Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Awaken by Meg Cabot

 From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark re-imagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

My Review:

I can't believe that this is it. There will be no more Pierce and John and no more eye-popping gorgeous covers. WAH! 

 Now that that embarrassing tiny tirade is over, let's move on to the actual contents of the book.

The first thing that I loved about this book was the interaction between John and Pierce. Unlike the last two books where I felt like the two weren't really as in love and hunky-dory as they thought they were, in this book they actually come across more as a teenage couple with issues who actually love one another.  Yes, there were some incredibly cheesy moments involving hope (not Pierce's pet dove, I'll get to that later) and storms and sunshine, but it reminded of how cheesy first loves always seem to be...

Now, on to the dove. Hope is Pierce's pet dove and unfortunately hope (the act, not the dove) is mentioned A LOT throughout this book so there's constantly this paragraph of dialogue between characters telling Pierce that no, they are not talking about her dove. It just got a little annoying to me and made me compare Pierce to someone who was much younger than a senior in high school.

The plot itself was all over the place. Not in a necessarily a bad way, or even a good one. I could never tell what the heck was going to happen next because the main storyline moves were so wild, which was nice. However, there were some character revelations that were fairly obvious once the next piece in the plot line puzzle was revealed.

All in all I'm sad to see this series go, but it did end on a happy note. Meg Cabot continues to write with a wit and charm that will keep current readers hooked and pull in newly obsessed fans too.

*Note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Consume

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week, what's really got my pages in a twist is...

Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy—and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

Release Date: August 27th 2013
The first two books in this trilogy were fast-paced and uber good. I'm most definitely looking forward to  delving into this witch/vampire mash-up world once again!

What book are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lux Series Giveaway!

You know those fantabulously awesome books by Jennifer L. Armentrout that have a certain HAWT alien in them?

Well, I'm going to give away the first three books to a lucky winner! Yay!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Official Frigid Trailer Reveal

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.
Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.
But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Now for the trailer:

To purchase Frigid as an e-book on July 30th you can go to these links:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Couple of My Bookshelves

So... I've been absent for quite awhile now. So long that I don't even really remember my last post. Oops.
To make up for my incredible slack I've decided to post my bookshelves (finally) after promising to do so a looooong time ago. Unfortunately it's not a video because I couldn't upload it to Youtube like I wanted to. Also, please forgive the horrible camera shots. 
Anywho, here's two of my bookshelves:


An up close view of Bookshelf #1:

And close-ups of #2:


Yay books! Maybe soon I'll get around to showing the other two shelves...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Darkest Night - $1.99

Guess what's available for only $1.99? Well... the title of this post should've given you a clue.
Gena Showalter's fantabulous first book in The Lords of the Underworld series, The Darkest Night e-book, is $1.99 for Kindles, Nooks, Kobos and Sony.
In case you've never heard of The Darkest Night, here's a blurb (ignore the yellow sticker):
His powers—inhuman.
His passion—beyond immortal….

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love….
Here's where you can find this awesomeness for so cheap:
Believe me, you won't regret it!