Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy A Book
Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week: The Top Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy A Book
I am a huge fan of mythology, whether it be Greek, Norse, Egyptian, etc. There is just so much to do with all the different gods and creatures.
2.) Bad Boy
Oh, how I love me some bad boy. I love the broody, dark, mysterious, angry guy--I can't get enough of this character.
I love when ya books take a turn to the gothic and macabre. There just aren't enough dark ya books out there!
This is something that I have recently started loving. Normally, I am a fraidy-cat, and I don't go near anything that might scare me. But, since Anna Dressed in Blood, I am always on the look out for the next ya horror book.
I am a huge fan of retellings, like the Persephone/Hades myth, or Edgar Allan Poe stories, or fairy tles. I love when authors modernize these old stories.
I've just recently started loving spy books, and there are so many older series that I need to catch up on that focus on spies!
7.) Different paranormal creature
Okay, so those aren't the exact words, but if I find a book that focuses on a new paranormal creature, or one that isn't done much, then I jump for it.
8.) Other worlds
I love when settings are something other than our reality. New worlds, alternate realities, outer space--I find all these settings intriguing.
9.) Dystopian with a flare of paranormal
I'm a huge fan of paranormal romance books, but I get tired of the same old, same old. So, when an author adds the element of a dystopian society to the paranormal, then it's definitely a book I am going to try out.
10.) Light-hearted contemporary romance
I am not a fan of the contemporary novels that focus on tough issues such as suicide, abuse, rape, etc. But, I do love the light-hearted, feel-good romances like the ones Stephanie Perkins writes. If a book is the cheerful, summery type of read; then it's one that will definitely end up in my collection.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England.
“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.
When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.
Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…
Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Waiting on Wednesday: Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz
FROZEN is the first in a trilogy and is set to release in September of 2013.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Teaser Tuesday: If I Should Die by Amy Plum
If I Should Die by Amy Plum
Published by Harper Teen
Release Date: 5-7-2013
"He was like the ghost lover in one of those tragic Victorian stories. But unlike the swooning, fainting heroines of those tales, I felt empowered by my resolve that tragedy would not be our fate." ARC, pg 98
I hate endings because that means it's over. No more Vincent, no more Jules, no more Kate. I'm going to miss them so much!!! I'm just 100 pages in, but I hope this one doesn't break my heart!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sweet Peril Blog Tour: Review and Deleted Scene!!!!!! OH, and Plus a GIVEAWAY!
Today is the kick off for the Sweet Peril Blog Tour!!!! We love Wendy Higgins so much for this amazing book, and of course, the amazingly sexy Kaidan. So many great things to share with you today!
First off, we have a Deleted Scene to share! Whoop Whoop!
Then, it's Review time! (Squeal)
And Finally, Giveaway Time! You definitely do not want to miss out on this amazing giveaway!
This post is long, but it's well worth it!
Shout out to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this great tour and to the lovely Wendy Higgins for creating some amazing posts for the next two weeks!
Here's the rest of the Tour Stops:
All giveaways are US Only, and only one entry per household.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Books will be sent directly from the publisher, while all other prizes will be sent separately.
The Rafflecopter is shared through all tour stops.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Will be back tomorrow!
This week has been tough! I'm been in bed with the flu all week. It had been so long since I've been sick that I forgot how miserable it feels! But I am all better now, so posts will resume tomorrow!
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.
Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands?
But Oliver is more than just a genie -- he's also a sophomore at Margo's high school, and he's on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him.
A whole lot more.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!: Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hey everyone! We are SO excited to be hosting the blog tour for Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout today. JLA is one of our favorite authors, and she never fails to deliver an amazing read. Apollyon is definitely one of those amazing reads. If you have not started reading this series, then I implore you to go buy them all RIGHT NOW! This series is one of my all-time favorites. It has everything--Greek Gods, Kick Butt Heroine, TWO super steamy guys, and an all-out, action-packed plot.
Want to check out the rest of the tour? Click here
AND ALSO! Be sure to enter the giveaway after my review! It's being hosted by Spencer Hill Press and it's international! The prize includes a signed copy of Apollyon, signed copy of Elixir, an Apollyon t-shirt and swag!!!
I guess you want your letter, huh? Well, here goes:
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Waiting on Wednesday: Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
Ah! This is one of my most anticipated books of 2013, and I've heard its the most requested book from Penguin. And there's a reason for that--it's gothic horror! I just love the idea of Violet falling for the devil. It sounds eerie and romantic, all rolled up with something sinister that could possibly give me nightmares! I am dying to get my hands on this one.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Top Ten Tuesday: Books You Read Before You Became a Blogger
Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week: The Top 10 Books I Read Before I Became A Blogger!
Okay, this one is kind of hard because most of the books I have really loved were read when I started blogging. I read at least 10 times more books a year now than I did before I blogged. But, there are still some very memorable ones in what I'm going to coin as "the before times."
1.) Harry Potter (all 7)
There are no words needed here. Harry Potter = My Childhood
2.) City of Bones (first 3)
I just love this series. Jace and Clary swept me away, and this was definitely one of my favorite "before times" books. It's still one of my all-time faves.
3.) Clockwork Angel/Prince
Another one of Cassandra's books that just stole my heart. She knows how to write a broken, rebellious guy, and gosh darnit, I love her for it!
I read this about a month before I started blogging, and I have to say, I think its the book that pulled me in. I loved all the action and the crumbling world, along with Four. Oh Four.
5.) Shatter Me
I read this one right before I started blogging, too, and it's another one that really pushed me into this world. I love it so hard, and it remains one of my favorites to this day. I am dying for the third book!
6.) Hunger Games
Okay, this one should have come further up, but I forgot about it until now--and I don't want to go change all my numbers. This was one of the first ya dystopians books I read, and I was hooked! I read this one and Catching Fire both in 2 days!
7.) Die For Me
I loved the idea of the Revenants, and Jules and Vincent both just made me laugh and swoon. I'm so sad to see this series ending!
8.) Angels and Demons
Okay, this one isn't YA like I normally read, but I remember loving all the twists and codes in it. I could never figure out what was going to happen next, and as far as adult suspense goes, this is one of my faves.
9.) My Sister's Keeper
I'm normally not a fan of books that just make you break down and cry, but one of my favorite college professors insisted I read this one. It was so heart-breaking, yet it left a lasting impression on my heart.
Okay, I put this one on there because it was one of the first paranormal books that I read (I probably only read 1 book every 2-3 months pre-blogging), and I really did love it at the time. Now that I have so many others to compare it to, it doesn't make my favorites list. But at the time, I loved it.
That's it!!! Leave me a link to your list or TT!!
The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.
Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.