Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

My Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a wonderful meme hosted at Broke and the Bookish! Today I am sharing with you my top ten Auto-buy authors!

  1. Ally Carter. She is light,  funny, and serious. Her books are a treat!
  2. Tamora Pierce.  Her books are wonderful, magical, and intriguing! My favorites are the song of the lioness series, Beka Cooper, and The Immortals.
  3. Rick Riordan. C'mon! How could he not be on my list?
  4. Jennifer L Armentrout. I am still amazed at Pure and Obsidian!
  5. Jessica Day George. I do love a good Fairytale. 
  6. Kasie West. I started reading a book by her tonight. And, wow.  I am pre ordering her next books with 99% certainty unless Pivot Point all the suddenly sucks. And I doubt that!
  7. Rachel Hawkins. I love the Hex Hall series! Sophie is awesomely funny and witty! Archer, Archer, Archer. swoon.
  9. Cynthia Hand. Uneartly. Cool Angels. Duh. 
  10. Cassandra Clare. She writes books that make you smile and laugh.
P.S I just ordered Just One Day. If I like it as much as I liked Forman's other books, she might make the list pretty soon!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: Beauty Queens

Goodreads Description: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

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What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

I enjoyed Beauty Queens, and am looking forward to reading more books by author Libba Bray! This book was funny and original, and kept me up late reading. I did have some little problems with it, as soon as I finished it, I wrote down my rating, which will be three or four bookcases. (Oh, today I wrote a rating guide in the Policies section of my blog, so check that out!)

The wonderful characters were probably the strongest part of the novel, along with the fun footnotes and extra features spattered within the book. All the beauty queens have a unique story and personality. My favorite was Adina, she is smart and sarcastic, and a little more sensible than some of the other girls. I also liked Tiara, she is really sweet, although lacking in the spelling department! And Petra is awesome to! She really makes you think about what it means to be a girl. (Will not say anymore as I am afraid of spoilers!)

Libba bray has a terrific, humorous, and sickeningly true view on life. She has "commercial breaks" in her writing, and they are close to our radio adds, magazines, and commercials. Our commercials say things that convince girls they need fixing: tanner skin, dye, weight loss pills etc. (Although not as glaringly obvious as in Brays examples, which makes her writing so funny)

Also, in the character interviews, you hear some hilarious stuff! And, in footnotes at the bottom if the page, she has promotions and fun tidbits. Things like the latest fake gossip going around about the popular band Boyz will B Boys, or the best shaving cream for a price of only 120 dollars!

The plot was the big thing I found lacking. A lot of the times I found myself skimming to the next conversation between the girls, and not paying attention to the action. This made the book a little less enjoyable. Also, the beginning felt rushed to the extreme.

Overall, I would recommend this book for people wanting to laugh and wonder about what our world has become for young girls. Have you read this book? My favorite characters was Adina. I also liked Petra. Who were your favorites? Leave your answer in the comments!

4/5 bookcases

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Revelations

Revelations: Renegade book 2

Release date- November 5th, 2013   

Isn't the cover beautiful? I haven't even read Renegade yet but I really need to, especially after seeing this new, spectacular cover!          

Here is the first book cover:      

And Goodreads Synopsis:

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. 

Her memories have been altered. 

Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. 

And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Born Wicked

Goodreads description:

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Born Wicked book was a disappointing reading. The novel was very slow moving and the main character didn't have the spunk I desired. I have almost zero desire to read the next book. All of those variables equate to a very not impressive read.

I felt zero connection to the characters. The only one I even remotely liked was Finn. He was witty, and overall a great character. I found Paul, Cate's best friend/suitor annoying, I found Cate annoying, I found, basically, the whole town either annoying, boring, or very forgettable and like other characters I've read. Although, now that i think about it, I did like Finn's mother, although I forgot her name so... yeah...

The plot felt almost non existent to me. I won't tell you much in fear of spoiling it, but in truth there is little to spoil. Especially since the grain of plot in Born Wicked is pretty predictable.

The author tries to end on a cliff hanger that will make you buy the next one. It didn't work on me. A cliff hanger only works if you, ya' know, actually care what happens to the characters.

The only thing positive praise you will get from me about this book is the pretty cover(s). Actually, the writing is promising. Just next time the author needs to use her amazing writing skills to create a better plot and interesting characters. That is all. It is a pretty short review, but you get the gist. I do not recommend this book unless you don't mind slower paced books.

Although, now that I am going through the reviews on Goodreads, I see that it is quite popular. Hmm. So maybe you will enjoy it, but I didn't. Sorry! Maybe I just like action too much, or my expectations were to high *sigh*

2.5/5 bookcases

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Tour: The Lost Immortals

      Hi! Today I am going to review When Coper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh. 

Goodreads description:  It has been fifty-five years since the angels of the Apocalyptic War attempted to wipe out humanity. Now a new nation has been built where alchemy is forbidden, and angels fear for their lives as they hide among the mortals. 

The city’s leaders share one view on the ancestors of angels: shoot first, no questions. 

When her twin brother falls into a strange coma, sixteen-year-old Chela Prizeon vows to discover her role among these exiles, the royal angels known as the Lost Immortals. 

Chela’s only hope lies with the mysterious, but infuriating leader of a rebel group. But can she trust this boy, someone who can control her dreams and her heart. 

Escape into a world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and forbidden romance.

This book is the absolute perfect fantasy read. It is imaginative, deep, funny, exciting, and provides a dark, dangerous world that all book lovers crave. Plus, the cover is Gorgeous with a capitol G.

The characters are entertaining and I felt strongly about each one (hated, loved, wanted to slap, wanted to kiss etc!) I especially loved Chela and her strong personality and hilarious comments. Who doesn't love a good female lead character? 

My favorite thing about this book is the world Leigh created. It is absolutely shattering. It feels bright and dark, magical and gritty. All the different groups (Caduceans, Tainteds, and many more) and characters are genius and fit right into the world. 

All though there are so many names, groups, and complex ideas that you might need to go back and refresh your memory sometimes. But, I think that is one thing that makes this such a good story. You can read it again, and again, and again, and still find something new, a little creative detail or intricate plot, each time. I think this is a book you will appreciate more each time you read it. (My third grade teacher used to say thats how you told a great, well though out novel to an okay one.)

All in all, I really recommend you read this when you want to be breath taken by fun characters (Chela and Faris!), an amazing world and plot, and just to enjoy reading a wonderful fantasy. 

Favorite Quotes:
(I couldn't resist. This book had so many hilarious quotes and views from Chela!) 

"She wanted every detail down to the color of underwear I wore that day. All right, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit"

""Hm. Two people, same location, one lives here, the other uninvited. Sounds like a stalker situation to me," I said"

Yeah, this book made me laugh!

Now, for the giveaway! There will be two winners, one international, and one domestic!

1) Signed copies of Dark Seraphine and Lost Immortals Book One! (Domestic winner only)

2) Ebook Copies of Dark Seraphine, Lost Immortals, Silver Moons, and Morbid Seraphic to both the Domestic & International winners.

3) $15.00 gift card for each winner

4) Surprise gifts for the blogger(s) who has the winning entry.

5) Digital music from the Glitch Mob 

Domestic Entries:
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International Entries:

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Scrutinizing Some Series #1

Well, I have been reading/watching youtube videos about blogging and found out that you don't always have to post a review, meme, etc. ( I already knew this but it just convinced me to think more outside the box) I can post about whatever strikes my fancy.

Lately, I have been finishing up or continuing a lot of interesting series. And I kind of just wanted to get my thoughts out there!

Today I finished Feedback by Robison Wells, and really enjoyed it, although I did enjoy the first book, Variant, more. But, with all the amazingly crazy twists in Variant, I knew right going into Feedback that the 1st book would be hard to beat!

Here is my list of what makes this series outstanding, in order:

1. The unpredictability. This is the #1 thing that makes this stand out
from the crowd!
You are thrown aboard blind, and continue through the series guessing and gasping.

2. The characters. You are trapped, you are left to fend for yourself. Imagine that. Wells does a terrific job of bringing the characters to life. You see what the cruelty and hopelessness has done to each.

3. The fast pace. You will not be bored! I promise!

It has been a long time since I have read such a original, jaw dropping, mind twisting series! I highly recommend Variant!

The 2nd book leaves room for a third, but concludes everything nicely! I really, really, really hope we have another book coming though! Have you read this series? What did you think?

Find Variant here on Goodreads

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Pure

              Add Pure on Goodreads                                  (This is book two of the Covenant series)

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

Previously I said my review for Pure was forthcoming! So here it is!

Well, I am officially a Jennifer L Armentrout fan! Her books are have stunned me every time. First with Half Blood, then with Obsidian, and now Pure. One reason her books are so good is that they provoke emotion, another is that she draws her fantasy so well into the book that it seems like reality.

In this book, you see how Alex has grown since the beginning of half blood, she is still headstrong (one of her charms) but you get to see the passionate side of her, and you can tell she is grown. I liked that, a lot actually.

This a a book you should not read in public, I myself nearly learned this the hard way! There are so many points where you just want to burst out laughing. Thankfully, I was able to control myself in public. I probably did have an idiotic grin in my face most of the time though!

I think Aiden and Seth need this paragraph to themselves. Or at least two sentences. Aiden= Caring, swooning, sometimes you want to throw this book at him. Seth= Makes me laugh, also worthy of having an even heavier book thrown at him! I must confess, I am Team Aiden. I would talk about him some more, but no spoilers!

I loved the magic aspect of this book! Or should I say mythological? It is written well, and had me holding my breath for what happens next. (Aren't the furies awesome?)

Pure is like a really fast roller coaster. You go up, down, are spun around, you laugh, you cry, you scream. And it is over entirely too soon! If there more more series like this, I would be broke. Once you read this, you will need the next book immediately!

5/5 bookcases
I have been reading so many good books lately!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review: Obsidian

Goodreads description: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is

Okay, I am probably like the last person on earth to read t
his book. (Maybe I am exaggerating a bit, only a tiny, tiny bit though.)  But this book was, like, the book, ( if you didn't know this yet you and I should be buddies! I had no idea either for a long time!) a year or so ago according to a lot of blogs and people! I hadn't really given it much thought until a month ago when I started seeing the raving reviews.

Well... I read it and... Wow... seriously Jennifer L Armentrout, you are absolutely amazing! I have read Halfblood by JLA, and really liked it, but Obsidian soared sooooo high! (Although I just finished reading Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout and now Obsidian has a worthy rival! My review for Pure is forthcoming...)  Anyway, this book was out-of-this-world! I especially reccomend it to book bloggers because we can all relate to the main character, who is also a book blogger! JLA does know her audience!

The first step to creating a good book is to create characters that provoke emotions. Er, I think the author scored like a 10000 out of 10 on that one! I know that isn't supposed to be possible since it is out of 10, but the characters were so awesome! From bookish Katy, Sweet Dee, dislikable Ash, to Daemon, who can make me want to burst out laughing, blush, or hit him with a large, very heavy, frying pan (and hopefully send him to the hospital)!

Oh. I am doing a post. Sorry, just to let you know I have been sitting in front of my halfway done post, with Obsidian in my hand, rereading it when I should be finishing this post. This would be a good spot to mention it is dangerously addictive! Yeah, don't start it at night or say goodbye to your chance of sleep!

The whole Alien theme is really awesome! The topic is not awkward at all, JLA explains the aliens beautifully and so well you stop thinking of them as fiction! Aliens just flow right into the story with no bumps or breaks, like they belong!

Also, this is one book that will have you laughing, a lot! One of many favorite quotes:

“Swimming was the last thing I wanted to do. Drowning him? Maybe.”

To wrap this up, I recommend you read this like, maybe, right now! I also highly recommend the author! Oh, and, thank the heavens, this is a series!

5/5 bookcases

Find Obsidian here on goodreads
Have you read this book yet? If you have tell who was your favorite character in the comments! Mine was Katy, because she loves books like me!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

This is my first Feature and Follow! So far I am really liking the way it works! It is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can read!

Here are the rules:

1. (Required) Follow the hosts {Parajunkee and Alison Can Read} and Featured Bloggers.
2. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing on either of the host's blogs.
3. Follow as many as you want.
4. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love!

 The question for today is... What is the first thing you would do if you woke up in your favorite book?

Well, I would wake up to find myself in the Hogwarts dormitory, and then I would scurry to the library, badger all the professors with questions, and proceed to have a great big breakfast at the great hall!

Or, If I didn't wake up in a Harry Potter book, I would awaken in Gallagher Academy, and rush to my first spy class!

I will make sure to follow back if you comment and follow,  and check out all your #FF posts!