Monday, March 21, 2011

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.

Hereafter (Hereafter #1)
by Tara Hudson
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 7th 2011 by HarperCollins

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Review The Godess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)
by Aimee Carter
Paperback, 297 pages
Expected publication: April 19th 2011 by Harlequin Teen

Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

If she fails...

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Review 5 out of 5 (Goodreads)

WOW! Where to start...

I just finished reading this and I can't stop thinking about it. I feel so lost without it! I know that sounds completely silly, but it was that good!

I said in a previous review that these 2011 Debut Authors are kicking ass and this book just defines that even more. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would!

I loved this book probably more so because I LOVE Greek Mythology. So when I read about this book I immediately added it to my "to read list".

Right away I was drawn to the story. I fell in love with Kate's character. Although I do love my teen angst every once in a while, but I was glad there wasn't a whole lot of it in this story. Then of course, I fell in total love with Henry. He wasn't at all what I expected he would be. Yes, I have yet another character crush! I mean big time! Chivalry isn't dead ladies, not in this story!

I can't say too much without adding spoilers, which I don't want to do. There were so many twists that I was completely caught off guard with what the story came to be. I read a few reviews that a lot of people were waiting for the "tests" to come about. That it wasn't as action packed as they were hoping. To me, it was more than that. The tests that Kate had to face were more than anything I thought.

So I will end the review, saying that Aimee has started a new trend! Greek Mythology brought to a whole new level. I was jumping in my seat when Aimee told me that there are two more coming after this. This story is something that is going to stay with me for a long time, and if you love Greek Mythology, Love, Sacrifice, and stories with the battle to save love and yourself, you're going to devour this book like I did!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)
by Aimee Carter
Paperback, 297 pages
Expected publication: April 19th 2011 by Harlequin Teen

Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

If she fails...
Why I chose this book, first of all, I am a sucker for covers, and this cover is BEAUTIFUL! Secondly, I love the plot of the story.  This seems like a page turner for sure! AND I absolutely LOVE Greek Mythology! LOVE IT! I am so excited for the release of this book!!!



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday Teaser (5)


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:

Just as my own body began to shake violently, someone stepped in front of me and took hol dof my shoulders.  I gasped and tried to break away, but his grip was firm.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto Pg. 420

Monday, March 7, 2011

Review - After by Amy Efaw

After
by Amy Efaw
Paperback, 350 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published August 11th 2009)

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.


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5 out 5 Stars Goodreads
WOW! Again another great book I've read this year. Although at times this book was difficult to read. It upset me, made me feel disgust toward this poor teenager, and yet I felt so bad for her.

Devon is a 15 year old honor student, a star soccer player and over all a fantastic person. One wrong decision was made, to have unprotected sex.

As I write this review, I am still in tears. I felt like I was there with her as she went through this horrific and terrible experience. Going on with her life, trying to be normal when so much was going on inside of her. He childhood, her mother, brought her to denial. Denying the fact that she ever had sex, that she was actually pregnant.

For me, this story hits home, in a hard way. Going to get a little personal here, but this will explain my thoughts of this book.

I was pregnant when I was 23. Even then, I know I wasn't ready. But I made myself ready. I found out that I was not only pregnant, but pregnant with twins. Long story short, I ended up having a miscarriage. Being young, and at 23 you are still young. I didn't know fully what a miscarriage was like. All I remember was the pain, the confusion, and how very scared I was, not knowing what was going on.

Reading more of Devon's story, and what she did once she gave birth in her own bathroom, and her confusion, and how scared she was. I couldn't imagine going through that at 15. At first I was so disgusted and pissed off, that this child, wouldn't have said something to her mom. That she wouldn't just have this baby, and give it up for adoption. I was so upset, because I thought of my own situation. Which in now, I am unable to have have children.

I think that every teenager should read this book, every parent should read this book. Even if you talk about sex with your kids, they still have no idea what they will go through, what it will be like when they actually do get pregnant. How very scary it can be when you don't know what to expect, and when you don't talk to someone.

As I read the rest of the book, I felt for Devon, I wish that I could reach out and hug her, tell her to say something, and really, smack the crap outta her mom!

I have to say, the ending of the book had me crying for the last hour of reading. Devon's decision and the outcome of everything she has gone through hurt my heart. My heart really goes out to all those teenagers, and even young adults that ever had to go through something like what Devon went through, even if it wasn't as bad as what the character had to go through. being in jail, not knowing fully why she was there or what really happened. It's sad that this really does happen.

Before I write a novel instead of a review (lol) I am so glad that the author wrote about this. As hard as it was to read, it was a phenomenal story.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Emilie Autumn in Concert

I don't have the best camera for taking videos, and the lights were crazy, but here is a video of Emilie Autumn in concert from Friday night! It was quite the experience. She was fantastic! I will post some pics tomorrow. :-)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Giveaway *EXTENDED*

I haven't gotten a whole lot of enteries for this, so I am extending the giveaway. If I get at LEAST 15-20 enteries, I will pull the winner. If I don't get that, I will pull the winner at the end of March. This gives you all PLENTY of time to enter! It's signed too people, you know you want it!


Shadow of the Sun (Timeless #1)
by Laura Kreitzer
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published February 22nd 2010 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing

Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn't given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her.

As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won't see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.

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This is my very first giveaway!

I was lucky enough to win this book through the BIR 2010. And super lucky enough to get another SIGNED copy from the publisher. So I figured I should share the wealth and do a giveaway!

All you have to do is:

(+1 point) leave me a comment here

(+2 points) Must be a follower via GFC on my blog

*EXTRA POINTS* (+3 points) Follow me on Twitter and leave the link in the comment showing that you spread the word about this giveaway.

TOTAL 6 POINTS!

WAHOOOOO!!!! GOOD LUCK! I am super excited!!! :-D (contest is US only, sorry!)

Review - Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key
by Sarah Dessen
Paperback, 422 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Puffin (first published April 22nd 2008)


"Ruby, where is your mother?" Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future—it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

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Review from Goodreads

This is the first Sarah Dessen book I've read. I have no idea how me putting into words will really explain how great this book is, but I will try.

This book grabbed my heart full force at the very beginning. I felt like I was reading Ruby's diary. Sarah Dessen's writing really makes you feel like you are in her character's world. This was such a fluid read that before I knew it I had read half the book in record time. I was so enthralled with the story, and at times I didn't think I could read anymore, only because my heart was breaking.

Yes, this book made me cry, but it was the entirety of the story that made it such a happy read. You really get the moral of the story and it links through out the whole book. One word sums up this book for me, as it says in the book, FAMILY.

I would recommend this book to ALL young adults, and even parents, Just EVERYONE. Not that this story hit home for me in all aspects, but it certainly did in a few.

I was a trouble maker when I was Ruby's age. I had loving parents that supported me 100%. I took advantage of that, ditched school, did drugs, and drank alcohol. I am not proud of it, but I don't regret it either. I think it made me the strong woman I am today. What I do regret is putting my parents through the worry. Reading this, I saw what Jaime and Cora went through, physically and emotionally with Ruby at the beginning of her living with them.

Ok, before I tell you all my life story in a review, I will just say that for my first read by Sarah Dessen, I LOVED IT! As a matter of fact, I went out and bought 4 more books by her. I am a fan!

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