Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #26: The Unquiet


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Unquiet
By: Jeannine Garsee
Release Date: July 17, 2012

"Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother. After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications (again!) and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home and school. She refuses to be daunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom, or that her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists. With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of? Annaliese? Or herself?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to this book because the summary sounds really good and I love the cover.


*Don't forget to enter my blogoversary giveaway, win a book swag pack that includes posters, stickers, samples, bookmarks, and more.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning

Dark Seeker
By: Taryn Browning
Released: September 27, 2011
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Taryn Browning's Dark Seeker is the story of Janie who is a seeker trained to kill the undead. However, when Janie encounters Kai, she isn't sure what to do. At first she believes he is like the undead she is supposed to kill but, as she gets to know him better she learns that he has human traits as well.

Dark Seeker is an action packed story that I didn't want to put down. Janie is just an all around awesome protagonist. Janie takes care of herself and doesn't depend on others. She is strong, tough, and funny. Janie is also selfless and will protect the people she cares about. She has easily become one of my new favorite female protagonists.

Then there is Kai who I instantly fell in love with. Kai is a mystery at first but I really enjoy how his character develops. He is tough but still has a sweet side to him. The chemistry between Janie and Kai is evident from the first encounter they have and I love how their relationship grows.

Browning creates an interesting and exciting world that I became instantly captivated by. The plot moves fast but held my attention the entire time even though the ending was a bit predictable. I really enjoyed going on this thrilling adventure with Janie and I can't wait to see where Browning will take this story next. I highly recommend Dark Seeker, it has a great balance of action and romance.


My Rating:

Clockwork Prince Book Trailer


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices Book 2)
By: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: December 6, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Dig by Audrey Hart

The Dig
By: Audrey Hart
Released: November 11, 2011
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece. As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what. Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her. Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Audrey Hart's The Dig is the story of Zoe who finds herself transported back to ancient Greece while on an archaeological dig with her aunt and uncle. While in ancient Greece, Zoe discovers that the Olympian Gods are real and she possesses powers similar to theirs. However, Hera believes that Zoe is disrupting the balance and she will do anything to get rid of her. 

The Dig is an interesting and fast paced adventure with realistic characters. Zoe is a relatable character who is bit introverted and insecure because she has always been an outsider. Zoe knows what the popular fashion is but she chooses to be herself instead. She has these insecurities but she is still tough and when she finds herself back in ancient Greece, she doesn't give up. Zoe also has some hilarious sarcastic remarks when she finds herself in certain situations.

I love Greek mythology and I really enjoyed the surprising and different approach that Hart took. The gods and goddesses are like a high school clique and when Zoe threatens the balance, they want to get rid of her. However, Zeus defends Zoe. Zeus is a complicated character because he is beginning to grow tired of his friends but he still feels loyal towards them. I enjoyed how the relationship between Zoe and Zeus develops naturally and realistically. Another character that I must mention that I loved and I wished there was a bit more of was Creusa, the nymph.

The plot moves along fast but the story never feels rushed. I love the setting in ancient Greece and Hart does an excellent job creating the feeling as though the reader was transported back in time right alongside Zoe. The ending doesn't necessarily leave on a cliffhanger but, I am still dying to know what will happen next. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in this great new series. The Dig is an exciting adventure that I highly recommend.  

My Rating:

First Blogoversary Giveaway


(Swag Pack #1: Mortal Instruments poster, Daughter of
Smoke and Bone sample, Gossip Girl Sample, Mortal
Instruments bookmark, Legend pin, Iron Queen bookmark,
 Vampire Academy tattoo, Harlequin Sampler, Morganville
Vampires postcard, Fangbone ARC, Mal and Chad ARC, 
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod pins and stickers, Harlequin
Stickers )
  I can't believe it I have been blogging for a whole year! :)

I had no idea what I was doing when I started this blog. All I did know was that I loved reading and I wanted to spread the word about the books that I loved. Now, a year later my love for books has grown even more than I could have imagined. I have met so many other great people who share this same passion and have introduced me to so many other great books.


(Swag Pack #2: Silence poster, Mortal Instruments bookmark, Harlequin Sampler, Penguin Sampler, Legend pin, Fangbone ARC, Death Cure sample, Gossip Girl Sample, Chronicles of Vladimir Tod pins and stickers, Harlequin stickers, Iron Fey postcard)



As a thank you to all of my followers, I will be giving away 2 swag packs. Both contain a poster, stickers, buttons, bookmark, book samples, and other various goodies that I got from New York Comic Con. The first winner randomly selected will win pack #1 and the second winner will receive pack #2. The giveaway will be open to anyone 13 and older and only for US residents. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #25: Dead To You


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Dead To You
By: Lisa McMann
Release Date: February 7, 2012

"Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable..." (summary from goodreads.com)

I am a huge fan of Lisa McMann so I am really looking forward to this book and the summary sounds like it will be a great read.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides
By: Karen Amanda Hooper
Released: November 25, 2011
Source: E-book ARC from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious. Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Karen Amanda Hooper's Tangled Tides is the story of Yara who wakes up as a mermaid after a hurricane. Yara finds herself learning more about the merfolk and selkies. She also discovers that both sides believe that she can save them by reopening the gateway to their realm.

Tangled Tides is a captivating and exciting story with strongly developed characters. Yara is tough and stubborn but also brave. She finds herself in the middle of a world that she has only ever heard stories of. Treygan is a bit mysterious in the beginning and I love how his character develops. The complicated relationship between Treygan and Yara naturally grows as the story progresses as well. 

There are so many other characters that I also enjoyed such as Rowan, Delmar, Pango, and Koraline. I especially liked how the narration switches between Yara, Treygan, and Rowan because it helped understand each character's motives more clearly. 

Tangled Tides dives right into the story from the very first page. I did not want to put this book down for even a second but I also didn't want it to end. I loved learning about the mythology of the merfolk, selkies, and sirens. Hooper creates an exciting and interesting world that I instantly fell in love with. I have been looking for a good mermaid story for sometime now and this was definitely it. The plot has a few unexpected twists and I especially loved the ending. I will definitely be looking forward to what Hooper writes next. I strongly recommend Tangled Tides, you won't want to miss out on this story.

My Rating:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Winner of Breaking Dawn Giveaway

The randomly selected winner of the Breaking Dawn movie tie-in and poster is
Elizabeth
Congrats, I have sent you an email!

Thank you so much for all the entries! The most popular Twilight characters you all chose were Edward, Bella, and Alice. So hard to choose but I am going to definitely go with Bella as well. I hope everyone gets the chance to go see Breaking Dawn now in theaters. I have to say that although Breaking Dawn isn't my favorite book in the series, it is officially my favorite movie.

If you didn't win this time I will be posting about my first blogoverssary/200 follower giveaway at the end of the month. I will be giving away the swag I got from New York Comic Con.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #24: One That I Want


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

One That I Want
By: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: February 7, 2012

"Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken. Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?" (Summary from goodreads.com)


I am so excited for One That I Want! First the summary sounds good and second I am a huge Jennifer Echols fan.



*Also don't forget to enter the Breaking Dawn giveaway where you can win a Breaking Dawn movie tie-in and a poster

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie Trailer


I am sure many of you have already watched it but I am obsessed with this trailer. I love seeing the world of Panem and the characters I adore brought to life. I am so excited for this movie now so can it please be March 23 already!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #23: Fated

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Fated (The Soul Seekers #1)
By: Alyson Noel
Release Date: May 22, 2012

"So here's the deal . . . Strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, glowing people appear from nowhere. Worried that Daire's having a breakdown, her mother sends her to stay with the grandmother she's never met, who lives on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico. There Daire crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes. Her grandmother recognizes Daire's episodes for what they are - a call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, a person who can navigate between the living and the dead. Guided by her grandmother, Daire must be quick to learn how to harness her powers because Dace's brother is an evil shape-shifter, out to steal them. Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and discover if Dace is the guy she's meant to be with . . . or if he's allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy." (summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to Fated because I have enjoyed Noel's Immortals series and Riley Bloom series. I also love the cover for Fated and the synopsis sounds good.


*Don't forget to enter to
win a signed ARC of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and the Breaking Dawn giveaway where you can win a Breaking Dawn movie tie-in and a poster.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Shatter Me Book Trailer



Shatter Me
By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 15, 2011
My Review: Shatter Me

I am completely in love with Shatter Me, it is easily one of my favorite books! I really like the book trailer for this as well. Go out and buy this book on November 15 you won't want to miss it!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sign Language by Amy Ackley

Sign Language
By: Amy Ackley
Released: August 18, 2011
Source: ARC from author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Amy Ackley's Sign Language is the story of Abby whose father has cancer. Abby wasn't aware that anything was seriously wrong with her father except that it was taking him some time to recover from surgery. Abby's life begins to drastically change as her father is home resting all the time and her mother is afraid to leave his side.

Sign Language is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about loss and life. Abby's biggest concern used to be how to get the attention of her crush but, her life changes when her father gets sick. It is evident from the beginning how much Abby loves and adores her father. As he begins to die, Abby handles it all in her own way. Abby is not only losing her father though, her mother won't leave the house or her father's side and cries all time. Then there is Abby's sweet and loyal best friend Spence who tries to help her along the way.

Sign Language had me in tears several times throughout the story. I was immediately captivated by Abby and her family's story. Ackley expertly handles the topic of loss and grief. I enjoyed that the story spans over a couple of years without ever feeling rushed. The reader can see how much Abby grows and how she continues to handle it all. The book also has moments though that make the reader smile and hopeful. I completely loved the ending and it was definitely my favorite part of the book. I recommend Sign Language, it is an excellent story about growing up.   

My Rating:


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Giveaway


I am a huge fan of Twilight and wanted to celebrate the upcoming release of the Breaking Dawn movie which hits theaters on November 18. One winner will receive a copy of the Breaking Dawn movie tie-in edition and a Breaking Dawn poster of their choice. The giveaway is international as long as the book depository and allposters ships to you and you must be 13 or older. To enter just fill out the form below.
*also make sure you follow me on twitter, @thereadinggeek, I may have a couple of quick surprise Twilight giveaways on there as well.




Waiting on Wednesday #22: Timepiece

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.


Timepiece (Hourglass series book 2)
By: Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 12, 2012

"When vital research about the time gene is stolen, Kaleb must put flirting with anything in a skirt on hold and join Emerson and the Hourglass team to find the criminal (who could be anywhere, in any time). And even if they succeed, it may be too late…." (summary from goodreads.com) 

I can't wait for Timepiece, I loved Hourglass. I love the cover for this one as well, I think it is perfect!





*Don't forget to enter to win a signed ARC of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Show Gratitude and Win 19 Signed YA Books



Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe and A Million Suns, is holding an awesome giveaway on her blog where you can win 19 signed YA books. To enter just make a blog post about what book you are thankful for and why then, head over to Beth Revis's blog to fill out the form.

There are so many great books out there that I absolutely love and I am thankful for each and every one of them. However, the one book that I am most grateful for is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer because it completely changed my life around. I discovered this book by accident during the summer of 2007. I rarely read on my own outside of school but, I stayed up all night long reading Twilight. Ever since that night, I discovered a new passion for reading and I now carry books with me wherever I go. I never knew that a book was capable of making you smile, laugh, and even cry. I was going through a lot of personal stuff at the time when I discovered just how much a book can help you escape. A break from reality was just what I needed and Twilight helped take me away and into an exciting world. This book is how I made it through high school and every single bad day I encountered. I could just pick up this book and completely lose myself in the story and the characters. I also never realized that it was possible to connect to a character as much as I was able to relate to Bella. I still go back and reread the book quite often because it brings me a sense of comfort all over again. Twilight is the book that led me to find a new love and appreciation for reading. It has also ultimately led me to pursue a degree in English.  

What book are you grateful for?