Friday, March 29, 2013

March book haul

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Books mentioned in book haul:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
The Iron Fey boxed set by Julie Kagawa
My reviews for the Iron Fey series:
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa. My review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/445053219
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. My review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/444311293
The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Angelfall by Susan Ee
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Blood Coven Vampires Volume 1 by Mari Mancusi
The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vampire books giveaway!



Hey, so my friend Nitzan over at Drugs Called Books is having a giveaway. It’s an intenational giveaway, and it’s a bunch of VAMPIRE books. I know, it’s like, is she crazy? She’s GIVING AWAY vampire books. But, if you want to, you should head over there and check it out:
http://drugscalledbooks.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/review-halfway-to-grave-by-jeanine-frost.html

Top TEn Tuesday #10




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s theme is Top Ten I Recommend the most.

Upon meeting someone new, one of my first questions is always: Do you like to read?
If the answer is yes, I quickly run down the list of books that they should have read or should be on the TBR if they desire to have a long and lasting friendship with me:

The Mortal Instrument
The Vampire Academy
And Maximum Ride.

If you have not read these series, YOU NEED TO. Some people don’t read past book 3 in Max Ride, and that’s fine, but I read the entire series.
(If this person has also read House of Night, that’s bonus points for them because we debate over the general suckiness of that series, but that’s not one I’d actively RECOMMEND)

Other books I’d recommend that this person read:
Percy Jackson
Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen
The Host (and if a new person I’m meeting or someone I’ve been friends with a while says they WON’T read this just because Stephanie Meyer wrote it, then the friendship, whether new or old, is over.)
Raised by Wolves
Divergent
Bloodlines
The Iron Fey

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #9



((I know it’s Wednesday. I was busy working on an essay yesterday))
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Had To Buy… But Are Still Sitting on my Shelf Unread.

Now, as a general rule, when I buy a book I’ll read it. There are, like, three books that have been sitting on my shelf unread for years, but my mom bought those ones for me. There are also three that I bought for myself that have been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. I’ll list those one first.

Radiance and Shimmer by Alyson Noel: These are the first two books in the Riley Bloom series, which is a spinoff of the Evermore Series. If you haven’t read Evermore, I can sum it up in two words: It sucks balls. Oops, that was three words. Anyway, Riley was the only character in the series I found somewhat tolerable, so I bought these two, and I think I starting Radiance, but Noel’s writing style was just. so. BORING.

Switched by Amanda Hocking: I bought this because it was like, 6 dollars at the grocery store and Amanda Hocking has been on my reading radar for a while now. I started it… but then something more exciting came along.

Now, I have bought several books in the last five or so months (coinciding with the launch of my blog) that I haven’t read yet, but not because I started and didn’t continue, I just haven’t had a chance to read them yet, but I’ll list some of those anyway:

Beautiful Redemption: Book four in the Caster Chronicles! I bought it after Christmas, and I was going to read books 2, 3, and 4 after I went to se the movie, but I actually didn’t go see the movie! I couldn’t find anyone willing to go with me, and I’m not allowed to go to the movies alone. :p I’ll have to wait for the DVD!

Exile, Muse and Fury by Rebecca Lim: Books 2,3, and 4 in the Mercy series by Rebecca Lim. I bought 2 and 3 late in 2012, and I was going to read them, but then I found out there was a fourth book, Fury, and I had to buy it before I could read them (I hate waiting). So I bought Fury back in February, but then I found out there will be yet more books in the series. I probably won’t wait for them, though.

A Touch Mortal and A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford: I wanted to read these books and they weren’t available at my local library, so I bought them in January with some of my Christmas giftcards.











That’s only nine books, but the other unread books on my shelf are just ones I haven’t had a chance to read yet!
If you really want to know, though:
In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane
Touch of Death by Kelly Hashaway
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Fearless 2 by Francine Pascal
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
The ones that my mom got me years ago:
Dark Secrets Volume 1 and 2 by Elizabeth Chandler: These two are actually omnibuses, each of which includes 2 books, so technically, this is four books.
Remember Me by Christopher Pike

And stay tuned for this month’s book haul, in which I will get more books I haven’t read yet.

Cover Characteristic #9




Cover Characteristic is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week they will post a characteristic and we'll choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.

This weeks characteristic is twins. Here are my picks:


Erasing Time by CJ Hill

Pivot Point by Kasie West


Just like Fate by Cat Patrick

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

And my favorite is… Balefire by Cate Tiernan


I apologize for my lateness.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cover Cahracteristic #8



Cover Characteristic is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week they will post a characteristic and we'll choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.

This weeks characteristic is oceans. I hope to make up somewhat for last weeks lameness of a fave cover.
(Although I may have already failed at that as this post is a day late)

Life of Death by Nicholas McGirr

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

When The Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

The Siren by Kiera Cass
And my favorite is…The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan


Sacrifce to the Goodreads Gods

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Link to the previous post about the goodreads gods:
Link to my review of Ravens by Kaylie Austen on goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/507086042

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #7



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten series I’d like to read but haven’t started yet.

The Touch series by Leah Clifford: the first two books of which are sitting on my shelf.

The Riley Boom series by Alyson Noel: the first two books of which are ALSO sitting on my shelf.

A Beautiful Dark series by Jocelyn Davies: cuz it’s got angels in it and I can’t resist angel series.

The October trilogy by Heather Killough-Walden: because this one looks dang cool, and comes super-cheap on my nook. (just need to get a B&N giftcard now…)

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking: This ones been on my TBR list since BEFORE I joined goodreads. And that was in 2011.

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I’ve been told to and told to.

The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey: I have a lot of friends on goodreads who like this series, plus, it’s about vampires. And I love hearing about my fellow creatures of the night.

The 13 to Life Series by Shannon Delany: I need say nothing more than this: werewolves.

The Dream Catcher Trilogy by Lisa McMann: I’ve been seeing this one forever, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

The Nightshade Prequels (Rift and Rise) by Andrea Cremer: Bcause I read Nightshade and loved it!!!

The Shadow Falls Series by C.C. Hunter: again, Werewolves.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner: SO MANY people have read this one and I’ve heard SO MANY things about it and apparently it’s really good.

I think that was twelve, not ten. Oops. Well, I think I’ve gone under enough times that I’m allowed to go over. Aren’t I?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cover characteristic 7



Cover Characteristic is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week they will post a characteristic and we'll choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.

This weeks characteristic is birdcages. I think I may have inspired it. Which is why something I’m about to do is really lame.

Anyways, here they are:

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Reaping me Softly by Kate Evangelista


















Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (whom I met in person last year)


Wither by Lauren DeStefano
















 

And my favorite is… not even a book.
Post Script by Atrium:


I know that this is not even a book, and I’m probably breaking some sort of Cover Characteristic rule… but it IS technically a cover… just a CD cover. And this is my absolute favorite cover with a birdcage on it.

The Goodreads Gods



Okay. So as some of you may or may not know, around January I had the idea that if I entered just about a bazillion giveaways on goodreads, I’d have to win at least one, right? So far, that strategy has not been working out well for me. Last night, the giveaway for one of the books I REALLY wanted, closed. Before I got logged off the computer last night, I put in my review of that book that I was going to build an altar to the goodreads gods and pray at it so I would win the book.
I didn’t win the book, but I did build the altar. :)
AND—I have pictures.

Now, keep in mind that I’m not an expert at altar-building. I have the vague idea that they are raised platforms covered in cloth (generally known as an altar-cloth) with religiously-pertinent items placed on top.
So, I had stacks of books to make the raised platform, and then used an old baby blanket as the altar-cloth.
On top, you can see on the far-left, I have placed my fourth-favorite book, the Host. That is the only one that constantly stays in place on my favorite books list. The first three constantly change depending on what I’m reading.
Then I have a number of bookmarks (I’m surprised I found so many; I always lose bookmarks). There’s also a necklace there. I put that charm on that chain in order to have a necklace like the one described in ANGEL BURN by L.A. Weatherly. There is also a little toy lamb there. It’s on its side. Cuz I sacrificed it, you know?
Then, on the far-right, we have Radiance by Alyson Noel. I bought that book and the second book, Shimmer, and I started Radiance, but I never finished it. I promised the goodreads gods I’d try to read it again if I won the giveaway (which was Possession by Deana Vuletic, in case you’re wondering)
So, yeah, I didn’t exactly get what I wanted, but putting that together was kinda fun. So.



February book haul

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Books mentioned in book haul (and reviews if I have them):
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/350718150
In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane
Touch of Death by Kelly Hashaway
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Fury by Rebecca Lim
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/358161579
Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly
Fearless 2 by Francine Pascal
Ebooks:
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/547080377
Terra by Gretchen Powell
Treehugger by Kea Alwang
Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
Diary of a Vampeen by Christin Lovell

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

There is a writing technique commonly known as ‘jumping into the action’. All this means is that one starts off with some event that happens halfway through the story. I, personally, dislike this technique, unless there is, you know, actual action.
You may have deduced that this book started off by jumping into the action. But there was no action. Our main character tells us that something horrible happened on her seventeenth birthday (she doesn’t tell us what is, but I’m pretty sure any intelligent person could come up with an accurate guess based on the title). She goes on to say that one of her main goals in life was to not end up crazy like her mother, but now her only goal is too survive. Which sounds dramatic, right? But she’s just telling us this. It’s not actually happening.
Suffice to say, this book and me got off on the wrong foot.
Despite this, I hoped the book would improve…
But then the author went and pulled out the most cliché relationship in the book. The boy-girl-best-friendship-romance.
Now, this may just be me being a hypocrite, because I have also said in the past that I believe boy-girl-best-friendships are hokey unless one of them is in love with the other. Which just goes to show, you can’t please me.
The MC did admit that it was cliché. So she got points for that.
After those two initial mishaps, however, the book quickly improved. It was the characters of Sofia and Derek that did it for me.

Sofia: is intelligent. She thinks about the situation she’s in and then considers what she can do about it and then, she acts on it. Another thing about her was that she was brave. It does take a certain kind of bravery to tell a vampire that he’s playing the victim in order to make him NOT eat you. It also takes a certain kind of bravery to knee a vampire in the balls for the same reason.

Derek: Oooooh, Derek. If you ask me, he is the perfect vampire character. You see, in YA fiction today, many vampires suffer from something I like to call the Cullen Complex. That basically means that you’re a vampire, but you want to be a good man, so you’re all chivalrous ad you don’t eat people. But vampires are supposed to eat people, you know? And if you’re a vampire and you DON’T suffer from the Cullen Complex, then you’re basically bad-boy extreme or soulless and evil. The thing about Derek, you see, is that his case of the Cullen Complex was very mild. He did eat people, which I enjoyed. But he wasn’t evil so we could empathize with him, and he wasn’t a bad-boy. Derek Novak is the BEST vampire character I have ever read.

But, now, what would a book be without conflict? And there was conflict aplenty. There was war going on between the Vampires and the ‘Shadow-Hunters’. And apparently the Shade is the last safe place for vampires that the Shadow hunters haven’t found. And there is a reason for that, which is always good because sometimes authors don’t give you reasons for things like that, and that makes us readers wonder why that place survived and the rest of them didn’t.
And there was Lucas. Lucas is Derek’s (younger?) brother, and he’s the one who kidnapped Sofia off a beach and brought her to the Shade. Remember what I said about some vampires being soulless and evil? I meant Lucas.

And now I have to talk about a third character, Ben.
Ben: We actually did not see much of him. In the beginning, Sofia was talking about him and about how she was in love with him, but we didn’t actually see him or meet him until towards the end. When he showed up, I promptly said: “Ohh, shit.”
In between the points’ where Sofia was talking about him and we actually met him, his character had changed. We never got to meet the Ben that Sofia knew, and I’m okay with that. I like the Ben that we met. He showed up and he just had this hatred for all vampires, and sine at this point Sofia and Derek were a definite thing, there was DRAMA.

And then the book ended, like, five pages later.
I can not wait for the next installment!

Friday, March 1, 2013

OMG, Lauren DeStefano is writing another book!!!

Well, of course she is. What did I think, she'd just STOP after the Chemical Garden series? Well, of course I didn't. But, OMG she's giving copies of it away!!!
Okay, here is what I'm SUPPOSED to say:

Enter to win a floating ARC of @LaurenDeStefano's #InternmentChronicles! http://laurendestefano.livejournal.com/1590.html

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!