Release Date: June 21st, 2011 Genre:Contemporary/Paranormal Romance Rating:
“What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?”
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight. But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlam
ps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.
The cover of Spellbound is simply beautiful, hands down one of my favorite covers of 2011 new releases. With that said it wasn’t one of my favorite reads, unfortunately. I had high hope for this Young Adult contemporary set book with its sprinkling undertones of magic and age-old curses. I didn’t dislike the book but overall I am left wanting. I think the potential here was incredible but it’s missing … something.
The story starts off with Emma; her family life is that of tragedy. Her twin brother and mother have passed away and she is stuck living with an alcoholic step-father who nearly ended her life in a terrible car accident. Cue, awesome-wealthy aunt who lives in trendy New York City. Her aunt moves Emma to live with her in a swanky apartment, close to her only real friend, her cousin Ashley, who prepares her for her first day at one of the only co-gender high schools in NYC. Ashley is only a freshmen but Emma appreciates all the help she can give her regarding her new prep-school. During her first day we are introduced to an array of quirky and typical students- Anthony the manwhore of Vincent Academy, his reigning on-off-again queen bitch friend, Kristen who Emma royally pisses off from the get go, Angelique (my fave character) resident witch, Cisco, very kind and gay friend who totally keeps it real (love it) and last but not least Brendan, the gorgeous I roll-out-of-bed with this hair and it works kind a perfect specimen of high school hotness.
When Emma and Brendan meet its a little Twilghte-esque. They both notice and immediate connection but Brendan who is as cold as ice for most of this book really sends out mixed signals that does start to wear on the reader. When he is not being a bad-boy and ignoring Emma he is most definitely swoon-worthy. Saving her when she picks a fight with the unstable Anthony, listening to Cisco’s boyfriends band play, their ease and connection really leaps off the page. The key element to their special bond is that of a necklace that Emma wears around her neck. She starts having these intense dreams that are set in different time periods and unfortunately she ends up dying at the end of them. Once she figures at the necklace is traced back to a couple with a tragic curse she seeks out her friend Angelique to help unravel the past and learn why she is so connected to Brendan and that if stays with him her life will end. Together only her and Brendan can beat the curse.
Like I said, the potential was definitely there but the story lacked in some areas. I actually give this a solid 3.5.
I think for my first official month as a blogger it was a success. I made some newbloggyfriends and I see how much time and dedication it takes to make a blog awesome. These past two weeks I wasn’t really around for blogging or really reading for that matter. But August is nearly upon us and I hope to start fresh with some challenges and books reviews from some great books read in July.
With that I’d like to thank two bloggers for kindly sending me some RAK love:
Maria over at Reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac sent me a copy of HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne. VERY excited to read this book.
I also received an ecopy of Nightshade by Andrea Creamer from Krazzyme over at Young Readers.
I love RAK and can’t wait for August so I can send out some more book love!
A new and awesome blog I started following is doing a GREAT giveaway once she gets 100 followers. Her name is Kristen and she is offering up one book from a great selection of YA if you win her giveaway...
Check Kristen out and show your bloggy support :) Tweet, post, follow, button and soo many others things to get all the possible entries as possible!
The Time Will Come is a book meme hosted at Books for Company, where I will list a book that I've been meaning to read but somehow haven't yet.
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post telling us about the book
- Link the post up in the linky
- Visit the other blogs!
This particular list is quite a long one but the tops two are:
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I've heard nothing but great things about this book and its been sitting on my book shelf for a couple months now. I love me some contemporary YA with a dash of historical fiction and to top it off time-travel. Which after reading Waterfall and Cascade by L. Bergren I am ready for a little more said time-travel.
The second book is Heather Dixon's Entwined. I actually started this almost a month ago and I haven't finished it. Sigh. I don't think I've been in the mood, but its so beautifully written I do plan on finishing it... sometime soon-ish.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Romeo & Juliet, Robin Hood, Pride & Prejudice... classics. These are books you can turn to again and again for amazing adventures and miraculous worlds. And now you can star in these stories with your friends and family!
Let's me break down this awesome-ness...
Getting Personal, a UK company, will print the book with your name (or whoever's name you want) as the main character. You can also choose to rename all the other characters in the manuscript, thus casting your friends (and frenemies?) in roles that fit them. How awesome is this?!
You can also add your name to the byline, so my book cover can read:Grace's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.
I am in love with this gift idea.
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.:)
I am really looking forward to:
Book: Vanish: A Firelight Novel Author: Sophie Jordan Publisher: HarperCollins Publish Date: September, 6th 2011 Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal Romance/ Adventure
I love dragon books and I especially enjoyed Firelight and I cannot express my excitement at this upcoming release. And, goodness how gorgeous is this cover?
An Impossible Romance.
Deadly Choices. To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.
Book: Iron Knight (Iron Fey Book 3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 25th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal Romance/ Adventure / Fantasy
I am such a fan of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey Series. I think that this is probably one of my favorite Faerie series out there (If not my favorite). I am so heartbroken over the ending of Iron Queen, but I am sure we will all celebrate a happy ending when Ash finds his soul so he can be with his love, Meghan... at least he better. Can't wait to see what mischief Puck gets Ash and Grim get into on their journey. And again, like the covers before, simply beautiful.
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.
To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his arch rival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice
I have the most intense and irrational fear of... wait for it... ZOMBIES.
I know it's really quite silly to have a fear of something that isn't technically possible but then again isn't that what makes fear fear, it being all irrational? To top off this fear I really enjoy zombie movies and AMC's show, The Walking Dead. Goodness me, that show in its first season gave me major anxiety, lol. Zombieland is one of my favorite movies, I totally love the rules in which to survive in Zombieland you must live by. Double tap, Cardio, Seat belts and of course limber up.
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Book: Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Adventure
I don’t think I have any complaints about this book, except, that I have to wait until sometime next year for the second book in this epic trilogy to be released, Insurgent, hurry up already. Veronica Roth created and most engaging and terrifying dystopian world where people are now broken up into five different factions: Abnegation who put others before their own needs and where Beatrice is from, the Dauntless who are extremely brave, and fearless, Erudite who are studious, the Amity who are peaceful, and last but certainly not least are Candor who are honest.
At the age bright young age of 16 each child has the opportunity to choose their forever faction. You can either stay where you were raised with your family or you can choose to attempt and assimilate into another one of the four factions. To help prepare you for this very important decision, each person is administered a test of sorts to see where you most likely fit in. Cue book where things get interesting. Beatrice doesn’t test into one of the five factions, oh no, she shows that she has three of these traits. She attempts to get answers as to why this is bad but she isn’t given really any information except don’t tell anyone.
From here on out Beatrice or really, Tris, shows nothing but her determination to make a mark on the world. She makes the one decision that will turn her world upside down.
Once Beaetrice decides to choose Dauntless she ditches her name for Tris. Here she will no longer be the meek silent girl with no voice. She raises up to the challenges that are laid out before her. Divergent, was nothing short of brilliant. I was literally on the edge of my seat with anticipation of the next insane thing our girl was going to go up against. All I am going to say, butter knife in the eye. Damn. I recommend this book to any one into major action, adventure, romance and kick ass heroines.
I think this is one of the best books I've read thus far in 2011!
Book:Ruby Red Author: Kerstin Gier Publisher: Henry Holt & Co Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Adventure
Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2
Gwyneth Shepherd has grown up just like any average teen, she goes to the movies, talks about boys and doesn't have to learn French, be well versed in European History or have to deal with those nasty time travel induced-headaches... or does she?
In Kerstin, Gier's Ruby Red, book one in her Ruby Red Trilogy, we are introduced to Gwyn; a sixteen year old who as always lived in the shadow of her perfect cousin, Charlotte. In the blood of this family lies the gene that allows one to time travel. Charlotte has been trained since early childhood on the secrets of time travel; she is fluent in different languages, she knows her history and has been educated on proper etiquette. Unlike our under-prepared Gwyn who has been brushed to the side by her rather overbearing family that is all members of the Time Traveling Society that has been around for centuries. Once Gwyn starts having the ever-telling dizzy spells she is rushed back into time. Gasp! She luckily is only gone for a few moments before any real damage can be done. Once the truth finally comes out (she time travels three times before she tells her Mother), all hell breaks loose. Unbeknownst to the family, Gwyn’s mom lied on her birth certificate and was born on the special day that would mark her or Charlotte as the next time traveler in the family. The family is simply outraged. Gwyn’s aunt is a most wretched woman who thinks Gwyn’s mom has plotted to bring her own daughter glory and Charlotte shame and embarrassment. This is of course absurd. Gwyn’s mom was really trying to save her daughter the pain of what would be her life would be if she were the one to be the next in line for time travel, AKA, Ruby Red.
To get Gwyn caught up, she is rushed into the plot to outwit the supposed bad guys who have their own agenda to sabotage the ultimate mission that will reveal a long lost secret. Oh my!
Cue, handsome, smug and a bit dashing in his looks, traveling companion, Gideon. Here these two will start to unravel the mysteries of the past (which have been altered by other time travelers). They engage acts of espionage, ancient devices, magic (but of course) and for our leading lady, murder. We witness time travel back into the 17th and 18th centuries. Gwyn is lacking some polish but she tries her best to figure it out. The research was clearly done and the costumes created sound simply divine. Overall, I was entertained and look forward to Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. It lacked some zest in the romance, there is definitely an attraction between Gideon and Gwyn but I wanted a little more oomph. Maybe in Blue Sapphire? I enjoyed the aspect of Gwyn being able to see ghost and the fact that she does indeed interact with them as though they are living, breathing people. I thought the time travel was well done and creative and that time travel isn’t for the faintest of hearts.
I give this book 3.5 ♥♥♥ 1/2.
Well first off, JRR Tolkien is the man who got me into high adventure fantasy. The Hobbit, is my all time favorite book. Of course, Mr. Tolkien passed away on September 2, 1973. His words have reached millions of people over the last 74 years. The Hobbit was first released back in September of 1937. The original printing numbered 1,500 copies and sold out by December due to enthusiastic reviews.This first printing was illustrated with many black-and-white drawings by Tolkien, who also designed the dust jacket. Houghton Mifflin of Boston and New York reset type for an American edition, to be released early in 1938, in which four of the illustrations would be colour plates. Allen & Unwin decided to incorporate the colour illustrations into their second printing, released at the end of 1937. Following the successful release of The Hobbit, Tolkien began his work on what will be known as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Although known to most readers as a trilogy, the work was initially intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set, with the other being The Silmarillion. However, when Tolkien submitted the first volume entitled The Lord of the Rings to his publisher, it was decided for economic reasons to publish the work as three separate volumes, each consisting of two books, over the course of a year in 1954–55, creating the now familiar Lord of the Rings trilogy. The three volumes were entitled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Structurally, the volumes are divided internally into six books, two per volume, with several appendices of background material, much abbreviated from Token's originals, included at the end of the third volume. The Lord of the Rings has since been reprinted numerous times and translated into many languages, becoming one of the most popular and influential works in the field of 20th-century fantasy literature and the subject of several films.
If would be real treat to be able to sit down with a man who created a whole new fantastical world. He has thus inspired many authors who have come after him to create their own fantastical worlds. Which I've had the great privilege of reading. . Thank you Mr. Tolkien for your beautiful world of Middle Earth. I have a special shelf dedicated to all your works and books written on you.
Oh the common and sometimes annoying element we see in some our favorite YA series, love triangles.
The most two most recent love triangles that come to mind our from Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck and from Shade by Jeri-Smith Ready.
Shade was great but I became very irritated with Aura's indecisive attitude towards Zachary and her ghost boyfriend Logan. Her wavering feelings had me upset, especially when we get to book two, Shift. She starts at Logan's younger brother Dylan. Gah. How many guys does Aura plan on stringing along. I finally felt victory when Zachary calls her out on her atrocious behavior. This guy is definitely more patient than Aura deserves. I know she is going through something quite tragic, but damn, girl get your act together. On the other hand, in Colleen's Tiger's Curse, we are introduced to the love triangle between Kelsey, Ren and his bad-boy brother, Kishan. I always enjoy the bad-boy element used in these kind of stories and I finally decided in Tiger's Quest, I'd be satisfied if Kelsey ended up with Ren or Kishan. I know, either you ask? The brothers are quality and both deserve happiness. All I can say is, Colleen better introduce a new girl for Kishan in Tiger's Voyage, or I am going to be very upset. :)
In Ms. Carriger’s fourth installment of her thunderously-witty and original series, The Parasol Protectorate, Heartless; was by far my favorite book since Soulless. I tend to get nervous when authors break out of the trilogy length and try for a saga series. There have been countless series that after book three or four start to lose focus, they become increasing repetitive and you start to wonder why you are reading the book. But, thankfully, our dear author is above those rookie mistakes. Heartless, was nothing short of engaging, laugh-out-loud funny, and Lord Akeldama and his polished dandy’s are ever present.
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again; only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?
From page one the reader is swept up into the shenanigans that only Carriger could deliver so effortlessly. . .
Alexia Maacon is eight months pregnant, but never fear, with her “infant-inconvenience”, she is still the target of attack, cue deadly porcupine assailants. What a fetching idea, vampire porcupines? Only Gail Carriger. To settle the unrest in the vampire community, Alexia and her wolfish husband, Lord Maacon has agreed to give the unborn child up for adoption. And can you guess who the fashionable and charming adoptive-dad to be is?
Now that we have this issue cleared up, a very confused ghost appears and declares there is a plot to murder Queen Victoria. This news sends Alexia into her father and own husbands past, and we all know that digging around in the closest can be a dangerous endeavor. Be prepared for a worthy adventure filled with code names, Puff Bonnet (Ivy, but of course), dangerous octomaton, dandy’s flying a dirigible, deadly teapots, treacle tart and so much more.
This book was nothing short of a sweet and lovely treat. I couldn’t get over Gail’s descriptions of Alexia’s very pregnant state. She waddles and needs the assistance of her husband to help remove her from most furniture. Due to her “infant-inconvenience”, Alexia tends to be hungry, “Months of training had seen the entire werewolf household running attendance on increasingly grumpy Alexia and learning, to a man, that food was not provided promptly, fur might fly, or worse, Lady Maccon would start to weep. As a result several of the pack now crinkled as they moved, having desperately stashed snacks all about their personage” (12).
I am now eagerly awaiting the release of the final book in the Parasol Protectorate, Timeless due to release in March on 2012.
I don't know about you but I am always trying to find unique gifts to buy for others, and yes, even myself, that relate to my true love, books.
Here at AccordingtoLacedwithLacey, I am starting a new activity for Thursdays; I will spotlight one particularly awesome bookish-gift that I've found. I already have today’s bookish-gift...
Thanks to greeRstudio (store on etsy.com) I am now the proud owner of one those nifty secret-book-boxes. I've always wanted one but the ones you find in the store are either cheesy looking or the book they've used I've never heard of... but don't you worry that pretty head of yours, greenRstudio, uses books we all love, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandto Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.These beauties will run you anywhere between $15-60. I believe they take custom orders too! Have rad is that?
"Hollow Book FLASK SAFES and Hollow Book SECRET SAFES, real books specially carved with a trusty scroll saw, and then the pages are secured with professional book-binding glue. Finally, every book is finished off with magnets to close with a SNAP.♥ "
I bought a mini-one of Tolkien’s Treasury for $15.00 last night and I can't wait to receive it.
Take a gander at greenRstudio if you are interested in a secretsafebook!
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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading the most charming and cheery book, Gail Carriger's fourth installment of her ever-witty series of vampire, werewolves and teapots, Parasol Protectorate; Heartless. Thus far this is my favorite one. I really am enjoying Alexia being so hugely pregnant. I believe at one point, dear Biffy, may have even compared her size to that of a dirigible. Oh my word! I only have but a few chapters remaining and then I will anxiously awaiting her fifth installment, Timeless, which is due out in March of 2012.
I recently finished Cascade by Lisa T Bergren. This is the second book in her River of Time trilogy
Torrent, her final book is due out September 1st, 2011. The first book was solid. Cascade had
even more battles and adventure and I believe Torrent will be even better!
I have a few new goodies to choose from, I’ll either read: Wither by Lauren DeStefano or the Girl in the
Steel Corset by Kandy Cross. Both sound promising, but who knows, I may pick something entirely
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.
Yay! This is my first week participating in this event. Here it goes!
I am eagerly awaiting the release of:
Ingenue (The Flappers) by Jillian Larkin
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 9th, 2011
“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.”
The ending of Vixen was full of action and fully set the stage for even more cool jazz, danger and unexpected turns in Ingenue. August 9th ins't too far away, luckily I have pleny of books to occupy my time with until its release.
Oh, this is a tough one. There is a plethora of brilliant writers out there and we are not short on supply of epic and awesome books/series. Let's just take a look at my top three at present time. . .
Parasol Protectorate by the charming, Gail Carriger.
This series is everything a girl could possibly desire out of a Victorian Era slash Steampunk, and let us not forget Paranormal Playfulness series; together these three elements give the reader a thrilling adventure with gay vampires, (Lord Akeldama with his polished dandy’s in smashing attire), manners (the etiquette is hilarious), and the most quirky technology (a parasol that emits poison and darts!) Together, this makes for a riveting escape into the fantastical mind of Ms. Carriger
2.Troy Trilogy by David Gemmell
One word comes to mind in this breathtaking composition of the battle of Troy, EPIC. This is without a doubt one of the most well-crafted and exquisite writings I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Mr. Gemmell has given life to a myth that has been told throughout the ages and it will not disappoint. I laughed, I cried (the chapter with the Odysseus and the pigs is priceless). You really do make a solid connection with his characters. Thinking about these books is making me hungry to re-read them. If you enjoy mythology, battles, romance, and just straight up historical awesome--ness, give this is a go. First book is titled: Lord of the Silver Bow and ladies, you will definitely swoon at some point. :)
3.Sugar Queen by Sarah Allen Addison
In this enchanting read you will find yourself longing for small-town companionship, your own fairy godmother and you'll be ravenous. LOL. Ms. Addison whips up a whimsical yet modern day fairytale including books that seem to pop up at their own convenience, a red cardigan that may have its own magic and food, lots of peppermints and grilled sandwiches. This book will make you smile. It sweet, simple and one of my all-time favorite books.
Which books/series are you totally smittened with?
Greetings gentle readers, and welcome to my cozy little sanctuary away from the mad bustle of life.
Here at LacedwithLacey I will be posting on new and exciting literature: Young Adult, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance (also known as Girly-Sexy-Time books) and Paranormal (Romance, Urban).