Friday, January 28, 2011

Delirium Blog Tour - Books Complete Me

Bumping it up! Don't forget to head over to Books Complete Me before the Tour Ends!!!!

Click the banner below to head over!!!


The Delirium Blog Tour is here! Head on over to one of my favorite Book Bloggers at Books Complete Me to enter and read the excerpt of Chapter Two of Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Here is the summary too if you haven't read about it yet.

Summary from HarperTeen:

Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.


Follow Friday (2)



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What is/was your favorite subject in school


My favorite subject in school wasn't a "subject" really. I was in dance for the four years of high school and I loved it! With that and playing softball it kept me in great shape and that's what I loved the most about it. Now if I HAVE to pick a subject it would have to be history. I love learning about how things were before I was born. I love anything that has to do with wars. Hence my obsession with war movies. I have a ton of books on different wars, although I have read them all. Right now at my desk I have the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. I'm struggling to read it, but I am always wanting to learn more about the world.


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cover Look-a-Likes (1)



Cover Look-a-Likes is an original post from Nice Girls Read Books Go check it out!


I was over on the blog checking out the covers and it made me want to go on my own mission to find more look-a-like covers.

So here's what I found:

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley and Evermore by Alyson Noel

Don't they look IDENTICAL??? Look at the lips and the nose. I wonder if it's the same girl?? Hmmmm

This is tough, and takes a while to sift through, so this will be my first. I must search more books, but stay tuned, because I am now on a mission! This is super fun!



*Update* from comment: Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books said...
I always get these two mixed up! I'm thinking it's probably the same model/stock image, except flipped! Maybe try and flip one around and find out!! :D So glad you liked my post!!!

You are so right!!!!! Look at the strand of hair! It's exactly the same!

You must have already did this one, huh? Hahah I should have looked at your past posts. LOL

Hunger Games Movie Adaptation

I knew the movie was going to be made a while ago, but it was one of those things that you keep hearing but it never happens, ummm sort of like The Host #2? Yeah I am still thinking about that. LOL

So anyways, there is going to be an adaptation to the Hunger Games. In an interview done by MTV News which stated that they are going to tone it down a bit. Say WHAT?? The part I loved most about the books were the arena fights. I mean, besides the characters of course. I am 100% a Peeta fan. Wasn't int he first and second books as much, because I thought he was a bit too clingy. But he totally kicks ass.

So it's been said that Liam Hemsworth is interested in playing Peeta. Don't know how I feel about it, but I think it could work. He's super hot, and in the book, I don't think Peeta was made to be all THAT hot. But it works for me. Perhaps they should get the people that picked the characters for Twilight. To me, they were dead on with the casting of that movie.

Ok ok, so here is Peeta! What do you all think? Now that I am looking at this pic, I can totally see him playing Peeta!

Cover Release - Hourglass by Myra McEntire

The cover art for Myra McEntire's 2011 debut novel Hourglass was revealed today and here it is:



Synopsis from Goodreads:

Since the age of fourteen, Emerson Cole has seen strange things – dead things – swooning Southern Belles, soldiers, and other eerie apparitions of the past. She’s tried everything to get rid of the visions: medication, counseling, asylums. Nothing’s worked.

So when Emerson's well-meaning brother calls in yet another consultant from a mysterious organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to give it one last try.

Michael Weaver is no ordinary consultant. He's barely older than she is; he listens like no one she's ever met before; and he doesn't make her feel the least bit crazy. As Emerson ventures deeper into the world of the Hourglass, she begins to learn the truth about her past, her future--and her very life.

My Cover Thoughts: To me, from the synopsis, the cover freaks me out. in a good way. if you rotate the picture it looks like the girl is walking on the side wall and she is facing the floor. Rotated pic below


I LOVE the cover, it's different, and a bit disturbing. Things that are impossible freak me out anyways. The great thing about that is, I love to be freaked out. Before the cover was revealed I wanted to read this book, but now I see the cover, I want it even more!!! MUCH COVER LOVE!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (2)


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

This week's WoW is:

Seriously...The Soul (The Host #2)

How long must we all wait for this? Is it even going to happen? I look every week to see if something has come of this. I loved The Host (The Host #1) even though it took me a while to get into, but being on a road trip from AZ to CA was the perfect time to make myself read it. I am so glad I did! SO great!

So I've read so far, that Stephenie is planning to make The Host a trilogy. But what I want to say is, GET ON IT! I mean it's been way too long!

I am so snotty aren't I? HAHAHA

Here a fan art pic I found for The Soul :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Giveaway - 200 follower from Hooked to Books

Hooked to Books, another great blog I follow is holding a 200 follower giveaway!

First, congrats on the 200 followers! I am jealous ;-) Second, this is really a great blog to follow and how awesome for her to do a giveaway just because she has so many followers! So sweet! So head over, follow, leave a comment and spread the word. The more followers, the more giveaways. I'm serious! Go see!

Teaser Tuesday (1)


TT is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To participate you:

* 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!

And here is my teaser:


"That's exactly how it it." She points her finger at me. I back up and accidently bump Astley with my hip. "You are willing to sacrafice all of us to get Nick back."

Entice by Carrie Jones pg. 207

Delirium Blog Tour - Books Complete Me


The Delirium Blog Tour is here! Head on over to one of my favorite Book Bloggers at Books Complete Me to enter and read the excerpt of Chapter Two of Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Here is the summary too if you haven't read about it yet.

Summary from HarperTeen:

Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

Monday, January 24, 2011

YAllapalooza 2011 - Changing Hands Bookstore, AZ

Join us 4pm Saturday, January 29th, when Changing Hands Bookstore presents YAllapalooza 2011, a literary extravaganza for tween and teen readers featuring free pizza, games, prizes and chance to mix and mingle with your favorite YA authors! We'll have a live game show that tests contestants' knowledge of young adult and middle-grade literature with games guaranteed to amaze and amuse. Attending authors include Lisa Mangum, Bree Despain, Karen Hoover, Cameron Stracher, Jessica Day George, Obert Skye, Janette Rallison, James Owen, Angela Morrison, Tom Leveen, Jon Lewis, Adam Rex, Laurie Brooks, Lisa McMann, and Kofi O. Okyere.

Go HERE to learn more!

Wish list (1) - February

I'm starting a new monthly post called, Wish list. If this has already been done, please let me know. I am new to the book blogging world. If not, please feel free to do the same and link it back to my blog and leave a comment so I can come check out your wish list!

In no particular order of course. Click on the titles to add them to your TBR list on Goodreads! If you don't have a Goodreads account, you can still read more about the books.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton - Feb 15th

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney - Feb 8th

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer - Feb 15th

Haven by Kristi Cook - Feb 22nd! (SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS ONE)

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting - Feb 15th

Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Feb 1st (SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE TOO!)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What are you reading is hosted by One Persons Journey through a world of Books. Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry (first published 2010)


Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review - She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott

She's So Dead To Us
by Kieran Scott
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


When having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all?

Perfect, picturesque Orchard Hill. It was the last thing Ally Ryan saw in the rear-view mirror as her mother drove them out of town and away from the shame of the scandal her father caused when his hedge fund went south and practically bankrupted all their friends -- friends that liked having trust funds and new cars, and that didn't like constant reminders that they had been swindled. So it was adios, Orchard Hill. Thanks for nothing.

Now, two years later, Ally's mother has landed a job back at the site of their downfall. So instead of Ally's new low-key, happy life, it'll be back into the snake pit with the likes of Shannen Moore and Hammond Ross.

But then there's Jake Graydon. Handsome, wealthy, bored Jake Graydon. He moved to town after Ally left and knows nothing of her scandal, but does know that he likes her. And she likes him. So off into the sunset they can go, right? Too bad Jake's friends have a problem with his new crush since it would make Ally happy. And if anyone deserves to be unhappy, it's Ally Ryan.

Ally was hoping to have left all the drama in the past, but some things just can't be forgotten. Isn't there more to life than money?}

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My Review - Goodreads

It took me a little bit to get into this book. I kept waiting for some major action. I realized that this book was just different from what I've been reading. I actually enjoyed this book. It was a quick light read.

Ally Ryan had to move away from her friends and posh life, only to return a year and a half later as an outcast. Her childhood friends no longer wanted anything to do with her. Ally wasn't one of the "In Girls" anymore. Just because she didn't have the money, the house, or the labeled material things.

This book made me want to bitch slap a few of the characters. I was getting so upset. This kept me flipping the pages faster and faster to see how Ally would deal with it all. This book reminded me a lot of Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, and I LOVED that book. It also reminded me of the movie Mean Girls and The Fab Five.

Like I said, I enjoyed the book, not so much the ending though, I wish there would have been a more satisfying ending to the story. I won't say what I wanted to happen, I don't want to ruin the story for you, but let's just say that I wish there would have been a huge fight, lol.

BUT...I know the premise of the book is to not judge people by what they don't have, but just to be open and kind to everyone. Money isn't everything! So all in all, I liked it. For a fast light chick read, I say go pick it up.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Giveaway - The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

I have made so many new blogging friends through the Follow My Book Blog Friday hop and I wanted to share one with you.

Yes, I do get extra points for making this post, but like I have said before, I enjoy spreading the word for my fellow bloggers. So head on over and check out the tigers all consuming books; reviews by Tiger.

I love her blog! She does some GREAT reviews, and has read a lot of the same books I want to read. ALSO, as a plus, you can enter her Turn Around Tuesday Giveaway.

Get the chance to win The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren


WON:
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The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)
by Kimberly Derting


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


Won:
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Loser/Queen
by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Brittney Lee (Illustrator)
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Cammy Hall is what anyone would describe as a loser. She lives with her grandparents and has adopted their way of life… right down to the comfortable shoes and early bedtime. And can she help it that she actually likes to knit?

At school, her skills with knitting needles and some yarn go completely unappreciated: people like Bekka Bell reign while Cammy and her best friend, the fearless Danish exchange student Gerdi, watch from the sidelines. Cammy’s used to being an outsider; after years of humiliating moments, her goal is simply to fly under the radar. Then she suddenly starts receiving mysterious text messages that lead her right to all the embarrassing secrets about the most popular kids in school. Cammy never expected to be able to climb up the high school food chain, and the agenda of the texter may be questionable—but how can she possibly give up the chance to be Queen?

This is the print version of the groundbreaking online interactive serial LOSER/QUEEN that premiered in July 2010 on www.loserqueen.com. Each week, readers voted on major plot twists. The winning choice was then encorporated into the next week's chapters. Now that voting—and the book—are complete, LOSER/QUEEN will be published as a paperback and packed with extras from the author… and readers will have the opportunity to own the book they helped create!

Jodi Lynn Anderson, the national bestselling author of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, has lived in Georgia, Costa Rica, and New York, but she currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Brittney Lee is a designer and animator. She lives in Emeryville, CA.


Bought:
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The Replacement (The Replacement #1)
by Brenna Yovanoff
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Razorbill

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Review - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
by Cynthia Hand
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

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Review from Goodreads

Ok, so these 2011 debut authors are kicking ass!

I am in LOVE with this book. I am obsessed! And I have a major crush on Tuck!

I loved everything about this book; the story, the characters, the way it flowed. It was perfect! Clara moved from California to Wyoming to fulfill her purpose. Her visions sent her to the one she is supposed to save. While waiting for her visions to come to life, she unexpectedly falls in love, finds a new best friend and finds more about herself and what she is on earth to do. Clara is an angel-blood. She trains herself to prepare for the day her vision will come and she must be ready to fulfill her purpose. Obstacles get thrown into the mix and everything changes.

I've said this before, when a book is this great it is so hard to put a review or thoughts, into words. Plus I don't want to give anything away. It's so hard not to want to just blab everything! 2012 is a long wait for the second book, but I am so glad it's not over yet. I just don't want the story to end. Plus the ending left me with a LOT of questions. I want to know what the heck is up with Clara's brother!!!


I recommend this book to ALL YA lovers! If you liked Hush Hush and Fallen, you are going to LOVE this debut book by Cynthia Hand! I am still thinking about the story and I am contemplating reading it again, right now! Yes, it was that great!

Also - Check out my Book Obsession post HERE about my vision of Unearthly.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Review - The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game
By Sara Shepard
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published December 7th 2010

by HarperTeen

I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.

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3/5 - Goodreads

Why I wanted this book was because I LOVED the PLL series. If I could give this book 3.5 stars I would.

The book for me started out sort of slow. It reminded me a lot of the PLL series too. I loved the story and the plot, but the story didn't really grab me until the end.

Why I would give it 4 stars is because of the ending. The ending of the book definitely made me want to read the next one. I really can't wait for the second book. I can't wait to see where Emma and Sutton and Ethan end up.

I'm not great on reviews without really spoiling what happens, but I'd say read the book because I bet the next one is going to get a lot better!

Countdown - Haven by Kristi Cook

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.

But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.

Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first

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WAHOO! I have read so many great reviews about Kristi's debut book; Haven. I just can't wait to have it in my hands! 33 more days!!!! Keep checking in and enjoy this long awaiting release with me!! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Read Reviews Here
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Pre-order your copy now!!!

Waiting on Wednesday (1)


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

This week's WoW is:


Plague (Gone #4)
by Michael Grant
Hardcover, 576 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books

This is a blood-pumping, white-knuckle sci-fi thriller of epic proportions. The FAYZ goes from bad to worse...The darkness has been foiled once again and the resurrected Drake has been contained. But the streets of Perdido Beach are far from safe, with a growing army of mutants fighting against the humans for power in the town. In a small room of a house near the edge of t...moreThis is a blood-pumping, white-knuckle sci-fi thriller of epic proportions. The FAYZ goes from bad to worse...The darkness has been foiled once again and the resurrected Drake has been contained. But the streets of Perdido Beach are far from safe, with a growing army of mutants fighting against the humans for power in the town. In a small room of a house near the edge of town, Little Pete lies ill on a bed. In his fevered dreams, he continues his battle with the hidden evil that seeks to use his power to bring about anarchy and destruction.

I have read the first 3 books by Michael Grant and loved them. I saw the first two at the used book store a few years ago and the covers just caught my attention. It took me a bit to get into the first one, but once you start reading it, you are hooked. Here is my thoughts on the first three, from Goodreads.

Read Gone in October of 2009:: I loved this book! I picked it up at a used book store mainly because it was 5 bucks. The first chapter had me hooked. The story line was unlike any genre I have read. While reading on, I couldn't put it down. There are so many twists and turns that you just have to keep reading to see what's going to happen next! I am so glad that I bought the second book as well. I can't wait to see what will happen. I highly recommend reading this book. You feel like you are there with the characters. Once again, loved this book, very well written! Kudos to Michael Grant! I look forward to reading more of his books!

Read Hunger in October of 2009:: This second book was better than the first. Not that Gone was bad, but it took me a little bit to get into it. It’s just a totally different genre then I am used to reading. I loved this book, and you would not believe my excitement when I found out yesterday that there is a third!! Waiting until May of next year for the third one to come out is going to be torture. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, something totally unexpected happens. This isn't the type of story that has happy endings, when you think, "No way, that's not going to happen!" It does! I just loved this series so far, and like I said, I can NOT wait for the third! Kudos to Michael Grant, I am 100% hooked!!!!

Read Lies in August 2010:: ** spoiler alert **




I love the entire series by Michael Grant. The story just keeps getting better and better. I know I've said this in previous reviews, but you think you know whats going on and then the story does a complete 360 on you making you say out loud, oh my god! What the heck?

The way this book ended makes me so anxious for the next one. I can't wait to see what happens. I have a friend that is waiting to read this book and I am dying to tell her what has happened.

***Spoiler below!!!***

The FAYZ wall comes down for a split second, that Petey has been playing a "game" with the gaiphiage the whole time, that the parents and news crews are all really on the other side of the FAYZ. AHHHH but then I think...are they really? Is it all a dream? Is it all a hologram. What is happening???

I am dying to know and I can't wait to read more!!!!!

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With all of that said, I say give the series a shot! I can not WAIT for the Plague. I am so very glad I gave these books a chance! Read more about the Gone Series HERE - I just LOVE Michael Grant!!!

Review - Matched by Ally Condie

Matched
By Ally Condie
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile


Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow

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** spoiler alert ** I absolutely loved the premise of this book. I am a huge fan of dystopian books.

What I loved the most about this book was the thought of the future actually being this way. Although it's a little frightening it made me thankful for what our world is like now, free.

Cassia is 17 and that is the age for her to be matched. Her banquet is on her birthday and she was matched with her childhood friend, Xander. Life was great and couldn't get any better. Being matched with someone she knows, someone who is her best friend and lives in the same neighborhood as her. They all have the same friends. Em and Ky. But Ky holds something different for Cassia. He's been outside of the society they live in now. He's rebellious and Cassia finds it intriguing. When Cassia finds that her match is not only Xander, but Ky as well things take a turn. Cassia begins to fall in love with Ky and her whole world turns upside down.

I loved the characters in the book, it was beautifully written and the story kept me turning the pages. Why I didn't give it 5 stars was because I guess I wanted more. I wanted to learn more about Cassia and Xander’s relationship before the match. I think that if there was more background on the two of them, the night of the match would have been a lot more surprising. But who am I to tell an amazing author like Ally Condie how to write a novel. Ally is an amazing writer and I loved this book, it definitely caught my attention and like Carrie Ryan said, "More please!"

I can't wait to see what comes of Ky and Cassia in the next book! I love the thought of the rebellion on the Officials and the Society. What will the next name of Garden Borough be? What will come of Xander and Cassia's friends and family and she sets out to help and find Ky and his family. How will this war end with the Outside Provinces? How will life in the Farmland change the views and choices of Cassia's family? I have so many questions. I really didn't want this story to end. This is exactly the type of book that keeps me reading. It takes you outside of reality or what could be reality. Living in another world where everything is taken from you. Not knowing how to write with a pen and paper, not being able to read all the beautiful poetry that had been written centuries before you.


Review - Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Nightshade
by Andrea Cremer
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Philomel


Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

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5 out of 5 Stars - Goodreads


I absolutely LOVED this book. Of course all the awesome reviews had my hopes up for it anyways, and I was nervous to read it because of that. I am so glad that I was not disappointed.

I loved the characters, mostly Calla. She is a strong independent character in this story. But when it comes to love she is like anyone else that falls in love, like your limbs are wet noodles. I also liked Ren. He grew on me. Shay on the other hand sort of annoyed me, but like Ren, he grew on me. I really loved the bond of friendship and family in this book. The bond that Calla and her brother have is just awesome. The friendship that Calla has with Bryn and that you see growing with others had me glued to the pages.

The story flowed so well that when I would look down to see what page I was on, I'd read at least 100 pages in no time. I didn't want the story to end. This book is one of the books that I could read forever! You don't ever want it to end. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Without giving too much away, because this story, you have to read, I am looking forward to following the journey of Calla and her pack. The ending had me second guessing some loyalty between Calla and some other people, wolves, and family. I can not wait for July! This is most definitely one of my FAVORITE books!!!! Thank you Andrea!!!


Review - Choker by Elizabeth Woods



Choker
by Elizabeth Woods (2011 Debut Author)
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they're not really her friends. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her, and avoiding the popular girls who call her "Choker" after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria.

Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara's life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and next thing she knows, she's getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she has her BFF there to confide in.

But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect—including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she's at school. You're supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger?

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5 out of 5 Stars - Goodreads

Ok, WOW! I gave this book 5 stars because it freaked me the hell out! I loved the whole book. The story at the beginning reminded me of Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers and a little bit of Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. Then as the story went on, I kept on trying to guess what was going on. I really thought I knew, but I was so wrong.

Don't read this book at night when you are alone, especially if you're a scaredy cat like me. I couldn't fall asleep after reading this. This book is one that I will definitely read again, it was just freakin INSANE and I loved it! Kudos to Elizabeth Woods on her debut book, and keep em' coming!!

Review - Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Slice of Cherry
By Dia Reeves
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Simon Pulse


Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities…

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5/5 - Goodreads

WOW! When it comes to Dia's writing I become speechless. She has a way of capturing her readers, in a dark and disturbing way, which I personally love.

Slice of Cherry WAS dark and disturbing, but also had some deep meaning. The relationship between two sisters, though extremely off kilter, had such a deep bond, that no one could come between. And if Fancy was ever threatened off losing her sister, Kit, should would be sure to rid that person of their life. Or at least from the real world. Fancy and Kit are daughters of the Bonesaw Killer, a serial killer and when their dad gets taken away to prison, the killing don't stop.

There isn't much I can say about this book without giving anything away. Let's just say that it's like your reading your worst nightmare. You just have to read it.

If you enjoy Dia's writing and have read Bleeding Violet, you'll LOVE Slice of Cherry. I always say that I am a Dia fan for life, but if you read her books, I know you would be too. She brings something entirely different to the YA genre. It's difficult to put thoughts about her books into words.


Follow Friday - (1)



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Who do you cheer for?

This might sound ridiculous, but I cheer for myself lately. I've been down and out on myself about not taking care of my weight and my eating choices. So I did something about it. I am going to see a personal trainer 3 times a week until I get to where I am happy with myself. So GO ME! hahah! How about you??



Happy Follow Friday!

Book Obsession - Unearthly

I read a lot before I go to bed at night. So naturally I am constantly thinking about what I've read.

Right now I am reading Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, and I am OBSESSED! It's so hard for me to put it down and get on with my life and work. I just don't want to. Reading this book, to me, is like watching a movie. You feel like you are there, you feel like you know the characters, personally.

I just can't put into words how much I love this book. Let's put it this way, I wish it was a lot more pages than just 435. I don't want it to end. I know there is a second coming out next year, but that is just too far away.

I rarely get really obsessed with characters or books like this. I didn't even get all freaking crazy with Twilight (although I have a huge crush on Jacob lol)like everyone did.

I love this book!! LOVE IT! So last night I was thinking about it, picturing the scenes and this is what I was picturing all last night. :-) I made it and I hope you enjoy it. If you haven't read the book, YOU MUST!!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Giveaway - The Reading Fever


Penelope is celebrating the opening of her new blog The Reading Fever. For her kick-off of her opening she is doing an AMAZING giveaway.

Yes, I do get extra points for posting this, but you all know that I respect my fellow book bloggers and I know that I love traffic, so why not spread the word. Plus her blog is absolutely LOVELY!

So go on over, follower her, because she will do another giveaway, a book that I am DYING to get my hands on, and because we all know we love followers too.

HEAD ON OVER



Giveaway - Delirium by Lauren Oliver


DELIRIUM has just one question for you...







Don't you want me, baby? If the answer is yes, then you are in luck--because as the countdown to Feb 1 begins, Lauren Oliver is giving away five signed finished copies of Delirium!

In addition, each of the lucky winners will receive a gorgeous book thong, courtesy of her friend Briana of The Book Pixie. Go over to Lauren's blog to check them out!!


Go Here to enter!!!

Both contests run through the end of the month. So what are you waiting for? Start tweeting/blogging away!


Reading OCD

I know this is silly, but I can't be the only one that has some kind of OCD when reading a book.

- ending when a new chapter starts
- ending on an odd or even page

Something like that. Mine however is, I HAVE to find the edition number before I start reading the book. Even though I know what edition it is. With all my 1st editions, I really get all out of sorts if I can't find it. Sometimes I can't and I will start reading, but I will be thinking about it so much, that I end up re-reading a sentence or paragraph 3 or 4 times because I am not paying attention, thinking about where the heck that edition number is!

I hope it's not just me. LOL Tell me your reading OCD.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren


Bought:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (one of my DAC books!)

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart

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Choker by Elizabeth Woods (One of my DAC books!)

Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they're not really her friends. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her, and avoiding the popular girls who call her "Choker" after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria.

Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara's life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and next thing she knows, she's getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she has her BFF there to confide in.

But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect—including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she's at school. You're supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger.



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Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast

At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

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