Friday, December 31, 2010

Want it Badly!

Darkness Eternal by Gena Showalter
It includes Red Handed

She's been chosen to fight the elusive enemy among us....

Phoenix Germaine has been trying to earn back her mother's trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn -- the drug of choice for New Chicago teens. But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she's brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Hello, reform school.

Except, what her mother doesn't know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency, where she'll learn to fight dirty, track hard, and destroy the enemy. Her professional training will be rigorous and dangerous, and the fact that one of her instructors is Ryan Stone -- the drop-dead gorgeous, nineteen-year-old agent she met in the woods that night -- doesn't make things any easier. Especially when dating him is totally against the rules....
And Blacklisted

Alien hunting can get a girl killed. It can also get her a date.

High school senior Camille Robins and her best friend are determined to snag the attention of their crushes before graduation next month. Armed with red-hot outfits and killer hair, they sneak into the hottest nightclub in town -- which caters to the rich and famous, both human and alien. They end up following Erik (who is human) and Silver (who isn't) through a guarded door and are soon separated and under attack...and not the good kind.

Bad boy Erik spares Camille's life, but the two are soon being chased by gun-toting Alien Investigation and Removal agents. Camille's more confused than ever because Erik's finally showing real interest in her, but the agents are accusing him of dealing Onadyn -- a drug that ruins human lives. Suddenly, with the heat of his kiss lingering on her lips, Camille has to decide whose side she's on...and whether she's willing to put her life on the line to save Erik's.
I've already read them both, but having them in this awesome looking book will be sweet!

Release Date: April 2012


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Soul to Steal Trailer and Contest

My Soul to Steal Official Blurb:


YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?

Trying to work things out with
Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just
pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their
relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to
take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara,
the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft
them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she
survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to
death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

I DON'T THINK SO.

Rachel Vincent is giving away a signed set of the Soul Screamers series or the complete Shifters series if you post the trailer and blurb with a place of purchase for My Soul to Steal. Check it out here.

Now the release of My Soul to Steal is different for some book-sellers. It's actual release was supposed to be on January 1st, however it was released in some stores on December 21st and in others today, December 28th. So you'll have to figure out if your store has a copy on your own. (A small bookstore in my area had it, so I'm pretty sure your nearest chain bookstore will definitely have it.)

To purchase a copy from Barnes and Noble go here.

To purchase a copy from Borders go here.

To purchase a copy from Amazon go here.

To purchase a copy from the Book Depository go here.

Believe me, you will want to read this book! And check in for my upcoming review!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Red Moon Rising Review

Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore

Teen Wolf meets True Blood in this fun, boy-friendly story.

Being only half-vamp in a high school like Carpathia Night makes you a whole loser. But Danny Gray manages to escape the worst of the specists at his school. Thanks to the genetic treatments he had as an infant, most people assume Danny's other half is human. Which is a good thing.

Ever since the development of synthetic blood - SynHeme - vamps have become society’s elite, while wulves like his father work menial jobs and live in bad neighborhoods. Wulves are less than second class citizens; once a month they become inmates, forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.

For Danny, living with his vamp mother and going to a school with a nearly all-vamp student body, it’s best to pretend his wulf half doesn’t even exist. But lately Danny's been having some weird symptoms — fantastic night vision; a keener-than-usual sense of smell; and headaches, right around the full moon.

Even though it's tempting to live in denial, it's hard to ignore evidence. There's only a month until the next full moon, and Danny's time is running out.

Peter Moore speaks to adolescents in a voice that will have them laughing, set in a world that will get them thinking.
MY REVIEW:
(may contain spoilers)
Okay, so I have to admit that I've never seen Teen Wolf or True Blood so them meeting has no significant impact on my review. I do think however, that this book is very boy-friendly. So ladies if you are trying to get your boyfriend to like a good dose of blood-sucking vampires and hairy werewolves in their literature, then I recommend Red Moon Rising.
Danny is hilarious in his alternate vampire/human/werewulf universe! He can crack a joke faster than I can read it! But his dilemma just didn't stick with me. I couldn't sympathize with him. Why? You ask. Well, it's because in the beginning of the book he himself is a specists and I felt that he deserved what he turned into because of his unwillingness to accept that his father was a wulf.
And that brings me to his family. They were awful!!! They made me want to strangle each and every one of them! Their own father/husband was a wulf yet they hated the species just because of their genes. I don't understand how people can be so evil to other people.
The main force driving this novel however is the plot. It's slow at times and extremely fast at others. I liked it. The beginning wasn't a bunch of rubble that I had to make myself get through just so that I could figure out the ending.
If there isn't another book after Red Moon Rising I will be severly ticked because the wulves and their Civil Rights movement deserve a happy ending.
3/5
*I received this book for review from the book tour Different Area Codes Book Tour this in no way affected my opinion.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Author of ANGELFIRE Courtney Allison Moulton



I want this book! Please let me have it!
Courtney's Fear the Reaper contest is still going and this week she's giving away...


Nightshade
(signed)
*Sorry for disappearing. My internet was down.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain: Official Book Trailer + The First Chapter



Want more? Well hop on over to RT Book Reviews to read the FIRST CHAPTER of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blood of a Werewolf Review on Sara's Blog

Check out my friend Sara's review of Blood of a Werewolf. Here's some info in case you are unsure about checking it out...

Blood of a Werewolf by T. Lynne Tolles

Darby O'Rielly is not your typical girl next door. She and her sister are ancestral witches, but have never been taught the art of their craft in an attempt to have the girls 'fit in' to their tiny community. When a dark stranger and his brother enter her life, love blooms and havoc ensues. For these two handsome brothers aren't just good looking, they are 'born vampires' of royal blood and they have hunters hot on their trail. When a Van Helsing wanna-be arrives and threatens Devon and Blake's immortal lives, Darby unleashes a deadly magic in order to save them. As vengeance for killing his hunter, our villain kidnaps, Rowan, Darby's sister and injects her with werewolf blood. Darby, Devon and Blake take a redeye to Maine to try and save her. A search then ensues to find a werewolf named Dean who isn't exceptionally friendly or eager to help friends of vampires. Will Rowan survive her transformation or will the werewolf blood wreak havoc on her body and kill her. You'll find out when you read this action packed urban fantasy romance novel yourself.

P.S. This will be one of the books that I'll be giving away during the New Year's Reading Resolution!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Vampire Crush Review

Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson



First, six mysteriously pale new students show up at Sophie McGee’s high school. Then, Sophie’s childhood nemesis James reappears, still displaying a knack for making Sophie’s blood boil. When Sophie finds out that James has a connection to the new students, she decides to investigate...never expecting her life will quickly begin to resemble a campy horror movie, complete with budding crushes and bloodthirsty villains. (info. taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Spoilers May Lie Here

I'll start out with the main point, this book has humor! It's filled with sarcastic comments that will have you snorting for hours! Sophie is a refreshing main character in the world of Paranormal YA. (She reminds me a lot of Evie from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.) She doesn't take any crap from anybody!

James's character, while a little predictable, is still full of fun. Imagine if the boy next door in your neighborhood was a vampire? How fun would that be!?! James is somewhat elusive and protective. His character quickly rose to a very high YUMMY on my scale of male characters.

The ending to this book is also crazy! A good crazy. At first the plot seemed like it was following the same routine other books take, but the last few pages of the book definitely surprised me!

Some things I didn't like were the side characters, they just didn't have enough depth to make them realistic. Also, the same humor that made me like Sophie, also got a little annoying in a few sections of the book.

I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel to this book, but if there is I will more than likely be buying it.

3.5/5

*I received an ARC from A.M. Robinson, this did not alter my opinion of this book in any way.

Queen of the Dead Cover

Is this not fantabulously spectacular???
June is such a long time away!!!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm Waiting For YOU


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Released Date: May 31, 2011

Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?
*information obtained from Goodreads.
What do you think???

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Reaper Review

Reaper by Rachel Vincent
Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him--and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.
Suddenly Tod's future wasn't so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life... Death... or something Between....
An ebook exclusive Soul Screamers series novella.
My Review
(Spoilers May Lie Here):
I'll start with repeating the line above, this is an ebook only novella (aka it's not a full length book).
Tod is an extremely elusive character in the original Soul Screamers books, you never know what he's doing, why he's doing it, or how he got there. This novella answers SOME of those questions.
It portrayed Tod's sarcastic humor in a way that helped me not ball my eyeballs out when Tod dies. Instead of balling my eyeballs out I got a fresh dose of funny after every eye watering. And believe me your eyes WILL water when reading this book.
Tod acts as if he's not a good guy because of what he did, but I am 100% positive that he is and this just makes me want him and Kaylee (the main character in the Soul Screamers series) together even more!!!
I have to give this short story a 5/5 because of it's complete brilliance!

*All reviews are my opinion.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DARK DAYS of Supernatural Tour 2011



AAAAAHHHHH!!!!

Original Sin Cover


Okay, this is HAWT!
I think it's better than the first one. (I Love the BLUE!)
What do you guys think???

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Release Date: February 17, 2011

Natalie is Dr. Aphrodite, the love guru for her high school paper. But Natalie's relationship advice is totally bombing, especially when it comes to knowing what guys really think and want. When she tries to investigate, the guys in her class won't give her serious or straight answers.

The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boys boarding school in town. There "Nat" learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected—especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

Spoilers May Lie Here

My REVIEW:

I could use all of the cliches with this one, it's "a breath of fresh air," "a walk in the park," "smarter than the average bear," (just kidding on the last one) and they would all be true!

This book has it all! Humor, questions, answers, best friends, costumes, acting and more!
I loved it! This was another book that only took a few hours to read, that's how GREAT it is!

The questions that Natalie tries to get answered were at first very good questions. Every girl wants to know, "Why guys act the way that they act?"

But this book makes you realize that boys aren't a completely different species, they're just not like girls and in some ways, they're definitaley more simplistic. I have no idea where Ms. Gehrman got her information from, or if it just popped into her head, but that's not the point, the point is that what she wrote down actually allows girls and guys to understand each other.

Her sarcasm is wicked, her idea phenomenal, and it's an amazing read. If you've ever seen the movie, She's the Man with Amanda Bynes, this book will remind you of it in a lot of ways! After reading it I really wanted to watch the movie again!

There were some downsides to this book though, which were 1) the ending seemed kind of rushed and 2) I wasn't thrilled with the article.

*Just a note: For those of you who are of the young at heart, there are some language and scene instances that you might want to be wary of.*


Thanks to Jody Gehrman for sending me the ARC!!!
*All reviews are my opinion and my opinion only.
**Please excuse my formatting, this computer is driving me crazy!*

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bad Romance For High School Talent Show- Mr.S.H.S Salem MO



*This is one of my friends from my high school! She's the dark-haired back up dancer!*

Sunday, November 28, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge - I Signed Up! You Should Too!

The 2011 Debut Author Challenge is being
hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.
Basically what I'll do is read at least twelve YA/middle grade books written by 2011 debut authors over the year.
Here are the ones that I know I'm going to be reading:
January
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Vesper by Jeff Sampsen
February
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Haven by Kristi Cook
March
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
April
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
June
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
Can't wait!
*If you would like to sign up visit here for more information.*

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Troy High Review

Troy High by Shana Norris
Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High. Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten. The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But the stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its incendiary cast of mythic proportions.

My Review:

I loved this book! I'm a sucker for anything involving Greek mythology and this book was just too good to be true!

You start off with a character who is relatable to all teenage girls, Cassie Prince (a.k.a. Cassandra the Seer, princess of Troy), she feels left out, shy, awkward and frustrated (Okay so that's only some teenage girls, okay maybe it's just me!).

Cassie has a best friend, Greg or Agamenon, brother of Menelaus, commander in chief of the Greeks. Whenever a girl has a boy best friend you know what's bound to happen, a forbidden crush emerges. Take into that fact that he's the enemy and now you've got a doubly forbidden crush. And what girl hasn't had a crush on a boy that she knows she shouldn't? Hmm...

Then there's Cassie's brothers, Hunter/Hector and Perry/Paris, who were so thick-headed that it makes you want to strangle them! But what sibling doesn't want to kill, metaphorically speaking of course, their unfortunate blood relative?

There are fun moments. Moments that made you scream, "What in the world is wrong with these people!?!" and best of all were the moments that had you biting your nails because you just wanted to know what happens!

This book was sooo amazing that I finished it in less than four hours! I came home from school, checked the mailbox, opened the package from Ms. Norris and immediately went at it. I was finished by SEVEN!

If you haven't read this book yet, GO GET IT NOW!

It deserves 5/5 stars.

*All reviews are my opinion.


Beyond Words: 100 Follower Contest

Beyond Words is having a 100 Follower Contest! They are giving away all of this:

And more!
Intrigued right? Well just go here to enter!
First Place3 book pre-orders from the above
Second Place2 book pre-orders from the above
Third Place1 book pre-order from the above

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fallen Angel Series

I've recently discovered a new series that will be out soon. It's first book, Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell will be out December 28th.


Lookie:


Eternity will be out in July of 2011.

Aren't they pretty?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Angelfire Giveaway!

Courtney Allsion Moulton is having a major giveaway. For 3 months! Every week she's going to give away some of this:
Yay! More giveaways for the book nerds! (I'm a book nerd too, it's okay you can be yourself here.)
So here's the link. Get busy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Unearthly Will You Please Be Released Already!


Unearthly by Cynthia Hand



In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees. . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what it is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place--and out of place, at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make--between honesty and deciet, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?


I've been waiting for this book to come out for almost four months! (Yes, that is a long time. Don't give me that look! IT IS!)
What have you been waiting for???

Friday, November 12, 2010

Leah Clifford's -Thursday's Pride Isn't Sinful! It's ARCtastic!!

Did you watch this!?!

Because if you did you now know that if you post this somewhere and then comment on the real youtube video post with a boy name, you can win A TOUCH MORTAL!!!!!

So excited!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan


Firelight by Sophie Jordan

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda's rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can't resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she's risking not only her life but the draki's most closely guarded secret.

My Review:

Oh Firelight! What can I say about you? Hmm... Well let's start with the reason I didn't read this book when it first came out. I read a bad review. *GASP* Yes, that is the only reason that I did not read this book before now. That just goes to show that reviewers have completely different opinions sometimes.

Now to the actual review. This book started out with something most other young adult, paranormal romance does not. And that is... ACTION! We start with the soaring and flying, but then everything turns bad! *cue the spooky music*

Then we get to really MEET Will when something happens- that I'm not going to say because that will give away some major plot points- and I hearted him!

Jacinda was spunky yet quiet. She made bad choices and she made good ones. Her and Will made such an odd, albeit fun couple.


*I can't believe that I've just now read this!*

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wolfsbane Cover Revealed!

Isn't this gorgeous!?! It's the cover for Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer! This was totally different from what I expected. Especially since Nightshade had all of the purple glitter, but I LOVE it!
Tell me what you think. I'm dying to know!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winners!

I've just contacted the winners of my two giveaways!


  • One went to latishajean, who won the Beautiful Darkness ARC. Congratulations!


  • They have 72 hours to contact me or I will choose another winner.

Yay!!! I hope you enjoy your prizes and for those of you who didn't win, I also hope to have more giveaways soon, so check in often!




*P.S. The People have decided that it is in my best interest to read...





Firelight by Sophie Jordan!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Oracle Rebounds Review




The Oracle Rebounds (The Oracle of Dating #2) by Allison van Diepen

As the “oracle of dating,” Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She’s supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is “taking a step back,” Kayla feels like a total fraud.


So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she’s showing around town. But when controversy erupts about the Oracle’s advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her trueblue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again…

My Review (SPOILERS BE WARNED:
First off, I've got to thank Harlequin for letting me review this book via NetGalley and all of the other books I will soon be reviewing from them via NetGalley. I've also got to say that I was a bad book reader when I asked to review this book. I didn't check to see if this book was part of a series, OOPSIE.
However, from what I read, you don't have to read the first book, The Oracle of Dating, in order to understand this one.
The book starts out with a dramatic break-up scene that had me laughing yet empathizing at the same time, because after all, I am a teenage girl and being a teenager is my specialty.
Throughout the book Kayla tries to decide if she should "rebound" or not, which gets to be very snicker inducing due to her many failed attempts, all of which are not entirely her fault.
There is one issue that I relate VERY closely to and that is blogging. I have just started my blog, but I know how it feels to want to expand, fail at it, then succeed, and getting bad publicity is always a worry, along with a reader taking something out of context. Howevever I feel that Kayla handled her blogging crisis very maturely.
There were some issues I had with this book though, and one was the amount of understanding. It seemed to me that the characters all agreed all of the time and that irked me because no teenagers can agree that often. Also, I know that I haven't read the first book so that may be the reason why I don't completely comprehend Kayla, who has apparently only had limited dating experience, is creating a dating blog.
But all in all, this book gave me giggles, out right laughter, and at one point almost made me cry. It's definately a good relationship novel.
3/5 stars
*All opinions are my own and as I said in this post, I received this book via Netgalley

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My FIRST BLOGGING AWARD!!!
I'm so excited!
This is amazing!
It was awarded to me from the best blog ever: Book Noise.
The Versatile Blogger award has some rules which are:

1.Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass this on to 12 other great bloggers you recently discovered
4. Contact the selected bloggers and tell them about their awards
Seven Things About Me:
1. I have a dog named Oreo.
2. I am in a Book Club at my high school.
3. I'm obsessed with the book Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (even though I haven't read it yet...).
4. I have a 4.0 G.P.A.
5. I'm thinking about going to Mizzou for college.
6. My money counting ability under pressure is extremely bad. (I've been known to give people the wrong amount of change.)
7. I love Sonic!
Twelve Great Blogs (from the Spooktacular Giveaway):

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spooktacular Book Blog Giveaway

I have decided to participate in the Spooktacular Book Blog Giveaway Hop. I'm so excited to do this because this will be my second giveaway! YAY!



So here's the info:
The prize is The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (Hardback)


The Rules:

You have to fill out this form.

Comments are appreciated but they will not count.

Extra entries are provided in the form for following me on twitter as @WulfLuva93 and posting this giveaway on twitter, your blog, FB etc.

Sorry, but it's US only because I'm broke.

It ends October 31st at 11:59 P.M.
If you need to contact me about anything e-mail me at oreo_93(at)hotmail(dot)com

Have fun and good luck!


Here are the other participating blogs:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

This is the beautiful cover for Rachel Hawkins' second installment in the Hex Hall series, Demonglass.
I CANNOT wait until March 1st! I need this book now!

Tell me what you think about this gorgeous cover.





Thursday, October 21, 2010

Abandon by Meg Cabot

I've been anxiously awaiting this book for about 2 years now and here is the AMAZING book jacket.




And the description is on Meg's site. This is so awesome!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TEN Follower Giveaway!!!


Since I have reached the impossible (10 followers!) I am going to have a giveaway in hopes of getting ten more followers. So I'm going to give away my slightly used ARC copy of Beautiful Darkness. My very first GIVEAWAY!!! If I get more than twenty followers in one month, I'll add another book.

Rules to Enter:

You must be a follower so please provide your follower name in your comment along with your e-mail address so that I can contact you.

For extra entries:

Tweet/Facebook about this giveaway (leave a seperate comment with link + e-mail address)

Post this giveaway anywhere on your blog (leave a seperate comment with link + e-mail address)

Contest ends October 30th at 11:59 P.M.

Winners will be announced when I reach twenty followers or by October 31st!

Good luck!

*I forgot to add that it's not international which means US only, but the people who entered so far will still be counted.*

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Torment Review

Torment by Lauren Kate (the sequel to Fallen)

*Unfortunately my desktop isn't working and my laptop does not let me copy and paste texts into my posts, so if you would like to read the blurb you can just click here.*

*Also note that even though the trailer for this book has been out for awhile, I decided to put it on my blog yesterday in order to get things pumped up.*

My Review

Torment was significantly better in my opinion than the first book, Fallen.
Luce to me grew up a little, she realized that people were telling her what to do, but yet they would never give her answers as to why they were. To some readers it may seem that she's being stubborn but unlike her, we know that something is happening that requires Luce to lay low.

This novel had more adventure, answers, questions, romance and just a better air than the last one. I loved that Kate introduced Luce to a new, semi-normal love interest, and I adore all of the new characters she added along with the old ones she brought back. The shadows Luce kept seeing, a.k.a. the Announcers and their purpose was also really cool.

My only miff was the fact that Demon Boy was only in the book for maybe ten total pages! I love CAM! Daniel is nothing compared to that sexy, dark boy. When I was reading and I realized that there was very little Cam, I quickly grew disappointed.

So all in all I'd have to give this novel 4/5 stars just because Cam did a disappearing act.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Courtney Allison Moulton is giving away Angelfire plus more!



My favorite YA 2011 debut author Courtney Allison Moulton is giving away an ARC of Angelfire!


She's also giving away 3 other Prize Packs that include The Duff, Vampire Academy and Vampire Diaries and some fun Halloween toys.


I'm so excited! I want to win Angelfire more than anything else in the whole world (and no, I am not overexaggerating)!


The contest is over at Courtney's blog.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Review- Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me



Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

When KJ Carson is assigned to write a column for her school newspaper about the wolves in nearby Yellowstone National Park, she’s more interested in impressing Virgil Whitman, the new kid in school and the photographer assigned as her partner, than in investigative journalism. But before long, KJ has a face-to-face encounter with a wolf that changes her and the way she thinks about wolves. With her new found passion for protecting these controversial animals, KJ inadvertently ignites the fuse of the anti-wolf sentiment in the community. First Virgil is injured during a town parade, and then her father’s store is set on fire in retribution. To stop the escalating violence, KJ follows Virgil to the cattle ranch of the most outspoken anti-wolf activists in town, against her father’s will. What she discovers there threatens everything and everyone she cares about.
In KJ’s fierce and funny attempt to make peace between the wolves and the people that despise them, she must first face her own long-held fears. It’s terrifying, but then, finding yourself always is.


Taken from Kristen Chandler's site.
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To me this story was unexpected. I won it through a contest on Bree Despain's (the author of The Dark Divine and the sequel, to be released this December, The Lost Saint) blog. I just thought "Oh this will be a fun, young love story." Boy was I WRONG!

This novel goes deep into the heart of every animal-lover out there. The town that K.J. lives in seems so selfish at first, but throughtout the novel you begin to see the reasons behind the controversy, and although you may not agree with their methods, the people do have good reasons.

K.J. was and is that awkward, silent, wall-blending girl that most teenage girls can relate to. But by the middle of the novel you realize that her heart and drive is more dedicated than any hard-core environmentalist. She made me laugh, she nearly brought me to tears, and I adored her.
K.J.'s love interest with Virgil however was a little shakier to me. He was the person who introduced her to the "rebelling" lifestyle, but yet by the end of the novel he seems like he's trying to cover every point he's made, up. Don't get me wrong, it was a cute teen love story, but I didn't find it as riveting as others. And some people probably hated the ending to the book asking, "What? How could she do that?" but I thought it was a depiction of the real world and not some made up "Cinderella" story.

Overall this novel opened my eyes a little more and left me with a heartwarming feeling.


3.5/5 stars

Monday, September 27, 2010

Reading = Life


*This post was originally on my high school blog site from this morning.*


I have no idea what to write about so I'm going to talk about the issue of banning books since it's Banned Books Week. I'm sure everyone remembers when Harry Potter was (and in some places still is) considered evil. People decided that it should be banned from libraries. Books like Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Jungle and Speak are all being banned. Is that right? After all, the FIRST AMENDMENT gives anyone and everyone living in the United States the freedom of speech. Authors' works cannot and should not be banned because a group of literary challenged parents decided to get together and ban books that they haven't read or that they just don't understand.
To get rid of a book because it shows the injustice of slavery, or the cope-ing ability of a rape victim, or what life was like in factories before the health code, is just wrong. These books have opened eyes. They've given people a way to look back and say, "Hey, the world really has changed." If a parent does not want their child to read these life changing books, then they should monitor their own child's reading material, if they don't then they should just keep their mouths closed.
These books let the world move forward in a better light. Why can a group of, as I said before, literary challenged parents keep students from LEARNING???
The world becomes a horrible place when written words are swatted down as easily as flies.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Review- The Replacement



The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.


Description taken from Brenna's site.


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This book captivated me with its creatures that were so ugly they were beautiful. In the beginning there are so many questions, What is Mackie Doyle?, Why is the town the way it is? and Brenna keeps that suspense throughout the book even after some of the questions have been answered.

Her creatures creeped me out. Her world made me shudder. And her plot made me unable to stop.

Mackie Doyle starts out as an intriguing character. His odd behavior made you think that there was something severly wrong with this boy, and there was. His love interest, Tate, scared me almost as much as the beings underground. She's tough, smart, and not afraid to kick some butt in order to get some answers.

The only things that I didn't like about this book were the amount of sick times that Mackie has (you'll see what I mean when you read it), Mackie's inability to stand up for himself irked me but not enough to really make the book any less enjoyable, and Roswell (Mackie's best friend) and Mackie's relationship is a little weird, but that may just be because I'm a girl and I don't see many guys actually behave that way. Who knows, maybe boys really act like that?

Someone somewhere said that this book would make a perfect Tim Burton movie, and I agree with them wholeheartedly.

4/5 stars

Saturday, September 25, 2010

CRESCENDO Book Trailer (FallenArchangel)

HarperTeen Giveaway











The Undercover Book Lover is giving away HarperTeen Prize Packs that include my most anticipated book of 2011, Angelfire!!! AHHHHH!
Here's the link, I strongly encourage you to enter, just don't enter for the one that I want ;)








Friday, September 17, 2010

A Megalodon of a Giveaway


Wordbird is giving away A TON of books. The prizes include Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa plus $10 to Amazon.


I'm definately entering this giveaway because the books are AWESOME! (I'm sure you've noticed that I am using a lot of capital letters because it is that AMAZING!)


I am totally in love with this blog and I just want to run up and kiss the maker. (Hopefully that doesn't creep anybody out...)


The link is above and on my sidebar! Good luck!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Destiny

Beautiful Darkness Teaser #6

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Alpha - Shifters Book VI

This is the trailer for the sixth installment of the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent which releases on September 28th!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Review: Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway


Almost to Die For (A Vampire Princess of St. Paul Novel) by Tate Hallaway


Amazon blurb: Twilight meets The Princess Diaries in the new series from the author of Honeymoon of the Dead

On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker learns that her so-called deadbeat dad is actually a vampire king. And he wants Ana to assume her rightful position at his side, in spite of the fact that she has witch's blood running through her veins-from her mother's side. Too bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana's parents are at each other's throats over her future. It's up to Ana to make a choice, but deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

My Review:

I don't do reviews often, basically because I hate offending people if I didn't like their book, but I've decided to step out of my box and actually review something for a change.

The most important fact about Almost to Die For is that it's short! Only 256 pages! For some reason when I thought of this book I always thought of a 330-page, hardback book, however when I received it in the mail, after winning it from a blog competition, I found out the hard way. But I immediately started to read it.

The book starts off with a hilarious bully scene which surprised me greatly considering the bully isn't the typical mean-girl of the school, but the popular boy, that upped this books points immediately. The witches vs. vampires problem that Ana goes through is quite interesting, especially when one species runs around without a scrap of clothing. At some points the no-clothing thing does get a little creepy, but it's nothing to overreact about.

The plot is a twister and the ending was very surprising, especially with Elias, Ana's vampire bodyguard who is by far my favorite of her potential lovers.

Some things I did NOT like about this book was the relationship that Ana has with her father which seems too fast for someone who has just met their dad. Also, Nikolai, Ana's witch almost-boyfriend, is way too strange-rock-and-roller for my tastes.

All in all, I'd give this book:


Friday, September 3, 2010

Choice

Beautiful Darkness Teaser #5

Hope you like it!

The contest at The Beautiful Creatures blog isn't up yet, but I'm sure it will be soon but for now just go and check out the Caster Chronicles: Enter the Darkness site where the previouse five Teasers are shown.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Personal Demons September Contest



Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers is scheduled to arrive in a bookstore near you on September 14, so please go and buy it because it looks sooooo good.





Here's the info:



If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?Are you sure about that...?Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance. Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul. But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them.

Awesome, si? And even more awesome, is that Andrea Cremer, the author of Nightshade is a critique partner with Lisa. SWEET!

Anywho, there's a contest at Lisa's blog in order to win a signed copy of both her book, Personal Demons AND The Duff by Kody Keplinger.

Enter now or forever regret it!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is a book that EVERYONE should go out and buy in October, you can just pick it up while you're out there grabbing your Crescendo copy.

Here's the blurb from Andrea's website:

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.


Sounds good, right???

Well here's some even cooler news, one of Andrea's characters, a certain human boy named Shay, has his own Facebook and blog. YOU can get to know Shay in your own home before he even has a chance to show you what he's like in Nightshade.

There's also a contest going around on Andrea's blog to win a SIGNED ARC of Nightshade (whippee!!!) for spreading the word about Shay's sites. I'm entering, hope you do too, or not...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers Series

Rachel Vincent is an urban fantasy author best-known for her Shifters series, however since I haven't read them just yet (and believe me, they're on my to-be-read-soon list), I'm going to blog about her other young adult series, the Soul Screamers.

My Soul to Lose

An eBook novella exclusive prequel to Rachel Vincent's SOUL SCREAMERS series.

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....

This prequel definately grabbed my attention, but you don't have to read it in order to understand the first 3 books.
My Soul to Take is the first book in this mind-blowing series.


SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH KAYLEE CAVANAUGH

She doesn't see dead people, but...
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...



My Soul to Save is the second installment in the Soul Screamers series.

“If she were going to die, I’d already be screaming. I’m a banshee. That’s what we do.”

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand. Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk...

My Soul to Keep is number three in the series.
WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD
OFF...
Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.Demon’s breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.

My Soul to Steal is the fourth book and is scheduled to release on January 1, 2011.
YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?
Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.
I DON'T THINK SO.
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I'm eagerly awaiting My Soul to Steal and I can't wait for the fifth and last installment in this brilliant series, If I Die.
But in order to stem my excitement, I'm going to start reading Rachel's other series. Which is coming to an end with the sixth book Alpha to be officially released on October 1st.
You should seriously consider checking these books out!
All book blurbs provided by Rachel Vincent on her website at: http://rachelvincent.com/