Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (6)

      Hey, my roses!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's Waiting on Wednesday is featuring... *drum rolls*...

What's Left of Me (Hybrid, #1)Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t… 
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything

Oh gosh I can't WAIT to read this book!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bay House Paperback giveaway!

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Bay House
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Thanks to the hosts!
So, the giveaway runs from February 29th to March 5th!

Must follow through GFC! Good luck to everyone!

Thanks to the author of Bay House for giving away a paperback copy of her book. Only US & CA mailing addresses accepted!

Art Geeks and Prom Queens : Book Review

Title : Art Geeks and Prom Queens

Series : -
Pages : 226
Author : Alyson Noel
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Format : Hardcover
Source :  Library

My Opinion :

Art Geeks and Prom Queens is written by the author of the Immortals series, and I believe this may be her debut novel (does anybody knows???). And it is completely different. While the Immortals series is of poor quality, Art Geeks and Prom Queens is actually a book where you learn something, and that the characters have a well-written background. If you didn't like the Immortals series by Alyson Noel, then do not let it keep you away from this GREAT book!

Art Geeks and Prom Queens is a bout about teenage life, as you maybe have guessed with the title. But the end is great, and holds a meaning, that is why EVERYONE should read it.

I really liked all the characters, but I was rooting for Jas and Rio (she's the girl) to get together. Well, for Jas to realize that Rio is better for him.

I was really sad throughout the book, when Rio got bitchy and all...

I really liked this book!

Four stars for a cute read!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Interview with author of Always You

1. Why/How/When did you start writing?
I started writing fiction only a couple of years back. I cannot say I always wanted to be a writer though I could always express myself better through words. Some of my first writings were 4-5 pages long letters to my close friends. :) Then thanks to encouragement from friends and teachers, I realized I actually write better than others. But I never took it seriously till I start freelancing. I wrote a lot of non-fiction articles but every time I would read a fiction book, I would get this itch to write one too. I have always been an avid reader. So, when I actually started writing fiction, it felt very comfortable. Since then, writing has always been my favorite therapy and a path to complete happiness. I love the creative process of building a story. 

2. Did Always You have another name? What was it and why did you change it? And if not, what would you change it to?
Always You went through several changes! First it was "Casanova in love". I thought that it was a tad cheesy. Then, I went for "Memories Rustle". I actually liked that name and had stuck to it for a while but the more I thought about it, the more sad it sounded to me. Then I even thought of "Yours Forever". But that did not work as well. I have troubled so many of my friends, family to give me a name! Finally one fine day, I decided "Always You" and promised myself not to think about it again. It is apt as well especially because in the story, Alex and Lyla always loved each other. They just didn't acknowledge for a long time. 

3. What inspired you (author, book, etc.)?

Always You was a result of 3 days and nights of Mill and Boons books. It was couple of years back when over a long weekend, I did nothing but read several Mills & Boons books and thought I can write so much better! Pretty arrogant statement at that time but I did start on this book but never quite finished it. I finished it 2 years later while on another holiday 6 months back. It has been amazing since then.
4. What is your favorite 2011 book?
Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I have not enjoyed a book so much since some time. Plus, there is a lot to learn for a writer in that book. 

5. What does it feel like to get published? Dread, happiness, anxiousness?

All I would say. Happiness for finally having your book and name out there. Anxiousness and dread that people may not like your book. But its mostly happiness. The very fact that someone has taken the time out of their life to read your book is honor enough to not complain again. I love that. Its thrilling to say the least.

So... um... I feel bad because I knew there was something missing from my Always You post and this was it ... DANG IT!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'm entering a New Challenge!

So I'm entering a new challenge, and it's basically to try and read books from A to Z during 2012!

I'll be updating it on the new challenge page!!

On My Shelf (14) (or IMM)


On My Shelf

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and is a post for bloggers to share what books they've received to review, bought, won, borrowed or were gifted.

But I call it: On My Shelf! Because... well... I don't receive many books In My Mailbox, so... yeah :D

So, this week I got 11 books!

*I was too lazy to put the links... sorry!*

School Library:

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell *read*

City Library:

School's Out - Forever by James Patterson *read*
Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel *read*
The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Ingo by Helen Dunmore *currently reading it*
Wildwing by Emily Whitman
Ash by Melinda Lo

For review :

Destiny's Revenge by Nancy Straight, thanks to the author
Destiny's Wrath by Nancy Straight, thanks to the author

So, that's all I got this week, what did you get in your mailbox, on your shelves?

Happy reading, roses!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Letter To My Younger Self...

So, Julie Cross, the author of Tempest, is doing a giveaway on her blog. And what's fun is that you have to write a letter to your younger self. 

You can see my letter there, but I didn't put everything I wanted... so that's why I'm rewriting it here. This is kind of personal, but it tells all of you roses more about myself : 

Hello dear 11 years old self,

it's me, your 13 years old future self! Yep... I'm taller than you * sticks tongue out * and older. So, yeah.. let's get to the heavy stuff...

So, now you,re in Fifth grade and you feel sooooo like a big kid.... I hate to burst your bubble, but you're not really. Now, don't think I'm harsh, I'm just telling the truth! Because... I'm in high school now... yup! Oh, and, High School isn't that hard... so don't be stressed out about that!

So, you,re not really good in English yet, though you manage to get Bs and B+s... but wait until you read this saga... you know, the Twilight Saga, which at first you'll be so scared of, because of the vampire. But trust me, vampires are sexy, hot, gorgeous and you want to kiss them. So, just jump on the book and read it already! You'll love it, as well as the whole series, and it'll be the only thing that gets your attention for months!
Also, mom and dad will think you've been washed off the planet... because you almost never talk to them since you're nose is always in a book. You can quote any part of the series, and your English is getting really better.... but wait until you find that great and awesome site about books... which I won't mention.

But, well, now I've got a great book blog with awesome book blogger friends!

But for now, you're really lacking of self-confidence in your grades and your appearance. But, please be strong even if people call you a giraffe and the CN tower. But trust me, you'll laugh about it in two years... well, not always, but you will. And you'll still be the nerd of your class in high school, just so you know.

Also, that guys you really hate in the class, you know B... well you'll meet a stupider and meaner a** in high school that,ll bully one of you two new best friends, and you'll want to redo his face. And cut his head off to stuff it, then put it on your wall. So, B isn't bad after all, he's just a stupid kid who wants attention. But the other kid in High School... well, steer clear of him.

Oh, also, cherish the time you get with grand-ma... she'll die in the summer from a bad fall (well, the consequences of a bad fall), then your grand-pa, two months after her death, will start going out with a women. So, yeah... *cough*  *cough*

Your 13 years old and a bit more wiser self who loves books.

2012 Reading Challenge Update (3)

Here's another update for my roses!

The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1)Generation Dead (Generation Dead, #1)Don't Breathe a WordSchool's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride, #2)Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)Destiny's Revenge (Destiny #2)Song of the SparrowArt Geeks and Prom QueensZombie Love: The Outbreak

  1.  The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
  2.  Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight (review)
  3.  Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  4.  Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
  5.  School's Out - Forever by James Patterson
  6.  Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
  7.  Destiny's Revenge by Nancy Straight
  8.  Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
  9.  Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel (review to come)
  10.  Zombie Love : The Outbreak  by Eric J. Sobolik (review)
So, that's all!

Zombie Love : The Outbreak : Book Review

Title : Zombie Love : The Outbreak

Series : Zombie Love 1
Pages : Average 200
Author : Eris J. Sobolik
Publisher : Self-Pub
Format : Paperback
Source :  From the author to review

My Opinion:

Zombie Love : The Outbreak was sent to me from the author to review, and it was my first real (physical) book I got! You can't imagine how happy I was!

I read this book last night in one sitting. That tells you how the story is fast to read. It also has about 200 pages.

The plot is really great, but I don't really understand where the humor is? (Because of the quote on the back ''... filled with genuine humor and wit...'' - Landon Wasem) Um... where's the humor? I thought the book was actually kind of sad...

Also, in the beginning, Summer's mother is all lion on her daughter... but not anymore afterwards? I would have liked to know why/how it happened?

Overall, a good read! 

3.5 roses!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Why I read?

So, theebookmonster, a book vlogger on youtube, made her video first. I only thought it was great and wanted to try and make my own... hers is better... ENJOY!

So, what did you think?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wander Dust Giveaway!

Wander Dust (The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy, #1)

Thanks to the hosts : vvb32 reads & 
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer fvor this great giveaway!

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Here's the summary of Wander Dust : 

Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish. 

The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories. 

Unexplainable Premonitions… catapult her to other cities. 

The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her. 

And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her. 

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most. 

Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.

Destiny's Revenge : Book Review

Destiny's Revenge (Destiny #2)Hey, my roses!

Title : Destiny's Revenge

Series : Destiny
Pages : 278
Author :  Nancy Straight
Publisher : Self-Published
Format : Paperback
Source : Book to review from the author

Summary: There was no reason for Lauren to be in a coma. Her physical injuries had healed, but she had been non-responsive for so long that her doctors told her family and Max to move on. She awoke to find her life in a shambles; the man she loved was gone, her friends had moved on with their lives, and her family was ripped apart by her accident. No one knew of the evil forces watching, waiting for her in the shadows, in the lonely corners, even in the eyes of those she loved. Lauren needed to reclaim her destiny, to get her life back; the last thing she ever expected was Destiny’s Revenge.

My Opinion:

Destiny's Revenge arrived in the mail about two weeks after I had read Meeting Destiny, the first book in the (GREAT) trilogy. I couldn't wait to received my own (AWESOME) copy of the two next books! As soon as the two arrived, I began reading this book.

At first, I couldn't believe how much I liked the first one, so I dug into the second book excited AND apprehensive. But, how stupid was I! The first and second book were so good, l because the author is simply AMAZING!

I love how Lauren evolved so much during the second book. And slowly, but neatly. But I kind of hated how Max and Samael... yeah.... I don't want to included spoilers....

Destiny's Revenge is full of perilous twists, and holds a great story.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday : STARTERS, baby!!! (5)

         Hey, my roses!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's Waiting on Wednesday is featuring... *drum rolls*...

Starters (Starters, #1)HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER 

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. 

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . 

So, yeah, you may have seen me tweeting about how I'd kill to get this book. The cover is gorgeous, the excerpt is AWESOME, and the summary taunting. Also, it's dystopian!!!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Sky is Everywhere : Book Review

The Sky Is Everywhere

Title : The Sky is Everywhere

Series : -
Pages : 283
Author : Jandy Nelson
Publisher : Dial
Format : Old ARC
Source :  Old ARC from The Story Siren


Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

My Opinion:

The Sky is Everywhere is a book you expect to be awesome and great from the start, partly because of its gorgeous cover, and also because of the great summary. But it didn’t start out as well as it should have with me. Maybe it’s because I was so caught up with the last book I had read, Meeting Destiny, or maybe it’s just because I didn’t like the beginning.

After a while, I got a bit tired and restless with the book, but I still continued, because of the many gushing reviews and fans. And as I reread my last paragraphs, I realize you probably don’t know yet if I liked it or not. I disliked the beginning, but the rest was actually really great!
I think what I hated the most was the how Lennie was lost. I didn’t like how she dealt with it, or how the author wrote it.

I also didn’t like that Lennie *SPOILER* cheated on Joe. Couldn’t she just stop!! *spoiler done!*

I guess, overall, this book was good!

4/5 stars!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions (#1)


Hi y'all! Welcome to the blogger meme hosted by All Consuming Books/Media and For What It's Worth Reviews. It's time to open up and share (and vent) about our blogging experiences!

Blogging about books is one of the best hobbies ever, and I love it, since I've made friends (well, I figure we're kinda... maybe more acquaintances, but I feel like they are friends because they are so nice) with WendyGiselleStephii(two iis on purpose!) and Katie!

This week's question : Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook/etc with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you're on friendly terms with them? 
(Question suggested by Andrea from The Bookish Babes) 

My Answer:
It depends. I'm really active on Twitter actually, and it seems like lots of authors too. It depends on the author, like I already loved Tahereh Mafi's book, Shatter Me, and it was sooooo fun to get to sometimes talk to her. She's nice and funny!

It may change a bit my opinion, but not necessarily. Like Lissa Price has been talking to me, and I can't wait to read her book, Starters (seriously, if anyone has it and don't want it anymore, SEND IT TO ME (email me first (go to the Review Policy Page to get my email)) And I don't think it's gonna be bad, at all!

Truly, Madly, Deeply, You BLURB

Here's the blurb to Truly, Madly, Deeply, You :

Truly, Madly, Deeply, YouFour days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes. 

What Freytag isn’t prepared for is the surge of deep-rooted emotions he feels for Liese, but two things stand in his way: the grief and guilt she still clutches close to her heart, and a man who threatens to snatch Liese from under Frey’s watchful eye. Frey is determined to distract her into forgetting her pain. But is that enough to ease her grief, or help her see he can be more than her best friend?


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Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option. 

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left...his soul.

What do you think? I think it's so gorgeous! 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

On My Shelf (Or IMM) (13)


On My Shelf

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and is a post for bloggers to share what books they've received to review, bought, won, borrowed or were gifted.

But I call it: On My Shelf! Because... well... I don't receive many books In My Mailbox, so... yeah :D

This week I got... 1 book... yeah... but I still got a pretty SIGNED bookmark!!! 

From the Library :

Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)

This is a dystopian title I'll soon be getting to! It looks sooooo great!

Swag :

Thanks to Emily White, the author of Elemental, for sending me a SIGNED bookmark of her book!!!

So, that's all! Leave me a link to YOUR IMM or On My Shelf and I'll be sure to check it out!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Always You Giveaway (CLOSED!)

Always You

Thanks to I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Read For Your Future for hosting the giveaway!

So, here's an awesome e-Giveaway of ALWAYS YOU! Just enter the form below! (INT)

Always You : Book Review!

Title: Always You
Series : -
Pages : 112 (may change)
Author : Shilpa Mudiganti
Publisher : Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date : March 6th 2012
Format : eBook, PDF
Source : eARC- Blog Tour - Owned
Genre : Romance - YA or Adult

My Opinion : Always You was a hot, twisted and great romance you don't want to miss!

This is my first book in the DAC Challenge by The Story Siren!! So, let's do a happy dance!

This was a really great book, but I thought the characters could have been more developed and that the story could have had different elements, but overall, it pretty good.

The cover is really hot and represents well the characters, as well as the setting of the book, which takes place in Paris (also other places, but Paris is mentioned lots of times) And by Paris, it means romance!

I liked it a lot, and you should totally read it when it comes out! Meanwhile, watch out for the giveaway on February 17th!!

4 roses!