Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spring Blog Carnival

Welcome to my Spring Blog Carnival Giveaway!

I'm giving away:

All you have to do is be a follower, 13 or older, and fill out this FORM.

US only and it ends on May 8th at midnight.

Extra entries include:

Subscribing by e-mail and spreading the word.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

DARK DAYS of Supernatural - Summer Tour 2011

Awesome Covers!

If I Die by Rachel Vincent

No one wants to be this teacher’s pet . . .

Everyone else is talking about Eastlake High’s gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck, but Kaylee Cavanaugh has bigger things on her mind. Kaylee’s a banshee—her scream is a portent of death.

But the next scream might hit too close to home. Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline has almost run out.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself from her own problems, Kaylee is determined to defend her school against the latest supernatural threat. That hot new teacher is really an incubus, who feeds from the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s delinquent ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human either.

But Kaylee’s running out of time, and those who love her will do anything to save her life.


Soul Screamers: The last thing you hear before you die.

Twisted by Gena Showalter


Tortured by angry witches. Hypnotized by a vengeful faery. Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence. And, oh, yeah. Killed – twice.

His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over . . . changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker – just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?

Aren't these covers absolutely fantabulous?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bad Blogger

I'm so sorry that I've been MIA again! I probably will be gone for awhile due to a lot of homework and End-of-Course exams. Once again, I'm REALLY sorry and I should be back at the end of next week with a contest and some great reviews!

Make sure to enter my I'm Back Giveaway.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Soul Purpose

This has now been retitled Shattered Souls.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hades (Final?) Cover

Here's what I hope is the final cover for Hades by Alexandra Adornetto:

Isn't it gorgeous?! I'm so glad that the characters are in shadow like the first book. Also, that red is blistering!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I'm a Liar

So, apparently I've been lying to you all without realizing it. Instead of putting the ARC of Nightshade in my I'm Back Giveaway I put the ARC of Clockwork Angel in there. OOPS! So to make up for it, I'm offering up Nightshade now, along with Clockwork Angel, Wither, Evernight and Vampire Crush.

Be sure to check it out here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Haven Review

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.

But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.

Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first.

My Review:

This book initially caught my interest with the "psychic abilities" phenomenon and I thought that maybe this book would be a more modern version of Dark Visions by L.J. Smith. It was nothing like it.

The beginning of the story starts out with the overused boarding school and the girl-who-thinks-she's-a-freak-and-who-doesn't-know-what's-really-happening-to-her routine. Now don't get me wrong, sometimes this routine isn't bad, and here it isn't horrible either, it's just predictable. The new girl meets the bad boy and BOOM! an instant connection. I personally didn't feel like this connection was well connected.

Violet is a little clueless, but otherwise, she's a likable character. She's on the school fencing team which I really like about her character development because with all of these female characters in YA paranormal romance, they hardly ever participate in any after school activities. Aiden doesn't seem like the dark, tortured soul Ms. Cook tries to make him out to be, in fact he reminds me of Aiden from Being Human, who you sometimes just want to yell at and pull out your hair in frustration whenever you listen to him.

The plotline like the boarding school routine was predictable. I never felt like I didn't know what was coming. Also, when reading this book I found a strong resemblance to Twilight. Almost everything about it screamed Edward Cullen!

I know it sounds like I've been dissing this book tremendously, but it actually was a decent read. I encourage you to pick it up from your local library or borrow it from a friend, but I wouldn't waste your money buying it.


P.S. I don't think I've ever used this many references in a review before.

*I received a copy of this book to review from Simon Pulse. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Do you miss it?

I just realized something, about three and a half years ago I was blissfully oblivious. To what? you ask. The book blogging world. I used to be able to walk in a bookstore, browse around, and pick up a random book. Granted, that didn't always go in my favor, but it was kind of exciting. Now however, I know what's out, what I want, and if I should buy it.

So I just want to ask one question, Do you miss just being able to walk in a bookstore and grab a random book without knowing who the author actually is, or if it sounded swell on Goodreads?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I Think I Need a New Look

So, I stumbled upon this contest. And I really think I need this, but you should feel free to enter too. :)

If you need a new blog design GO ENTER!

The Owl Bookmark Blog

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Beautiful Dark

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Skye never questioned the story of her life. Her Aunt Jo adopted her after the death of her parents when she was just a child, and together they flip through memories the way some people flip through photo albums.

She never questioned if the stories were true. Until the night of her 17th birthday, when the arrival of two strangers intrudes on her cozy life. Polar opposites, like fire and ice, Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair, cold, and aloof. Skye has no idea what they want—only that their presence coincides with the beginning of some shockingly strange events. Events that Skye, if she dares to think it, might be responsible for causing.

High up in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado, Skye finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient battle, one that began untold millennia ago. Torn between unpredictable Asher, whom she loves, and the infuriating Devin, who she can’t stay away from, her fate is murky as a starless night. And as the secrets of her true identity are revealed, Skye realizes that her destiny may reside in the Heavens—or somewhere darker.

Doesn't this sound awesome?!?!?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

So excited to read this now! I was a little iffy about it for multiple reasons, but this trailer is HAWT!!!