Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #43: The City of Lost Souls


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

The City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
By: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 8, 2012

"The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series." (Summary from mortalinstruments.com)

I am so excited for The City of Lost Souls! I am obsessed with The Mortal Instruments series and it is definitely one of my favorite series of all time!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Immortal City by Scott Speer

Immortal City
By: Scott Speer
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Source: ARC from NYCC
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect - everyone except for Madison Montgomery. Maddy's the one girl in Angel City who doesn't breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn't recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love. Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson's scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi - and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels' wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat … and this time it's up to Maddy to save Jackson." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Scott Speer's Immortal City is the story of Jackson Godspeed who is the hottest and most popular Angel in the city. He is preparing to become a Guardian when he meets Maddy. Maddy is one of the few girls who doesn't pay attention to the fame surrounding the angels. Once they meet, Jackson can't seem to get Maddy out of his head. Soon Maddy finds herself involved not only in the world of angels and fame, but there is also a murderer on the loose.

I really enjoyed Immortal City and finished it rather quickly. I enjoyed how the chapters alternated between Jackson and Maddy because it contrasted how different their lives were. Jackson is one of the most famous Angels in the city but there is so much more to him. He really wants to become a Guardian Angel and doesn't care for the fame that comes along with it. Jackson definitely grew on me as the story progressed.

Maddy was an interesting character who also grew on me as the story progressed. She lives with her Uncle and works in his diner. She doesn't care about the fame surrounding the Angels unlike practically everyone else in her school. I also really like the relationship between Maddy and Jackson and how it developed.

What definitely made me really like this book though was the interesting world of the Angels that Speer creates. I love the whole idea that the Angels are treated like the celebrities in Hollywood, or Angel City. It is all described in great detail and I felt like I was completely a part of this world too. The plot was paced well and captivating. I found it hard to put it down because there was a good balance of action and romance. However, at times I felt that it would get a bit too predictable. I still really enjoyed the ending though and I am looking forward to the next book.

My Rating:

Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Hunger Games!


(Photo taken by my sister)

Happy Hunger Games!

The Hunger Games is officially in theaters in the U.S. today!

I am so excited that this day is finally here! I have absolutely loved the Hunger Games book series for years! Also Katniss is easily one of my all time favorite female characters. I know that I will definitely be seeing this movie in theaters more than once.



(My incredibily lucky sister met both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson)

So will you be seeing The Hunger Games in theaters?
If you have seen it, what did you think?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #42: The Best Night Of Your (Pathetic) Life


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

The Best Night Of Your (Pathetic) Life
By: Tara Altebrando
Released: July 5, 2012

"An all-day scavenger hunt in the name of eternal small-town glory With only a week until graduation, there’s one last thing Mary and her friends must do together: participate in the Oyster Point High Official Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. And Mary is determined to win. Mary lost her spot at Georgetown to self-professed “it” bully Pete Lembo, and she’s not about to lose again. But everyone is racing for the finish line with complicated motives, and the team’s all-night adventure becomes all-night drama as shifting alliances, flared tempers, and crushing crushes take over. As the items and points pile up, Mary and her team must reinvent their strategy—and themselves—in order to win" (summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to this book because I love the sound of the synopsis. I especially love the concept of an all day and night scavenger hunt.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pure (Covenant #2)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: April 3, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"There is need. And then there is Fate...Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Jennifer L. Armentrout's Pure is the sequel to Half-Blood and picks up shortly after Half-Blood left off. Alex is now learning to deal with the connection that she shares with Seth. However, daimons soon attack the Covenant. The gods are angry and send furies to not only get rid of the daimons but the Apolyon as well.  

I loved Pure and was reluctant to put this book down until I finished it. Once again Armentrout has created an addictive and captivating story. Alex is recovering after everything that happened in Half-Blood. She is tough though which is something I admire about her character. She can also be stubborn and irrational but that isn't necessarily always a bad quality. Alex is also having nightmares though about her mother and that is where Seth comes in.

Seth definitely grew on me so much more in this book. It was nice to see another side of him as well as learn more about him. I am completely torn now between Seth and Aiden though. I did feel like there wasn't enough Aiden in this story but that may just be me. I also loved seeing the return of previous characters and the introduction of some new ones. The furies were definitely an interesting yet creepy addition. 

The plot is paced well and I wish the book was even longer. I enjoyed the new settings and seeing how the characters interacted outside of the Covenant. Once again the mythology in this world is so interesting. There was also a great balance of action, romance, and some heartbreaking scenes. I especially enjoyed the last couple of chapters the most. So far I have immediately fallen in love with everything I have read by Armentrout which is making her one of my favorite writers. I will be highly anticipating the next book in the Covenant series, Deity which is due out in the Fall. I strongly recommend Pure, it is an exciting sequel!

My Rating:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Wanderlove
By: Kirsten Hubbard
Released: March 13, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Are you a Global Vagabond? No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path. Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward. But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back. Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Kirsten Hubbard's Wanderlove is the story of Bria who signs up for a tour across Central America. However, the tour Bria signs up for is with a group of middle-aged adults. When Bria meets backpackers Rowan and Starling, she takes the opportunity to join them instead. Bria and Rowan are both trying to escape their pasts as they travel through villages and islands.

I loved Wanderlove and it easily became one of my favorite books of the year. Once I started this story I couldn't put it down. Wanderlove is a well written story with strongly developed characters. Bria wants to be independent and decides to go on the trip to Central America. She is trying to escape her past and an ex-boyfriend as well. I enjoyed how Bria's story unraveled and how I learned more and more about her past as the story progressed. 

Rowan has been a backpacker for years. He has a reputation of a bad boy but he is trying to change that. In an effort to change, he has developed his own philosophy about moving forward. Starling is Rowan's sister and is also a backpacker. Starling cares a great deal for her brother and tries her best to look out for him. Both Rowan and Starling were really interesting characters and I loved getting to know more about them.

I have been looking forward to reading Wanderlove for months and I was not disappointed at all. There is so much more to this story then just going on an exciting adventure to a new place but it is also about discovering yourself and coming to terms with your past. Hubbard's writing is beautiful and I loved the drawings that were incorporated into the story. I was immediately captivated by the story from the first page and the plot flows at a steady pace straight to the end. Traveling all around the world has always been one of my dreams so I really enjoyed reading about the villages and islands that Bria visited. I strongly recommend Wanderlove, it is one story you won't want to miss!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Guest Post: Taryn Browning


Taryn Browning, author of Dark Seeker and Whispering Hills, kindly took the time to stop by the blog to discuss vampires vs ghosts.

"The vampires in Dark Seeker are quite different and more deadly than "traditional" vampires. The vampire/demon hybrid known as Daychildren, possess demonic abilities, are immune to sunlight and don't need an invitation to come in. It's a good thing Janie's there to kick some Daychild butt and protect the citizens of Baltimore.
As for Whispering Hills, unlike a vampire, a ghost can't be seen and can move through things undetected making it impossible to sense his presence -- unless you're Alexis and hear his every menacing thought.
Daychildren drain their victims of blood and also enjoy the leftover organs - I know, gross! Ghosts, on the other hand, kill in a totally different way. You'll have to read Whispering Hills to find out how. I don't want to give anything away.
There's magic surrounding the town of Whispering Hills. Plus, witchcraft acts as a catalyst for the ghost preying on the town. What once was used to banish him from Whispering Hills is now aiding him in his plans to make Alexis pay for the fate she escaped thirteen years ago and follow through with his own sociopathic agenda. Again, you'll have to read the book to find out exactly what I'm talking about. Since Whispering Hills is in part a paranormal murder mystery, I'd hate to give anything away. Happy Reading :)"

Thanks again Taryn for stopping by! I highly recommend reading Whispering Hills and Dark Seeker, I loved them both!

So who do you think about vampires vs ghosts?

Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning

Whispering Hills
By: Taryn Browning
Released: March 19, 2012 
Source: E-book from SupaGurlBooks Tour
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review

"For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead.  She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her. Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago" (summary from goodreads.com)

Taryn Browning's Whispering Hills is the story of Alexis who can hear the thoughts of others around her. Lately there has been one person in particular whose dark and disturbing thoughts she has been hearing. She has always had to keep what she knows a secret though because of the fear that everyone would think she is crazy. However, Alexis soon learns that there is so much more to her gift.

I really enjoyed Whispering Hills and finished this book in one sitting. Alexis is an interesting protagonist who has the ability to hear the thoughts of others around her. She is somewhat of a loner though and doesn't trust anyone with her secret except her sister Brooke. Alexis is also tough and will do anything for the people she cares about. When she begins to hear the thoughts of a killer, she even tries to find him or her.

Alexis then meets Chance who is the new boy at school. Chance is mysterious though and has many of his own secrets. I was unsure of him for a while but, as the story progressed he definitely grew on me. There several other characters that I really enjoyed as well such as Gabriel and Summer. I loved Summer who is a girl at school that also has a special ability. Summer was hilarious and she easily became my favorite character.

I haven't read many books involving ghosts but I really enjoyed how Browning incorporated them into the story and some parts were so creepy. This is the second book I have read by Browning and I really enjoy her writing. The plot flows at a good pace and I can instantly get wrapped up in the story. Although at times I was beginning to suspect what would happen next, there were still a couple of shocking twists. The ending was especially a surprising twist that I never saw coming and left me on the edge of my seat. I definitely will continue to read more of Browning's work in the future. I strongly recommend Whispering Hills, it is a mysterious and exciting story.

My Rating:


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #41: A Midsummer's Nightmare


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

A Midsummer's Nightmare
By: Kody Keplinger
Release Date: June 5, 2012

"Whitley Johnsons dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great. Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother... at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together. Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am excited for A Midsummer's Nightmare because it sounds so good! I am a huge fan of Kody Keplinger's previous books, so I have a feeling that I will love this one too.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #40: Onyx

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

Onyx (Lux #2)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 14, 2012

"Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard. Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem… The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s. But then everything changes… I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am so excited for Onyx! I loved Obsidian and I am dying to find out what will happen next. Also I admit I am kind of madly in love with Daemon.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellcaster
By: Cara Lynn Shultz
Released: March 27, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*An advanced reader's copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Finding your eternal soulmate - easy.Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although...it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own." (summary from goodreads.com)

Cara Lynn Shultz's Spellcaster is the sequel to Spellbound and picks up four months later. Emma and Brendan are ready to get back to normal after everything that happened a few months ago. They find themselves still at the center of much gossip. However while Emma is learning more about spells, another force is beginning to close in on them.

I loved Spellcaster even more than Spellbound. I love how the characters developed through this story, especially Emma and Brendan. They were characters that I easily grew even more attached to. Emma has survived a lot in her life but she is strong. She is becoming even stronger though and is now learning to defend herself. She is also learning more about being a witch while working on spells with her best friend Angelique.

I love how the relationship has grown between Emma and Brendan. It is obvious that they will do anything for one another. I like that their relationship may be true love but they still have issues to work out. I am seriously crushing on Brendan even more now though. I was also thrilled to see the return of Emma's friends Angelique and Cisco. They were both characters that I loved in the previous book so I was happy to read more about them.

The plot is paced well and I found it hard to put it down. Spellcaster is suspenseful, funny, and sweet. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect going into this book but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked how the first chapter provided a clear and quick summary of what happened in the previous book, Spellbound. This definitely helped refresh my memory. I also enjoyed that a great deal of this book dealt with learning more about the witches and the spells. I love the setting in New York City. I must add that I especially loved the trip Emma takes to the Cloisters museum because that is one of my favorite places in the City. I can't wait to see where Shultz will take Emma and Brendan's story next. I highly recommend Spellcaster, it is an excellent and exciting sequel!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Winner of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and Swag

The randomly selected winner of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and Incarnate swag is..

Kelsey
Congrats! The winner has already been contacted.

Thanks for all of the entries! If you didn't win this time, look forward to some more giveaways in the near future.

Also special thanks to Jodi Meadows for providing the swag for the giveaway. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend Incarnate. You can read my full review here: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted
By: Aimee Carter
Released: March 27, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon 
*An advanced reader's copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future. Henry’s first wife, Persephone." (Summary from goodreads.com)


Aimee Carter's Goddess Interrupted is the sequel to The Goddess Test and picks up shortly after where The Goddess Test ended. Kate is becoming Queen of the Underworld but she feels more alone than ever. Henry is keeping his distance and she is fighting for his affection. Then when Henry is taken, she must go to Persephone for help.

I enjoyed Goddess Interrupted much more than The Goddess Test. The characters are developed much more strongly. Kate survived the tests and is now becoming the Queen of the Underworld. However, Kate is beginning to doubt herself and Henry. I admit it bothered me a bit that Kate was constantly doubting herself through the story. On the other hand though these were concerns that I had while reading The Goddess Test so I was happy that they were finally being acknowledged. I also admire how she will do anything for the ones that she loves. 

I have very mixed feeling about Henry in this book. He was so distant and for most of the story I was confused on what his motives were. I was thrilled to see the return of Ava and James though. Persephone was also finally introduced. I had been expecting to hate her but she definitely grew on me as the story progressed.

The plot was exciting and held my attention the entire time. It was not what I was expecting at all and there were plenty of surprises. I thought there was much more action than there was in The Goddess Test. Some moments completely frustrated me but in a good way. I would get so lost in the story that I found myself in the world that Carter created and feeling Kate's emotions. I loved that the setting took place in the Underworld instead of the mansion. I am a huge Greek mythology fan and I love the spin that Carter puts on it. I especially liked how the Titans were introduced. I definitely enjoyed the last few chapters the most. The last chapter was filled with several shocking twists that left me speechless. The ending also leaves on a major cliffhanger so I will be highly anticipating Goddess Inheritance to see what will happen next. I strongly recommend Goddess Interrupted, it is an exciting and interesting story.

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