Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #73: Shades of Earth


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

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3)
By: Beth Revis
Released: January 15, 2013

"The final book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis! Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been meaningless." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm so excited for Shades of Earth! I love this series and I'm dying to know how it will end. I admit I'm a little disappointed about the cover switch because I'm not crazy about this cover.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant #3)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: November 6, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

""History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. " Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden. If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed. Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate..." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Every new Jennifer L. Armentrout book I read just gets better and better. I already loved the Covenant series but I really loved Deity and it has easily become my favorite book in the series.

Deity was just amazing from beginning to end. The story picks up after where Pure left off. Alex is one of my favorite book characters and she just continues to develop and change in this book. She is tough and has survived quite a lot. She makes mistakes though and must deal with the consequences of what happened in the end of Pure. Alex is also approaching her eighteenth birthday which is also when her Awakening will occur.

Then there is Aiden and Seth. I love both but I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't enough Aiden in Pure. However in Deity, there is a lot more Aiden. I loved seeing him more involved in the story again and I think I love him even more than I already did. Seth was also involved in this book quite a lot. Another character that I was really happy to see more of in this book was Deacon, Aiden's brother. Several other characters also make an appearance again.

The plot was captivating from the beginning and it was easy for me to finish this book in one day. Then again, I don't think there has yet been a Jennifer L. Armentrout book that has taken me more than one day to read. Her writing once again just easily pulls me in. There are even some funny moments involving Alex that had me laughing out loud. Also there is a great blend of action, drama, and romance in this book. I especially enjoyed the action scenes.

I love where Armentrout took this series next in this book. There were plenty of twists throughout that I never saw coming. Some moments especially left me completely shocked. I will definitely be waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book in this series because I can't wait to read what will happen next. I strongly recommend Deity and the Covenant series because you won't want to miss out on this exciting story!

My Rating:



(*Note: I intern at Spencer Hill Press but I did not work on this book in any way.)

Jennifer L. Armentrout Summer Blog Tour


Welcome to another stop on the Jennifer L. Aremntrout Summer Blog Tour sponsored by Kayleigh from http://k-booksxo.blogspot.co.uk/. Summer may be over but this tour is about celebrating Jennifer L. Armentrout.
 
For this stop I thought I would talk about Aiden from the Covenant series. I'm a big fan of all of Jennifer's books/ If you still haven't read any then I strongly recommend that you do right away. They are so captivating and I can't stop myself from reading each one in one sitting. So thank you Jennifer for writing books that are impossible to not fall in love with! 
 
I find myself talking about the Lux series the most though on this blog, but I'm just as obsessed with the Covenant series as well. I've read Half-Blood, Pure, and Deity quite a few times already and definitely plan on rereading them yet again soon. Therefore, I thought I would share my love for Aiden and the Covenant series with this post.
 
First the Covenant series is so great because it has this great blend of action and romance. These books definitely keep me on the edge of my seat. The protagonist, Alex, is a tough and strong female lead. Then there's Aiden and there's so much to love about him. He is a pure-blood but he is also a sentinel. He is a fierce and strong fighter. He trains Alex to be a stronger fighter as well but he also protects her. He is completely gorgeous, funny, and has these sweet moments that melt your heart. If you can't tell already, I'm totally crushing on Aiden <3 font="font">
Here are just a few of my favorite Aiden quotes:
 
"You don't have anything to worry about Alex. I'm not going to let anything happen to you." - Half-Blood
 
"Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule.” Aiden turned away, the muscles in his neck tensing. He sighed. “You’ll become the center of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.”  - Pure
 
"I have to. I told you before I'd never let anything happen to you. I meant it."
- Pure
 
 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

Rockoholic
By: C.J. Skuse
Released: November 1, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage? "I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."  Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave. It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed Rockoholic and this is just my type of book! It has rock music and a character that gets herself in trouble quite often. It was such a fun story that I didn't want to put down. Jody is obsessed with the lead singer in The Regulators, Jackson. Jody is already quite a bit of a troublemaker and through a string of events at the concert, she kind of ends up kidnapping Jackson. Jackson isn't exactly the guy that Jody has dreamed of meeting for years though. 

Jody was a great character that I loved getting to know. I knew I would like her from the first chapter. She is filled with a lot of angst to put it lightly. Angst filled characters are my favorite though because they remind me of myself as a teenager. Jody is easily someone that I could picture myself being friends with. I'm a huge music fan too and I have had plenty of crushes on my favorite musicians. I have never had an obsession with one quite like Jody's, but I understand it. Another great character that I loved getting to know was Jody's best friend Mac. He is such a great friend and definitely puts up with the crazy situations Jody gets herself in.

The plot was great and paced fairly well. It was easy to get hooked into this story. Reading about the situations that Jody finds herself in and how she exactly ended up kidnapping Jackson was hilarious. It wasn't just all laughs though because there were still some serious issues like sex and drug use brought up too.

I loved how at moments I felt like I was right there with the characters though, especially during the concert. While reading, I can easily picture the mosh pit and the band going crazy on stage. Overall, Rockoholic was a fun read and I highly recommend it to any music lovers!

My Rating:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Finale (Hush, Hush #4)
By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Released: October 23, 2012
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?" (Summary from goodreads.com)

(*This review contains spoilers from the previous books in the series)

Since the beginning I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this series. There were some things that I absolutely loved and other aspects that I wasn't too crazy about. I was so happy though when I picked up the third book Silence because I loved it and it saved the series for me. That being said, I was really excited about Finale for months. The moment I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. Finale has now definitely become my favorite book in this series. I was not expecting the last book in this series to be my favorite but it is now.  

Nora has grown and developed over the course of this series. She is now the leader of the Nephilim though and the war with the fallen angels is beginning. Nora became even tougher in this book and I loved that. She's beginning to train to fight and is demanding to be involved. I liked Nora a lot more in this book too, even when she makes a few mistakes. 

Then there is Patch, who I've been kind of in love with since the first book. The relationship between Patch and Nora is also stronger in this book. It's not perfect but they are becoming like a team now. There were several other familiar faces that returned in this book but there were also some new characters introduced. I especially loved seeing the return of Vee and Scott though because they are two of my favorites.

The plot was paced well and I never found myself losing interest. Out of the entire series, Finale was the book that I completely lost myself in. I was even a bit sad when I got closer to the end. It began with a really great recap of everything that happened in the previous books. The plot was really exciting though and there were a few twists that I didn't see coming. I found there was a good balance of action and romance. It also wrapped up everything really well and at a good pace. It answered all of the lingering questions I had left. Overall I really loved Finale and I found it to be an excellent ending to this series. I will definitely miss these characters! 

My Rating:

Sweet Peril Cover Reveal

 
Sweet Peril (Sweet Evil #2)
By: Wendy Higgins
Release Date: April 30, 2013
 
"Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind. When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?"
 
Wendy Higgins:
Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.
 
 
 
 
Wendy Higgins on Twitter: Twitter
Character Kaidan Rowe on Twitter: Twitter
Sweet Peril on Goodreads: Goodreads
Preorder on Amazon: Amazon
Preorder on Barnes & Noble: Barnes and Noble
Preorder on The Book Depository: Book Depository
Author's Facebook: Facebook
Sweet Evil's Facebook: Facebook

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Crewel
By: Gennifer Albin
Released: October 16, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Incapable. Awkward. Artless. That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested. Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Crewel was such a fascinating story that I instantly got lost in. I personally have not read anything quite like this before.

Adelice has hidden her ability to weave time since she was a child. Her parents taught her how to hide this ability to keep her from being sent away to the Coventry to become a Spinster. However when the day of the testing comes, Adelice accidentally uses her ability. Adelice was an excellent and well developed protagonist. I liked her because she kept fighting and she wouldn't give up.
Adelice talks back and doesn't take being controlled very well. She definitely had a backbone. She will also do anything for her family and I admire that
There were several great side characters inside the Coventry that I loved getting to know. I especially loved Erik and Josten though. I honestly just can't choose between the two of them.

The plot was paced really well and I finished this book rather quickly. I loved that it immediately jumped right into the story. There were quite a few suspenseful moments. My heart was certainly racing at moments because I was scared for Adelice. I liked that there was still some romance and action involved too.

The whole concept of weaving time was so interesting. At first it was a bit confusing to wrap my head around but as the story progressed, it became much clearer. I still have questions and there are still a few things I'm confused about. However, I feel like I mostly understand it. Albin creates such a fascinating world though. I loved learning about each section and the rules of the segregation between men and women. It was kind of a terrifying world to live in. Overall, I really enjoyed Crewel and highly recommend this book!

My Rating:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #72: Clockwork Princess


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


Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3)
By: Cassandra Clare
Released: March 19, 2013

"Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close? If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it. The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I can't wait for Clockwork Princess! I love The Infernal Devices, it's one of my favorite series and I'm dying to know what will happen next.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Evolution of Mara Dyer and Finale Book Trailers




The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin and Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick are out today!

These are two of my most anticipated books of the Fall. Both also have awesome book trailers that I completely loved!
 
 
 
 
 


By: Becca Fitzpatrick

 

Shadow of the Mark Cover Reveal

 
Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

"Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated. While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength. New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It's a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past, far in the past, has already laid claim to. Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order's dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy."

Links:
Amazon
http://www.leighfallon.com
 
About the Shadow of the Mark Cover:
"I know, there's no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the cover of Carrier of the Mark, HarperCollins wanted Shadow's cover to be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink and purple really make it pop. I love it and think HarperCollins have done another amazing job. I hope you like it too."
 
 
Meet Leigh Fallon:
"I started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.

Giving up lions for sheep, I grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns. When not dodging the beady glare of the Sisters of Mercy, I was devouring every book I could get my hands on.

I traveled all over Europe while working in banking and treasury, but I gave up my calculator in favor of a keyboard and haven't stopped writing since. My first book, Carrier of the Mark, was published by HarperTeen in 2011.

Our home is in Cork in the south of Ireland, but we're currently on loan to Massachusetts in the US where I continue to write books about magic, ghosts, and romance, with a bit of Irish flavor."
 
Giveaway:
 
 
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap: October 7 - October 20
(Got a little behind since I was at NYCC last weekend)
 


Books I Reviewed:
 
 
 
Books From NYCC:
 
Thank you Random House, Harper Teen, Penguin, Tor Teen, Disney Hyperion!
 
 

Books For Review:
 
Thank you Penguin, Netgalley, St. Martin's Press, E.A. Rigg, and Emily Mah Tippetts!
 
Also won these gorgeous bookmarks from Elsie Chapman. Thank you Elsie!
 
 
 
So how did your week go?
 
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker
By: Miranda Kenneally
Released: October 1, 2012
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"After a scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back." (Summary from goodreads.com)


I had such high expectations for Stealing Parker and I completely loved every page of this book! I was really looking forward to it because the first book to this companion, Catching Jordan, was one of my top favorite books of last year.

Parker is in her senior year of high school and is dealing with a lot of rumors after her mother left her father for another woman. She makes some major changes in her life like losing weight, quiting softball, and doing whatever it takes to prove she isn't like her mother. I liked Parker immediately because she was realistic. I just really connected with her instantly. She is dealing with a lot at home and with school because of the rumors her ex-best friend spread. She is far from being perfect and she is discovering who she is and what she wants.  

There are so many other great new characters and also some familiar faces from Catching Jordan. I loved all the guys because they were fun and each had some sort of friendship with Parker. Drew is Parker's best friend for years and they have a special friendship. Then there is Corndog who Parker has known for years and competes with her for the spot as class valedictorian. Finally there is Brian, the gorgeous and much older new baseball coach.

I finished this book in a day because I didn't want to put it down. There is so much more going on in this story than just the relationship that Parker finds herself in with an older guy. It was a fun but still serious book. Kenneally excellently handles a variety of topics from sex, drug abuse, homosexuality, and religion. I admit that I was not expecting religion to play such a big role in this story and I usually tend to stay away from books that include religion. However it didn't bother me because there were other things going on so that stopped it from being the center of the whole story. I also admit I'm not a big baseball fan so I was somewhat worried about that but this book actually made me like baseball a little bit more.

Overall I loved Stealing Parker! This book made my heart race and break. It was so easy to become attached to these characters and I was sad when this book ended because I didn't want to say goodbye just yet. Kenneally once again writes an honest and real depiction of high school. I strongly recommend Stealing Parker, it's a captivating story with characters you can't help but fall in love with.

My Rating:



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Taking Back Forever Cover Reveal

Karen Amanda Hooper, author of Tangled Tides and Grasping at Eternity, is sharing her newest cover today. The sequel to Grasping at Eternity, book 2 of The Kindrily series, is titled Taking Back Forever.

Karen and her cover designer, Alexandra Shostak, have worked side by side to create the Taking Back Forever cover. After lots of hard work (and a lot of love) here it is…



Want to know more? Here’s a summary of Taking Back Forever.



 

Forever is worth the fight.



 

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.



 

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.




 

To celebrate, Karen and Alexandra are giving away signed paperbacks of Grasping at Eternity. (Signed by Karen AND Alexandra!)
Contest is open internationally!

Alexandra Shostak is a writer of dark and fantastical things, mostly meant for teenagers. She is a freelance cover designer, and is available to do covers and interior artwork directly for authors. She is also a former Irish dancer, a guitar player, and the person who can get you through the zombie apocalypse without getting bitten.
If you’re especially worried about the zombie apocalypse, you can find her in one of these places:
or on Twitter as @a_shostak






Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels
www.KarenAmandaHooper.com
Twitter: @karen_hooper

Waiting on Wednesday #71: Deep Betrayl


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

Deep Betrayl (Lies Beneath #2)
By: Anne Greenwood Brown
Released: March 12, 2012

"Once you dive into Deep Betrayal, the sequel to Lies Beneath, you won't come up for air! It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind. Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . . ." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm really excited for Deep Betrayl because I loved Lies Beneath and I can't wait to read what will happen next!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Entice by Jessica Shirvington

Entice (The Violet Eden Chapter #2)
By: Jessica Shirvington
Released: September 4, 2012
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels. Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever. The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed." (Summary from goodreads.com)

 

I really enjoyed Entice and thought it made a great sequel to Embrace. I actually enjoyed this one even more than Embrace because I think the pacing was much better. I really enjoyed Embrace but I had found that book to be mainly focused on setting up this world so I liked that there was much more going on in Entice.

Violet is a powerful Grigori now but she is still continuing to grow. I like Violet because I think she's realistic even though she is part angel. She has definitely grown a great deal since the previous book and is becoming stronger both physically and emotionally. Violet has grown on me as a character as well and I liked her a lot more in this book too. I like how she is learning more about the Grigori and still trying to find some sort of balance between her life as part angel and her normal life.

Then there is Phoenix and Lincoln. I really like both of these characters a lot. Phoenix is a complex character for me because there is so much more to him than what I originally expected. I especially wanted him to be in this book even more actually. I was happy to see more Lincoln even though he was hiding some things from Violet. I also liked learning a bit more about his past. There were several new characters introduced in this book too and I loved getting to meet some new and interesting faces.

I found the pacing to be a lot better in this book. It still slowed down a few times but I still found myself anxious to know what will happen next. That being said, I still finished this book rather quickly. I thought there was quite a bit more action which made it even more exciting. I also loved traveling to Jordan with the characters. There was definitely some romance too. Some parts of the plot were predictable but there were still a few things that managed to catch me by surprise. 

I really love this series for the angel mythology though. It's really detailed and explained well. I like how it's broken down and even though I still have questions, I'm not entirely lost. I love how there are always new things to learn about the Grigori. I'm definitely anxiously awaiting the next book in this series because I can't wait to read where this story will go next. Overall I recommend Entice because it's a great and exciting sequel.  

My Rating:

Monday, October 15, 2012

New York Comic Con Recap

Wow New York Comic Con was definitely a wild and exhausting weekend. Walking into New York Comic Con is like entering a mini fantasy world. I had such an amazing time and this was actually my third year attending. I even got to meet some more bloggers there. Here is a bit of a recap of just the book related events I attended.

Thursday:
Thursday was the first afternoon the show floor was open. The first thing I ended up finding was a Beautiful Creatures tote bag that included a official movie poster, tattoo, pens, and book samples. I may have danced in the aisle a bit because I was so excited. I only got even more excited though when I picked up a copy of Dualed by Elsie Chapman which is one of my most anticipated books of next year. I even gushed with the man at the Random House booth about how awesome Elsie Chapman is. Before I left for the day I also picked up a copy of Nerve by Jeanne Ryan, and Slated by Terri Terry.


Friday:
(Passion, Power, Paranormals Panel)
Friday I attended the Passion, Power, and Paranormals panel which had Tahreh Mafi, Margaret Stohl, Dan Krokas, Alexandra Bracken, Tonya Hurley, Jocelyn Davies, Kalayana Price and Keri Arthur. It was a fun and interesting panel where each author talked about their books and writing. After that there was a signing and I met each author. I later got a Beautiful Creatures t-shirt which has just become my favorite shirt. I also met Andrea Cremer and Morgan Rhodes at the Penguin booth. One of the best surprises of the day was getting a copy of Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi and it was signed.



Saturday:
(Beautiful Creatures Panel)
Saturday morning started with another awesome surprise at the Harper booth where Tahereh Mafi was signing. This was my second time meeting Tahereh and she is so sweet. Afterwards I met Victoria Schwab and Beth Revis. Both authors were so great and I have been wanting to meet them for so long. Victoria Schwab even recognized me from my internship at Spencer Hill.
Afterwards I went to hang out for a few hours in line to get in the IGN theater for the Beautiful Creatures panel. I'm a huge Beautiful Creatures fan and I was so excited for this panel so of course I wore my Dark Caster tee. The panel began with a 5 minute behind the scenes feature where each actor briefly introduced their character. Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Emmy Rossum, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Mann, Alden Ehrenreich, and Richard LaGravenese. They then introduced a montage clip that was absolutely amazing! It was Lena telling Ethan about the casters and showed when Ridley turned dark. The cast then took a few questions. Emmy discussed playing Ridley and how in the movie Ridley doesn't just have her lollipops but she has cookies and fruit too. Each cast member then answered which was their favorite scene. Zoey was really excited about a scene between Mrs. Lincoln and Macon. Alden enjoyed anything that was involving Lena and Ethan's relationship. The producer loved the scene when Ethan first visits Ravenwood Manor. Emmy also said that in the movie Ridley has her own little theme song. Overall though I loved the panel and I didn't think it was possible for me to get that much more excited for this movie. 

(Beautiful Creatures Panel)


Sunday:
Sunday was a crazy day and I mostly spent my day attending non book related events. I did go to meet who did the graphics for the Vampire Academy graphic novel. She was so sweet and so excited to have the chance to work on this series. I then attended the Young Adult Publisher Spotlight where publishing companies discussed the upcoming books.
 
Disney discussed:
Blue Bloods Graphic Novel 
 Beta by Rachel Cohn
Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
 The Archived by Victoria Scwab
 The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

Harper discussed:
 Fragments by Dan Wells
 Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
 Requiem by Lauren Oliver
 Mind Games by Kiersten White
 Light by Michael Grant
 Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
 Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
 Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
  Reboot by Amy Tintera. 
Little Brown discussed:
 The Diviners by Libba Bray
 Zom-B by Darren Shan
 Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
 Etiquette Espionage by Gail Carrige
 Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
 The Breaking Dawn movie tie in
 Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer
Macmillan discussed:
 Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
 Unremembered by Jessica Brody
 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
 Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Penguin discussed:
 Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
 Rise by Andrea Cremer
 Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
 Prodigy by Marie Lu
 Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
 The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
 
Random House discussed:
 Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
 Every Day by David Levithan
 Kill Order by James Dashner
 Mystic City by Theo Lawrence 
Dualed by Elsie Chapman 
Simon Schuster discussed:
 Unwholly by Neal Shusterman 
Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry
 The Blessed by Tonya Hurley
 Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger 
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Tor Teen discussed:
 Earthseed by Pamela Sargent
  Girl of Nightmares by Kendra Blake
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
 Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett .

*Huge thank you to all of the publishers for the books and swag! Thank you to all of the authors who attended as well! I already can't wait to attend again next year!