Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday Week 5

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...
Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read
But Me...

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano: I own it and I've been meaning to read it, for what seems like forever now, but, alas, it just hasn't made it to the tippy top of my pile yet. 

2. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: I own this too, in eBook and physical. Now, mind you, I just bought it in hardback so I'm sure I will read it soon. There are certain books I prefer reading the physical copy and not an ebook of. This is one of those.

3. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter: I read Heist Society about a month ago and am looking forward to the sequel. I don't own this yet.

4. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting: I don't own any of her books but they always seem to pop up and I'm starting to really want to what all the fuss is about. I love the covers too.

5. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong: I own book 1 & 2 but haven't ever been in the right mood. I read Bitten from her Woman of the Otherworld series and really liked it but wasn't able to get into Stolen so I kind a gave up on KA, but I do really want to eventually read her Darkest Powers series...

6. Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning: I own books 1-4 (i think) and I technically read the first book, but I wasn't over impressed. I started and skimmed book 2. Meh, maybe I just wan't in the right mind set? Everyone I know who has read them adores each book. Sigh. Maybe I'll give the series another shot?

7. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr: Yes, I read book one and skimmed book two but I don't get it... at all. These books were so boring and the hype behind them is bogus, lol. I guess I am just biased because I love The Iron Fey series soo much.

8. The Help by Katheryn Stockett: I watched the movie and enjoyed it. Don't have much desire to read it. 

9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I can't believe I've never read this book. I mean really? I am going to read it before this year is over. Done and done.

10. Inferno by Dante: I really feel like everyone of my friends has read this and I'm clueless. lol. Oh well. I'm not sure if I will ever read this one.

I'm glad I read Anna and the French Kiss on Sunday :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

5 Most Anticipated Books of 2012 (just 5?) Contest Craze

I saw this on the Bookish Brunette's page and I decided I want to join in too! List your top 5 books of 2012 and post back on The Princess Bookies page, since, yeah, she is the one hosting it! :)

1. Pure by Julianna Baggot: This book sounds EPIC. I can't get enough of these dystopian books. 
Release Date: 2/8/2012

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again. {Goodreads}

2. Bloodrose by Andrea Creamer
I absolutely adored the first two books. I am so glad this is only a trilogy. I can't wait any longer to find out the ending!
Release Date: 1/24/2012

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy. {Goodreads}

3. Spell Bound by Rachel Hall
I need more Sophie in my life. This is now one of my favorite series of all time.
Release Date: 3/13/2012

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late? {Goodreads}

4.  Insuregent by Veronica Roth
I am sure this book will be on many highly anticipated lists for 2012. Kind a bummed it's only 288 page though, don't disappoint, Ms. Roth.
Release Date: 5/28/2012

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. {Goodreads}

Cover Crazy 1

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms.

First book I am loving:

This cover is simply beautiful. The stormy background to the crackled edges, it creates a semi-haunted feeling. How did she propel herself out of the water like that? I love books with the character is a gorgeous dress, especially if there is water in the picture. I don't think the cover really gives away anything. Looking at it you wouldn't this story is going to be about fairies and mythical powers. I simply cannot wait for January 5th 2012 for this release!
Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.(less)

It's Monday, what are you reading? (6)

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.


NightShade by Andrea Cremer (Loved IT)
Wolfsbanes by Andrea Cfremer (OH Man, the ending)
Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen (Review)
Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

No Reviews posted last week, this will be a week of reviews, PROMISE :)

What's up next?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

Memes I participated in:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

IMM 11 :)

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.
I also received:

Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


I'd take another picture but the book is at my boyfriends hosue soo, this is what I have, lol. So Excited for this book. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Waiting On...Wednesday Week 6, WWW 4

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.:) share your own.

Like many of you, this list is a long one, but the few titles that are bursting in my mind are:

Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck; Book 5 in the Tiger's Curse Series. There isn't even a picture available for this cover but I just finished Tiger's Voyage and oh man! Colleen sure knows how to play on my heart strings. I need to know how this love triangle is going to play out.... This series is Indiana Jones for girls with a charming romance. READ IT, if you haven't already :)

Dreamless by Josephine Angellini; Book 2 in her Starcrossed Series. I was simply swept up in this Starcrossed and can't even imagine the drama  and action to come in Dreamless.  Again, I picked a book that doesn't have a cover released yet. 

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?

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I just finished the fabulous Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck.

I'll probably read either Beautiful Days or Daughter of Smoke and Bone next :)

What about you? Which book/s are you dying for? If you comment, make sure to leave a link so I can come check it out.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines 1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Format: Hardback (purchased Amazon)
Pages: 421
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Genre: YA/Paranormal, Romance, Adventure

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood. {Goodreads}

Like many of you, I was worried that the Richelle Mead’s spin off series, Bloodlines wasn’t going to be able to capture my heart and soul like her mesmerizing series, Vampire Academy.  If for some unfortunate reason you are unfamiliar with her Vampire Academy series or have not yet read it, SHAME ON YOU. J And you must not get out much because this author is everywhere.
First off I have to say how much I enjoyed reading this story from the POV of Sydney. She is a fire cracker but instead of rushing into things without fully thinking it through (like another strong female we know), Sydney plots and bides her time until all her ducks are in a row and the she kicks some major ass.
We start off with a mission, a very top secret and undercover job that is offered to Sydney against the wishes of her father (jack ass) and her superior on the case. Sydney has been assigned the hush, hush case of rooming and protecting the Dragomir Princess, Jill aka Jailbait. The setting is the most unlikely location for a vampire… Palm Springs, CA. Here the girls and Eddie enroll in a normal prep. School… or is it? Soon everyone find themselves caught up some big bad and it’s up to Sydney to sort it all out and save her friends.
Bloodlines, is a fast paced (but not rushed) story of unlikely friendships and of ourse some major butt kicking. When I finished it I thought, “ok, that was good”, next morning I found myself still pondering the book and decided that it was truly awesome. Richelle Mead whips up such a tale of romance, adventure and friendship. I give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA and adventure romance.

Early Review: Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Iron Knight (Book 4 in Iron Fey Series)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Format: NetGalley
Pages: 386
Publisher: Harlequin
Publisher Date: October 25, 2011
Genre: YA/Paranormal, Adventure, Romance

I was thrilled when I heard there was going to be a fourth book in the Iron Fey Series. I was even more thrilled when it was disclosed the final book would  show case the POV from the ever swoon-worthy ex-Prince of the Winter Court, Ash.
In Julie Kagawa’s fourth and final installment of the Iron Fey series we embark on a treacherous journey to the edges of the Neverever, to the banks and wilds of The River of Dreams and the end of it all at the very edge of the world, where the Testing Grounds lay.
This story isn’t just a physical test of strength and endurance. This is the ultimate test of character, trust and pain.  Iron Queen ended with Meghan becoming the Queen of the Iron Realm where are handsome Ash is unable to venture. Ash is determined to see his vow to always be there for Meghan to the limit, he is going to get a soul or die trying. Along with the ever determined and zesty Puck, Ash and he set out to find Grimalkin and along the way they pick up two very unsuspecting characters from Ash’s past that most definitely put things on edge for everyone involved in this adventure.
This journey really opens up Ash is a harsh and brutal manner.  We delve into his past transgressions and his past love. If you thought you saw a different side of Ash is Iron Queen, be prepared. The story of Ash is one of love, heart-ache and some incredibly tough choices. 
For those Team Puck fans out there, he really plays a pivotal role in this journey.  Not only is he the comic relief, we really get to see the more serious side of Puck. We witness some very tender and crucial moments between Ash and Puck. I wish Puck would get his own story to find true love. I think Julie did an awesome job of opening and expanding on these two charming and dynamic characters.
We can’t forget Grimalkin.  He of course pops in and out like magic either when things start to get dangerous or when someone needs to learn a lesson, lol. Julie also introduces two other companions into this mix. I can’t really go into really into any detail because it would ruin the surprises, but these two characters add much to the story.
The Iron Knight was a truly inspired and daring story of love and forgiveness. Julie really out did herself with the final book. I am sad that it is over but all I can say is, I do love happily ever afters and Julie didn’t disappoint.

Thank you Harlequin and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book early. Now I can’t wait for its release date because I have to own it otherwise my series will be lacking my favorite story of the bunch.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Back to the Books Giveaway Winners!

And the winners are....

Mandala $15 Amazon
Jan Van Harz $10 Amazon 

You have 48 hours to get back to me or I choose another winner.


Thank you everyone who signed up, I had over 1400 entries. WOW.

Check back soon for my next great giveaway :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Top Ten Week 4

Top Ten is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is new prompt top ten question. This weeks new question is?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Follow Friday! (week 5)

Follow Friday is sponsored by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Over on Alison Can Read the featured blogger is Once Upon a Prologue. This week's question is:

If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?

Oh man. This question is really going to make me think and it's late here and I should already be in bed...

I loved, LOVED the ending of Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa BUT I wish that didn't end the series there, see I am a big fan of the happily ever after and yes, Ash and Meghan are now together (listen to me, like they are real, aren't they, lol) I really must be tired. Back to what I am saying, PUCK. He didn't get his Happily Ever After ... did he? I know he had a spotlight in Summer's Crossing but where is his true love? I'd like to seen him settle down but maybe he isn't meant to ... IDK. I think I am rambling now. I may have a better answer come tomorrow morning but for now, sleepy time. 

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