Sunday, February 28, 2010

In My Mailbox #10

Big ups to The Story Siren for creating this meme and for Alea at Pop Culture Junkie for inspiring it!!!


For Review:

From Trade:
(swaptree)

Won:


From Library:
 Bras and Broomsticks by. Sarah Mlynowski 
Dead is a State of Mind by. Marlene Perez
 Prom Crashers by. Erin Downing
Sweep Series #1- Book of Shadows by. Cate Tiernan 
Devil May Cry by. Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark Side of the Moon by. Sherrilyn Kenyon

This was an great week for me!!! Especially since I finally paid off half of the fee on my library card 19.25, and since it is now less than 10 dollars, I can check out books!!!! I can't wait to get to reading all of them. What did you guys get this week!!!  

Friday, February 26, 2010

Cover Wars #2

The Winner or winners of the last Cover Wars between the Vampire Kisses Series are... The New US Covers and the Japanese Covers. If you miss the post, check out the winning covers here.

The Battle this week is between: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
US Covers 
  
These are the covers I have. I like how vibrant the colors are and I think they are fitting for the books. My favorite part of these covers are the daggers. They give them a nice flare. They are kind of a little too tame I think seeing as what the series is about.

 Deutsch
 

Now we get down to the good stuff.These are so so so gorgeous!!! They are so artistic and intricate and colorfull. The bats add the prettiest touch to them and the pictures and models are perfect for each book. If I could read in Deutsch I would definately be ordereing these from amazon!!!

UK Covers 
  

I have to admit these covers are pretty hot. But they're kind of boring. Even though they sort of have the same theme as the US covers, those have a new school kind of funk. These look like novels from back back in the day!!!

 My choice is without a doubt the Deutsch covers!!! With covers like those, I would pick up the book without even wondering about the synopsis!!! Thats one vote for the Deutsch, what do you guys think???

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chat With Shelena Shorts author of The Pace!!!


Some of you guys may know that one of my favorite books of all time is The Pace by. Shelena Shorts. Shelena Shorts is an amazing author and an amazing person in general and if you haven't read her book yet, I highly recommend it. No, I very, very, very, STRONGLY recommend it.

Shelena Shorts will be chatting live Wednesday, Feb 24th, at 9 p.m ET and answering questions about her book The Pace and be answering any questions you have about her future publications and everything else you would like to know. If you would like participate, just log into the forum on Wednesday, Feb 24th by 9.00 pm ET here: http://agoodaddiction.forumotion.net/profile.forum?mode=register . Hope to see you guys there!!!

Trailer Tuesday

 I haven't done one of these in a while but I watched this trailer for Radiant Shadows by. Melissa Marr and I loved it so here you go!!!



Oooh, sounds good. Its been a while since I have read the first book in this series, so I really have no clue who all these characters are or if they're new characters, but I remember I loved the first book so hopefully this one will probably be just as good!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Waiting On Wenesday #11 + Interview Questions



This week I am featuring 13 to Life by. Shannon Delany. I will also be interviewing Shannon Delany soon and I would like to give you guys a chance add some questions to the interview. If there is anything you would like to ask Shannon, just leave a comment with your question and I'll include it!!! Now let's get down to the good stuff!!! 


13 to Life by. Shannon Delany 
Release Date: June 22. 2010
Synopsis from goodreads.com: Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.





This book just sounds so awesome. It sounds so contemporary, but the awesome cover and something about the synopsis suggests something more paranormal. I am really excited about this one. And I can't get enough of this gorgeous cover. Do you see the moon in the eye? Very eerie!!! Don't forget to leave an interview question for Shannon!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cover Wars #1

Since I am the self proclaimed Queen of judging a book by its cover, I felt the meme Cover Wars seemed like fun. I don't know where this meme origniated (and if you guys do, please let me know, everyone deserves their credit) so I'll just give you links to other bloggers doing similiar memes. I Want to Read That, Not Enough Bookshelves, Sarah's Book Reviews, Imagination in Focus, and All Things Urban Fantasy all also do Cover Wars, and Bloody Bookaholic does a similar meme called US vs. UK. They all deserve the credit so Check 'em out!!!

For my first Cover Wars I am featuring one of my all time favorite series:


Original US Covers


I really love the original US covers. They just have so much personalitly and they fit the each book so perfectly. The girl on teh cover is the perfect image for Raven. 

New US Covers
 

Now these covers gorgeous. They are just so gothic and mysterious and dark, I love how only part of the body is being shown in each cover. The fonts on all three are the perfect touch to all of them too!!!

Spain Covers
  

Wow, I really really really, dislike these with a passion. I love the font for the first one, but that is pretty much where the love begins and ends. I mean I know I'm not one to talk since I cant draw if my life dependedon it but they look like really quick and not what I look for on the cover of what I hope to be a great book.

Belgium
  
Been there, done that. I don't really like this one either. I mean can you get anymore cliche when it comes to a vampire novel. Red blood dripping font, girl with red lipstick and fangs, we get it. Next!!!

Japan
   

I actually really like these. They are so adorable. They look like manga, and the color schemes for each of them rock!!!

For this round, I definately think the Original US covers takes the cake. Which one do you guys choose?


Monday, February 15, 2010

Review: Wondrous Strange by. Lesley Livingston

Title: Wondrous Strange                                      Author: Lesley Livingston
Age Range: 12+
Publication Date: December 2008
Pages: 336
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 9/10

Synopis from goodreads: 17 year-old Kelly Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what shethinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelly's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye. 

Review: I cannot believe I put off reading this book for this long. Wondrous Strange is a enchanting book giving a new, darker, dynamic, and completly action-packed view on the faerie vs. human genre. I could not and did not put this book down if not just to sleep (at about 3 am I might add). This book definately was kind to keep you up all night long, but trust me, you won't miss the sleep!!!

Kelley, an aspiring actress, has no idea her city and her central park which she spends most of her time rehersing her role as Titania, is a gate between her human world and the OtherWorld, where faeries roam free. Until she meets Sonny, and her world turns backwards and inside out. Kelley and Sonny are so cute together. Though their romance is a bit quick throughout the book, it is more than adorable and completely believable. And Kelly was so much fun. She has such a sweet demeanor, but don't be fooled, right below that is a mace-carrying fiesty kick ass chick!!! And we can't forget Sunny. The warrior prince like guy. So heroic, so self sacrificing, so swoon worthy...
 
Overally I loved this book so much. It was just so exciting. The beginning introduces the characters, but when you get towards the middle the great plot really kicks in. It is so completely orignial and so interesting, I couldn't stop thinking about it or trying to guess what was going to happen next. Of course I was wrong on all accords. There is a lot going on and yet the plot just builds into something bigger and better, not more confusing. I doubt you will be able to keep still while reading.

Why oh why did it have to end. But it did, and with a bang. Lesley Linvingston packs as much action as she possibly could in those last few unbelievable pages. I loved it and the minute I get my hands on 12 bucks Im geting the sequal!!!

I Recommend: I recommend this book to all lovers of paranormal, romance, faeries, and an incredible story!!!

Characters: 9/10 
Plot: 10/10
Originality: 10/10 
Entertainment: 10/10 
Ending: 10/10 
Writing Style: 9/10 
Cover: 8/10 
Total: 9/10
 

 


 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

In My Mailbox (9)

Big ups to The Story Siren for creating this meme and for Alea at Pop Culture Junkie for inspiring it!!!

 

For Review:

Won: from Dark Faerie Tales
Hush Hush by. Becca Fitzpatrick and Pretty Hardcover journal next to it. 

I am excited for every one of these, they all look amazing!!! What did you guys get in your mailboxes? 




Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stop The Presses: Cover Alert!!!

And for the moment we all have been waiting for. The Cover for Hunger Games Book Three.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games book 3)!!! 

 

This is the largest I could get it to fit within my postbar. Isn't it a beaty. It's a little different scheme than the last two, but still I love the name Mockingjay and the cover. I don't know about you but when I saw this cover I got so excited. Its like seeing the cover brings me that much closer to the actual book. What do you think of it???

Waiting On Wenesday (10)

Raised by Wolves by.  Jennifer Lynn Barnes 
Release Date: June 8th 2010 

PACK LIFE IS ABOUT ORDER, BUT BRYN IS ABOUT TO PUSH ALL THE LIMITS, WITH HAIR-RAISING RESULTS.

At the age of four, Bryn watched a rabid werewolf brutally murder her parents. Alone in the world, she was rescued and taken in by Callum, the alpha of his pack. Now fifteen, Bryn's been raised as a human among werewolves, adhering to pack rule (mostly). Little fazes her.

But the pack's been keeping a secret, and when Bryn goes exploring against Callum's orders, she finds Chase, a newly turned teen Were locked in a cage. Terrifying memories of the attack on her mom and dad come flooding back. Bryn needs answers, and she needs Chase to get them. Suddenly, all allegiances to the pack no longer matter. It's Bryn and Chase against the werewolf world, whatever the consequences.

An exciting new paranormal adventure, with a heroine who rivals Buffy theVampire Slayer, Raised By Wolves will leave you howling for more.

Wow!!! Move over vamps, werewolves are coming with a vengence. This book sounds incredible. Definately the action packed drama filled book I've been waiting for. And did you read that last line " A herorine who rivals Buffy" ... can it be true, say it ain't so!!! I'll have to read the book to find out!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Review: Captivate by. Carrie Jones

Title: Captivate                                                            Author: Carrie Jones
Age Range: 12+
Publication Date: January 5th 2010
Pages: 273
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 9/10


Synopsis from goodreads: Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his. 



Review: Captivate is a remarkable book, as a sequal to Need, I have to say the second surpassed the first,  leaving me even more excited about what else is comimg up in the series. Romantic, suspensful, and captivating (pun-intended), Captivate is a must read sequal that takes readers more into the faerie realm introduced in the first book and into the minds of new and old characters leaving you needing (another intended pun) more!!!

Zara, the spunky main character who has just recently lost her step-father, learned she is part faerie, and found out her real father is a faerie King that has been preying on little boys, is one of the many characters I fell back in love with after the months between reading Need and Captivate. In my opinion, Zara grew more as a character than anyone else in the book,  and that made me love the book so much more. From the naive girl in the first book (remember- the girl who runs towards the unnatural voice in the woods in the middle of the night calling her name), to an incredibly strong leading character who isn't afraid of taking risks and plunging into danger for the sake of those she loves. Watch out Rose (Vampire Academy) Zara's now in the running for my favorite leading character!!!

Nick, Issie, and Devyn also grow in this book. Issie is still the loveable best friend who would still do whatever it is to help her supernatural friends even if she isnt exactly sure what she is doing. I stilled loved Devyn, I jumped up and down when he finally got out of his wheelchair, but then sat immediately back down when I realized it wasn't Issie he was sharing this special moment with. I mean gosh, Devyn is the eptiome of how clueless guys really get. All through the book I was yelling at him "How can you do that to loveable Issie?". And Nick is still the overprotective "hero guy" he feels he needs to be throughout the book.

Where do I start with this plot? So much is going on. Escapes, new Kings, a developing love triangle, transformations, discoveries, and so many near death experiences, and the new King Astley is at the center of it all. To be honest, I really didn't like him at all. Not only because he threatened my beloved Nick's place in Zara's heart, but because he seems so fake. Everything he said seemed to be totally ingenuine, and just for the sake of getting on Zara's good side. It was annoying. Every chapter brings a new faerie tip, and shocking gasps making you want to change pages even faster!!!

The ending was the perfect setup for the next book. Though some might think it was just a way to guarantee readers buy the next book, I don't think of it like that at all. I am even more eager for the next book in this series than I was for the second, and I expect it to be just as great in every way!!!


I Recommend: I recommend this book to all lovers of paranormal romances, lovers of the first book, fae, love triangles, and a book that you will definately not be able to put down!!!


Characters: 9/10
Plot: 9/10
Originality: 9/10
Entertainment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Cover: 10/10
Total: 9/10




 

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