them. First, the captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. A year later, mountain lions start appearing around Maya’s home, and they won’t go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts experiencing “bad vibes” about certain people and things. It doesn’t help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret…and he’s interested in one special part of Maya’s anatomy: Her paw-print birthmark.

 MY RATING: 
Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

When I first picked up this book, I was a little apprehensive. I really enjoyed the first trilogy in this series, and I missed reading about the characters, but I didn't want my view of those books to be affected if I didn't like this new set of characters. Silly me thinking I'd be disappointed.

Maya lives in a medical research town on Vancouver Island so small it's not even on the map. Strange things start happening around the claustrophobic town, and Maya is determined to get to the bottom of them. When the new boy in town, Rafe, starts taking an interest in Maya, she soon learns he's harboring dark secrets. And one of those secrets may be connected to his interest in her: her paw-print birthmark.

First of all, I love that this story is set in Canada. In a national park, no less. It was a stark contrast to New York where the first trilogy was set. A huge portion of this story takes place out in the forest, and I kind of wanted to go out and read in the woods near my house just so I could be more involved with the story.

Maya was an interesting character. She was so different from Chloe. Where Chloe was shy and sweet Maya was outgoing and direct. I really need to stop comparing these books. I'm curious to learn more about what Maya is. Her powers were defined only vaguely, and I've never read about anyone quite like her. On to Rafe. I didn't feel an immediate connection with Rafe, and I kept second guessing him. I did like him, just not as much as I hoped. I might grow fonder of him in the next books. Daniel was a character I really liked. He was protective and sweet, and he and Maya had a wonderful relationship. Maya's parents... What? Yes, she has parents. She has a normal (sort of), close, caring relationship with her parents. I loved every scene between the three of them, as Maya was constantly teasing them.

Then there was the cliff-hanger, that I was dreading, but knew would be there. Sigh. Now I want the second book all the more. I need to know what happens because I am hooked!

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On My Wishlist (August 26)


On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. But I deviated a little from the way it's done over there. I will post, every Friday, one to three (because I have to give myself a limit) books that I'd love to get my hands on. They can be old, new, or forthcoming releases.

Click here for previous "On My Wishlist" posts.

My Wishlist:

The Hidden by Jessica Verday
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

A love that knows no bounds.

Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for?

Beautifully spun, emotionally gripping, and irresistibly romantic, The Hidden will leave you breathless.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
 
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
 
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
 
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

I have The Hidden preordered, but I'm not sure I can wait until September... Anna Dressed in Blood comes out on August 30. What do you think of these books?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: History


Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb. Click the picture above to visit the Booking Through Thursday site.


Sometimes I feel like the only person I know who finds reading history fascinating. It’s so full of amazing-yet-true stories of people driven to the edge and how they reacted to it. I keep telling friends that a good history book (as opposed to some of those textbooks in school that are all lists and dates) does everything a good novel does–it grips you with real characters doing amazing things.
Am I REALLY the only person who feels this way? When is the last time you read a history book? Historical biography? You know, something that took place in the past but was REAL.

It's been quite awhile since I read anything historical. I used to read those Dear America books. You know, the ones that retold historical events from the point of view of one of the people there. It's historical fiction, but still historical. Other than that, though, I'm not really much of a history girl.

What about you? When was the last time you read something historical?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Thirteen Days to Midnight

Title: Thirteen Days to Midnight
Author: Patrick Carman
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Number: 296
Series: None
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

You are indestructible. Three whispered words transfer an astonishing power to Jacob Fielding that changes everything. At first, Jacob is hesitant to use the power, unsure of its implications. But there's something addictive about testing the limits of fear.

Then Ophelia James, the beautiful and daring new girl in town, suggests that they use the power to do good, to save others. But with every heroic act, the power grows into the specter of a curse. How to decide who lives and who dies?
 
In this nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue, Jacob must walk the razor thin line between right and wrong, good and evil, and life and death. And time is running out. Because the Grim Reaper doesn't disappear. . . . He catches up.

MY RATING:
Mostly Reeled In!

MY THOUGHTS:

Thirteen Days to Midnight introduced me to a really unique idea. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this before, and I wish I could have given it a higher rating. Despite the few things that drew me away from the story (stated below) I really did enjoy this book!

Jacob Fielding's life was changed by three whispered words. He's given a power has can't even begin to understand. When Ophelia James moves to town, she suggests they use the power for good. But with each act, the power becomes more of a curse. How can they decide who lives and who dies?

The last words Jacob remembers before the accident that killed his foster father were "You are indestructible." Jacob doesn't understand how he could have survived while his foster father didn't... that is until Ophelia, Oh, comes to town. When Jacob accidentally says those same three words to Oh, she comes out of a skateboarding crash that could have killed her... unharmed. The idea of this power was really fascinating to me. It protects the person it inhabits from harm (including punches, kicks, burns, and apparently car accidents). The direction the author took the story was very fast-paced, but also kind of dark. After all, messing with death is a dangerous business.

I normally don't enjoy books from guy's perspectives as much as those from girl's perspectives. But Jacob wasn't a bad narrator. He was polite and caring. The thing that bothered me about him was that he didn't really have much of a backbone. He let himself get pushed around a lot (by Oh, might I add), and when he finally stands up for himself (not to Oh) it's using his fists. Boys. Oh was an unusual character. She started off kind of quirky and sweet, but became increasingly darker as the story progressed. She was, however, not as strong as I think she could have been. Milo was a good friend to Jacob and Oh. You could see a progression in Milo as the story went on.

Now, why I only gave this book a 3.5. First of all, I felt that the beginning could have been stronger. It felt too fast to me. I was thrown into the action without a good understanding of what was going on. The ending also felt a bit hazy. I don't think it was the resolution I needed. My rating was also effected by what I said of the characters above. I was pretty reeled into the story, but I'm not sure I'd look for more if this were to continue as a series.

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WWW Wednesday (August 24)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? I will be starting Remember Me by Christopher Pike today. I've never read anything by Christopher Pike before, but I've heard good things.

What did you recently finish reading? I recently finished From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender. Review coming soon.


What do you think you'll read next? I'll either read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Which do you think
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (August 23)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. To 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!

This week's teaser:

 
"I mean it, I'm not going to leave you. We can work on you getting better together. And if you're unable to make a full recovery, then we'll work on that as well."
~pg. 371, "Remember Me" by Christopher Pike

I'll be starting this one either today or tomorrow, and I am so excited! What's your teaser this week?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Bad Girls Don't Die

Title: Bad Girls Don't Die
Author: Katie Alender
Publisher: Disney - Hyperion Books
Page Number: 346
Series: Bad Girls Don't Die Series - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. Kasey is a weird kid. Period. Alexis is considered weird, too, by the kids in her high school, by her parents, even by her own Goth friends. Things get weirder, though, when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green and she speaks in old-fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time.
 
Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey's shoulder. The formerly gentle, doll-loving child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
 

 MY RATING: 
Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

And here we have another example of my obsession with ghost stories. If they weren't so amazing I'd say it was a problem. Guess it's a good thing Bad Girls Don't Die fell right into the category of amazing.

Alexis thinks nothing of her sister's new obsession with an antique doll. Kasey was a weird kid. When things start changing around their house, however, Alexis begins to take notice. Because Kasey is changing, too. Becoming weirder. She forgets chunks of time in which her blue eyes go green and she speaks in an old fashioned language. That's not all, though. Kasey starts becoming angry, and Alexis may be the only one that can stop her sister... that is if the girl is even Kasey anymore.

This book by Katie Alender has all the things you love to find in ghost stories. Suspense, spine-chilling encounters, mystery, and a blossoming romance. Maybe you don't look for the romance, but Bad Girls Don't Die has it all. Can I just say: I knew there was a good reason dolls creep me out. Katie Alender has provided a pretty solid reason to avoid them. The characters and plot were original, and there was not a single moment that I was bored or felt as though I had read this book before.

Alexis is described as being the school outcast who doesn't even fit in with the misfits she hangs out with. She's got that bad girl vibe, and she tries extra hard to not be like everyone else. This quality made her so interesting in my eyes. I can't think of any book with a character quite like her. Despite her best efforts, though, Alexis can't help falling for Carter, the preppy boy with a dark past. To be honest, I couldn't help falling for him either... not that I was really trying to avoid it. Carter is sweet and tolerant, and I wish I would have gotten to see more of him in this book.

Kasey. Creeped. Me. Out. I swear there were a few times that I jumped just because she walked into the room. I really want to read more of her, but when she's less girl-obsessed-and-possibly-possessed-by-a-jealous-ghost. Megan was interesting as well. I'd love to get to know her better. Oh and let's not forget that this story is another with the oh so common (and convenient) absentee parents.

So, this story was amazing. With a fantastic set of characters and a spin-chilling plot, I can't wait to read the next book... Hopefully in a place without any dolls... I'm hooked!

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Cover Crazy: Everneath


Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms.

Here is how Cover Crazy works:
  1. Cover Crazy will be posted on Mondays.
  2. Each week I will show a cover that I am completely crazy about.
  3. The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design, but I will also provide a synopsis along with the title, author, and of course cover picture and what I like about it.
  4. In the comments section below, please feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, etc. about the cover (but be respectful about it).
  5. If you decide to start your own Cover Crazy, please give credit to The Book Worms.

This week's cover is:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

One of these days, I'm going to find a cover without a girl in a pretty dress. Maybe... Ok, first thing I love: the smoke/fog. It makes it creepy and mysterious, and I can definitely see the connection with the summary. Her dress, while it may not have anything to do with the story, is of course, gorgeous. I especially love the way it almost turns into the smoke. Or merges with it. Which ever you prefer.

SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

What's your cover this week?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: The Hollow

Title: The Hollow
Author: Jessica Verday
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Number: 509
Series: The Hollow Trilogy - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

MY RATING: 
Mostly Reeled In!

MY THOUGHTS:

When I had first read The Hollow, dropping half a star would have never crossed my mind. Now, after having gone over the story again to write my review, I can say there are a few minor flaws. In any case, this is an amazing love story from the debut author, Jessica Verday!

While Abbey struggles to come to terms with the death of her best friend, Kristen, rumors surge that her death may not have been an accident. Then, on the day of Kristen's funeral, Abbey meets the mysterious Caspian who shows up out of no where and makes her feel special. When Abbey's just beginning to feel normal again, she discovers secrets that make her question every thing she knew about her best friend, her emerging love for Caspian, and her sanity.

This story has such a unique and yet timeless plot. For one thing, the story is centered around "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which you can read here (it's Public Domain). The Hollow also has almost a star crossed lovers thing going on, but telling you why would ruin the ending of the book.

Abbey was kind of refreshing as protagonists go. She was very different, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading from her point of view. You could really feel her emotions through Verday's writing, and I loved every minute of it. Caspian is a swoon-worthy character. He's definitely got the charm down. Most of the other characters only had very minor roles. The Hollow suffers from a small case of disappearing parent syndrome, but I can't say I'm entirely complaining with this one. Kristen was mentioned, but was obviously not featured seeing as how she's no longer alive and all.

Now, the reasons I only gave this book 4.5 stars. For one thing, I felt the characters didn't develop much. Even with the addition of two more books, I felt they should have developed at least a little more. Another thing that affected this book was that no questions were really answered. None of the mystery surrounding Kristen's death was really unraveled. Most of the story was focused around Caspain and Abbey's relationship, again not that I'm entirely complaining. I feel, again, though that there should have been a little more reveal, even if there are two more books in the series.

The question that was answered, however, recieved a reaction similar to "HOLY HECK!" My heart went out to the characters at that moment. So, I am beyond reeled in and ready for the next book in this trilogy!

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On My Wishlist (August 19)


On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. But I deviated a little from the way it's done over there. I will post, every Friday, one to three (because I have to give myself a limit) books that I'd love to get my hands on. They can be old, new, or forthcoming releases.

Click here for previous "On My Wishlist" posts.

My Wishlist:

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

Locked away at Pecan Place, Jessie finds her situation to be even more dangerous than she feared. While she struggles to maintain her sanity and discover answers about the group that seems less and less like any legitimate government agency, Pietr fights to keep their relationship alive. But very aware that his mother’s time is running out, Pietr makes a deal he doesn’t dare tell Jessie about. Because the deal Pietr’s made could mean the death of far more than his tenuous relationship with the girl he loves.


The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help-and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on, even if it seems no one believes her.


I want them... What's on your wishlist?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Fluff


Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb. Click the picture above to visit the Booking Through Thursday site.


You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.
What book do you pick up?

If I've had an exhausting day, any book is good for me. Books help me escape reality. It's almost like living a second life, and they all have a different set of circumstances completely unlike my own. If we're talking specifics, I often pick up the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent or the Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. Sometimes The Hollow trilogy by Jessica Verday, which is more fluffy I suppose.

What about you? What's your go to fluff?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: City of Ashes

Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Number: 453
Series: Mortal Instruments Series - Book 2
SYNOPSIS VIA AUTHOR WEBSITE


Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.
MY RATING:
Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

This book made me very frustrated! Can anybody guess why? Gah! *tries to compose herself* If I wasn't hooked on this series before, I certainly am now. The amazing action and suspense (and tension) surrounding our favorite Shadowhunters is not lacking in this second installment to the Mortal Instruments series. The battle against Valentine contiunes, and I couldn't be happier. Unless of course *insert spoiler here*.

While Clary wants nothing more than to go back to her normal life with her best friend, who's becoming more than a friend, Simon, the world of the Shadowhunters keeps pulling her back in. With her mother in a magically induced coma, her recently discovered ability to see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries, and her newfound brother, Jace, who she may or may not be in love with, Clary is as far from normal as it gets. To make matters worse, someone is murdering Downworlder children... and Valentine is the number one suspect.

I was so happy to see the characters developing in this book. Clary didn't annoy me so much this time around. She seems to be growing as a character, and becoming a stronger protagonist. In case you didn't guess, my frustration in this book stemmed from Clary's relationship with Jace. I just... they can't... AHHH! In any case, I loved the tension between them. A fan may be required, especially for a certain unnamed scene involving faeries that completely shocked me. Much to my delight, the layers that are Jace were further unveiled in this book. He is one of the most developed and depth ridden (not sure that makes sense) characters I've read in a long time.

Alec and Isabelle were more involved in this book. I was really happy to see more of their characters. Luke is also back, helping Clary in her quest to wake Jocelyn. Then there's Valentine. When it came to him, I was both horrified and pleased at the same time. His level of evil has definetly increased. Or maybe I should say it's been revealed.

If you haven't read this wonderful series (has anyone not read it?) I would highly recommend it. If you have read them, heck, reread them. I'm beyond hooked!

PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

City of Bones

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WWW Wednesday (August 17)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender. I was really excited when I saw this book because I didn't feel like the first book was complete. Turns out that's because there's a sequel!





What did you recently finish reading? I recently finished The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. I miss the characters from the first trilogy, but I was not disappointed after reading this book.





What do you think you'll read next? Next, I think I'll read Remember Me by Christopher Pike. It's one of those three-in-one books, and I've had it on my TBR list for a while.



I'd love it if you shared you WWW Wednesday post with me, too!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (August 16)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. To 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!

This week's teaser:


"It showed a little girl on a swing, her hair streaming behind her and her feet pointed forward in the perfect expression of action and innocence. But behind her lay a wasteland -- some kind of junkyard. The whole image was colored in the muted, hopeless tones of waste and destruction."
~pg. 329, "From Bad to Cursed" by Katie Alender

I don't know if it's just me, but I find the cover to be extremely creepy. What's your teaser this week?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: The Awakening

Title: The Awakening
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Number: 357
Series: Darkest Powers Trilogy - Book 2
SYNOPSIS VIA AUTHOR WEBSITE

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. I’m a living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I can raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.
MY RATING:
Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

This second installment to the Darkest Powers trilogy was just as gripping as the first. With the character's I loved from the first book and a continuation of the suspenseful story line, I can safely say I love this book.

Chloe Saunders is a necromancer. That means she can communicate and raise the dead. It's not exactly something she loves doing either. After discovering that they were science experiments, Chloe and her supernatural friends from Lyle House are running for their lives, hoping to gain back their freedom before the Edison Group finds them. They'll escape or die trying.

As it was with the first book, Kelley Armstrong's writing drew me in and kept the pages turning. The suspense kept my heart racing, and the characters kept me interested. A little bit of a love triangle began forming in this second installment, and I think I know who I'd want Chloe to end up with, but I'd be ok with either boy.

You can see Chloe starting to grow as a character as the story goes on. She's very reluctant to be a necromancer, but she's learning how to better control her powers while, at the same time, trying to come to terms with what the Edison Group may have done. I found her to be a really strong character. She may be very peppy, but I think that really enhances who she is as a character. Tori, a temperamental young witch, was at odds with the other characters nearly the entire book. Her banter with Derek was probably my favorite part. While she seems to be making an effort with Chloe, it doesn't turn out so well with Simon always ready to step in, which annoyed her further. Simon is a sorcerer that could use a little more practice. He stands to be the boy Chloe's interested in for most of the story, and he's always ready to stand up for her. Derek, a troubled werewolf, continues to battle his changes, with the help of Chloe. You start to see a little more of his caring side, at least toward Chloe, in this book. I'm eager to see where the relationship will go in the future.

Armstrong leaves us with another hardly bearable cliff hanger that made the wait for the final installment in the trilogy extremely challenging. With a unique story, amazing characters, and outstanding writing, I'm hooked!

PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

The Summoning

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