Thursday, May 31, 2012

Arc Review: Exiled by J.R Wagner (and giveaway)


Author: J.R Wagner

Publication Date: June 5th, 2012

Publisher: Live Oak Book Company

Genre: YA/Fantasy



James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone. Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear. James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever.

My Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I tend to enjoy stories with magic, witches, wizards, any of that good stuff. Mostly because I wish so badly magic was real haha. This one was definitely a unique one though. The word witch or wizard is never used, instead magic users are referred to as sorcerers or "The Faithful" and the non- magic users are called the "Un-Faithful". The idea in this story is that everyone in the world is capable of magic. All that is required is complete faith and belief that magic exists, if you believe you will gain the power to wield magic. I really enjoyed this dynamic, it was something really new and unique. Usually in stories involving magic you don't get a choice whether you can wield magic or not so that was a nice new twist. Unfortunately most people are scared of magic and shun the idea. It's pretty much taboo. It's been getting progressively worse to the point that now there are very few magic users and they are at risk to becoming non-existent.

The main character James is part of a prophecy that is supposed to stop this from happening. Here's the kicker though, he's just a kid. When his father finds out about this prophecy James is just a toddler. His father immediately starts training himself in magic so he can protect his son as he grows. However things don't really go as planned, James ends up being banished to The Never. The Never is one scary place! I loved the chapters that took place in The Never. It's a place where the world itself is in control. It's like sentient and self-aware...And it's not a happy, nice thing. It's cruel and hard, you are constantly surrounded by life threatening dangers. James is thrust there unexpectedly and is faced by the massively unknown. All he does know is that he has to find a way back out, but no one has ever come back from The Never. The only tools he knows how to use, being his great magic abilities, are stripped from him. How will he survive in a world that seeks to destroy it inhabitants? But survive he must if he is to escape and stop the Epoch Terminus, which is the end of magic.

But poor James has had to grow up with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has constantly lived in a giant shadow of expectation. I can't imagine having to deal with the things he has at his age. He is one strong young man. A lot of people in his situation would succumb to cowardice, but not James. That being said, he does indeed feel the massive weight. Wherever he goes in life all these great things are expected of him. He doesn't feel special, or superior, but he holds steady and tries to fill the spot expected of him just the same. I really liked James for these reasons. Despite being the "chosen one" he remains a humble, strong, brave,  person. He doesn't crumble under the weight placed upon him, and he also doesn't go the opposite and become cocky and conceited, believing himself to be so much better than others. He is just a regular guy trying to find his place in life, with this prophecy hanging over his head.

The story switches back and forth between past and present constantly. I think this is a tricky idea to pull off without confusing the reader but Wagner seems to pull it off easily. It's written in such a way that while we are reading about James' experiences in The Never we are also learning about the past and all the events that lead up to where he is now. It made the read an even funner adventure because it was like watching a puzzle being put together piece by piece. It also kept the story exciting, because we weren't left reading a bunch of lead up before getting to the  more intense stuff. Not that the pieces from the past were any less boring in this case. But it was interesting and fun to switch back and forth. I am quite eager to see what happens next! By the time this review is posted there will only be another 5 days till the book is released. I would definitely recommend it! I hope we don't have to wait to long before book #2 comes out! I want some more Never adventures, and to read more about James. Thanks so much to J.R Wagner for sending me an ARC copy of his book! I really liked the story and I'm excited for book #2.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday (21)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting.

by Melissa West
 Expected Publication: October 16th, 2012

 Synopsis: In the future, only one rule will matter: Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed--arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Yay! A Sci Fi/Dystopia! This book sounds pretty interesting, and the cover is pretty :)


What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (13)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by  MizB at Should be Reading.

To Participate you:
-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page
-Share the Title and Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR if the like your  teaser :)

This week's Teaser comes from:

"I am just sensation. This is what he does to me - takes my body and possesses it wholly so that I think of nothing but him. His magic is powerful, intoxicating, I'm a butterfly caught in his net, unable and unwilling to escape. I'm his.....totally his."

There is so much controversy over these books. I'm really glad to be finally reading them for myself so I can have my own opinion. So far, I really like these books, for more than one reason. At the same time, I can see why they aren't for everyone. But I do think some people are going to extremes over their dislike for the series. I say, a book is a book, and you should never discourage people from reading. As long as it's age appropriate, especially in this case. "Someone who chooses not to read had no advantage over those who can't read". Anyway, I  like it and would recommend it. As long as you are open minded.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Swoon by Nina Malkin

(Swoon #1)

Author: Nina Malkin

Publication Date: May 19th, 2009

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Paranormal



Sin is coming... Prepare to Swoon.Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice's perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She's intensely drawn to him—but not at all crazy about the havoc he's wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent—and irresistible—adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin's will. Only trouble is, she's in love with him.

What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?

My Thoughts: I was really, really excited to read this book. I won the second book in the series in a giveaway recently and this came up as my Random Read of the month, so it was pretty exciting since I wanted to read this book anyways. Well, I'm not really sure why I wasn't a huge fan. The book was ok, but I just wasn't connecting with it. It was a slow read for me because I had a lot of difficulty getting into it. That being said, I still enjoyed the story line. The ending was a bit sad, but I guess I'll just have to read the second book and find out what happened. I guess I was just expecting something different when I picked up the book because I do really like the cover, and I don't read reviews for books if I'm planning on reading them shortly, so I didn't read anything about this book except the synopsis, which sounded good.  

So I think what I disliked was how  most of the time the characters were getting high. So their thought were kindof all over the place. But it wasn't that big of a deal. I did like the characters and really felt bad for Sin, so there was a bit of connecting with them I guess.
Overall, the storyline was good, I just didn't click. The book is ok. Would I recommend it? Maybe not. But if you have been thinking of reading it, definitely give it a read and let us know your opinion. Have you ever had a book fall flat of what you expected? Let me know in the comments. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Owl Post (3)

Owl Post is a weekly feature at Owl Read It where we let you know what new books we got that past week as well as recap what reviews we've posted the past week. It's inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox meme.

Jenn's Haul:
I got a lot of great books this week, one that I've been anxious to get! And started a new job, so haven't gotten much reading done lately :( Also,forgot to mention it in the video but my two week cold is finally GONE!!!!!!

Books Mentioned:
ReVamped by Ada Adams (My Review)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

People Mentioned:
Meghan ;P

Meghan's Haul:
Ascend by Amanda Hocking

For Review:
 ARC copy of Exiled by J.R Wagner
Stay tuned for the review, I will be having a bookmark giveaway :).

Mircle Cure by Harlan Coben
No Second Chance by Harlen Coben
The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
Boneman's Daughter by Ted Dekker
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L James
I love that my Mom is just a big as reader as me, we exchange books all the time :)

Reviews From This Week:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: The Prince Who Fell from the Sky by John Claude Bemis

The Prince Who Fell from the Sky

Author: John Claude Bemis

Publication Date: May 22nd, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Genre: Dystopia



In Casseomae's world, the wolves rule the Forest, and the Forest is everywhere. The animals tell stories of the Skinless Ones, whose cities and roads once covered the earth, but the Skinless disappeared long ago. Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients' sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a Skinless One, a child. Rather than turn him over to the wolves, Casseomae chooses to protect this human cub, to find someplace safe for him to live. But where among the animals will a human child be safe? And is Casseomae threatening the safety of the Forest and all its tribes by protecting him?

My Thoughts: My Thoughts: I'm not going to lie, I'm actually a tiny bit surprised at how much I liked this book. I happen to love books that are from animals points of views, they're just fun to read. Since this is a Middle Grade novel it's a nice, quick read, but very enjoyable! 

I think what I like most about this story is that it brings together four of the most unlikely companions for a journey to take the child, that fell out of the sky, some where safe so that he won't be hunted by the wolves and killed for what he is. I'm not sure what happened to the humans, but it seems there are a lot of stories circulating throughout the animal kingdom about what happened to them. The main one being that the wolves all banded together to wipe them out, and for that reason, wolves are in charge.

My favorite character in this novel would have to be Casseomae. Even though she realized what the child was, she still recognized him as a child, therefore wanted to keep him safe. She is a very unfortunate bear, who has had multiple stillborn litters. I can't help but feel bad for her, but she still has a great maternal instinct. So she saves the child and they head off on a journey with a rat named Dumpster (a very noble rat name) to take the child somewhere safe.

This was a very futuristic Jungle Book story, based in a dystopian future, so it really had two things going for it. Talking animals and dystopian. How could I not like it? It had a lot of action and wasn't slow for me at any point. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone, I'd think it would be enjoyable for any age group, and if you are an animal lover who loves dystopians, so much the better.

Thank you to Random House Children's Books for giving me the opportunity to review this novel!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (20)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting.

Crux By Julie Reece
Expected Publication: July 9th, 2012

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. 

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich, and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. 

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

I really like the sounds of this one, plus I love the cover. We don't see illustrated covers to often anymore so I think that's pretty awesome :) I'm quite curious to see how this story unfolds.

What book are you Waiting On?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (12)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by  MizB at Should be Reading.

To Participate you:
-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page
-Share the Title and Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR if the like your  teaser :)

This week's teaser comes from

"Shouts, screams, and cries erupted from the witnesses. The last thing James heard was "Banish him!" All sound fell into a void as he was engulfed in a spiral of purple smoke and pulled from the only world he had ever known."

I'm liking this book so far! The Never is one scary place that is for sure. Hope you guys like the teaser! What are you teasing this week?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
(Steampunk Chronicles #2)

Author: Kady Cross

Publication Date: May 22nd 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Steampunk / Paranormal



In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous. Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves. One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.

My Thoughts: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar starts up almost exactly where Steel Corset leaves off. I really like that it does that because then you're not playing catch up and haven't really missed any of the story. I once again really loved the world and characters that Kady Cross has created. I also really like the cover of this book because it actually is related to the story and was basically how I imagined Mei to look. It took me a lot longer to read than the last book but it had nothing to do with the writing or story, I was just really sick and didn't even have the energy to read.

Clockwork Collar begins with Finley, Griffin, Emily and Sam travelling by airship to New York to get Jasper back and out of trouble. They don't believe he's a murderer and want to help him however they can. Once they get to New York, Griffin and Sam head to the jail to talk to Jasper, but he's not there. He was not brought back by the authorities, so something is up and they plan to find out. There is a lot that happens in Clockwork Collar, including Finley inflitrating a criminal's gang. Regardless, I didn't find that there were really any dull parts and am anxious to find out what's been happening with Griffin in the Aether. Some parts of the plot were a bit predictable, but it didn't affect my opinion any. Since it really seemed the only way to bring it all together.

Once again, Finley Jayne is pretty kick ass. She infiltrates a criminals gang, pretending that she is meant for a life of crime. Which maybe in some ways she is. I think she is incredibly brave and selfless because she is always putting others welfare before herself. Also, she may be strong and a quick healer, but she's not invincible, so there is a risk to her life in what she does. 

I can't even begin to describe how much more I love Emily in this book. She is just such an awesome character AND is a redhead! She is also incredibly brave, she is probably the most fragile of the group, but she doesn't let that get her down or stop her. She can definitely hold her own. 

As for the guys of the group, both have done a lot of growing as characters. Griffin is finally realizing how much he cares for Finley and learning to trust her more. He does need to get over feeling guilty every time someone gets hurt, because it's not his fault. Sam is starting to grow on me, now that he's less of a jerk. He really has feelings for Emily and I hope for the best for them! Jasper is a lot more prominent than he was in the last book. He's actually a pretty great character and I feel for him so much. Everything that seems to happen to him breaks my heart, he's really grown as a character and I hope we see more of him in the next book. 

So overall, I really liked Clockwork Collar. It's a really great Steampunk series and is making me really enjoy the genre. Everything just seems to flow so nicely in Kady Cross' writing style and she makes you really love her characters. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. If you're wondering if I would recommend this book, the answer is yes! These are great for someone who enjoys paranormal as well as historical fiction since they are based in the Victorian Era. Mix in a bit of science fiction and a great author, then you have a really great read. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Owl Post (2)

Owl Post is a weekly feature at Owl Read It where we let you know what new books we got that past week as well as recap what reviews we've posted the past week. It's inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox meme.

Jenn's Haul:
So I almost didn't make a video this week, I'm still sick and have a terrible cough that has made my voice hoarse, but today my voice isn't so bad. Sorry for the lack of reviews this week, like I said, I'm All my energy has gone into taking care of my daughter. Also, Diablo 3 came out this week sooo...

Books Mentioned:
Dead To You by Lisa McMann
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Meghan's Haul:
I spent most of the day today in the hospital with my littlest one, he has an eye injury :(  poor boy. As well as Jenn mentioned.... Diablo 3 came out this week soooo, ya haha. Anyway, I'll post my books from this week in next weeks post.

Reviews From This Week:


What did you get this week?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publication Date: October 18th, 2011

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance/Mythology



It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

My Thoughts:  I will try to keep myself from going on forever about this book, but you should know up front that I desperately loved it.  Maggie Stiefvater has blown my mind once again. She continues to have the ability to suck me right in. She projects the story in such a way that you are completely immersed and surrounded, you are part of the story, you are the characters, the scenery is so real, it all seems real. And, I absolutely loved every minute of it. I fell in love with her work. Her story telling casts a spell on me. I am so glad I discovered her books! The first ones I read were the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and if you've read my review on those, you know how much I loved them as well. Subsequently I have placed Stiefvater very high on my list of favorite authors. You know, the ones that you have to read absolutely everything they put out, no matter what.

This story is so unique, and you will be hard pressed to find another one like it. The story tells of a small island called Thisby. Every year around fall-early winter when the stormy weather comes, horses emerge from the waters. These are not your typical horses. They are crazed, meat-eating, massive, creatures. But they are beautiful, as well as haunting, and terrifying. They invoke in you a fearful awe, I imagine being incredibly frightened, but unable to look away. Every year they hold races on these horses. They are captured, and they attempt to tame them. They of course are never really tamed. They can lash out and commit murder at any second, and they do. Tourists come from all around to watch and even take part in the Scorpio Races. Its an immensely bloody, literally life-stealing, gory sport. You have to either be incredibly brave or incredibly stupid to take part in my opinion.

We get to learn about the races and the horses and the island through the view of the two main characters. The story is told much like the Wolves of Mercy Falls series where the narrative switches back and forth. I loved this method before and it proved to be wonderful again. The two main characters being Kate "Puck" Connolly and Sean Kendrick. The two characters have so much in common but are very different at the same time. They are both parent-less and fending for themselves. Kate lives with  her two brothers in their parents house, their parents were killed by the water horses. Kate's oldest brother just announced that he is leaving the island. At the same time Puck finds out they are about to lose their house if they can't pay off the debt. So in order to convince her brother to stay a little longer, and to win money to save their house, Puck enters the races. She is the first and only female to do so, and she is not well received. I adored Puck and her fearless-ness, her strong sense of self, and her refusal to never back down from a challenge. Despite all the people and odds against her, she never falters. Then there's Sean, his mother ran away to the main-land, like many of the islanders do. I mean, if I lived on an island that was rampaged my killer horses.. I might leave to. His father was killed in The Scorpio Races. Sean works for the richest man on the island, Malvern. Malvern makes a living catching the water horses and selling them during the race, as well as regular horses. Sean is his #1 horse guy, he is like a horse whisperer. He has won the race the last 4 years, and this year if he wins, he could get the one thing he's always wanted most. Sean has the same amazing sense of self that I wish I had. He is always sure of himself,his decisions, and his actions. He has a lot of respect from most of the Islanders for his ability to work with the horses. The exception being Malvern's son "Mutt", who is pretty much willing to do anything to make sure Sean does not win this year.

And that is all I want to tell you about the story line, you have to read this book yourself. Seriously,   you have to. So many times while reading this book I had to stop and re-read passages. Not because I didn't understand, but because it was so well written and beautiful I had to read it more than once. You know when you're reading a book and you come across a couple lines or a paragraph that just jump right at you, they just hit you right in the heart. You just have to stop and admire it, the beautiful thoughts and images it creates. This doesn't usually happen to often to me. Once in a while, in a really good book. It happened to me so often in this book. I would stop and re-read and attempt to commit them to memory because I just loved them so much.

This story was immensely captivating, I am completely enamored with the story and it's characters. When I finished I was so reluctant to close the covers. I recommend you go out and read this. Riht now :) Also, sorry for not really keeping my word about going on forever haha.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

(Fracture #1)

Author: Megan Miranda

Publication Date: January 5th 2012

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Genre: Paranormal



Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

My Thoughts: So I had been meaning to read this for a long time, but as usual, kept putting it off. I'm glad that I did finally get around to reading it because it was a really good book. I really like Megan Miranda's writing style and pretty much had the book in my hand all day. It was a pretty quick read for me, and I was able to finish it in less than a day. It is a different type of read than what I've mostly been reading lately *cough* dystopians *cough* so it was a nice break from that.

 Fracture follows Delaney, a teenager who fell through the ice and was dead for 11 minutes. It's a miracle that she's alive, but now she seems to be able to sense when someone is going to die. It takes awhile before she realizes that what's going on, but once she does, she dreads the feeling more than she had previously. Then she meets Troy Varga, someone who can she can relate to because he has the same abilities. But Troy has some dark secrets which are pretty horrible. Delaney feels like she has no one to turn to for help. Her mom is shutting down and barely talks to her. Her best friend, Decker, is spending all his time with someone else and Troy is the only one willing to talk about it. Delaney is lost and troubled, what can she really do?

Delaney is not your typical YA heroine. She's not really that tough or brave. Heck, she almost died. She's not popular or in great shape but is pretty. But not in the way most female protagonists are, which is absolutely gorgeous. She doesn't fall for the guy right away, although her judgement may not be the best at first. She's smart and a bit of a bookworm, although she gets headaches reading after her accident (that would be terrible!). Nope, Delaney is just an average teenage girl who senses death. Completely likable and easy for me to relate to, except for the death thing.

There are two love interests in Fracture. There is Decker, the boy next door who has been her best friend since she was 5. They both love each other but neither seems to act on it. Then after her death, Decker seems to drift away, jerk! Then there is Troy, the mysterious boy whom nobody seems to know anything about. He's new in town and also senses death. He's a bit scary though and I thought Delaney was stupid for even considering him.  He's pretty creepy. I was definitely hoping Decker would stop being stupid and realize that Delaney loved him.

Overall, Fracture was a fresh read. Definitely a great debut novel for Megan Miranda. I will be looking out for more from her. It was easy to read and addicting. I definitely recommend it! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday (19)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting.

by Lesley Livingston 
Expected Publication: August 15th, 2012 

Goodreads Synopsis: "Love is just the beginning... of the end."

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

So this book sounds really good. Mythology? Yes please!! Norse mythology?! YES!!!! I wish it was already out! Also, the cover looks pretty interesting.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (11)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by  MizB at Should be Reading.

To Participate you:
-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page
-Share the Title and Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR if the like your  teaser :)

This week's teaser comes from:

"The red stallion circles, halfway to a hungry creature of the sea, but he does as I asked: He does not eat the thing that was my father. Instead, the stallion climbs back into the water. Nothing as red as the sea that day.
I don't think often on my father's body strung out through the reddening surf. Instead i remember him as he was before the race: afraid.
I won't make the same mistake."

This book is nothing short of amazing. I am totally in love <3. I'm a little under halfway done, and I know already I am going to be so sad when the story is over. I won't want it to end.

What are you teasing this week?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Owl Post (1)

Jenn's Haul:
So we decided to make a new feature which we have so eloquently dubbed "Owl Post". It will be a weekly feature and we'll be recapping what new books we've gotten as well as the reviews that have been posted that week incase you missed any. I got 4 books this week, three I won and one I borrowed. As well as some swag. 

 Books Mentioned:
Switched by Amanda Hocking
Torn by Amanda Hocking
Ascend by Amanda Hocking
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

People/Blogs Mentioned:


Meghans' Haul:
I haven't won anything lately, but I did buy a couple books and was gifted a bookmark from a friend :).

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

My great friend Ashley over at Shades of Yellow gifted me this awesome Savage Grace bookmark, Thank You!!

I entered a giveaway for this one on Goodreads, I didn't win but the author so very kindly offered me a smashwords coupon! Thank you!!

Reviews from this week:


What did you get this week?