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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday [2]

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Synopsis: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Publication Date: December 26, 2011

While I'm not too fond of the cover (it just looks weird to me) I'm super excited to read this book! I absolutely LOVED Clockwork Angel and I'm impatiently waiting to find out what's going to happen within the love triangle and what Tessa's true identity is! Seriously, I need this book now.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday [2]

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can 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 is from... Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

"He was dragging his fingernails over his wrists. I leaned closer and saw the raw red tracks he'd made."

This book is just TO DIE for. I love it already :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Blogger Love [2]

PhotobucketBlogger Love is a weekly event hosted by Jude over at In Between Writing and Reading where you share your love for a fellow blogger.

So this week I wanna give a big shout out to my girl Rockee over at Rockee Musik Reads! She's been a dedicated follower of mine and she's a super awesome person in general :) I love that she incorporates music into her book blog and shares a lot of cool songs and music quotes. Go check her out!

Musing Mondays [2]

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week’s musing is… a book meme!What was the last book you…
• borrowed from the library? I just got Wolfsbane by Andrea Creamer, Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
• bought? Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
• cried over? Uh, I honestly can't remember. Maybe Blood Red Road?
• disliked and couldn’t finish? Impossible. I don't remember who it's by but it's about fairies. And it was super awful...
• read & loved? Blood Red Road. So amazing, I got it from the library and loved it so much I went and bought it!
• got for review? (or: got in the mail?) The Iron Knight from
• gave to someone else? The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
• stayed up too late reading? Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox [2]

In My Mailbox hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where you can learn about all the awesome new books I've picked up this week!

Books I Bought

Books I Received via

 Books I Got From the Library

Not a huge haul this week but it'll do :) I'm already reading Wolfsbane and I'm stoked to read the rest! 

Follower Giveaway Update!

I promised that if I got to 50 followers during my giveaway I would be adding ANOTHER book to the list of prizes for one lucky winner, and because thanks to all of my lovely lovely followers out there who have spread the word about me this happened!!! So now, one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins in celebration of the upcoming movie and sticking with the dystopian theme I'll be adding a copy of.....

This is one of my all time favorite series but not a lot of people I know have read it! They just came out with these beautiful new comers for the entire series so I feel the need to spread it around via my giveaway!!
Thank you all for celebrating with me, but the fun isn't over yet! You still have a month to enter and if you can get me up to 100 followers I will add ANOTHER prize to the bunch! You could have the chance to win these two prizes plus one more book! And the final prize will be an AWESOME read that just came out recently and is on my review list ;) So get to spreading my great news!

And to get those of you who haven't read The Hunger Games even more excited, here's a trailer for the new movie. Now go read the book!!

Missy's 1000 Follower Giveaway!

Missy over at Missy's Reads and Reviews is hosting an EPIC giveaway to celebrate 100 followers! Definitely check it out!

Liebster Blog Award!!

Thanks to Felicia over at Livin' Life Through Books I've been given the Liebster Blog Award! The Liebster Blog award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers to help build readership.

Here are the 5 bloggers who I think deserve the award: 

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. Give the Liebster Blog Award to five bloggers and let them know in a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

On My Wishlist [1]

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where we list all the books we desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Published: August 23, 2011 by Razorbill
Page count: 421
So this book just came out, and I'm desperate to get my hands on it, but I have too many books as it is and like my boyfriend says, I should be reading those. Either way, I'll probably be picking this one up in the next week or so :)
Goodreads Synopsis: When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Published: October 1st 2006 by HarperTeen
304 Pages

Goodreads Synopsis: In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive. BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret only Alison knows. So when Alison goes missing after a slumber party, never to be seen again, each girl is heartbroken, but also a little relieved. Now it is three years later, and though the four girls have grown apart, they are each still hiding something. Artsy Aria is carrying on an affair with one of her teachers, fashionista Hanna shoplifts to accessorize her trendy outfits, blue-blood Spencer is sleeping with her older sister’s boyfriend, while straight-A Emily is trying to ignore her attraction to a new female classmate. When the girls begin receiving threatening text messages and emails that from someone known only as "A," they must confront the fact that against all odds, it appears Alison is back. Could Alison still be alive? And if so, why is she so determined to uncover all their dirty little secrets?

My Rating: 4 out of 5!

My Review: First of all, this book was way better than I thought it was going to be. I have a lot of friends who watch the show and absolutely love it, and I've heard on Goodreads that the books are really good. Well, all those people were definitely on to something. This book was awesome! A super fast read, really fun and I didn't get bored with it at all.

The different girls who give their perspectives in this book are Aria, Hanna, Emily, and Spencer. Aria and Spencer were probably my favorite girls, but Hanna is really interesting to read about because she's a total train wreck. Emily was sort of boring for me, I didn't really connect with her character and her chapters aren't that interesting. Aria and Spencer were great though, really interesting and complex. None of the girls are really that similar when you put them together.

The writing is great and the end of every chapter leaves you with cliff hanger, and there are bits and pieces talking about different events during the friendship, before Ali disappears, that make you going "WHAT'S THIS ABOUT!?" They keep referring to The Jenna Thing, and slowly give you bits and pieces about what this is. Shepard's writing was great because I never got bored, and I couldn't stop reading! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of Gossip Girl or The A List books. Maybe even the Touch Novels, because there is a bit of mystery going on.

Overall this was a great summer read, and I can't wait to read the next one!

25 Follower Giveaway!!!!

Right now I'm hosting my first giveaway! In honor of gaining my first 25 followers I'd like to offer up a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

Contest Rules:
  • Open internationally, anywhere Book Depository Delivers to
  • Must be a follower
  • You must be 13 or older
  • Although it's not required, I would love it if you could post my giveaway on your blog!
  • If I happen to reach 50 followers during this giveaway I'll be giving away something else to the winner, and if I can get to 100 I will be offering ONE MORE prize!! So send me around!!
  • Giveaway will end September 26!!

Grab the Giveaway Button for your blog sidebar or posts!!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Follow Friday [1]

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Q. In some books like the Sookie Stackhouse series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish this would happen with in real life?

A: Werewolves probably. Or more like shifters. I love it when you get this hot guy who can turn into a wolf, and they're always so buff and masculine. I'm absolutely in love with Alcide from the True Blood Series. But not the scary werewolves like Lupin in Harry Potter. No thanks, I never wanna meet one of those...

School Blues :(

So I started school yesterday *tear* but I'm pretty excited because I'm taking 3 English classes which should be super fun! Right now I'm a Child Development major so the majoirty of my classes have been ChAD (Child and Adolescent Development) classes. One thing I've definitely noticed, English majors are WAY nicer than anyone else! Seriously, these people are great! And super fun! I'm working towards minoring in English or possibly changing my major and all these all students just make me want to switch that much more!

Anyways, I'm taking a children's lit class so I get to read Harry Potter which I'm STOKED about, since of course I've already read it before. I'm also taking a young adult lit class, but I don't get to see what that one's about until Tuesday so I'm praying it's interesting!

Well fellow bloggers, I may be a little distracted in the future, thanks to school BLEH, but I promise to keep up with reviews and weekly memes! I'll be hosting a giveaway soon so I hope you get all your friends to participate and help me gain some new followers :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Great Interview (about me) by Patti Roberts!!

I met Patti on Goodreads and she mentioned she does blogger interviews so I said, "Hey! Sign me up!" Well here it is! Check out more interviews with fellow bloggers at her page Book Blog! Thanks Patti!!

My name is Anna. And I am a blogger! This is my blog - Literary Exploration

Where were you born and where do you call home?
* I was born and raised in San Jose! I'm about as local as it gets :)

How long have you been blogging?
* Not very long actually! Only a few months. I started my blog in March but only got really into recently. In fact, I'm hosting my first giveaway to celebrate 25 followers pretty soon :)

What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about?
*Afterlife by Claudia Gray

What did you think about the cover?
*It was okay... pretty much the same thing as all the other covers, but in a different cover. It doesn't really draw you in, which is sad.

If you could ask the Author 3 questions what would they be?
*How did you decide on the ending? Where did you come up with the idea to write about a half wraith, half vampire child? What was your main inspiration for writing this book?

Can you name one of your favorite chapters?
*The last one. Because it meant the series was over haha.

What was you most favorite character and why?
*Vic :) He's so silly and so fun, he was by far my favorite character. I'd love Gray to write a spinoff about him! I also adored Bathazar. I wish he was the main love interest *swoon*

If this book was part of a series, would you read the next book?
*It is part of a series! It was actually the end of one so thank goodness I'm not subjected to anymore.

Was this a book you were asked to review or did you buy it?
*Neither, I got it from the library.

Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?
*I'd like to someday. I used to write poetry but I never thought I was any good so I ended up getting rid of most of it. I tend to second guess myself and criticize myself too much. Hopefully someday I can overcome my fears and write something people will really enjoy :) I know I'll never be the next J.K. Rowling or C.S. Lewis but I'd love to write something for middle graders, something fantastical.

What genre is your favorite and why?
*Young adult, and within young adult, fantasy. I love immersing myself in a story written for a younger crowd. There's so much more actual fantasy involved.

If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?
*Candid by Voltaire, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
*Number one would have to be J.K. Rowling, I grew up reading her books and I feel like she sort of assisted me during my adolescence. Her books always really spoke to me and even in the end her messages still resonate me. I'd love to sit down and talk with her sometime. But come on, I'd love to meet all the authors of all my favorite books!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
*Paperbacks to take to school, hardcover for at home, and ebooks when I want something cheaper.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
*My first choice is Barnes and Noble because I'm a member and when you buy online you get an automatic 40% off the book (great deals!), plus free shipping. I also frequent the used bookstore near my house ALL THE TIME, if I want a book that's been out for awhile.

Have you ever read a book more than once?
*Oh sure, the Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia, Candide, The Hunger Games, who knows how many else. I have a lot of favorites.

Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version?
*The Vampire Diaries, definitely. I love that show, I love how much more fearsome it is and dangerous. The plot is much more exciting too. The books sort of fell flat after the first 4 or so. I couldn't even read the newest one, it was just too weird.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
*Pretty Little Liars, it's a paperback

What book do you know that you will never read?
*I've never really thought of that.... I don't think there's a book out there that I would ever refuse to read. Maybe put it off for awhile, but I'm sure I'd get around to it.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
*Moira Young! I just finished Blood Red Road and it was absolutely amazing! I love her voice and her ability to describe such strong characters. Saba was such a great female protagonist you just wanted to be her. It took awhile to get used to the fact that she wrote without quotation marks and everyone spoke with an old western accent, but I can't wait to read more from her.

Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of?
*Oh God yes. Afterlife for one. That ending was just... weird.

What are your thoughts on book trailers?
*I don't usually watch them, I feel like sometimes seeing the actors who portray the characters in the book can ruin it. I like to create characters in my mind, and when I watch book trailers it eliminates that creative aspect.

Do you have a favorite book cover - chose up to 3 if you like.
*Probably Wither and The Hunger Games (I'm working on getting the mockingjay pin as a tattoo!!)

Do you ever blog in your PJ’s?
*I'm doing it right now!!

Sleep in or get up early?
*I'd much rather get up early. I feel like when I sleep in I'm wasting my day! I do tend to stay up late and read though. This creates an awful lack of sleep sometimes.

Favorite color?

What are 3 items you never leave home without.
*My phone, my books, my money (to buy more books).

What is your most favorite electronic gadget?
*Right now my phone, but I'm hoping to get an iPad for Christmas. Which will be my new favorite.

Favorite book character or film character crush. Yes you can pick 2 :)
*Ohhhh that's too hard! Can I pick more? Haha I'm definitely team Peeta ;) and the other would have to be Jace. He's just so dreamy, and so fun.

A character you love to hate.
*Snape, but in the end you just love him.

Cats or dogs?

White wine or red?
*White, well I prefer beer... I'm not really a winer.

Coffee or tea?
*Coffee... and more coffee.

Favorite food?
* Pasta

Vanilla or chocolate icecream?

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

Where can we STALK you?

My blog:
My facebook page:
My Goodreads page:
Twitter: I have one but I don't know how to make it work....

First Giveaway!?!!?!?

Hey guys! Thanks to all your love I'm quickly heading towards 25 followers and to celebrate I'd like to host a giveaway! The only thing is... I don't know how?!!! I'd love your help and advice on the best ways to host giveaways and how to pick the winner. All the technical stuff :) If you could provide me with some tips and tricks (and spread my blog around ;)) I'll be able to host an awesome first giveaway!! So gimme some ideas and send me some links lovers!

Waiting on Wednesday [1]

****"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****
Goodreads Synopsis: In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Why: Ohmygosh! Ever since I finished Matched I've been patiently awaiting the release of Crossed!! I'm soooo excited to read this book! Matched left me craving more and more and I just can't wait to find out what happens with Ky!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: Afterlife by Claudia Gray

****This review may contain spoilers for those of you who haven't read the rest of the series!!****
Goodreads Synopsis: Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas . . .

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help . . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars.

My Review: So being that this is the final book (I think?!) in the Evernight series, I was hoping it would bring a nice close to things, although I don't really think there were any cliffhanging moments throughout the series (At least not that I can remember...). Overall I was never too thrilled with this series, but the books are definitely quick reads and they're interesting enough for me to read them all.

What I Didn't Like: The whole thing was pretty slow, there were some action packed moments but they lasted only a couple pages and then it just moved on to Lucas moping about his undead state and Bianca wandering the halls as a body-less wraith. Finally within the last 50 pages or so everything picked up and provided a good ending. Also, all the time I'm thinking, why couldn't Bianca be smart and become a vampire and live happily ever after with Balthazar who sounds so dreamy I could cry. Lucas is just whatever to me now. I also got really sick of them constantly trying to have sex and then having it not work out. I really just got annoyed with everything.

What I Did Like: This series has always been different from other vampire books, which I really like. However, this one isn't a vampire trying to be with a human, this one is a vampire trying to be with a human, then dying and becoming a ghost and then the human becomes a vampire and then they try to be together. *breath*. I love the different characters too: Vic, the lovable but goofy best friend; Balthazar, the disgustingly HAWT other guy who then befriends the boyfriend... and also fences; Patrice, the girly girl who can fight her way out of anything without breaking a nail; and Ranulf, the oldest vampire of them all who's just trying to deal with modern day. I loved all of these guys and they constantly made me laugh and were all so loyal to each other. I wish the story focused more on them, because I loved reading about all the other great characters more than Bianca and Lucas.

Overall this was a pretty good ending to a pretty good series.

Blogger Love [1]

Blogger Love is a weekly event hosted by Jude over at In Between Writing and Reading where you share your love for a fellow blogger.

This week I'm happy to feature Vampyre Gurls Book Club for their amazing posts and providing such a fun blog! And I'd also like to give a big thanks to Fran for providing me with a lot of sources to get my blog out there! Great blogger with a beautiful blog<3 Check out Vampyre Gurls Book Club Here

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Teaser Tuesday [1]

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can 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!
So this week's Teaser will be from Afterlife by Claudia Gray which I just started a couple days ago :)

"His voice was a little too loud, a attempt at forced cheer, and it must have scared somebody who thought she was alone. I heard a feminine cry of surprise, and then a thudding on the stairs"

Monday, August 22, 2011

LC's 500 Follower Giveaway!

LC's Adventures in Wonderland is hosting an awesome giveaway to celebrate 500 followers! There's a great selection of books to choose from and a chance to follow a great blogger!
Check it out here:
LC's 500

Happy Almost Birthday to Jude!

Jude over at In Between Writing and Reading is going to hold an awesome giveaway for her 18th birthday, which is August 29th! Check out her blog and enter the giveaway!

You can find the rest of her blog here: In Between Writing and Reading. Happy birthday Jude!

Musing Mondays [1]

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading
This week's musing:
Do you prefer character-driven stories, or plot-driven stories?

Ultimately I prefer character-driven stories, because when a character is really great and has really admirable qualities they make me want to learn more about them and sometimes I want to be more like them. A good example would have to be Tris from Divergent. She was so brave and so driven I just fell in love with her personality and her flaws. She was just so real. Another example would have to be Jack from Blood Red Road. Right away I fell in love with Jack's snarky attitude and caring demeanor, I wanted him in my life right away. However, plot-driven stories also grab me. Sometimes I can overlook a poorly written character if the plot is fast paced and exciting. Either way, if a story is lacking in both quality characters and plot I probably won't read it. I don't know who would haha.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Hardback Edition
Published June 7th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Borrowed From Library

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

My Review: After hearing all the hype about this book and all the good things my dear friends at Goodreads were saying about Blood Red Road by Moira Young I finally picked it up at the library. I have to say it was absolutely AMAZING.

What I Didn't Like: In the beginning I was really thrown off by the writing; there are no quotation marks and the characters all talk with a Texan/Old Western accent. I also didn't really like Saba very much and the way she was so dependent on her brother but treated her sister like absolute crap. This is probably where the dislikes end...

What I Did Like: After getting used to the accents and the lack of quotation marks I finally got into the book and absolutely loved it! Saba's character seems so dependent and lame in the beginning but she turns out to be such a warrior! I loved how tough she turned out to be! "Strong, smart, an bold" as she's described at one point in the book, definitely describes her character perfectly! The rest of the characters are equally as wonderful! Especially Jack who had my heart melting and kept me laughing constantly! He strongly reminded me of Jace from TMI series.

I loved how the entire plot was sort of a compilation between The Hunger Games and True Grit. A weird sort of dystopian meets old western setting. It's a different take on dystopia where there's no sort of technology fueling the societies; they rely heavily on violence and drugs for any sort of entertainment.

And the romance is absolutely frustrating!!! Saba keeps pulling away from her heart's desire and just when you think she's going to give in, she pulls away again! Young had me screaming (at work) about how stupid and stubborn she was!!

Overall I absolutely loved this book and it's one of those stories that makes me sad to finish it. I have that feeling like "I wish I didn't read this, just so I can read it again!" LOVE!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox [1]

In My Mailbox hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where you can learn about all the awesome new books I've picked up this week!

Thanks to the local Used Bookstore :)
This week I got a lot of new stuff!

Thanks to fellow blogger Strangemore I got a free Kindle download of Frost Moon by Anthony Francis. I can't wait until I have the time to get around to these!!

And although it's sad, I got some great deals thanks to Borders' going out of business sales today! (excuse my shorts! :))
Sadly, I grabbed From Bad to Cursed thinking it was Bad Girls Don't Die so I will be forced to go buy Bad Girls Don't Die... OH DARN :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hicklebee's Educator's Night
Teachers & Librarians!
$10.00 reserves your spot!
... and look what you get!

$10.00 coupon good for any purchase at Hicklebee’s (valid through 10/15/2011)
Free books, posters, bookmarks & other book-related material
Book Buzz – A taste of the best books for you and your classroom
Wonderful authors you’ll love to meet including some new ones you'll need to know about
Drawings for special prizes
Wine, refreshments and conviviality
Hicklebee's Website

So it's that time of year again and my most favorite bookstore, Hicklebee's (a mainly children's bookstore with some adult selections) is holding their annual Educator's Night where tons of authors come together to talk about their upcoming books, provide autographs, and mingle with their fans! We also get the chance to pick up some ARCs that have been sent to the store, grab some cool gifts, win prizes, etc. This is by far one of my most favorite nights of the year and I'm super happy to be going with my mom again!! :D Can't wait!!!

If you live in the area and you're in the process of becoming, or you are, a teacher or librarian, definitely get your tickets and check out this awesome night!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie!

The official countdown! So excited for this! Ever since I read The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins I've thinking, "Whatever genius makes this a movie is going to make millions." This is definitely my favorite series since Harry Potter and I'm praying that they do just as a good a job with this one as they did with the wizards! I don't know how I'm gonna wait 216 days!!!! It's like torture!!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Raven by Suzy Turner

Kindle Edition
Published May 8, 2011
Received for Review

Goodreads Synopsis: Aftrer the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...
Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars!

My Review: I was lucky enough to receive a free ebook edition of this book from the Author, Suzy Turner, in exchange for an honest review and while I struggled with some parts of it, overall I enjoyed the story. It's pretty short so it was a quick read, but sadly I couldn't get it on to my Kindle so I struggled with reading it on my computer. Regardless, here are my thoughts:

What I Didn't Like: When I first started reading I didn't feel connected to Lilly, the protagonist, at all. I felt she was sort of boring, depressing, and not too likable. I felt like the writing was too formal for me, Lilly is supposed to be 13 and the book is written from her perspective, but she talks and thinks in complete proper English and there isn't a lot of slang or typical teen language incorporated which made it hard for me to relate to her. "I was thoroughly spoilt, a feeling I relished." What kind of 13-year-old talks like that? Also, the first third or so is almost all description with very little dialogue and I found myself skipping over larger paragraphs that were just Lilly reminiscing over her lost parents and then feeling guilty. Why she felt guilty I have no idea, her mom made her eat only canned food and she never spent time with her dad. Rather than feeling sorry for her situation I just wanted to shake her and tell her to be glad they were gone! The love story is sort of overplayed, it's that "love at first sight" thing as always, which is pretty unrealistic and always bugs me a little.

What I Did Like: The story is pretty interesting, incorporating all types of paranormal activity and characters. Shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, witches, etc. Being a lover of the paranormal I enjoyed these aspects very much. There's also a bit of romance which is always good and a lot of the accompanying characters are really interesting. There is a lot of stuff that unfolds throughout the story, helping Lilly figure out who she really is, which makes things easier to read because there's always something going on. Lilly's cousin Jo is also really entertaining, she's spunky and fun and she made me laugh a lot. I almost wished the book was more about Jo than Lilly!

Overall the book was okay, but it wasn't something amazing. It could have used some fine-tuning but the guts of the story were interesting enough. Thanks for sharing Suzy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Love My Used Bookstore and Raven by Suzy Turner

I went to my local used bookstore the other day and was pleasantly surprised! The Young Adult section is GIANT!!! I was super stoked to check out everything and spend all my hard earned money on some new books! Sadly I was parked in a tow away zone and only stopped by to see if that had some books I needed for my Children's Lit class so I couldn't stay long. Regardless, I found a book I've been wanting to read for awhile now, Feed by M.T. Anderson!
Goodreads Synopsis: Finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Young People's Literature
Honor book for the 2003 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award (Fiction category)
The Barnes & Noble Review
Brave New World takes a romantic teen twist in this disarming, engrossing novel set in a hyper-computerized future.

Spending time partying on the moon and riding around in his "upcar," Titus is an average teen of the future, complete with a computer chip implant -- the "Feed" -- that lets corporate marketers and government agencies broadcast directly into his brain. Then Titus meets Violet, and an anti-Feed hacker shuts down their Feeds for a short time; but when Violet's Feed is seriously damaged, she begins spouting some radical ideas.

I don't think you can beat a basically brand new book for $3.50. Couldn't pass it up!

Also, I just started reading Raven by Suzy Turner thanks to a free ebook download sent by the author herself! Thanks Suzy! The reviews on Goodreads look great so I'm excited to start reading it! Just trying to get it on my Nook reader on my Android phone.

Goodreads Synopsis: After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...
Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

Short but sweet synopsis! I'm gonna start reading this one right away because I have the next few days off work and I left Afterlife at a friend's house. Who is now on vacation >:( 
Oh well! I'm excited, this book looks good :)

Currently Reading: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

So far: I'm not too sure.... I have some issues with this one. First of all, there are no quotation marks when people talk! WTF!? Also, they talk like they're from an old western. This style of writing makes it really difficult for me to get through the pages because a lot of the time I have to back track and read things over again. I'm trying to push through the first quarter or so, hoping things will pick up for me because the reviews are so good. Otherwise I don't think I'll be able to finish it... which will suck because I always finish my books. Always.

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Books!

So I just got two new books from the library which I'm super stoked to read!!
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Goodreads Synopsis: Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

I'm not sure what this one is going to be like, a lot of people say it's better than The Hunger Games but we'll see. The names of the characters sort of throw me off, Saba and Lugh?! They're pretty strange. Oh and then there's Jack. It's like Ms. Young couldn't decide if she wanted to be different or just not make sense. Oh well, I'm praying it will be great! I'm gonna start reading this one today.

The next is:
Afterlife by Caludia Gray!

Goodreads Synopsis: Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas . . .

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help . . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

I've been waiting for this one for a long long time now! Finally I got it from the library and I'm stoked to read it! I might have to break my usual rule and just read two at a time! I'm excited to see what's going to happen with Bianca and Lucas, especially since she's dead and he's... well... undead? I'm a little skeptical, however, just because this series has been sort of off the whole time. It definitely wouldn't be a series I would want to own and re-read, but I'm glad that I made my way through it. I do wonder if this is the last book in the series, or if there's gonna be another one? Hm....

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

My Rating: 3 out of 5

My Review: I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled with this story in the beginning. Everything sort of dragged on, Lena wanted to be with Ethan and then she didn't, things were too dangerous for them, blah blah, nothing new there. It was almost reminiscent of Twilight. I even had to put the book down for awhile and read something else in between because I just got so bored. Eventually, however, I finally got into and ended up really liking it. I almost didn't finish this one, but I'm glad I did and I'm ready to read the next one! I only gave it 3 stars though because of how slow and boring the beginning was. If I was really excited about it throughout the entire book it would be a different story.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Currently Reading: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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

Sometimes life-ending.

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

So far: The first book in this series was really boring in the beginning and then got pretty interesting near the end, but even though this installment in the series starts off where the other one ended, it's still somewhat boring. Not only that, but I'm starting to hate the characters. While Ethan and Lena are obviously supposed to be together, they're having some issues with the relationship which aren't made any better by Liv, Aunt Marian's beautiful new assistant. Whatever, by this point I'm just sick of Ethan's wallowing, sick of Lena's bitchiness, sick of Link swooning every time Ridley comes around, and sick of no one telling anyone else what's going on. I'm just pissed at this point, almost so much that I don't wanna finish the story!! Oh well, we'll see how it ends up...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Goodreads Synopsis: Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review: WOW. I was hooked with this one right from the beginning. I love Beatrice's character so much, and everything she did just made me want to be more like her. She's such a wonderful female role model and I love that she makes her own choices and doesn't just do what other people tell her to. The story itself is fantastic, somewhat reminiscent of The Hunger Games and The Uglies which are definitely in my top favorites, so I was drawn to everything in this story right away. It's an interesting take on a dystopian North America, and everything about it just sucks you in. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down. If you don't read anything else this summer, read Divergent.

Oh, and the romance is just tear-jerking but not disgustingly sappy which I loved!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Goodreads Synopsis: Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

My Review:Wow! Wither was just so amazing I read it in two days. It was original, interesting, exciting, creepy, heartbreaking and exhilarating all at the same time! The characters are beautifully crafted, especially Rhine and her sister wives. I fell in love with all three girls at once, relishing in their bond. Linden is someone you just feel sorry for and I think I fell for Gabriel within minutes. Overall this story is something I could read over and over again, never getting bored of the dystopian world created byLauren DeStefano. I loved it!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Everlasting by Alyson Noel

Goodreads Synopsis: Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears-all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review: Finally! The series is over, I enjoyed it while it lasted, but it wasn't my favorite. There were some confusing details in this installment and the typical Ever moment where you just want to roll your eyes and punch the girl, but overall I enjoyed it. The ending was a little too much for me though...


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