Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Waiting On Wednesday: This is a Meme hosted by Jill from breakingthespine.

Title: Supernaturally
Auhtor: Kiersten White
Release Date: July 26th 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary: (From Goodreads)
 A lot has changed in the six months since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shape-shifter boyfriend, Lend. She finally has the blissfully normal life she’s always dreamed of, including:
1) A real live high school
2) A perfectly ordinary after-school job
3) Her very own locker (and by the way, rusted metal is every bit as awesome as she imagined)

But Evie’s not-so-normal past keeps creeping up on her...and things get pretty complicated when you factor in:
1) A centuries-old, seriously decaying vampire stalker
2) A crazy faerie ex-boyfriend who is the perpetual bearer of really bad news
3) A major battle brewing between the faerie courts where the prize in question happens to be...Evie herself.

So much for normal.

I've really enjoy Paranormalcy, that's why I can't wait to read the sequel.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: August 31st, 2011
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Number of Pages: 335
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Bought
Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.

I finally read Paranormalcy. I honestly can’t wait to read Supernaturally now, because I am now addicted to this series.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. The beginning got me on the fence. Yet, after a couple of pages, I was addicted. There is something going on all the time, with the wonderful paranormal coming in the story. The ending was great. It didn’t leave me heart broken because I was done, but I still want to read the sequel.

The characters were amazing. I loved Evie. She kicks ass. I sooo want her pink taser, it so amazing. She made ma laugh so bad. Lend was so cute. I loved him. I want one Lend. I wish I could have his power, it seems so cool. Reth was the most annoying faerie I have ever read about. I wanted to kill him so bad.

I am now a big fan of Kiersten White. She has me now addicted to her books. Can’t wait for the sequel.

I would give this book a really good 4.5/5. I can’t wait for Supernaturally!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In My Mailbox 9

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi form the Story Sirens.

Here is what I got this week!

Red Glove by Holly Black  (Review HERE)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Coming soon)
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall by L.J. Smith

Firelight by Sophie Jordan (Review Here) SIGNED!

Don't forget to enter my first Giveaway HERE!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Canadian Women's Favourite Pick-up Line

Just wanted to share this with you, fellow Canadians.

Review: Firelight

Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Series: Firelight #1
Number of Pages: 323
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Won
A hidden truth. 
Mortal enemies. 
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Okay, I've wanted to read this book for a while. When I won with, I was so happy. I received it on Tuesday, and I ended up reading it in a couple of hours the next day.

I loved this story. A love supposed to be impossible, yet they each fall for the other. It is a really cute story, and I love the draki factor. I really like this idea, as that was original. Even if I could guess where everything was going, I still had to read it to be sure. I really enjoyed it. The ending made me sad, and now I really want to read Vanish, which makes me even sadder because it won’t come out soon. I’ll have to be patient.

I really liked Jacinda. She is strong and she knows what she wants. Yet, she still tries her best to do things that will protect her family, even thought it is the complete opposite of what she wants. Her sister ended annoying me at the end. I understand that she may have felt neglected while living in the pride, but still, she ends up acting like a bitch with her sister. Will made me smile and sigh a lot. He is so amazing. Yeah, he may be a hunter, but still, there’s a really sweet side of him, a side that made me sigh a lot.

I really enjoy Sophie Jordan’s style. It really got me into the story. It was easy to read, and I just can’t wait to read more from her. Bring me some more draki soon!

This deserves a really nice 5/5! 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Red Glove

Title: Red Glove
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: April 5th
Series: Curse Workers #2
Number of Pages: 325
Publisher: McElderry Books
Source: Bought
Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

Holly Black, may I say I completely love you… Okay, honestly, I devoured this book. It was simply too good. I read White Cat last week, and simply couldn’t wait to read this one. Now I’m dying for the third book, Black Heart, which won’t come out until 2012 *Cry*

The story is just so captivating. Cassel is back to school, after everything that happened to him, but life isn’t ready to give him a break. Seriously, poor guy, he doesn’t even have a chance to enjoy life. There is always something happening to him, he doesn’t really have an easy life. The ending got me so excited for what would come next. It isn’t a mean cliffhanger, but it still makes you want to read the next book right away. Now I’ll have to wait…. That sucks.

The characters just keep on getting better. I adore Cassel. He is just so nice, and so amazingly good. Okay, he may not always do the right thing, but I’m really impressed with his control over the situation with Lila. I don’t why, but I don’t think most guys would have act the way he did. (Not all, but I know a couple who would have done the opposite. Cassel’s mother annoys me. I’m happy that she’s not my mother. I ended up being disappointed with Barron, but I won’t say why! I adore Sam, because he acts like a really great friend. Still, I ended up being surprise about Daneca; I didn’t think she would be hiding something like that.

Holly Black writes some crazy stories. She got me addicted to her writing, and I now really need to go to my local bookstore to get her other books. Now I will go back to wonder what will happen next, as I still have to wait a year for Black Heart.

I’m giving it a really great 5/5! Holly Black, you got me addicted!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review: Zombies Vs Unicorns

Title: Zombies vs Unicorns
Editors: Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Release Date: September 1st 2010
Number of Pages: 415
Publisher: Margareth K. Elderry
Source: Bought
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

Okay, first thing first: TEAM ZOMBIES!!!!

Now, I can tell you about it!

Honestly, I knew maybe half of the authors of this book, but those I knew made me want to buy it. I really don’t regret doing so. Did I like all the stories? Yeah. Loved them? No. That’s why I chose team Zombies, I loved most of them! (Sorry Holly Black, I wish I was team Unicorn, but Zombies really rock my world =P)

I won’t say much about the stories, because I don’t want to spoil them, but it is really worth reading. It was the perfect book for me this week. I could read one story, do some of my work, than read another one, and go back to my homework.

If you like these authors, go get it. I really enjoyed it, and I really have to check out some of these authors’ books.

Really enjoyed it: 4/5!

*I’m really excited right now, because I just finished my really big essay, the essay that have been killing me for months! Now I feel so much better, but I still have a lot to do. Only 3 weeks left of school!*

100 followers Giveaway!

Yeah! My first Giveaway! I decided to do a giveaway to celebrate my 100 followers (Yeah again!)

As I am living a crazy life roght now (to much stuff to do, so little time...) I've decided to do a really simple giveaway. You simply have to post a comment telling which novel from the Book Depository (with the link please!) you would like to win. The winner will get its pick.

To participate:

You must be a follower (hey, it's fo my 100 followers after all!)

See? Really easy!

It ends on May 10th!

Please don't forget to leave your email so I can contacted the winner!

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting On Wednesday: This is a Meme hosted by Jill from breakingthespine.

So I just read Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, so of course I'm waiting for the sequel!

Author: Beth Fantaskey
Release Date: January 9th, 2012

When Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian vampire princess, she had the shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part. Now, married to Prince Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a vampire nation she’s fit to be their queen. But Jess can’t even order a decent meal from her castle’s Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who would love to see her fail. 

And when Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder and imprisoned without the blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals. 

Desperate to clear her husband’s name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her best friend Mindy Stankowicz and Lucius’s mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero Lovatu. But both of them are keeping some dark secrets. Can Jess figure out who to trust – and how to rise to power – before she loses everything, including the vampire she loves? 

Full of romance, mystery, and danger, the highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side shows that sometimes a princess has to earn her “happily ever after” – with a sharpened stake in hand

Which book are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Title: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Release Date: February 1st, 2009
Series: Jessica #2
Number of Pages: 354
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Bought
The undead can really screw up your senior year ... 
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

Okay, I read Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side during the weekend, and I must say I was nicely surprise.

The story is so funny, so entertaining that I just couldn’t put it down. It was the perfect book to help me disconnect with all my homework. I laugh, cried and just became so addicted to the story. The ending is really nice, and I just can’t wait to read the sequel, to know where Jessica’s story is going.

Jessica makes me laugh so hard. She is so funny sometime, so innocent and so jealous. I just couldn’t stop myself from liking her. Lucius has something relax good going on for him. At first I wasn’t so sure, but the more I learned about him, the more I ended up liking him.

I find Fantaskey’s style just pure fun. I really need to read more from her, because she simply knows how to create amazing entertaining books.

Overall, 4.5! Simply because it made me laugh so hard, and kept me captivated until the last page. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: The Awakening

Title: The Awakening           
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: May 1st, 2009
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Number of Pages: 357
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Source: Bought
If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.
Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

This series is getting better and better. Where the first one was slow at first, this one brings you back to the story quite fast. I’m really getting into this series now, and I recognize the wonders Armstrong can do.

The story continues in this sequel, after the Edison Group caught Chloe. As soon as I started reading it, I just couldn’t put it down. I had to know what would happen next, I still have to. The ending is great, because it makes you want to pick the next one, without torturing you. I’ll read the Reckoning soon, but I won’t die waiting for it.

I really like the characters more and more. Derek is really getting on my good side. I just really like him, there is something really interesting about him. Tori is annoying, but she’s getting better. She makes me laugh sometime. Simon ended up annoying me a little in this book, yet I can’t really say why. Chloe is growing through the books, a thing I like. She seems a little more mature and confident.

Kelley Armstrong is such an amazing writer. I absolutely love her; I can’t wait to read more from her. I still prefer her adult series a little more, but I’m enjoying the Darkest Power more now than I did at first.

Overall, it is getting really good. I would give it a 4/5 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

In My Mailbox 8

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi form the Story Sirens.

Here is what I got. I'm doing a really short post, because I'm working all weekend.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (review HERE)
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Zombies vs Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

And I almost have 100 followers. I'll do a giveaway when I do reach this number, so check it out!

What did you get in your Mailbox?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: August 21st, 2010
Series:The Infernal Devices
Number of Pages: 478
Publisher: McElderry Books
Source: Bought
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.

I was excited to read this book, even though I heard mixed reviews about it. Why? It is set in the same kind of world that the Mortal Instruments, a series I’ve loved. Many complain that it was too similar, but I even if it is similar, I still really enjoyed it.

The story is set in London, which gives it a little something for me. It started a little slow, and at first I wasn’t sure if I could really get into it. It didn’t take long that I was completely addicted once again by Clare’s work. There is always something going, action, love, drama or whatever can get you so captivated that you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve finished it. The ending makes me curious, but it isn’t killing me like the ending of CoFA has been doing for the last week. I’m curious to know what will happen next, but I’ll survive until the Clockwork Prince comes out.

The characters were really great. We have, ladies, two intriguing young men, who both seem really interestingly sexy. Will is a more classical Jace. Yet, I preferred Jem. There is something about him that makes me weak in the knees. He just has this gentleman vibe about him, and this sweetness that makes him really more interesting to me. Jessamine annoyed me, but I guess that’s the kind of character that is there to do that. I won’t talk too much about the other characters, because I’m scared I’ll give too much away, but as always, Clare can make every characters seem extremely important, even if we don’t see them much in this book.

Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer. She gets me addicted to everything she writes in only a few minutes. I can’t wait to read her next books, which I will have a while to wait for.

I would give this one a 4.5/5, because I think it is missing a little something to make it perfect.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: White Cat

 Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Series: The Curse Workes #1
Number of Pages: 310
Publisher: McElderry Books
Source: Bought
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

Again, it this one series I still don’t understand why I didn’t pick up sooner. With all the talking about this series, I decided to finally read the first one. It had been in my TBR pile for a while. Everyone was raving about it, and as the sequel came out last week, why not give it a shot?

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Sometimes, I buy books simply because everyone is talking about it, and I have to see for myself what it is about. All I knew was that it was supposed to be good. And it was.

The story was didn’t captivate me right away. There were a couple of What The Heck moments, but after a while, I really got into it. Once I was addicted, I just couldn’t put it down. Supernatural powers meet Mafia and organized criminal gang. Wow, not something I would have expected. Black created a world for this series, and I still completely surprised by how crazy it is (in a good way). The ending leaves me begging for more. I’ve already ordered Red Glove. Still, even if she leaves you waiting for the sequel, it is not a painful one. It is one that makes me excited for the sequel, but it won’t make me lose sleep, like some other books did (yes, CoFA, I’m definitely talking about you!).

The characters were great. My favorite is Cassel, there is just something about him that makes me want to go and hug him (strange…). The two brothers got on my nervers from the beginning, but in a good way. The annoyed me like they were my own brothers.  I adore the grandfather, even if I wasn’t sure at first. There’s something about him that makes him likable to me. The mother annoys me, and I can’t really explain why, but she does. Finally, I really like Sam and Denace. They are really great friends to Cassel. After all, they do some crazy stuff for him.

White Cat was the first book I read by Holly Black. I can honestly say that it won’t be the last.

Overall, I would give it a good 4.5/5, simply because of the ending that left me unsure for a while.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Once a Witch

Title: Once  A Witch
Auhtor:Carolyn MacCullough
Release Date: September 14th, 2009
Series: Withc #1
Number of Pages: 292
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Bought
Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.

Honestly, I bought this book because of its pretty cover. I’m not ashamed of that. I’m really happy to have done so, because I really enjoyed it.

At first, the story was a little slow for me, but once it really start, I just couldn’t put it down. One action led to another, which led to another… There is always something happening. Plus, there a cute little romance going on, which I did like. The ending tells you there is more to come, but it doesn’t end with a mean cliffhanger. I was happy about that, because too many books lately have giving us some crazy cliffhanger.

I really liked the characters, but I can’t really say that I like the main character’s name. I don’t like the name Tamsin, it sounds strange to me. (Sorry if someone has that name…) Yet, I like her as a character. She is strong, intelligent, and sometime she can be the complete opposite. Rowena annoyed me a little at the beginning, because she seemed to think she was better than Tamsin (which I think is cruel. Why do the older sisters usually are the one who think they are better than their younger sister. I say “Power to the younger sibling!” Gabriel was my favorite. Come on; cute, musician, and talented! What can you ask for more (well, being real could be nice, but it’s so overrated these days.)? I can’t wait to see him more in the next book.

I like the world MacCullough has created. It’s realistic, and well written. I can’t wait to read more from her.

I would give it a 4/5! Now I only have to wait until August to read Always a Witch.

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

Waiting On Wednesday: This is a Meme hosted by Jill from breakingthespine.

I've just finished Once a Witch (review coming soon!) and I can't wait for the sequel, Always a Witch

Title: Always A Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Release Date: August 1st, 2011

The adventures of Tam and Gabriel continue with more time travel, Talents, spy work, and of course, the evil Knights. 

Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice

How gorgeous is that cover! I'm really curious about what will happen next.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review: Feast of Fools

Title: Feast of Fools
Author: Rachel Caine
Release Date: June 4th 2008
Series: Morganville Vampires #4
Number of Pages: 242
Publisher: New American Library
Source: Bought
In Rachel Caine's fourth Morganville Vampires novel, the arrival of an old-school vampire to Claire Danvers's college town threatens the relative harmony that exists between the living and the dead.
This series is getting better and better every time! I adore this series. I really can’t wait to pick the next one up.

The story is just getting better book after book. There is always something going on. Many things are happening, most of which are connecting at some point in the story. The endings are always leaving you begging for more in this series. Caine just knows how to make you want to run to pick up the sequel, so you can finally know what will happen.

I simply love the characters Caine created.  Claire seems to be getting stronger, and wiser. She seems to understand more the consequences of her actions in that town. We are seeing a little more of the vampire side of Michael, even if he doesn’t want his friends to see it. Eve doesn’t always seem to think before she acts, especially when it includes Michael.  Shane is funny, nice, but he can be a jerk sometime. I simply adore him.

I adore Caine series. I can’t wait to read more. I really need to go to the bookstore to get the fifth book.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: Midnight Alley

Title: Midnight Alley
Author: Rachel Caine
Release Date: October 2nd, 2007
Series: Morganville Vampires #3
Number of Pages: 248
Publisher: New American Library
Source: Bought
Claire Danvers's college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while. Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. To what end, Claire will find out. And it's giving night school a whole new meaning.

I really like this series. Some real good vampire! I just find it so entertaining.

The story is just really great. There’s always something going on. And the ending… I really let out a WTF when I finished it. Caine really likes her cliffhanger. It’s almost mean.

The characters are just too awesome. I love Claire. She’s really growing in the books, and she’s getting a little more naughty, which I like. Michael is going a little on the dark side, and Eve is still Eve. I like her character. She makes me laugh so much. Shane is my favorite bad boy in this series. Yet, he can still be nice for Claire Bear.

I really like Caine’s story. She brings back some more classical vampire, which I like.

Honestly, if you haven’t started this series, and you like vampire books, you should be ashamed. Check the review for the first two books HERE and HERE.

Check them out!

A good 4.5/10!

*Short Review, because I still have my Italian homework to finish. Stupid School. Only one month left!*

Review: My Soul To Lose

Title: My Soul to lose
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release Date: July 1st, 2009
Series: Soul Screamers 05.
Number of Pages: 70
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Online ebook (Free)
It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.
Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.
She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....

It’s short and sweet. Yet, if I had read that before reading the series, I would have been lost, and I probably wouldn’t have read it. It’s a nice bonus, but I personally wouldn’t have bought it. Why?

First, it was really short. Nothing really happens in it, except what we kind of know from the series. It just helps understand. I just wasn’t that entertained.

Second, where’s Nash! I like him! I think I would have preferred to see him a little to just reading his name once. It’s not my fault that is a really awesome character!

Overall, I would say go read it if you liked the series. It’s free after all! Yet, I don’t think I would really have paid for it, simply because there was nothing really happening for me.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review: The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Title: The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Release Date: April 18th, 2011
Series: None
Number of Pages: 432
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: NetGalley
In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.

Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process. 

Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.

I’m a little over the fence with this book. I was expecting a lot from it, as I usually really enjoy historic books, yet there was something with this one that stopped me from getting into the story.

The story was interesting, but was really slow. One main aspect of the book is religion, which I didn’t really enjoy. I don’t really like books that use religion that much, because I think it should really is a personal thing. It’s not preaching you one religion. It goes well with the setting, but it really stopped me from really getting into the story. The ending fits well, but it didn’t wow me.

I really liked Maggie as a character. She just seems authentic to me. I completely hated Annie, but in a good way. She was just too awful to Maggie. Still, as a character, I liked her. I won’t talk about the more religious characters, because I had some problems with them. I just didn’t really enjoy them always quoting the Bible or religious scripture. The last character I really loved was the Granny. She was just an amazing character. She was simply so strong and she made me laugh. I wish we could have seen more from her.

I enjoy the writing, which is one of the reasons I didn’t give up on it when I saw that there was that much religion in it. I’m curious about Laird’s work, and I’ll probably check her other work.

Over all, I would give it a 3/5. It was okay. I would recommend it if you’re not turn off by religion in books.

In My Mailbox 7

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi form the Story Sirens.

Here is what I got this week!

First, of course: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Review HERE

City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. 

“City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”

Also, Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Review HERE

It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.
Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

My biggest expense this week was probably my Kobo! I finally decided to buy one. I got the Onyx one like this:

This is what I got. What did you get?

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Review: The Goddess Test

Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimée Carter
Release Date: April 19th 2011
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Number of Pages: 293
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: NetGalley
EVERY GIRL who has taken the test has DIED.
Not it's KATE'S TURN.
It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and 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...

I was extremely excited to read The Goddess Test. I was really curious about it. I don’t know that much about Greek Mythology, so I was scared I would be lost. It didn’t happen.

Let’s start with the story. I thought it was good. It started slow, but in the end I thought it was captivating. I ended up really enjoying it. Some have said that you could figure out many aspect of the story, but I didn’t. It was probably because I don’t know that much about Greek Mythology. The ending is perfect for me; I couldn’t be more satisfied. It doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but it still leaves the door open for a sequel. I love it when authors are able to create this kind ending.

The characters really got me. I really like Kate, I think she is just the kind of girl I would love to have as a best friend. Henry makes me weak in the knees. I simply love how Carter makes the relationship between Kate and Henry grows. I think it is really nicely done. Yes, Kate doesn’t seem to ask that many question when she accepts the deal, but I think it is part of who she is. She just wanted to save someone at first, and then have more time with her mother. At her place, I would have taken a chance to simply be able to have more time to say goodbye to my mother.

Carter is also an amazing storyteller. She keeps you in the book so well, that you just can put it down. I simply enjoyed her style. It was fun and easy to read. I can’t wait to read the sequel, or any books she will write in the future. I’m a fan.

Overall, I really liked it. It is a really good book, and an excellent debut for an author I will definitely beg for more.

A good 4.5/5!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Review: In the Arms of Stone Angels

Title: In the Arms of Stone Angels
Author: Jordan Dane
Release Date: April 1st, 2011
Series: None
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Bought
Two years ago I did a terrible thing. I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me.
Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst moment of his life—I can't turn my back on him again.
No one wants me to see him. My mom doesn't trust me. The town sheriff still thinks I was involved in the murder. And the other kids who knew the dead girl are after me.
I'm as trapped as White Bird. And when I touch him, I get sucked into his living hell, a vision quest of horrifying demons and illusions of that night. Everything about him scares me now, but I have to do something. This time I can't be a coward. This time I have to be his friend.
Even if I get lost, as well…

I had trouble reading this book. I just couldn’t get into the story. There was something that just kept me from really liking it, and I don’t know what it is.

The story is slow, but interesting. The ending is nicely written, and it goes well with the story. Yet, I couldn’t get into it. There was something that I can’t identify that makes me not enjoy it. I spend 4 days on it, and I stopped way to many time (for City of Fallen Angels and Where She Went.)

I couldn’t identify myself with the characters. I could tolerate Brenna, but I didn’t really like her. White Bird just didn’t do anything for me, and the bad guys just weren’t amazing. If I had any expectations, I would have been extremely disappointed. Still, I wasn’t expecting anything, so it was okay.

The best part for me was the writing. I really liked the way she writes, but I feel like her description are sometime to long.

Overall, I would give it a 3/5. I liked it, but it just wasn’t that great.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Review: Where She Went

Title: Where She Went
Author: Gayle Forman
Release Date: April 5th 2011
Series: If I Stay #2
Number of Pages: 260
Publisher: Dutton
Source: Bought
It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.
Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

I’m speechless again this week. I just adored this book.

The plot is beautiful. No, there is not an awful lot of action, but it doesn’t matter. The beauty of this book is the emotional part for me. I love all the flashbacks Adam has, so we can understand what happened. I was smiling all the way through the book, unable to put it down. The ending made me happy, and it made me smile. I just loved it, and I really want to re-read it, but it will have to wait.

What can I say about the characters? I loved Adam. Yes, he became a stereotype of rock star, the unhappy and angry rock star that has millions of fan. Still, it’s all the emotional part of this book, which helps us understand him that makes me fall in love with him. He never really moved on. Mia changed, that’s for sure. She isn’t the same girl that faced death. She is so strong, yet she can’t seem to completely take control of her life. After all, not all the choices she made were the one she really wanted in a way.

Gayle Forman writes beautifully. I love how she can play with her characters’ emotion so easily, and still make it believable. She is a master at what she does. I raise my cup of hot chocolate for you, and I’m waiting for more!

This book deserves it 5/5. I don’t know if Mia and Adam’s story will continue, but I’m waiting for more books from Forman!

Now, I must go to bed, before my brain goes even crazier!