Monday, October 31, 2011

Showing Gratitude For Books

I find it hard to find only one book I’m thankful for. There are so many books that had a huge impact on my life. Here is one series that really had a huge impact on my life, and for that, I’m extremely thankful.
The Harry Potter Series:

How can I not talk about this series? It had such a big impact on my life. It has been part of it since I was 9 years old (I’m now twenty). It made me enjoy reading so much more. It gave me a love to share with people, and a series to always be there to cheer me up when I’m down. I don’t know if I would be the reader I am today without J.K.Rowling’s series.

I have to end this post by saying that I’m thankful to books in general. I wouldn’t be the dreamer I am today without them, I wouldn’t feel as good about myself without them. I also probably wouldn’t be as happy as I am, because books always have been there to cheer me up when I was down.

I will always be thankful to authors who give teenagers a feeling of belonging through their books. Being a teenager, or even a child, doesn’t always feel easy. After, people can be so cruel sometimes. I strongly believe that books can save lives, as I believe any kind of art can.

This is why I am thankful to authors.



*I have to say that This Song Saved My Life by Simple Plan reminds me of books when I listen to it. I changed a couple of words to express how I believe that books save lives, as music does.


I wanna start letting you know this
Because of you my life has a purpose
You helped me be who I am today
I see myself in every word you write
Sometimes it feels like nobody gets me
Trapped in a world where everyone hates me
There's so much that I'm going through
I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you

[…]
Sometimes I feel like you've known me forever
You always know how to make me feel better
Because of you my dad and me are so much closer
Than we used to be
You're my escape when I'm stuck
In this small town
I read you
Whenever I feel down
You let me know like no one else
That it's ok be myself

[…]

You'll never know
What it means to me
That I'm not alone
That I'll never have to be

Coming Out This Week! October 31st-November 6th

Coming Out This Week is a weekly feature presenting you some of the books coming out this week. Please remember that this is a non-exhaustive list. Still, feel free to leave other books coming out this week in the comments. I would be Happy to add them!



First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca)
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca)

Paperback & New Editions



Hunger Games: Collector Edition by Suzanne Collins (BD - Amazon - Amazon.ca)


Which books will you buy this week?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox 30

In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is a way to share with other bloggers what you got during the week.

Here is what I got!
-Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
-La Face Cachée de Margo by John Green (for my French Class)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I forgot about the Iron Knight (by Julie Kagawa) when I took the picture, so I used one I took Monday of it in its natural habitat. (I was too lazy to take an other one...)

Here is what I got! What did you get this week?

Also, don't forget you have until Monday midnight to enter my giveaway to win up to 40$ of books!
Go here to learn more!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Audiobook Review: Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia & Margareth Stohl
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Release Date: December 1st,  2009
Length: 17:23:40
Number of Pages: 563
Publisher: Hachette Audio (Little Brown)
Source: Bought
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
I had the paperback version of this book in my TBR pile for a while, but I never got around to read it. After discovering the wonders of audiobooks, and hearing that the narrator for this book was great, I decided that it was probably the little push that I needed to read it.

When it comes to the audiobook itself, I’m a little on the fence. I did enjoy the narrator. He was great and did convey nicely the emotion of Ethan though the narration. I did like the effects we could hear during the narration. Yet, I had to give up on the audiobook after 2 hours, because it was simply too long for me. In a little less than two hours, we were only 50 pages into the book. I usually read around 100 pages per hours. Still, the narration really got me into the story, which was great. I ended up reading it in a couple of hours. Yet, the length was an important factor. This book is around 16 hour, which is simply too long for me, as good as the narrator can be. If you don’t mind spending 16 hours listening to a book, I would recommend it. If you’re like me and 16 hours is too much, I would look for the printed version.

The author thing about this audio book that annoyed me a little was how low the dream sequences were. I had trouble hearing what they were saying…

I ended up really liking the story, which I wasn’t so sure about at first. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, because I have to say Ethan was a little too feminine for my liking. All I could think about during certain scene was “What kind of guy reacts like that? That’s a girl reaction..” Yes, I did find that he had the kind of reaction I would have rather than the reaction the guys I know would have. I didn’t really like Lena at first, but she grew on me. At the end, I did end up liking her, just not loving her. I just didn’t feel like she was that strong, especially with her powers and knowledge. I would have liked her to be a little more in control of herself.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped, but I did enjoy it. I really like the world created by Kami Garcia and Margareth Stohl.  It’s a book I would recommend, that’s for sure.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Audiobook Review: Behemoth


Title: Behemoth
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Narrator: Alan Cumming
Release Date: October 5th, 2010
Series: Leviathan #2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Length: 9:27:19
Number of Pages: 481
Source: Bought
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.  
Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.
I love this series. I simply love it. You’ll have to forgive me for gushing about this book, this world, this narrator and this writer for a couple of lines, because it is all I can do.

Wow. This series is getting better with ever book (and audiobook). Alan Cumming is again excellent, making this story come to life so easily. I was honestly addicted. I got through this one within a day. I just couldn’t stop listening to it, even for a couple of seconds. Alan Cummings makes the characters come to life, with the voices and even through is narration, we can easily see how the characters would move, how they are. I have to say I’m so impressed with all the voices he can do. I listened to this one right after Leviathan, and the voices simply don’t change, even if there had been month between the recordings of both. I have to say I’m completely impressed by Alan Cumming, Sir, I’m falling for your voice,

Of course, there’s more to Behemoth than the narration. The story is simply unbelievably good. This is the first Steampunk series I’ve read, and I’m loving this genre. Now that the world is mostly set, there’s more space for action. And there’s a lot of action in this book. Alek and Deryn have to face some challenges, as much form outside than form inside their circle. Deryn’s secret is not as secret as she may have hoped for. Both Alek and Deryn and faced with choices that will influence the war and, of course, their lives.

I loved how the friendship between those two grew, and even grew a little more than just into friendship. They both can be so dense, but I think it’s part of their charm. Everytime I read more from them, the more I fall for those two amazing characters. Really, this is one of the best series I’ve read this year, without a doubt. If you haven’t started this series yet, DO IT! If you’re not into audiobooks, read them. The books actually some pretty nice drawing by Keith Thompson, which will force me to buy the physical books simply to have them (yes, I’m like that…)

YASpooktacular: The Corn Stalker


Welcome to another stop for the second annual YASpooktacular, hosted by Frenzy of Noise and Wicked Awesome Books!

This year, we are lucky enough to three great stories written by some of our favorite authors. Each story is a choose your adventure kind of story, which mean YOU decide the path the characters will take. 

There are also TRICKS of TREATS hidden throughout the story, which gives you a chance to win some awesome prizes! Also, the prize pack for the Story #3 will be posted tomorrow, here!! On October 31st, the grand prize pack will be posted. You can click on the banner to see the full list of prizes.




THE CORN STALKER


Danielle Ellison

I paused and looked behind me toward the path marked TO SAFETY. That poem about two roads and a yellow wood? Yeah, I was understanding that now. The whistling started again, and I swear I saw something move behind the corn stalks just as something hit my shoulder.

“You can’t be serious. You’re really thinking about leaving me?” Kara said.

I turned back to her, toward her stained orange hoodie, toward her hand on hip. To say she wasn’t happy would be an understatement.

“I saw something--”

“I don’t care. I’m getting out here,” she said. “This is the exit.” She pointed down the straight stretch, as if to remind me, then she turned and marched off toward the path that said TO DANGER.

I called her name and chased after her. I couldn’t leave her now, not when I was the one who got her into this in the first place. Not when the exit was right there.

Kara and I walked down the path and with each step the car in the lot seemed to get closer. The walls of corn furrowed up around us, making it impossible to go any other direction.

“You are buying me dinner every day for the rest of our lives,” Kara said.

Everything was oddly still around us. I looked at the cornstalks when we walked by and they weren’t moving. There were no other people. No sounds except our feet crunching into the ground. No movement. Even the wind was still, like those moments in movies right before all hell breaks lose.

“Look--we’re almost there!” Kara said.

Sure enough, the parking lot was only a few feet away. She poked me in the chest. “You owe me a new hoodie--and a new pair of shoes to make up for the stress. And I get to veto five of your movie choices.”

“Five?” I said. “Five is too many. Two.”

“Three,” she said. I sighed in submission and she smiled. Kara sprinted toward the edge of the cornfield and the parking lot. I looked around again.

Something wasn’t right.

 Kara stood on the edge of the cornfield, her arms outstretched and her back toward the lot. She said my name, but the look on her face said more.

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s not real...”

I don’t know how I managed to move, but there I was--touching the painting of a parking lot. It looked real. So real. It stretched as far as I could see in both directions. I pounded my fist into the fake parking lot just as the whistling pierced the air. It was followed by Kara’s screams.



I looked over and Kara wasn’t beside me. She was gone, screaming. The stalks were broken from where someone grabbed her, bent down as if they drug her out.

“Kara!” I yelled. I tried to listen for more screams. Beyond the whistle it was nearly impossible. I bent down to inspect the fallen stalks. They were bloody. I followed the broken stalks and the trail of blood back through the maze. It took me a different way than how I got here: a couple turns deeper into the maze, past the TO SAFETY sign.



I looked for her orange hoodie but it was impossible to see ahead in the darkness, even with the broken cornstalks revealing her path to me. The whistling ceased and I followed her screams as closely as I could. The broken stalks lead back to a path. Four paths. Four directions I could go. I cursed to myself before I saw it--blood. I ran down the path and there was more blood. I followed it, hoping it would lead me toward her, like it was her very own version of breadcrumbs.

I made two lefts and a right.

If swore to myself if I found out who was responsible for this place, I would end them. They probably thought they were so clever. All I wanted was to find Kara. She had been right about not coming here.

The path ended. I was surrounded by a corn wall, trapped in the middle of the maze with no escape except the way I came in. I heard Kara screaming, and somehow I couldn't see her. Couldn't get to her.

I turned around to go back through the entrance, but there was a row of corn trapping me inside. Where did that come from? It wasn't there before! 

I started to panic. How can a wall of corn grow up out of nothing in seconds? It doesn't make sense. This place is wrong. I tried to push my way between the stalks, but they're fake. Painted to look 3-D and plastic. 



The wall to my left was real corn---and I pushed my way between the stalks as that whistle blew through the air in a steady pitch. I kept going, pushing through until I came out on the other side. I rested my hands on my legs and looked up. The sign was in front of me again: TO DANGER or TO SAFETY. 

What was going on here? How long have we been out here? I don't know because they made us leave our cell phones at the entrance so we didn't "disturb" others. What if there were no others? 

That was crap.

Of course there were others. They're all just going the other direction. I told myself before I started running toward the sign marked TO DANGER.

I ran and ran, yelling out Kara's name--not that she would've heard me over the whistling. I watched for flashes of orange. For her. For someone else. There was nothing. 

Silence filled the air abruptly.

I looked around and my hot breath made smoke puffs in the chilly air. The end of this path was near. I yelled for Kara one more time. She didn't answer. She was probably already outside, waiting for me and pissed as hell. Yea, she was outside and I would go meet her there. I run the rest of the way to the sign marked EXIT. 

That was it. I was free. She was free. I'd leave and never come back. 

Only there was no exit. There was a wall of more fake corn. 

I tried to push my way though it. To move it or make it budge. To climb it.

Nothing. This was a set-up. There was no way out. I would find one. I would find one. I just had to turn around and go back. I must have missed something. 

This time when I ran, I saw the gleam of the Corn Stalker's sickle in the moonlight. I thought I was dreaming, but it was real. He had an orange hoodie in his hand and he was following me. I ran harder. I would find a way out.

Or I would die trying



* * *



One year later

 I give some innocent girl back her change, smile. "Have fun," I say. I was her once. Smiling and giggling and all over some boy’s arm.

I want to scream. To tell them to go away and keep the twenty bucks. That would make me a bad employee, though, and I need this job. My mom says I don't. My shrink says I'm being not dealing with the truth. They're both wrong. This is the truth.

"Lunch break," Carl says to me.

He exhales and scratches his belly as he takes my spot on the stool. I look at the corn maze. "You spending your break in there again?" 

"Probably," I say. 

I hear him mutter about me under his breath. I don't care. He's wrong and they're wrong. There's something weird about this place. I can feel it. I know it. Last year I was in the maze--and now my life is a mess. I went in happy, laughing, pretending to be scared for Josh's sake--but now.

Now I can't pretend, not when I know the facts. 

Fact: Someone pulled me away from him when we found the fake wall with car paintings.

Fact: I woke up in the parking lot without my hoodie., blood dripping down my arm. I don't know who it was. I don't know why they did it. I don't know how I got there.

Fact: Josh and I went into the corn maze a year ago. I came out and he didn't. No one has seen him since.

I take a step inside the maze. Another. Another. A flash of something metallic shines through the corn stalks.

I know it's the stalker. He doesn't come out unless he's found a victim--that's what the story says. He finds someone worthy of joining him forever and takes them. 

The wind rustles the leves around me. I hear the whistle blow from inside the corn maze. Carl doesn't hear it--he never hears it. But I do. Every night I hear it.

There's a scream--so familiar and foreign it freezes me. It's Josh. It's Josh!

And I run.


THE END.
You should run back to the beginning and try this story again.


Danielle Elisson is like Batman (or Princess Fiona from Shrek): by day she is one thing and by night she is another. By day, Danielle spends her hours slaving away as the admin for a physical therapy office. By night, she spends her hours slaving away at homework for her MFA program and (when she’s lucky) her WIP. Amidst all the crazy, she still finds time to blog (in two places), obsess over her favorite TV shows on tumblr (her favorite new show is New Girl) and learn to cook healthy foods with her roommates (or eat unhealthy ones). She’s the co-host/creator of the YA Spooktacular and the most important piece of information you could ever know about her: she’s all over the place all the time. (And couldn’t imagine living any other way—even if she wanted to.)


You can find Danielle on Twitter, on Tumblr, on her YA book blog or at her writing blog.

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writing: http://tangledupinwords.blogspot.com


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This ends October 31st.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Dearly, Departed


Title: Dearly, Departed
Author: Lia Habel
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Series: Dearly #1
Number of Pages: 480
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Del Rey)
Source: NetGalley + Bought copy
Love can never die.
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

I have to start by saying that I got this book on NetGalley about two or three weeks ago, but I never was able to get into it, for whatever reason there was (which I think is related to the ebook format. I don’t know why, it doesn’t’ always work out for me.) If you follow me on Goodreads, you probably saw that I was “reading” it for a while.

I ended buying a copy on Amazon last week, which resulted in me receiving my copy only this week. I had to buy my copy, because it looked so good. Love mixed with Zombies? How can someone succeed in making Zombies loveable? How can you fall for a flesh-eating monster? Well, Lia Habel took the challenge of making her readers like zombies, and she succeeded! I never thought I could like a zombie (as in, as a person rather than as a race...)! It’s not even just one zombie that is loveable; it’s most of them.

Tom was hilarious; Chas made me smile and wish that if zombies ever took control of the world, I could meet one like her. Bram, of course, makes every gentleman look boring next to him. What an amazing man. You can easily forget that he is dead, and that he could eat you. I love the way he acted with Nora, and I love the relationship between both of them. Can I say how I loved the way they both fell for each other. That’s romance. It wasn’t love at first sight (which would have been slightly unbelievable…); it was relationship that grew as they learn about one and another, and as they learn to trust the other.

The story Lia Habel created was simply beautifully addicting. The world she created was simply amazing; a mix of Victorian mentality mixed with new technology… Yeah for that! I thought the book was really well written. The biggest proof is that this book has multiple points of view (something that usually annoys me) and I absolutely loved that! I thought it was well done; each point of view really added something to the story.

Now, It’s been a while since I’ve gushed about a cover in a review, but can I say how gorgeous this cover is? I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to see the sequel, and of course, to read it!

Honestly, this was a breathtaking novel. Lia Habel has succeeded in making us fall for the undead, a near impossible task, without even questioning our sanity.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Poison Diaries: Nightshade

Title: Nightshade
Author: Maryrose Wood & The Duchess Of Northumberland
Released Date: October 25th, 2011
Series: Poison Diaries #2
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: HarperCollins Teen
Source: NetGalley
A dark, gothic tale of romance… and murder.
The latest book in the grippingly dark series, The Poison Diaries.
Our heroine, Jessamine, has lost her faith in the men she loved, and her innocence as well. She turns to the dark side and plots to kill her father, using his own poisons, before becoming an assassin, a poisoner for hire. Can she recover from her heartache and reunite with her true love, Weed? Find out in this thrilling story where poisons, darkness and horror are a part of everyday life, and love is the only cure
I didn’t really enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. I didn’t love the first book, but enjoyed it enough to read the sequel. Yet, I felt kind of bored through the pages. The story simply didn’t captivate me enough to really love it. That’s the thing. I was waiting for something that never came.

I felt like this was just the story of Jessamine going to the dark side, influenced by the Prince Oleander. Honey, are you really listening to the voice in your head. We all know it never ends well… Weed is away, hearing a couple of things here and there about the girl he loves. Yet, he never really goes to her. I felt like the beginning was promising me something entertaining. I just didn’t find it in here.

I don’t have much more to say that I was disappointed. Maybe I was expecting too much. It just didn’t work for me. I know a lot of people who did enjoy it. Well, in the end we can like everything. It wasn’t the writing, or anything like that. Simply the story didn’t work for me.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: Crave


Title: Crave
Author: Melissa Darnell
Released Date: October 25th, 2011
Series: The Clann #1
Number of Pages: 416
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.
For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….
After a slow start, this book really got my full attention. Yes, it wasn’t perfect. There were flaw, and I saw them. Yet, I honestly didn’t care. This book really got me intrigued and captivated. The dual point of view really let us understand more about what was really going on between the two, and it helped understand the romance.

Why am I talking about the romance? Simply, I think that if we didn’t really get both sides, all we would see is a romance that goes way to fast. Yet, Savannah’s point of view give us a n understanding of her feelings, something that never got away. Tristan’s point of view helped us understand why he couldn’t talk to her, or be her friend.

Honestly, the romance is really the best aspect of this book. Tristan is simply amazing. He is charming, and he is ready to do anything for his belle. Savannah came through as a strong character. She has lost all of her friends, for a reason she doesn’t know. This made her stronger in my opinion.

I also like the setting. Putting the story in high school made it more than just the impossible romance due to vampire and witch factors. Savannah also has to deal with the drama of having two of the most popular girl hating her. Oh, drama!

Overall, it was a really great romance, a fun read. It was simply addicting. I really enjoyed it!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Audiobook Review: Leviathan


Title: Leviathan
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Narrator: Alan Cumming
Release Date: September 22nd, 2009
Series: Leviathan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Length: 8:15:59
Number of Pages: 440
Source: Bought
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. 
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. 
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
Last week, I finally gave in and bought an audiobook. My first try wasn’t that successful (I bought Damned by Chuck Palahniuk. A little disappointing.), but I gave audiobooks a second chance, and bought Leviathan. I had heard great things about this series, and I read that the narrator was Alan Cumming, which really excited me about listening to this. I abso-freaking-lutely ended up loving it in the end.

Let’s start with the audio format of this book. The narrator, Alan Cumming, was amazing! He really brought the series to life, giving different voices to every different character, important or not. I could easily recognize who was talking because of that without hearing who said it. He added a layer to the amazing characters Scott Westerfeld had created.

Still, I wasn’t sure at first if I would become an adapt of audiobooks. There’s one simply reason: A book like this would probably have taken me 3-4 hours to read, as I’m a fast reader. Yet, it took me 8 hours and a half. That did annoyed me at first, but when understand that you can do stuff while listening to the book, it ends up being a lot of fun (well, except when I clean my apartment while listening to an audiobook. As good as the audiobook can be, I’ll never enjoy cleaning.) The other thing that I found hard was for my brain to stop thinking. I’m always thinking, so I had the bad habit of letting my mind wander, this was also especially true for this one, as this book is setting a world for the series. This means that there’s a lot of description, which made it easy for my mind to wander….

Now, when it comes to the series, I have to say that I ABSOLUTELY loved it. Wow. It took me sometimes to really get into it, but soon after I started it, I was addicted (proof being I bought both Behemoth and Goliath after I was done with this one. I had to know what would happen next.

Scott Westerfeld created a crazy world, some amazing characters, and a kick-ass story. If you enjoy Steampunk, or if you’re curious about this genre, you have to check it out. It is simply amazing. I adore Alek, even thought sometime he could be a little prince-ish. My favorite really was Deryn. What a great character. I really found her to be courageous. She was a lot of fun to follow.

I will repeat myself: If you haven’t read it, do it. If you are looking for an audiobook, this one is simply amazing and addicting. It has everything an audiobook need to be captivating: A great story, great characters, and, of course, an amazing narrator!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox 29

In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is a way to share with other bloggers what you got during the week.

Here is what I got!


From Publisher: 
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult.
(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada!)

Won:
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
The Exile Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
(All signed! Thanks to Emily from Emily's Reading Room!)


She also sent me some Swag!


Finally, the only thing I bought this week was audiobooks. Thanks to Audible (and Alan Cumming) I'm now addicted.
Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

What did you get this week?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Iron Knight

Title: Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Series: Iron Fey #4
Number of Pages: 386
Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.
I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.
My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…
When I say that the Iron Knight was available on NetGalley, I think I screamed. Seriously. I was that excited. I was even more thrilled when I got approved. I simply adore this series. I fell in love with it from book one. Now, we finally get an insight on what is going on in the head of our favorite Winter Prince.

Is it possible to fall even more in love with the amazing ness that is Ash? Hell, I think I ended up liking him a hell lot more after finishing this book, something I never thought possible. After all, I already liked Ash way too much.

The story is about Ash’s journey to Megan. To be able to be with her, he has to find a way to support the Iron, something a fey can’t survive the presence. Through the journey, you see a different side of Ash. You see a more sensible side, a more human side of him.

I love reading about all my favorite characters again. Grimalkin is back, true to himself. Puck is still a real clown, making me smile everytime I read about him. I even like getting to know a little more about Ash’s old love, which we get to know a little through the story.

Julie Kagawa always captive me in every books. It is the kind of books that you simply can’t put down. I’m sad to see this part of the series finish, but I’m still excited knowing there will be a spin-off series to satisfy my craving of Julie Kagawa’s world.

This is a series that should definitely be on your wish list if you haven’t read it yet. It is a must.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Birthmarked


Title: Birthmarked
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Release Date: March 30th, 2010
Series: Birthmarked #1
Number of Pages: 362
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Source: Bought
IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.
Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia’s mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.
This is one of these books that I found hard to review. The thing is, I kind of liked it. Still, I found myself lost for words when it comes to really saying what I did enjoy, and what I didn’t.

First, I have to say that I didn’t really get into the novel right away. It took me a while to really get interested in the story. It was simply the pace that was too slow for me to really get engrossed into the story. I felt myself wanting to be excited about it, yet I couldn’t really get into it.

One thing I know for sure is that the world was interesting. I like the idea; I like the storyline, yet I felt like there was something missing. At the end, I didn’t feel satisfied. There was something missing for me to really find this book complete. It isn’t related to the fact there’s a sequel, because I don’t feel what is missing comes from the ending, mostly from the story in general.

It is a well-done dystopian world. I think what I found missing comes from the plot. I feel like there could have been a little something more to really get me into the story. I will definitely give the sequel a shot especially since I got it on NetGalley.

Have any of you read it? What did you think of it?

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

I’ve decided to bring back Waiting On Wednesday, after much deliberation. Why? Simply because there are so many books coming out in 2012 that I’m already excited about, so I want to share them with you guys!
For those of you that don't know, Waiting on Wednesday is a Meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.
Here’s the first one!

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
(December 27th, 2011, Katherine Tegen Books)

My wish
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy
love.
When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.
By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? can you even know it until you've lost it?
Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.

Seriously. Everything I read or see about this book makes me want to read it. It looks like a really cute, and I really like the cover, as simple as it is.

So guys, what are YOU waiting on today?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Win a Library of Books by Jodi Picoult!


Simon & Schuster Canada is having a really nice giveaway for us, Canadian readers. To celebrate the release of her newest book, Sing You Home in paperback, Simon & Schuster is giving us a chance to win the complete library of book written by Jodi Picoult, the writer of My Sister’s Keeper, to name only one (You can see all of them in the image below.)



You can check out her website HERE.

If you also want to learn more about her upcoming book, Lone Wolf, which is coming out February 28th, 2012.

Good Luck!

Review: If I Die

Title: If I Die
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release Date: Setpember 27th, 2011
Series: Soul Screamers #5
Number of Pages: 342
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Source: Bought
The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.
But the next scream might be for Kaylee.
Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.
But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.
Anything.
Holy Smoke! Now, that’s a book that you will either love or get mad about. Why? It is simply because Kaylee finally seems to make up her mind about what she really wants. It is simply mad. I got so into this book that I simply couldn’t put it down. I had to finish it. I ended up staying up until 1am to finish it up, even if I had to wake up early for class. So my recommendation? Don’t start it before going to bed.

Did I say that I love this series (If you’ve read my reviews for all the other books from this series, than you know I do!)? My mind slightly changed about some characters, but I still love it. First, I’m really liked Kaylee in this one, simply because she finally decides what she wants and what she needs. Nash made me want to punch him a couple of time. I used to really love him, but now, not so much. He just disappointed me during the series. Sabine grew on me, as we get to see a different side of her in this book (meaning, we see more than just freakily jealous ex-girlfriend side.) Finally, Todd made me fall head over heel for him. He is simply so amazing in this book! If you didn’t like him before, you will probably end up liking him more now.

Now, the story really got me. I couldn’t put it down. I was simply soo good. There’s more than one story line, wish made it even more addicting. There’s the story line with Mr. Beck and there’s Kaylee’s storyline. They are both excellent. If you enjoyed the other books of the story, you will probably love this book. If you haven’t started this series yet, DO IT NOW!! It is simply excellent.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Fateful

Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: September 13th, 2011
Series: None
Number of Pages: 356
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.
Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously. . . .
Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.
In Fateful, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic’s first—and last—voyage.

I was slightly skeptical about this book. A story set on the Titanic with werewolves? I was curious, but still uncertain if I would enjoy this. In the end, I absolutely adored it. First, I have to say I really enjoy the setting. The Titanic was such a grandiose ship, and I have to say that I love stories set during the early twentieth century. It created a real amazing atmosphere for the story that worked really well with the werewolves.

The fact that the main character wasn’t from the upper classes made it really fun to follow her story, especially during those years. She had more freedom than those rich travelers. I have to say that I really liked Tess, but I absolutely adored Alec, even thought I something felt like he was too selfless when it came down to Tess. I know it worked well with the time period, but still. I wish he had been a little less selfless.

Claudia Gray created a captivating and beautiful love story, that bring us back to the beginning of the century. Gray has a talent to include paranormal elements to an historical story.

If you’re thinking that this is like the movie, don’t worry, it isn’t. It is more about the story of Tess, being caught in a mystery including werewolves, money and love. A great story that will captivate those who enjoy paranormal love story and historical romance. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox 28


In My Mailbox is a Meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is a way to share with other bloggers what you got during the week.

I won a 2 books in the last few weeks. I've received them this week:
-Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
-Dreamland by Alyson Noël

I bought a couple of books at Chapter:

-Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
-The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

And I got some of the books I got online:

-Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (My REVIEW)
-Cold Kiss by Anna Garvey
-The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This is what I got this week! What did YOU get?


Also, don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY to win up to 40$ of books! 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Silence


Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Series: Hush Hush #3
Number of Pages: 438
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
Okay, let me start by saying that I always thought this was supposed to be a trilogy. I don’t know why I did; I never thought she would keep this series going for more than three books.

Let me say this, it isn’t because I don’t really like this series. I do really like it. The thing is that I usually get bored when there are too many books, unless it’s a really amazing series (Vampire Academy anyone?)

Now, let’s talk about this one. First thing, you should really re-read the last chapters of Crescendo if you don’t want to be completely confused when you start this one. When I say confused, I don’t mean, “Ummm, I’m not sure I remember that moment or that character well enough”. It’s more like “HOLY SMOKE WHAT DID I MISS? WHAT IS GOING ON? WAS THERE A BOOK 2.5? HOLY SMOKE!” That was kind of how I felt at the beginning of the book.

After that, I fell right back into the story. Gosh, I adore Patch. I think I like him even more in this book. Nora was also more fun to read, but I still not completely in love with her character. She’s growing on me thought. We’re seeing a stronger side of her that I really liked.

Now, the last thing I really want to talk about is the ending. My problem with it isn’t as much about the ending of the book, more about the continuation of the series. If we had skipped the last chapter, I think I would have been really happy about this being the ending of the series. I would have really liked this to be the end, simply because it would have ended on a high note. Now I just don’t know what to expect next, and not on the “she’s keeping me on my toes about what will happen next.” It’s more like I’m skeptical about where she will take us….

(Am I the only one thinking that the summary didn’t really prepare me for the first half of the book?)

Now, have you read it?

What did you think?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Reiew: My Soul to Steal

Title: My Soul to Steal
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release Date: January 4th, 2011
Series: Soul Screamers #4
Number of Pages: 343
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Bought
Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.
See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.
And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

One more gushing review about this amazing series! I’m completely addicted to it. This review will honestly be really short, because I fell like I’ve been repeating myself in the other reviews. I’ll spare you that this time. Instead, you can check my review for book 1, 2, and 3 in the series.

Now, about this book… Did I say I loved it?

It was simply addicting. There’s always something going on, something to keep you in the book. I actually read My Soul to Keep in a few hours, only to read this one right after it, and If I Die not long after that… ALL IN THE SAME DAY. It was the kind of series you just have to know what will happen next.

In this one, we’re introduced a new character, Sabine, who’s not only Nash ex-girlfriend (who he never really broke up with), but also a mara. She’s a real nightmare, and is ready to do anything to get Nash back. Can we say some drama?

If you haven’t started this series yet, I have to ask you: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? (And now I have Gwen Stefani’s song in my head…)

I adore it.

Read it now!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Release Date: April 6th, 2010
Series: None
Number of Pages: 310
Publisher: Speak
Source: Bought
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them both legions of faithful fans.
First of all, let me start by saying that I really, really enjoyed this book. I really loved it. Yes, there were some negative thing about it, but still, Will Grayson, Will Grayson did the job for me.

First, let me start with my most favorite thing about this book….TINY!! Oh my Gosh, I’m in love with him (as a character). Isn’t he so amazing? I can’t even describe how much I adored him. He was simply too much. Too sweet, too funny, too amazing. Seriously, he was the best character of the book.

Now, the Will Grayson. Let’s start with the first Will, John’s character. I liked him, but I must say he didn’t really surprise me. He reminded me of most of John Green’s main character, which is not a bad thing. I really enjoyed every book I’ve read from John Green, so you won’t hear me complain about that. 

Now the second Will Grayson, written by David Levithan, was my favorite. The only thing that annoyed the crap out of me, even thought I understand (or king of) the why behind his choice, is the fact that it’s ONLY WRITTEN IN LOWERCASE!!!!! Honestly, I can’t really say why, it simply annoyed the heck out of me. I just need the capitalized letter, so I know it’s the beginning of a sentence. (I can’t really say why, my eyes don’t see to register the point at the end of the sentences. I really wonder why…)

Still. I found the book to be really amazing, and it was really fun to say both characters written by two different others interact with one and the other. I honestly would recommend it to everyone. Just be warned that David Levithan’s chapters are only written in lowercase, in case it annoys you like me.

Anyone has read it? Your thoughts?