Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop (Int)

It's that time... back to a school clothes, freshly sharpened pencils, freedom for you moms out there. :)
This event is being hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Buried In Books.
OK guys, this is awesome , there are over 300 bloggers participating in the giveaway hop. STELLAR, right?

Let's get to the goods shall we? This giveaway will have two winners, YES, TWO!

Giveaway #1:

$15 Amazon Gift Card
*If you are international you may choose a book credit to Book Depository $15

Giveaway #2
 $10 Amazon Gift Card
*If you are international you may choose a book credit to Book Depository $10

To sign up, I am not requiring you follow me but It'd be nice and I'll even follow you back! HE YA.

Make sure you checkout all the other giveaways on the hop, I know what I'll be doing for the next few days.

Waiting On...Wednesday Week 5, WWW 3

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by, Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we are breathlessly anticipating… Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries and to share your own.

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Publisher:  Del Ray Books

Genre: YA, Steampunk, Dystopian, Paranormal

Publication Date: October 18, 2011

Love can never die.
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie? 
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. 
But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love. {Goodreads}

First off, fantastic cover. Second,  this is a twist on my all time favorite genres, Victorian England (with futuristic twist) Steampunkish, Dystopian AND something I haven't read much ZOMBIES. This book is scheduled to release in October. I am ready to pee my pants with excitement.

What about you, what book is making you want to pee your pants in anticipation?

WWW Wednesday:

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

·                     What are you currently reading?
·                     What did you recently finish reading?
·                     What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Just Read:

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

What’s Next?

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday Week 3

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, each new week they will post a new top ten list, seems easy, right? It totally is.

 This weeks top ten is...

What is your Top Ten TBR Books of Fall 2011?

Let the fun begin...

  1. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton: First off, GORRRGEOUS cover. I am such a cover whore, I can't help it... you know you feel the same way too... This debut novel sounds fancytastic. Stories that are set in Victorian England get my corset extra tight, and to top it off it has to do with the spellbinding Fey. Eeek. Obviously, I am anxiously anticipating the release of this book. Release Date 9-27-2011
  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Yep, another stunning cover but what really sold me on this book was the praise by one of my all time favorite authors, Patrick Rothfuss. He raved about it. So, that is all I needed to know. SOLD.  Release Date 9-27-2011.
  3. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: I think this story may have it all: Princess, check. The Chosen One, check. Hero, check. Magic, check. Prophecy, check. Yep, sounds like it will rock my world. Release Date 9-20-2011.
  4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: This sounds creepy and eerie. I don't usually read this genre of book but between the cover and the buzz it's getting, I'm very interested. Release Date 9-27-2011
  5. Dearly Departed by Lia Habel: I have been wanting to read more zombie-esque books but haven't quite found one I want to pop my cherry with BUT Dearly Departed sounds enchanting and wait for it, zombies AND a futuristis- steampunk -manners -version -of-Victorian England. I'm in heaven. Can it be October yet? Oh and how can I not mention the stunning cover? Release Date 10-18-2011 
  6. Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon: Form the reviews I have read, this books seems to be in its own class of awesome-ness. I look forward to reading it and experiencing the passion and the power of this book. Release Date  10-4-2011
  7.  The Pledge by Kimbely Derting: I haven't read her Body Finder's Series....yet, but they are definitely moving closer to my tippy top of the TBR pile.  This books screams intensity and power. Release Date 11-15-2011
  8. Cossed by Ally Condie: I wasn't completely mesmerized by Matched like everyone else, don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the whole concept and I'm thinking book two is really going to shine for me. Release Date 11-1-2011
  9. Darker Still (Magic Most Foul) by Leanna Renee Hieber: I tried reading her Strangely Beautiful  book. didn't really capture my attention, but this book sounds va-va-awesome. Dorain Gray meets Pride and Prejudice with a Dash of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. And check out that gorgeous cover. Release Date 11-1-2011
  10. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare: I know this book is totally popping up like gremmlins in water on TEP TEN this week but I need to know. I want it now. Release Date (NOT SOON ENOUGH) 12-6-2011
This list is in no particular order and you can best this list really doesn't stop at 10 but... :)

If you comment make sure you leave a linky so I can come check out your Top Ten!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Monday, what are you reading? (5) Monthly Wrap Up

It's Monday! What are you reading is where we share what we read this past week, what we plan to read this wee and anything in between. To find out more, check Book Journey for all the deets.


Wings by Aprillynne Pike
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacMullough 
Old Magic by Marianne Curely

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Ingenue by Jillian Larkin
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

What's Up Next:

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Memes I participated in:


Bout of Books Read-a-Thon, hosted by Amanda @ On a Book Bender 
My goals were to read 5 fun books that have been sitting on my shelf for longer than one month and to read two review books. 

Well, I read three almost four fun books that have been on my shelf for longer than one month, YAY me BUT I didn't read any of my review books. Sigh.

Thanks again Amanda for hosting, I had a lot of fun and big special thanks to all blogs who hosted giveaways, You guys ROCK.

Come back on September 1st to see what I am giving away in the Back To Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by. I am a Reader not a Writer and Buried in Books. This will be an International Giveaway and I am giving away two prizes, GASP. :)

If  you comment, please make sure to leave  linky so I can come check out your It's Monday...
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

IMM 10 and RAK round up for Aug

In My Mailbox is a great meme from The Story Siren.  If you'd like to take part, visit The Story Siren's IMM page for further details.

1. Heist Society by Ally Carter (RAK from Jenny at the Mimomsa Stimulas)
2. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (via Amazon)
3. Wildefire by Karsten Knight (Won from Sash and Em)
4. Rippler by Cindey Swanson (LibraryThing)
5. Sacrifice by Laura J Burns (GalleyGrab)

RAKS that I sent out...
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck to Faye @ Fay Bay's Books
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson to Jenny @ The Mimosa Stimulas
Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield to Amanda @ On a Book Bender 
A Great and Terrible Beaty By Libba Bray to Amber

I need some Blogger 101 HELP

Hey fellow bloggers our there. I am trying to add Google Analytics to my blog and I am failing. BIG TIME. HTML and I do NOT get along. If anyone is willing to help me and really break it down, even more than this guy, I'd be super appreciative.

Thanks peeps!

Review: Ingenue by Jillian Larkin

Hardcover: Ingénue
Author: Jillian Larkin
Pages: 368
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction/Romance

Bobbed hair. Short skirts. Cool jazz. Dark speakeasy. Anything goes. Meet the flappers, Gloria, Clara, Lorraine . . . and the rich young boys who love and loathe them. {Goodreads}

The one thing I really like about Jillian Larkin, is her ability to create such intricate and well thought out plot lines. Vixen absolutely threw me for a huge loop at the end and the suspsense and thrill continues in Ingenue.  
Gloria and Jerome are facing strife in their love. All that glitter and jazz may be starting to fizzle out. Clara who was such the voice of reason in the last book really disappointed me, but I get it, but damn. I hate liars and sadly Clara starts down the path of un-truth and growing apart from Marcus. To pursue her dream as a journalist. Lorraine. She is knee deep in jazzy trouble. She has promised Carlito she will serve up Gloria and Jerome. And she actually believes him when he promises to not hurt them, just shake them up a bit.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the history, the character development and the suspsense. I cannot wait for Diva.


Book Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Hardcover: The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Pages: 480
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Steampunk

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the "thing" inside her. 

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch... 

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret. 

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help-and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. 

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on, even if it seems no one believes her. {goodreads}

This book has it all. Steampunk. Check. Victorian Set England. Check. Crafty storyline. Check. Handsome Hero. Check. Bad ass Heroine. Check. And a cast of great supporting detail. Check

I think I read this in two days. Lol. So awesome. Finley Jane is one torn girl. She knows that as long as she doesn’t get provoked or scared her “other half” will stay in check. Unfortunately, for Finely. She is attacked but in her attempt to flee she intercepted by the most unlikely but fortunate man, Griffin King.  He takes in Finley and immediately realizes there is more to this pint-sized beauty than meets his lovely eyes.

Kady Cross really created a steam-riffic, lol, world with this book. I am looking forward to book two, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar.

Book Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Paperback: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Pages: 400
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary, Comedy

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. 

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. {Goodreads}

Libba Bray. You. Crack.Me. Up. Simple. J Beauty Queens had it all. Flaming batons, sequin accessories to hormonal pills. Yep. I would actually enjoy if this were made into a movie or heck, even a mini-series on HBO, lol.
Just imagine being stranded on a freaky, Lost-like island without any adults and only your friendly completion in the Miss Teen Beauty Pageant. You better believe that cha0s does ensue. I really appreciate the spotlight each girl revived I this book. We really do get to see the other side of the mirror of these girls who at first glance are shallow and very predictable. 
I want to say that everyone got what they needed out of this book. Acceptance, love, friendship and definitely a sense of worth. It was beautiful. I recommend this book YA and adults alike. I think it’s always a good reminder that we work better as a team than individually when we are trying to survive and that everyone needs friends. Very funny.

Book Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Hard Back: Demonglass
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 368
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. 

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth. 

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers. 

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she? {Goodreads}

Oh Rachel Hawkins you sure know how to keep my heart racing. How could you just end this book in the manner that you did? You are starting down the path of another fave YA author of mine with your cliff hangers, ahem, Cassandra Clare. You are breaking my heart. Lol. Okay, let’s get to it.

FANCYTASTIC… Oh man. First off, one complaint. Not enough Archer. Other than that, no real complaints. We pick up in Demonglass with a nice little focus on the lovely and mysterious warlock, Cal. Yum. I really enjoy that Rachel just doesn’t hold back and you are thrown a few curve balls in the early chapters of the book.  We know that Sophie is determined to get over to London to go through the removal process, that should probably be capitalized. Oh well. Jenna is allowed to spend the summer with her, including … yep you guessed  correctly, the studly Cal is present on this trip as well. When the four arrive at their destination Sophie realizes there is some major shiz going down. She is introduced to two other demon children. My first instinct was Addams Family, Wednesday Addams more appropriately. To make matters worth, Archer is supposedly is being cited in London and did I mention we have one super charged love triangle. Is anyone else torn between Cal and Archer? I know I am. To sum up this book it was action packed and I just can’t get enough of Sophie’s sense of humor. Spell Bound is sure to be a HUGE success. I cannot wait to see where this story is going to go. Thank you Rachel for writing this one of a kind series.


Book Review: Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Paperback: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess. {Goodreads}

First off let me say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But with that said, I did have some issues with the plot set up and some of characters were a little contrived…at least in the beginning when the stage is being set. If you can get past the rough start I think you’ll start to see the potential for a charming romantically read with a dash of adventure mixed in.

I liked Kate. She is kind and a true friend. The relationship with her dying mother was written beautifully. I believe I may have even cried at one point. Amy wove a nicely packaged story in a mere three-hundred pages but I think the reader will need to consciously choose to ignore signs of a forced plot. Once you decide to accept these gaps in story, you will begin to be enchanted by the lush world Aimee Carter has created. When we are introduced Kate’s conditions to become Henry’s possible wife I thought we’d witness some kick ass scenes, but most of the test Kate has to endure are done without her knowledge. There is a few plots twist; I pretty much was able to determine how the story would play out.
I think book two, Goddess Interrupted, will prove to be more action packed with a growing romance between Henry and Kate.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend it anyone who enjoys mythology, romance and books you can read pretty much read in one sitting. Perfect summer read.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday! (week 4)

Hey Peeps it's that time again... Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkie and Alison Can Read.

It is a fun way for fellow book bloggers to find new friends in the blogging community!

This week's question is:

In  books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series , the paranormal creature in question “comes out of the closet”, and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you with would come out of the closet for real?

I think I would love to meet Lish from Paranormlacy. Yea, mermaids. We don't have enough  mermaid action in paranormal books and I'd personally love to befriend one.  I just watched the Charmed episode when Phoebe becomes a mermaid, I  love it ... yes, mermaids please. come out and say hi!

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books. It is a fun way for bloggers to find each other’s blogs and become new bloggy friends. 

This Week questions/prompt:
Do you have any pets?

I do. I have a 9 month old golden retriever puppy named, Charli. She is absolute terror on 4 legs...she should really be called Molly Mayhem. Aside from the mayhem she is the most cuddly and sweet pup-pup. And like most big dogs, she insists on being a lap dog. :)
Charli at 6 weeks

Charli (AKA Molly Mayhem) 9 months

What about you, do you have any pets?


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