Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Mini-Review for Elemental Reality

Author: Cesya Marae Cuono
Series: Elemental #1
Source: Publisher
Rating: 1/5
Review:
I'm going to make this a really short review.  I didn't make it past 20 pages of this book and I'm writing this to tell you why.  I mean no offense to Cesya Cuono, so please don't take this review the wrong way.  It is my thoughts only and are not meant personally.

I didn't like this book.  I think all the events were too sudden and there wasn't any build to the story.  After 20 pages the main character had already met and formed relationships with two different guys, making a love triangle.  In my opinion, this kind of thing should take time.  The writing wasn't perfect either, though I did laugh a lot.  I put it down because I didn't see any potenial at all and I just couldn't finish.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Giveaway: Elemental Reality

Hello fellow book fanatics!  I've decided to have another giveaway today!!  I'm going to give away ONE PAPERBACK copy of Elemental Reality, by Cesya MaRae Cuono.  And, as an extra bonus, it's SIGNED.  Please make sure you read all the rules carefully and if you have any questions or comments, don't be shy, comment below. :)




MAKE SURE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING RULES VERY CAREFULLY!!

The Rules:
  1. There will be one winner. 
  2. Giveaway ends on March 15, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.
  3. Must be a GFC follower
  4. Must be 13 or older.
  5. US resident.  If you're not, no entry (sorry).
  6. The winner WILL have to pay for shipping via PayPal.
  7. Fill out the form.


Review: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5/5

Summery:
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


Review:
Oh my God.  Oh my God.  I love this book.  When I started it I didn't think I would like it because Tahereh Mafi had this weird way of writing that I wasn't used to, but wow.  I loved it.  This review is going to be really short because this book is so good.

The story line was amazing.  The writing was amazing.  The idea was amazing.  I mean, how did Mafi even think of this?  It's amazing.  And by half-way finished I had finally gotten used to Mafi's writing and actually really enjoyed it because it got the point across better.  I really don't know how to explain it, but it just really, really worked.  I loved the action, I loved the humor, I loved everything.

I LOVE ADAM.  And I'm serious.  I TOTALLY AM IN LOVE WITH ADAM.  He sounds so cute and caring and just the most perfect guy you could think of.  Why, oh why, can't he be real?
I also really liked Juliette.  She was strong, kick-ass, and really got on Warner's nerves, which I loved.
Speaking of Warner, I HATE HIM.  HATE, HATE, HATE HIM.  He is the most evil person I have read about in a long time and I really, really wish Juliette had killed him.
One of the most funny characters I've read in a while is Kenji.  Gosh, this dude is just so funny.  He's so full of himself and gosh, just the comments he makes, they crack me up.

All in all, hands down the best book I've read this year, and probably the best I'll read all year.  Mafi is amazing.

Review: Bloodrose

Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #3
Pages: 406
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5/5

Summery:
Calla has always welcomed war.

But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamanble horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.


Review:
I'm kind of sad this is the last book in the Nightshade series because I actually really enjoyed it.  But I'm also glad I finished it because I got to read Wolfsbane (which I loved) and this book, so it's kind of bitter-sweet.

I have to admit, this book has one of the best story lines I've seen in a while.  There were twist and turns, things I didn't even see coming, and the ending was great.  But it was also really sad (I won't tell).  It had great writing, great action, and another thing I loved about it was the love-triangle.  I know, I know I always say I hate love triangles, but sometimes the book really needs it to make it exciting, and I feel like the love-triangle was perfect for this book.  But what I really liked, and I think Andrea Cremer is a genius for doing this, is Calla putting a hold on both her relationships with Ren and Shay.  It really kept you captivated because she kind of went from one boy to the other, sneaking a private moment, and I LOVED it.

Coming into this book I was totally Team Ren.  I hated Shay because he was so possessive and he just wasn't as sexy as Ren.  But as I read I started liking Shay more and more, until they were about even.  Ren is so sexy and caring, and he really, really loves Calla.  With Shay, I didn't really get those vibes.  But I'm so sad the love-triangle ended like it did (let's just say there wasn't a third person to make it a triangle).

Although I wasn't a huge fan of Nightshade, and Wolfsbane was better, I think that Bloodrose is the best of the series.  And I'm so glad I own it so I can go back and read it again and again whenever I want.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#20): Hidden


This is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlites upcoming new releases that we're highly anticipating.


This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Hidden, by Sophie Jordan

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: (#16)



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.
Anyone can do it.  You just have to do is:
 (1): Grab your current read.
(2): Open it to a random page.
(3): Share 1 or 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! 
(4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

Bloodrose, by Andrea Cremer

#1: "I could hear the Searchers shouting, but I couldn't make out their words over the roar of water pouring into the cavern.  Scrambling to my feet, I started to run toward their voices.  My paws were splashing through ankle-deep water.  It should have been impossible.  Water coming through that tiny cleft in the rock we'de had to worm through couldn't be this foreful.  But somehow it was.  Water that had been at my knees was already at my waist and rising, forcing me to swim.  The cave shuddered again.  Slabs of stone dropped from the ceiling."

#2: "Not jelous of his power, but of that stirring quality in his words.  He was finding himself, his true self.  Last night, I'd believed Shay when he said he wanted to stay at my side.  That he would be my mate.  Watching him now, the distance between us felt immense-he no longer seemed like a Guardian.  He was only the Scion.  What did that mean for me?"


What's your teaser this Tuesday?? :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: Hidden

Hidden
by Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Number of pages: -----
Format: Hardcover

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.


Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!!  When I first saw that the cover was being released I nearly screamed I wa so excited.  It isn't as good as the other two, but it's still pretty pretty. :P

What do you think of this cover?? :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

ARC Review + Giveaway: Rivals

Author: Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur
Series: The Ivy #3
Pages: 365
Format: ARC
Source: Greenwillow
Rating: 2.5/5

Summery:
Decisions, decisions . . .

You’ve survived your first semester and captured the interest of not one but two of the hottest guys on campus.

Now who are you going to choose?

Callie Andrews returns for her second semester at Harvard determined to do better than the previous fall, where those Bs on her report card seemed pretty good compared to the state of her extracurriculars (F, as in if at first you don’t succeed, you should probably stop trying), friendships (C-minus, since she and former BFF Vanessa are still on thin ice), and love life (D, as in don’t even go there). But various campus rivalries soon threaten to thwart Callie’s resolve. Will Callie ever be a match for—

Grace Lee
the take-no-prisoners managing editor

Alessandra
the gorgeous transfer student

Clint
the guy who might just be too perfect

and Gregory
the guy who may never be perfect enough.

Callie will face some of the toughest choices imaginable: in friendships, in loyalties, and in love. The pressure to pick a side—and a suitor—has never been higher. But will she and her friends choose well?


Review:
I will admit, I don't like books like this.  I didn't even ask for an ARC of it, Greenwillow just sent me one (THANKS!!).  I haven't read the first two books, I didn't understand what was going on.  I didn't like it enough to give it 3 stars, I was going to give it 2, but then I read the ending.  And you know what I always say about the endings. :)

It was a good idea, don't get me wrong.  But I just didn't like it.  It's totally no one's fault but mine because I just don't like these kinds of books in general.  The plot was good, the idea was good, it had a lot of things going on and a complex plot (which Kunze and Onur still made understandable, and I totally give them credit for that), but the writing was okay.  Again, I just don't like these kinds of books.  It's no one's fault but mine.  I did laugh at a couple things and there were parts that I thought were really imaginative and funny.  The handcuffs I though were a really good idea (I won't tell you any more, you have to read the book :P).

A strong female character is always crucial for me, and I don't feel like Callie fits that description.  I can totally understand her being with Clint, but the things she did before that, I just don't understand, and I don't think a REAL strong female would have done them.
In the beginning, I adored Clint.  He was totally swoon-worthy.  Then came the end.  And let's just say, I hate him now. (Read the book :P)
Gregory was okay for me, not especially hot or swoon-worthy.
I really, really liked Mimi and Vanessa, though.  They were funny, strong, and, to be honest, I liked them more than I liked Callie.

All in all, not my favorite book, but I'm sure that if I liked chic-lit I would love this book.

Huge thanks to Greenwillow for sending me an ARC of this book when I didn't even ask for it. :)

And another huge thanks to Isabella on Goodreads for telling me what the rest of the series was about because, to be honest, I didn't have a clue what was going on.  Thanks dalin' :P
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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!! :)

Today I'm going to giveaway ONE ARC COPY of Rivals, by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur.  I have read the edition I am giving away and it is in perfect condition.  Please read all the rules below very carefully.  Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review, and I hope you enter my giveaway.  Feel free to comment below!! :)

Rivals, by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur

MAKE SURE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING RULES VERY CAREFULLY!!

The Rules:
  1. There will be one winner. 
  2. Giveaway ends on February 29, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.
  3. Must be a GFC follower
  4. Must be 13 or older.
  5. US resident.  If you're not, no entry (sorry).
  6. The winner WILL have to pay for shipping via PayPal.
  7. Fill out the form.




THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING MY REVIEW AND ENTERING!!  FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW, TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!! :):):)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#19): Grave Mercy


This is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlites upcoming new releases that we're highly anticipating.


This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Release Date: April 2, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In My Mailbox: (#10)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we spotlight the books that we've received for review, swapped, or purchased that week.



FOR REVIEW:
Elemental Reality, by Cesya MaRae Cuono
Veiled, by S.B. Niccum
(Huge thanks to Cesya Cuono and S.B. Niccum for providing me with these copies for review)





BORROWED:
North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley
The Iron Witch, by Karen Mahoney
Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi
Fracture, by Megan Miranda

Every week it feels like Christmas or my birthday has come because I get all these amazing books and I'm just so excited.  Fracture I'm most excited about. It's actually a funny story because I was going to give my library a wishlist of books I wanted them to get via my mom and she said that they had Fracture so she called me and I was like "OH MY GOD GET IT GET IT GET IT!!!"   I was going nuts.  And it had literally just gotten there so I'm going to be the first person to read it. :P

What did you get in your mailbox? :)

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Passion

Hi everyone!!  Happy Valentine's Day!!  I hope you all got valentine's from the people you wanted!!  I love new love,  I love love in general, so, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'm going to be giving away ONE HARDCOVER copy of Passion, by Lauren Kate.

Passion, by Lauren Kate

MAKE SURE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING RULES VERY CAREFULLY!!

The Rules:
  1. There will be one winner. 
  2. Giveaway ends on February 25, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.
  3. Must be a GFC follower
  4. Must be 13 or older.
  5. US resident.  If you're not, no entry (sorry).
  6. The winner WILL have to pay for shipping via PayPal.
  7. Fill out the form.




THANKS SO MUCH FOR ENTERING!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

ARC Review: Where it Began

Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Pages: 369
Format: ARC
Source: Simon Pulse (Thanks Ann)
Rating: 3.8/5

Summery:
Sometimes the end is just the beginning.

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. but when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there.
And Billy's nowhere to be found.
All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way.
It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes.
Especially if it means everything changes.


Review:
I've always believed that the ending of a book is the deciding factor as to whether it's a meh book or a good book.  This book was gearing up to be a meh book, but then ther was the ending.  And it completely changed my mind.

This was a good idea from the start, and while the writing wasn't the best I've ever seen, it was still a pretty good book.  It had a really, really good story line and the staging was amazing.  And the ending.  Wow.  Don't even get me started.  It has got to be the best ending ever.  And I've read a lot of books with really good endings.  But it wouldn't have been that great it Stampler hadn't staged it in the very beginning of the book, and you have to give her full credit for that.

In most of the books I've read, I usually like the moms.  In this one, I have to completely opposite feeling.  I hated Lexi's mom.  All she cared about was Lexi looking good and being popular.  Even when she was in the freaking hospital her mom wasn't worried about her, she was worried about people seeing her.  And while I will admit that Lexi did screw up pretty bad, she still deserves better than that.
Even with her obvious issues, I still really like Lexi.  She screwed up, and now she's trying to fix it, and I really respect her for that.
Now, if you have a severe aversion to hate, you might not want to read this next part.  Because I hate Billy more than I have hated anything in this world.  He is the perfect example of a boy you want to stay away from. He is the meanest, most controlling, self-centered *********** **** ********** **** I've ever seen (I didn't actually swear, I just held down the key randomly :P)

All in all, a pretty good YA debut.  This book really produced feelings I haven't felt in a while, pretty much the negative kind, because there are some characters in here I don't like at all.

Huge thanks to Ann Stampler for sticking with me when I was bugging her for an ARC of this book.  I really appreciate it and thanks so much. :):):)

Giveaway: Carrier of the Mark

Hi everyone :)  Well, I'm sure you all know that this is my first ever giveaway and I'm SO EXCITED!!  I hope you all like the book I'm choosing to give away. :)  But first, rules :p

The Rules:
  1. There will be one winner. 
  2. Giveaway ends on February 25, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.
  3. Must be a GFC follower
  4. Must be 13 or older.
  5. US resident.  If you're not, no entry (sorry).
  6. The winner WILL have to pay for shipping via PayPal.
  7. Fill out the form.
The Prize:
One person is going to win a copy of...wait for it...:p


Carrier of the Mark, by Leigh Fallon


To enter just fill out the form below!!:



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#18): Chosen Ones


This is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlites upcoming new releases that we're highly anticipating.


This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Chosen Ones, by Tiffany Truitt

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Release Date:April 10, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: Ripple

Author: Mandy Hubbard
Pages: 260
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5/5

Summery:
Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn't, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love-again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.
Then Lexi finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she's opening up again, falling in love with someone new when she knows she shouldn't. But when she's offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free or her curse is giving him up.


Review:
I knew I was going to love this book after I read the summery.  I knew it was going to be amazing and the story line would be captivating.  And I was totally right. :p

I love this book.  Everything just works together perfectly: friends, boyfriends, her being a siren.  The story line was amazing, the writing was amazing, and the ending was amazing.  Hubbard wrote it like there was no way Lexi could break the curse and still keep Cole, but somehow she managed (I'm not going to tell how so don't ask :p).  It was a great idea from the beginning, and it was just perfect, well rounded book.

I love, love, love, love, love, love, love Cole.  He is the perfect boyfriend.  I adore him. *swoon*.  Totally, totally, totally swoon-worthy.  He's just so nice and caring and he really, really loves Lexi.
I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Erik.  Words cannot describe how much I hate him.  The little slime-ball. ************ ***** * **** ***.  That's what I think of you.
I also really, really liked Sienna, and I'm so sad that things didn't work out between her and Lexi because I really, really wanted it to.

All in all, the best siren book I've ever read.  (Ok, so it's the only siren book I've read, but...still good. :P)

Teaser Tuesday: (#15)



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.
Anyone can do it.  You just have to do is:
 (1): Grab your current read.
(2): Open it to a random page.
(3): Share 1 or 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! 
(4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

Ripple, by Mandy Hubbard

#1: "Before I understand what I'm doing, I'm backing up, sliding my clothes off the branch behind me and retreating into the shadows.  He pulls his knees underneath him and kneels, still coughing, one hand gripping his stomach, the other sinking into the rocky, muddy shore."

#2: "My emotions rage, back and forth and up and down.  Sadness for losing Steven.  Happiness for sharing a conversation like this with Sienna.  Despair for knowing she'll never know why he really died.  Optimism about the idea that our friendship could be repaired.  Fear for what could happen if we really do become friends again, and I lose her.  I can't do it twice."

What's your teaser this Tuesday?

Monday, February 6, 2012

In My Mailbox: (#9)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we spotlight the books that we've received for review, swapped, or purchased that week.


FOR REVIEW:
First Comes Love, by Katie Kacvinsky
Embrace, by Jessica Shirvington
Where it Began, by Ann Redisch Stampler
Dragonswood, by Janet Lee Carey
(Wow.  Look at all these great books!!  I'm so lucky!!  Huge thanks to Kate Kacvinsky for passing on my request for First Comes Love. Thanks for Embrace, Jessica Shirvington.  And thanks for Dragonswood, Janet Carey.  And, last but not least, thanks to Ann Stampler for sticking with me when I continuously bugged her.)


GIFTED:
Wings of the Wicked, by Courtney Allison Moulton

Wow, look at all these great books.  I'm so lucky to have all of them.  What did you guys get in your mailbox?

Review: A Demon Made Me Do It

Author: Penelope King
Series: Demonblood #1
Pages: 284
Format: Paperback
Source: Penelope King (Thanks so much!!)
Rating: 3.5/5

Summery:
Some girls share clothes, a bathroom, or a bedroom. Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has to share, too. Only she shares her body--with a demon.

Liora just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people away crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron, and he lights her world on fire. She can’t let him know she transforms into a demon named "Lucky" at nightfall—a demon with an entirely separate personality who passes out Torment, Justice, and Revenge like Halloween candy.

Turns out Kieron is the one who should be afraid once Lucky discovers his true identity and motivations. Liora wants to love him, but Lucky thinks he’s public enemy number one. And having a demon with a vendetta show up during a romantic date puts a serious crimp in any relationship.

Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one that fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers is quite another.

Being bad has never been so good...


Review:
I don't usually go for demon/possession books, plus the semi-love-triangle thing going on, but I actually really enjoyed this one.

First off, it was a great idea.  You don't see books like these every day, and I really liked the different spin Penelope King put on the story line.  The writing was good, the story line was good, it was a solid book.  And I really liked that Penelope King mixed it up.  Like I said before, there was a semi love-triangle going on, but it wasn't the usual love triangle.  In the usual ones, it's two guys fighting over a girl.  In this one, it's two girls kind of fighting over a guy.

I really, really liked this cast of characters.  Lucky was kick-ass, Kieron was kind of hot, kind of creepy and two timing, and Liora was really, really nice.  I also really like Bones, and I hope Lucky ends up with him.

All in all, a pretty good book.  And I apologize for the short review, I'm feeling lazy today. :p

Huge thanks to Penelope King for sending me this book, plus the next one, Fire with Fire. :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#17): My Life in Black and White


This is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlites upcoming new releases that we're highly anticipating.


This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

My Life in Black and White, by Natasha Friend

Lexi has always been beautiful, but her beauty is taken from her when she goes face-first through a car windshield. Now Lexi has to dig deep to figure out how to define herself. Help on her journey of self-discovery comes from unexpected sources: Ruth, Lexi’s sister, “the smart one” to Lexi’s “the pretty one,” with whom Lexi has never been close; and Theo, a classmate who is still recovering from his sister’s recent death from anorexia.


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