Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scary School by Derek the Ghost

Scary School
By: Derek the Ghost
Released: June 21, 2011
Source: E-book from the author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"You think your school's scary? Get a load of these teachers:  "Ms. Fang," an 850-year-old vampire "Dr. Dragonbreath," who just might eat you before recess "Mr. Snakeskin"--science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie "Mrs. T"--break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry "Tyrannosaurus rex" Plus  Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch  And  The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost  Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends--including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf--and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky" (Summary from goodreads.com)


In Scary School, Derek the Ghost describes what his school is like. Derek introduces his scary friends and teachers who all attend Scary School. He also narrates what a school day is like.  

I don't read much middle grade books but I made the exception for this one because I thought it just sounded really cute and fun. I was definitely right and finished this book rather quickly in one sitting. Derek the Ghost narrates every chapter with a different character at Scary School. There are so many fun and different characters introduced such as Mrs. T, Mrs. Fang, Charles the new kid, Nurse Hairymoles, Principle Headcrucher, and many more. I loved learning about them all and I loved their names.

Another part of this book that I loved were the many illustrations. Some of the characters were a bit difficult to imagine so it was fun to have a picture to go along with them. The pictures helped bring the story and the characters to life. I also enjoyed how the chapters were short and broken up by character. In each chapter we met a new character or read about a specific event at school. The chapters I definitely enjoyed the most were the ones about lunch, the ghoul games, and Halloween at Scary School. Some parts made me laugh so I enjoyed having a light and different book to read in between what I normally find myself reading. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys middle grade books that are fun and quick reads!

My Rating:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Daemon Invasion

Over the last couple of weeks, you’ve heard us talking about the upcoming #daemoninvasion and we’re so excited to finally share with you what is going on!
Really excited!
The beautiful and uber cool models, Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz, who grace the Lux covers, will be joining us in the United States! You heard right. They are flying here, from Hungary to spend a few days as Daemon and Katy! While they are here, they will be working with Vania, from VLC Productions (the team behind Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Melissa de La Cruz, Kimberly Derting, Moira Young, Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, Hillary Duff, Lauren Destefano, and many, many more authors’ book trailers), to film book trailers for the Lux Series.
During the filming in Atlanta, they will be accompanying us on tour! What does that mean? You get to meet them. In the flesh. They will be participating in the signings and events. At those signings, we’ll be giving away signed posters, photos, and other swag. There will also be meet and greet events you can join in on.
At each signing, there will be advanced copies of Onyx given away!
And to top things off (as if this isn’t enough, but we don’t do anything small), there’s something very, very exciting in the works! It involves advanced copies of Opal, water, and a little destination known as the Bahamas.
I am not kidding.
This will be epic!
Are you excited? I am! This tour is going to be so, so much fun, and I’m so thrilled that Pepe and Sztella are a part of it. We owe them a huge thank you and a giant welcome making the 16 hour flight to meet the readers of the Lux Series. You!

Daemon Invasion Signing and Event Schedule
June 8th
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA
3:00pm

June 10th
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Jacksonville, FL
3:00pm

June 13th
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Orlando, FL
3:00pm

June 14th
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL
4:00pm

There are several #daemoninvasion street teamers out there and if you want to join a team to winexclusive prizes, search down the #daemoninvasion hashtag to join one of the teams!

Don’t forget to visit Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog to win a signed set of Half-Blood and Pure: Here , in celebration of her adult romance release, Tempting the Best Man, under pen name J. Lynn. It can be purchased Here

Waiting on Wednesday #47: Smart Girls Get What They Want


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

Smart Girls Get What They Want
By: Sarah Strohmeyer
Release Date: June 26, 2012

"Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it. Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but always stayed behind the scenes—until now. These friends are determined to show that smart girls get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for...." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am excited for Smart Girls Get What They Want because the synopsis sounds really good and I love the title! Also it's coming out on my birthday so yay that's awesome too! :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil
By: Wendy Higgins
Released: May 1, 2012
Source: ARC Borrowed by Anna Literary Exploration
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil. Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. A cross-country trip forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?" (Summary from goodreads.com)


Wendy Higgins' Sweet Evil is the story of Anna who has the special gift of being able to feel the emotions of other people. She can't deny that she feels a pull towards evil at times though. However, Anna's world changes when she meet Kaidan and she discovers the truth about her parents.

I completely loved Sweet Evil and I devoured this book in two days. I had high expectations already when I started this book and it was still even better than I was expecting. Each character is interesting and strongly developed. Anna has a unique gift where she can not only feel the emotions of others, but she can also see colors that represent another person's mood. She is generally a good girl and helps others. However, she has a pull towards evil during some moments that she doesn't understand. 

Kaidan is the typical bad boy but maybe even worse and I immediately fell in love with him. It was hard not to crush on Kaidan though because he is a hot drummer with a British accent. However, there is a lot more to him than just appearances. I also loved his friends Kopano, Blake, Ginger, and Marna.

The plot captivated me from beginning to end. I loved learning about the history of the angels, fallen angels, and the nephilim. The concept of the fallen angels was throughly explained. I especially found all of the jobs that the fallen angels are given to be interesting. I also really enjoyed all of the references to Milton's Paradise Lost. There are so many moments of Sweet Evil that I loved and I already can't wait to reread this book again. Higgins created a fascinating world that I am already anxious to read more about in the next book. I highly recommend Sweet Evil, you will find it hard to put this book down!

My Rating:


Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Morganville Vampires Blog Tour and Giveaway


Visit all of the 12 Days of Morganville Madness tour stops in support of Rachel Caine's newest book in The Morganville Vampires series, Black Dawn (May 1)! 

12 Days of Morganville Madness Tour:
April 20th: GLASS HOUSES (Book 1): http://www.pageturnersblog.com/  

April 21: DEAD GIRLS DANCE (Book 2): http://melaniemccullough.blogspot.com

April 22: MIDNIGHT ALLEY (Book 3): http://book-splot.blogspot.com/

April 23: FEAST OF FOOLS (Book 4): http://hobbitsies.net/wordpress/

April 24: LORD OF MISRULE (Book 5)http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/

April 25: CARPE CORPUS (Book 6) http://myoverstuffedbookshelf.blogspot.com

April 26: FADE OUT (Book 7): http://MissVainsParanormalFantasy.com

April 27: KISS OF DEATH (Book 8): http://www.thestorysiren.com/

April 28: GHOST TOWN (Book 9): http://www.awesomesaucebookclub.com/

April 29: BITE CLUB (Book 10): http://www.totalbookaholic.com/

April 30: LAST BREATH (Book 11): http://www.literaladdiction.com/

MAY 1: BLACK DAWN (Book 12, NEW!) http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/

I'm a huge fan of The Morganville Vampire series! I first read the first six books in one weekend a few years ago. I'm so excited for the release of Black Dawn because I can't wait to read what will happen next! 

I'm so excited to be giving away a copy of Glass Houses (Book 1 in the series) and a Black Dawn bookmark to one winner. The giveaway is open to US residents only. To enter please fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!
 (Special thanks to Penguin for hosting this giveaway!)

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
By: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules is the story of Allison who lives in a world controlled by vampires. Allie despises the vampires and lives in the Fringe. She must trade, beg, and steal food to survive. However one night she is faced with a life changing decision and Allie becomes a vampire. She must learn a whole new set of rules in order to survive. Allie is forced to leave though and she soon finds herself pretending to be human as she joins a group of humans on a journey.

I loved The Immortal Rules and stayed up all night reading it. The characters are strongly developed and I easily grew attached to them. Allie is such an awesome protagonist. She is tough and strong but she is also flawed. I still found myself rooting for her even when she may not have made the best decisions. She struggles to learn the new rules but she doesn't give up. Allie will do what she must in order to survive, even when that meant becoming a vampire.

Allie encounters several other characters throughout the story that I loved learning about, such as Kanin, Caleb, Ruth, and Jeb. While Allie is traveling with a group of humans, she meets Zeke who I instantly fell in love with. Zeke is selfless and will do anything to help others.

The plot moved along quickly for me and I wish the book was even longer. I loved the setting and learning about it. Kagawa does an excellent job building this dark and terrifying world. The vampires control everything and treat the humans as their slaves. There are even the creepy rabid vampires who live outside the city. I find Kagawa's writing to be completely addictive and it took a lot for me to tear myself away from this book for even a few minutes. I just wanted to know what would happen next to Allie. The ending left me dying for more and I can't wait to see where this story will go next.

My Rating:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

 
Social Suicide (Deadly Cool #2)
By: Gemma Halliday
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Source: Borrowed ARC from Anna @ Literary Exploration
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting. Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went... a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide. I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos..." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Gemma Halliday's Social Suicide is the sequel to Deadly Cool. Hartley is now working for the school newspaper which means she is working with Chase now too. Hartley is writing up an article on possible Homecoming Queen Sydney when she finds her dead in her pool. Sydney was electrocuted while tweeting and Hartley is set on finding out who the killer is.

Halliday does it again with this fantastic and hilarious sequel. I went into reading Social Suicide with some pretty high expectations after loving Deadly Cool so much and this book definitely lived up to it. Hartley is such a great character. She is funny but very determined. She doesn't back down easily even when she finds herself in some pretty dangerous situations.

I was thrilled to see bad boy and newspaper editor Chase again. I think Hartley and Chase make an excellent team once again. I was also excited to see some more of Hartley's best friend Sam in this book. Sam is so funny as well and I was happy to see that she was more involved in Social Suicide.

I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one sitting. The story picks right up immediately so it was easy to get into this book. The plot is suspenseful and had me guessing on who was the murderer until the very end. I was also completely laughing out loud at some parts of this book. Although this story can get serious at moments, it is also a light and fun read. I think Halliday does an excellent job balancing it. I also love the language she uses because it is how teenagers speak. I strongly recommend Social Suicide, it is a fun mystery with great characters.  

My Rating:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

City of Lost Souls Book Trailer


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


I'm so excited for City of Lost Souls! I love this series and this trailer is getting me even more excited! I love it!

What do you think of the trailer?

Waiting on Wednesday #46: Undeadly


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

Undeadly
By: Michele Vail
Release Date: November 20, 2012

"The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird... Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath.  Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts. Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly—against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I have been looking forward to Undeadly for some time now because it sounds really good!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Peek Into Our Bookshelves:

The other night on twitter I was discussing bookshelves with a couple of bloggers including Monica at Cover Analysis. So she made a fun post with some photos of our bookshelves.
Check it out and you can even get a peek at what my bookshelf looks like. I really need to buy a new shelf soon because I'm certain that one more book will break the shelf. But for now you can see just how messy and overflowing my bookshelf is here: A Peek Into Our Bookshelves (Vol 1) 
(Also you can find out how you can be featured in the next post!)

*Yes I do somehow own four complete sets of The Twilight series. I don't even know how that happened. And yes I do have candy from Harry Potter world on the top shelf. Yummm :)
So what does your bookshelf look like? Is it really organized or messy?  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #45: This Is Not A Test


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

This Is Not A Test
By: Courtney Summers
Release Date: June 19, 2012

"It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am looking forward to This Is Not A Test because it sounds really good and I love zombie stories.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium
By: Lauren Oliver
Released: February 28, 2012
Source: Purchase E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, ' Delirium.' This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium is the sequel to Delirium and picks up where it had left off. Lena has escaped and left her old life behind, including her best friend Hana and Alex. She tries to forget her past as she meets a new group of people who teach her how to survive.

I completely loved Delirium so I was highly anticipating Pandemonium and it was even better than my expectations. Lena has changed a great deal between the course of Delirium and Pandemonium. She has been forced to leave her old life and start all over again. I actually liked Lena even more in Pandemonium. She is tough now and has a bit more of a darker outlook on life.

There are several new and interesting characters introduced throughout the book. I especially liked Raven. I was really interested in learning more about Raven's story and I liked the small glimpses into her life. She is tough and tries to teach Lena how to survive. Another new character that I unexpectedly fell in love with was Julian. I wasn't too sure what to make of him at first but it only took a couple of chapters before I just connected with his character. I do admit I missed Alex quite a bit though, especially during the beginning.

I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like Pandemonium after reading some more summaries about it but that was definitely not the case for me. I found that I took my time reading Pandemonium because it was a book I knew I didn't want to finish immediately. I still wish I didn't finish it so fast, especially after reading the ending. I liked that the chapters alternated between "then" and "now" which I felt helped move the plot along. The "now" chapters were exciting and suspenseful while the "then" chapters answered my lingering questions. I loved the new setting in the Wilds and in New York City. I love New York City so it was creepy to read about what it looked like in this dystopian setting. The plot did get somewhat predictable towards the end but it still left me breathless. The ending leaves off on a pretty big cliffhanger so I'm extremely anxious for the next book. I am a big fan of Oliver's writing and Pandemonium does not disappoint. I strongly recommend Pandemonium, it is an exciting sequel filled with interesting new characters. 

My Rating:

Friday, April 6, 2012

In My Mailbox #12

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

For Review:
Black Dawn by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #12)

Thank you Penguin! :)

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Overprotected
By: Jennifer Laurens
Released: February 9, 2011
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City. Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard. Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector. Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever. Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin. Daddy was wrong." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Jennifer Laurens' Overprotected is the story of Ashlyn whose parents are extremely protective. They force her to have a bodyguard with her at all times. However, her newest bodyguard is Colin. Ashlyn's father hired Colin knowing that she could never fall in love with him because of their past relationship but he may be proven wrong.

I really enjoyed Overprotected and finished it in one sitting. Ashlyn's parents are wealthy but obsessed with her safety. She isn't given much freedom at all and she is lonely as a result of it. I think Ashlyn handled her parents overprotectiveness much better than I ever could. I would have gone crazy with that many rules. I especially liked how her character began to grow and develop as the book progressed though.

Ashlyn's parents were intense to say the least. Her father especially had an odd obsession with her safety. It was interesting to learn why they were so protective but I thought that they still went to some extremes. Colin is hired to become Ashlyn's new bodyguard and I easily fell in love with him too. Colin and Ashlyn have an interesting past. He is a few years older than Ashlyn but their families were good friends. Ashlyn hated Colin while they were growing up and still holds the grudge.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book going into it but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked how Overprotected also handled the topic of family throughout the story. The plot is exciting and is paced well. It could get predictable at times but I didn't mind it at all. I definitely plan on reading more by Jennifer Laurens in the future. I highly recommend Overprotected, it is an enjoyable and quick read. 

My Rating:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #44: Endlessly


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

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3)
By: Kiersten White
Release Date: July 24, 2012

"Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate. The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands. So much for normal. With a perfect blend of humor and suspense, Endlessly is everything readers could dream of in a conclusion—and the unexpected twists will keep them guessing until the very last page." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I am excited for Endlessly because I adore this series and I can't wait to find out what will happen next!