Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Musing Monday & Cover Crazy: 30/5/11

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading. 

Describe the last time you were stumped for something to read, and you took measures to remedy that — either by going to the bookstore, the library, or shopping elsewhere. What book did you choose? Did it get you out of your slump?

Stumped for something to read? Sorry, not familiar with this concept! The last time I didn't have a new book to read was some time last year and I think all I did was just reread a series. Nowadays my TBR list is mile high, and yet, I still go on The Book Depository to buy new books all the time. It's not my fault it's dirt cheap! Then there's books that I receive for review. I don't think my TBR pile will disappear any time soon!

~x-x-x~

 
Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted over at The Book Worms! The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design. So get over there and share your loved covers!
 

This week, I have to admire the beautiful cover of Pure. I love the vibrant blues of the butterfly amongst the cloudy, dark skies. The title really is pure too! The centre is a crisp, pure white which slowly fades into a grey. Don't you just love it? I can't wait to read this!

~x-x-x~

What covers have gotten you excited this week? Let me know below!

In My Mailbox: 30/5/11

Hello lovely people! Another week gone. Only received a few books this week but I'm still waiting for a bunch to arrive from the shops, giveaways, authors and publishers! That will be a very good day.

If you haven't, please comment here to tell me what prize you would like for my next giveaway!


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

From Net Galley:

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Legacy by Cayla Kluver

From Author:

True Intentions by Lisa Kuehue

Really looking forward to reading all of these! They have great blurbs.The next two weeks will be a fantastic whirlwind of TBR pile murdering ;) Hoping to hit Borders some time this week also. They're having some great sales!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Six Moon Summer Giveaway Winner

If you didn't see it before, here is my review and interview of Six Moon Summer by S.M. Reine.



The winner of the ebook is Marjory Pride

Congratulations and thanks to all of you for entering. Marjory, your details have been forwarded to the author.

I'll be having another giveaway in about a week's time so keep your eyes open! Lots of great books to be won from myself and other bloggers :) Is there a book that you're dying to read? Leave what you want in the comments and I just might make it a prize!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: The Lipstick Laws


Title: The Lipstick Laws
Author: Amy Holder
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 4th 2011
Source: Net Galley

At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her.   For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don't even know she exists. But one lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity.   But Britney's friendship comes with a high price tag. How much is April willing to pay?

The Lipstick Laws begins with April's first day of school as a sophomore. She is lonely and considered a nobody, her only friend having recently moved away. After being partnered with Britney Taylor in gym class, a series of (un)fortunate events land April at the cool girls' lunch table. She knows that she shouldn't be friends with them but she's the stereotypical teenage girl, unable to resist the lure of popularity and eager to do anything in order to have friends. April later finds that being popular isn't all that it's cracked up to be. When she is initiated into the group, she signs her freedom away to the lipstick laws. Breaking any one of the seven means that you're out of the group and your life is ruined. Aren't I glad I'm not her?

April's an interesting character. While good at heart, she's somewhat shallow and constantly worries about her looks, stuffing her bra, wearing makeup and refusing to be friends with a guy because he's geeky and unattractive. Surprisingly, I didn't find this to be annoying at all. I actually found April to be quite adorable and she made me laugh throughout the novel. Amy Holder portrays this innocently lost but sassy tone perfectly, completely convincing me that April is a teenager. On the first day, April runs into the new resident hottie, Matthew Brentwood aka Mr Hottie-Body Brentwood. When he walks past her desk in homeroom, she describes him as being "BEEEE-YOOOOU-TI-FUL". Honestly. I'd like some of his "delicious hot-guy aroma" to waft past me too! April also believes that "the person who created the torture device called gym class should be clobbered with an enormous frozen cucumber". I think we're sharing a brain here. April is always amusing and a joy to read about.

The novel follows the events in April's life as she tries to fit in, gets spit back out and begins to grow up. I won't spoil the book by telling you what happens but I'll tell you that The Lipstick Laws is fun, cheeky and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I think that it's a great story with developed characters and is an artful storytelling of the many ups and downs in life. I wholly felt her emotions and always understood what she was thinking, though I didn't necessarily agree with all of her choices. I might have even shed a tear at one point! The Lipstick Laws ends on a wonderfully positive note as April comes to some powerful realisations and becomes a really great person. The morals of this novel are refreshing, the journey heartwarming and fun. I recommend this book to anyone who will listen! It's very engaging and, if you're like me, you'll love it and read it all in one sitting.

Find Amy on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy The Lipstick Laws on Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 25/5/11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine! Each week, bloggers spotlight what upcoming release they're eager for.

My pick this week: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Summary from Goodreads:
 In Clockwork Prince, with Mortmain vanished and the clock counting down on how long Charlotte can keep control of the Institute away from Benedict Lightwood, Will, Jem and Tessa must dig into Mortmain’s past to predict what he will do in the future. But secrets about Mortmain aren’t all they find buried — Tessa begins to uncover the truth about her own birth, and the ghosts of Will’s past return to haunt him. As Tessa grows closer to Jem, and Will is driven further toward the brink of madness by jealousy and guilt, will they discover the truth in time to halt the next phase of Mortmain’s evil plan?
 
Why I want to read this: Well...maybe because it's Cassandra. Freaking. Clare. I absolutely loved Clockwork Angel and thought it was better than the original series. So excited to read the next installment of The Infernal Devices! This comes out in December. Hopefully we'll still be sane by then.
Who else thinks this cover is gorgeous? Cassandra's covers are always so eye-catching and intense! She's got three more covers to reveal. I hope they're just going to keep on getting better and better!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: Die For Me


Title: Die For Me
Author: Amy Plum
Series: Revenants #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: May 10th 2011

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind. While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

Brilliant storytelling, compelling plot and fascinating characters make Die For Me a must read. The cover is beautiful and the title is perfect once you learn of its significance and meaning. Paris, romantic and rich in history, is the perfect setting for this paranormal fantasy and is able to create a magical atmosphere for a magical story.

Amy Plum has created a whole new world in the supernatural realm. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts…goodbye! Say hello to revenants, a new breed of creatures whose mythology is truly unique. It's was so enjoyable to learn about the concepts and history behind revenants as it's something that we've never come across before. Amy deserves a round of applause for coming up with something so unprecedented and extraordinary. We learn quite a bit about revenants but I'm still looking forward to more in the sequel!

Each character in this novel is honestly so loveable in their own way. There are almost 10 significant characters in the novel and every single one was a joy to read about. There were no flat moments where you wished to get back to the main characters as everyone had their own quirky personality and ability to steal the scene. I love that Vincent's friends are so adorably flirty and friendly. That's cute boys times three, guys! There's no need to fear - no love triangles, squares or pentagons here, people!

Kate's relationship with Vincent is addictive and stunning. She first spots him, handsome and mysterious, at a café with his friends. After a few questionable meetings, she succumbs to her fascination with him and there begins their whirlwind romance. I think the development of their relationship was really well done. Yes, he is the centre of her universe at times but is she blind and naive? Of course not! She continues to hold onto her values and many times throughout the novel, is rational and tries to resist his advances. But of course, like fate would allow that!

Die For Me
is the first novel in the Revenants series. The exciting plot and well-developed characters are sure to draw you in right from the start. Have fun choosing your favourite character! It's quite impossible. This is a fantastic, solid read that you'll finish in no time. Captivating, mystical, mesmerising - what are you waiting for?


Find Amy on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Die For Me on Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

In My Mailbox: 22/5/11


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!


Looking forward to reading all of these! I've read a little of Supernova and Lipstick Laws already - they're great! Can't wait to start them all.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

P. S. What do you think of my blog's new look? Do you prefer this one to the old?

Review: Divergent

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: May 3rd 2011 

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Divergent is most definitely one of my favourite books. I don't think I can sing enough praise for it because it is just pure brilliance. From start to finish, the characters are solid and the plot is perfectly planned and paced. There is never a dull moment which lets the novel fall into the "must read in one sitting" category. Say...you've seen 32945 positive reviews? Rest assured, you'll be feeling the same. The concept of a society separated into coveted virtues is so alluring and intriguing. Living your life in a certain way because you had to? Not telling lies, not allowing yourself to look in the mirror, not fearing death? What. A. Way. To. Live.

The novel begins in Tris' faction, Abnegation, as she prepares for a test which will help her decide her fate. We easily see that she is not able to live her life completely, having to always put others before herself and sparing herself of luxuries. Factions were created to eliminate undesirable qualities but on the contrary, it simply forces people to go too much the other way. Blunt, self-denying, reckless, ignorant and superior - doesn't sound as good, does it? At her chosen faction, Tris is thrown into many exciting situations, ones you'll be begging for more of. Divergent is fast-paced and entirely gripping. The action sequences are written wonderfully and you'll constantly feel a thrill shooting up your spine as you anxiously await more.

Tris is an amazing heroine. Though skinny and weak at first, she becomes resilient and takes things day by day, being mentally strong and taking us on a long emotional journey. I think the character development in this novel was excellent. As Tris fights for what she wants, she matures and becomes a very different person, or rather, discovers who she really was to begin with. The secondary characters are also very enjoyable to get to know as they each have a distinct personality. All of the characters evoked many strong emotions from me, good and bad, going to show how great of an author Roth is.

There's an amazingly good romantic subplot in the novel and that in itself was a mystery! We meet a few male characters early on and for every single one I asked the question, "Is this her love interest?". Unlike many novels where it's obvious who the main character will end up liking, this one comes as a surprise and is not obvious from the very beginning, which I loved! Her love interest turns out to be someone who is complex, intelligent, strong and hot. Where can I get myself one of those?

I felt that this book was similar to The Hunger Games in that it's an action-packed adventure. This book also deals with sacrifices and the idea of doing things you normally wouldn't in order to survive and gain. In saying that, the similarities end there. Divergent is a unique book that will keep you on your toes. Unexpected things happen that will make your jaw drop and heart fracture. You'll be left wide-eyed after the twists. This highly-anticipated novel most definitely lives up to all of the hype and more! Fantastic characterisation and an always exciting plot. What more could you ask for?

Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation and Candor. Which one are you?

Find Veronica on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Divergent on Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop/TGIF: 20/5/11

Another week, gone! Can you believe it? I'm honestly so relieved - finally some down time! What have I been doing lately? Read The Near Witch and loved it. Review will be posted in July! Currently 60 pages away from finishing Divergent and it is magnificent. They both are actually. Can't wait to share the love!

This weekly event is hosted by Parajunkee. The featured blog this week is Ninja Girl Reads.

Q. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...

1) I'm like a vampire. I hate the sun and I'm a night owl. I'm unproductive during the day and if you haven't noticed, I always read at night aka midnight to some time in the morning.

2) I speak/understand Mandarin, understand Cantonese and speak/understand/read/write Italian. I'd like to learn some French or Spanish too but that doesn't look like it'll be happening any time soon!

3) When I listen to music I imagine elaborate dance performances in my head. Every single time.

4) I'm deathly afraid of spiders. Even those teeny tiny ones that are like dots. I saw a small one on the floor once, jumped on a table and let out a horrendously loud scream/wail. I once picked up a large-ish spider (half mangled, since I had sat on it unknowingly) thinking it was a piece of string. You can imagine how traumatised I was that day.

5) Though I love books and all creative things, I'm very much a math/science oriented person. I like things to have one answer and kind of lose it when I have to come up with something imaginative or unique. *Dot point number 3 doesn't count!


Get involved with TGIF and check out other posts over at GReads!

What was the first book you reviewed on your blog?

The first review I posted here was of Vampire Academy! I had all of these reviews that I had written months ago and put them all up here while I was still finding my feet. Gosh, has it only been 3 months?


Grab the logo and start hopping! This feature was created by Crazy For Books.

If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?

1) If I were invincible, I'd go into the world of Divergent. I'd have an all-access pass, obviously. Definitely need to check out every faction! That'd be fun for just a day ;)

2) Hogwarts for the win! Just once in my life, i'd like to ride on a broomstick and do some cool magic tricks. *thumbs up*

~x-x-x~ 

How's your Friday been? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 18/5/11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine! Each week, bloggers spotlight what upcoming release they're eager for.

My pick this week: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summary from Goodreads:
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure-bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1: Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.


Why I want to read this: Yes, the whole concept in the beginning may sound a little confusing but I have a feeling this will be a fantastic series. The prequel, Daimon, is already available and from the little excerpt I've read it's great! This is one to put on your TBR lists, folks! It'll be released on September 15th so mark your calendars too. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Minor Characters

This meme is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is about those minor characters that you love! They can be a side character or even someone who was only in the book for one page! Name 'em!
As always, in no particular order...

1. Falling Under - Donny
I think I liked her more than the main character. She was just so wonderful - where can I get one? She's very sarcastic, loves messing with people, is confident in just about every way and refuses to admit that she likes a guy!

2. I Am Number Four - Bernie Kosar
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, Bernie Kosar is the main character's dog. Dogs count as characters - shut up! These scenes were great and the way John would interact with his dog was hilarious. I'm pretty sure there was a scene where John talked about putting some superhero cape on the dog or something……

3. Georgina Kincaid series - Carter
So he's an angel that somehow becomes friends with Georgina, a succubus. He kind of holds a special place in my heart but why? I don't know! Maybe it's the sarcasm. Did I mention that something's up with his character and Georgina? There's no romantic feelings going on or anything but there's definitely something we don't know about! Carter seems interestingly interested in her. Too interested…

4. Hush Hush - Vee
Curvy, sassy, confident and funny. What's not to love? She's a great best friend to Nora and isn't afraid to snap back at the crappy popular girls. *holds up Team Vee sign*

5. Hex Hall - Ms Vanderlyden aka Vandy
So she's one of the teachers at Hex Hall, defence to be exact. Any teacher that has the balls to make a male student unwillingly perform some painful manoeuvres on a girl is a-okay with me. Just as long as the girl isn't me. Because knees in the sternum aren't, you know, fun…

6. Delirium - Hana
She's always been free-spirited and this positive attitude really does wonders on her best friend. Would Lena go to illegal parties and meet boys past curfew without Hana's influence? Probably not! And that would be a shame, a big shame. Her and Lena have a bit of a fall out but things get better again.

7. Vampire Academy - Christian
He may be sexier than the other two main males I think. I'm not too sure what it is about him. It could be his tall stature, dark hair and gorgeous eyes. Or it could be the fact that he's sarcastic, funny, sweet, romantic, caring, fiercely loyal, got the power of fire, brooding, athletic, intelli-…… where was I again?

8. Unearthly - Wendy
A little reserved and shy but totally friendly and sweet. She's a great friend to Clara! She also doesn't mind her best friend and brother dating so that's bonus points to her! Wouldn't getting sent a boy for your birthday just be the greatest? Thanks Wendy!

9. The Mortal Instruments - Magnus
Who can resist this glittery and powerful warlock? The fact that he's gay makes him 1000 times cooler in my book. Great personality and love his backstory too! Can't wait to read more about him in The Infernal Devices. Cassie can write as many Malec scenes as she wants in the final two TMI books! I won't mind :)

10. The Hunger Games - Haymitch
Yes, he's a lazy drunk but a pretty good one at that. Despite being seemingly useless, he helps Katniss and Peeta a lot in and outside of the Games. The guy has some pretty nice lines and overall is just a great character. Can't wait to see him in the movie!

Who are your top ten minor characters? Do you agree with mine or no?

~x-x-x~

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

The rules are simple!
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week I'm reading The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. This novel is simply fabulous. If you haven't put it on your TBR list yet, do so now! Make sure you pick it up when it's released on August 2nd!
I'm out of bed and at her side before she can get any farther, pulling her back into the room and closing the gap where the cool air is seeping in. I look for something out on the moor, something that would have drawn my sister to the window, but there is nothing.
This was such a suspenseful and eerie scene. I was literally getting the chills! Victoria's writing is beautiful and poetic. Can't wait to let you all know what I think of it!

What's your teaser this Tuesday?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

In My Mailbox: 14/5/11


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

This week my bookshelf and I are deliriously happy about the little gems we received this week.


I've heard so many good things about all of these books! Can't wait to start them.
What about you? Did your bookshelves get gifted this week?

Review: Falling Under


Title: Falling Under
Author: Gwen Hayes
Series: Falling Under #1
Publisher: Penguin
Published: March 1st 2011

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams. As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

Falling Under
opens with a scene of mystery as a burning man falls through the sky and down onto Theia's front lawn. She is helpless as the nameless man dies, his parting words cryptic as he tells her that it was "worth the fall". Immediately afterwards we are thrust into Theia's everyday life where we see that she is controlled by her strict father who seems unloving and cold. We are then introduced to her friends, Amelia and Donny, who I absolutely adore. Amelia is a shy girl who enjoys delving into the world of magic while Donny is sarcastic, confident and downright hilarious. Their characters are very well developed and I wouldn't mind reading an entire book just about them, to be honest!
Every night that Theia goes to sleep, she is mentally transported to another world where a handsome man wearing suits with coattails awaits her, along with his group of featureless skeletons. He seduces and pushes her away at the same time and she is shocked when he appears at her school, staring right at her. From the beginning, Theia is intrigued by him, not at all scared at what he could possibly be. It is a slow process but she eventually realises that the man haunting her dreams and real life thoughts are one and the same.

We easily fall victim to Haden's sly seduction, even though we can see that he is manipulative and toys with people around him. He uses girls as puppets in order to seduce Theia or make her jealous, and he is possessive when he misinterprets her interactions with other men. Theia falls quickly and the two play the game of one step forward, two steps back. Just when you think Haden will give into his feelings for Theia, he becomes frustratingly rational and we are forced to continue waiting. This eventually builds up a mountain of tension and their first kiss - or all of them really - is magnificent and explosive. Hayes has the ability to write wonderfully steamy scenes as well as those very romantic ones. So don't think that Haden's always a jerk! He's actually very sweet at times and we see his innocent boyishness - his human side - make an appearance. A few times in the novel there are moments of "Stay away from me. I'm too dangerous" and "No, I really love you!" but the positives by far outweigh the minor negatives.
Towards the end of the novel, Haden becomes the narrator and everything is quite literally the other way around. Because of this experience, they grow as characters and have very different identities to those they had at the beginning.  

Falling Under is utterly captivating as we are never sure what to expect next. The pace is good, the twists are exciting, the climax nerve-wracking and the conclusion jaw-dropping. Can we have the sequel now?

Dreaming Awake will be released early next year. Who's excited?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: 11/5/11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine! Each week, bloggers spotlight what upcoming release they're eager for.

My pick this week: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep.


Summary from Goodreads:
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Acad­emy — a school of myths, magic and war­rior whiz kids, where even the lowli­est geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spar­tan guy in school, also hap­pens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jas­mine Ash­ton was mur­dered in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties. Then, some­one stole the Bowl of Tears, a mag­i­cal arti­fact that can be used to bring about the sec­ond Chaos War. You know, death, destruc­tion and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m deter­mined to find out who killed Jas­mine and why – espe­cially since I should have been the one who died...


Why I want to read this: Myths and magic. What's not to love? Sounds like an exciting, action-packed novel! Hopefully this lives up to my expectations. It's got great potential!

Who's up for it? Are you putting it on your to read list? What's your WWW? 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: 10/5/11

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.



The rules are simple!
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


 This week I'm reading Falling Under by Gwen Hayes. Absolutely loving it so far! Here are my two teasers...

"He began to move towards me and then stopped himself. He drew in a ragged breath and it sounded like the word “no” escaped his lips before the windows of every vehicle in the parking lot shattered."

Ooooh, mysterious? Better pick up the book to see what's happening! What's on your Teaser Tuesday?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Author Interview: S.M. Reine + Giveaway

Sara Reine is the debut author of Six Moon Summer, which I loved and have reviewed here. She's been lovely enough to provide me with an interview and a copy for one lucky reader to own! Read more information about her new YA novel on Goodreads or the official website.


Sara Reine a busybody writer type in her twenties.  She's passionate about YA and urban fantasy and has a terrible habit of judging books by their covers. In addition to writing and baking tasty, tasty cookies, Sara loves chatting with random people on Twitter, cultivating relationships with fellow indie authors, pretending she knows anything about graphic design, and collecting furry black animals.  Yes, living ones.  Four of them.


 ~x-x-x~

In 50 words or less, tell us why people should read your book?
It's exciting, fun, and fast, and it's totally unlike any werewolf story you've ever read before.

You describe becoming a werewolf as being like a metaphor for growing up. Are there any events or characters in the novel that are based on real experiences or people?
Nothing is specifically based on anyone or any single event, but the general experience of that dramatic coming-of-age is a lot like my time in high school.  When I was about seventeen, I underwent a dramatic change-- a few things happened, so I lost fifty pounds, I found a fashion sense, and I grew a sense of confidence. By the time I was done, I was unrecognizable as the girl I had been at sixteen.  It was nuts.  And great fuel for writing!

What's one interesting thing about yourself that readers don't know?
My day job is in mainframe operations and facilities, which means that I work with BIG COMPUTERS monitoring performance and environmental metrics.  I also do some information processing, although that's getting phased out over time in favor of the facilities end of things.  In other words, it's the least writing-related job in the world!

What is your perfect writing environment?
I like being completely isolated with big puffy headphones in a dark room illuminated by fairy lights (so I can see where I put my wine).  The least sensory information possible helps me really get into the story.

What are your favourite books and authors?
I love the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey and everything Stephen King.  Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft are my all-time favorites, though.  Otherwise I'm not much of an author loyalist. I can't think of a single writer whose work I'll pick up no matter what.

What is one guilty pleasure of yours?
I have no guilty pleasures! I'm shameless. I guess I could feel guilty about loving The Vampire Diaries so much, especially since I'm Team Stefan. Haha!

If you were on an island, what are the five things you would bring?
My family, my pets, a generator, my laptop, and wine. Lots of wine!

Is there anything major in the novel that was changed from your first draft?
No, the final draft is pretty much exactly like the rough draft in terms of content.  Although editing drastically changes the quality of the writing (I write really crummy first drafts), I only added about two scenes and didn't cut anything significant.

Have you started writing the sequel, All Hallows Moon, yet? If so, how much?
I'm in the midst of All Hallows Moon now!  I had to write the beginning about six times to figure out where the book needed to begin, though, so I'm not as far as I'd like.  Second books are so much harder than first books, but I am on track to have it out in fall 2011.

Do you have any ideas for another series in mind at this point?
Yes, actually, I do. I have an urban fantasy series for adults slated to begin summer 2012 about a very different heroine than Rylie, but I don't want to get into it too much yet.  :) Thank you!

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A big thanks to Sara for making time to chat with me! Find her on Goodreads, Twitter and her website.

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    Review: Six Moon Summer

    Title: Six Moon Summer
    Author: S.M. Reine
    Series: Seasons of the Moon #1
    Published: April 29th 2011
    Source: Author

    Rylie is certain life can't get worse. Her parents have sent her to summer camp so they can focus on divorcing, the shrews sharing her cabin are bullies, and hiking gives Rylie asthma attacks. When her attempt to run away on the full moon is cut short by a flash of bloody jaws, she learns that becoming a monster is the hardest trial yet. Her temper turns violent and she keeps waking up in the forest with no memory of how she got there. Seth has answers, but he's way too cute and knows way too much to be trustworthy. With no other allies to turn to, Rylie is forced to accept Seth's help, and they search the dark forests of Gray Mountain for answers. If she can't discover a cure in three months, she's doomed to become a werewolf-- forever.

    Six Moon Summer is a fantastic book by debut author, S.M. Reine. I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would and more! The novel puts a spin on how werewolves came to be and the paranormal element is aided by the usual woes that teens must face. Not only do we read about Rylie's adventures as an almost werewolf, we follow her as she is mercifully teased by bullies and overcomes family issues. I absolutely love how Rylie's experiences as a wolf are described in great detail. Nothing is skimmed over, making the story much more believable and solid. This isn't something that you see a lot of in werewolf books so this book is definitely one to try.

    The novel is written in third person but this does not take away from the characterisation at all. Rylie's thoughts are clear and rational, and I found myself falling into her character very easily. I felt a lot of sympathy for Rylie - normal human issues plus impending doom? Yeesh! Becoming a wolf is made worse by the fact that Rylie is a vegetarian - you can imagine how that went!
    Her relationship with Seth is sweet, confusing and heartbreaking all at once. As the climax approaches and new information is discovered, things between them get difficult and readers are left hoping that they can be together, despite the odds.

    Fast-paced and exciting are just two words to describe Six Moon Summer. There are many twists - some predictable, some not - and you will be engaged from beginning to end. The novel ends much too soon for my liking (give me more now!) and so I'm now panting for All Hallows Moon, which has a tentative release date of October this year. This trilogy sounds very promising and the adventure, mystery and romance will definitely pull you in for more.


    Grab your copy of Six Moon Summer from places such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Thanks to Sara for sending me a lovely print copy of her novel!
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    Review: Mercy


    Title: Mercy
    Author: Rebecca Lim
    Series: Mercy #1
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Published: October 19th 2010
    Source: Net Galley

    As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams. In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy′s blood and they won′t rest until they find her and punish her -- for a crime she doesn't remember committing...

    Mercy has taken over the body of a girl named Carmen, who has come to a small town, Paradise, to live with Ryan's family. As I read this novel without the summary fresh in my memory (I was internet-less), it was a little difficult for me to connect and immerse myself in Mercy at first, having no idea what I was reading. As I continued, the skilful blend of mystery and romance pulled me in, keeping me on the edge of my seat as the main characters investigated the kidnappings.

    There are several plot lines which intertwine in this novel - Carmen's life which is controlled by Mercy, her relationship and adventures with Ryan, and Mercy's own life as a past angel plus her relationship with mysterious Luc. The protagonist herself is confused about what is happening and who she is during most of the book, and this unfortunately had me quite confused as well. Just about every scene with Luc flew over my head, so I have no clue what happened there. I found the story lines about Carmen and Ryan much more enjoyable to read about than Mercy's own, as Mercy's fallen angel plot is not explained or addressed much. I don't think you'd even know that she was an angel without reading the summary first.

    Nonetheless, Mercy is a very suspenseful and mysterious book. There are many twists and turns, and the identity of the kidnapper comes as an absolute surprise. You don't find out who it is until the very end so the mystery is present throughout the whole novel. I felt the romantic element of the novel didn't make much sense and was a bit useless. Other than Ryan being pulled out of his shell where finding his sister was the only thing that mattered, Mercy and Ryan's relationship seems to have no purpose. They don't have a reason to like to each other and their relationship isn't explored at all. Hopefully this is expanded more on in the next book, as well as her confusing relationship with Luc, her "eternal beloved".

    It is not until the final third of the novel that I started loving it for good. As Mercy gets closer to finding the kidnapper and things begin falling into place, everything suddenly becomes very exciting. We are left with a shocker of a cliffhanger so I will definitely be picking up the next book, Exile, in hopes of an improvement! I look forward to finding out where Mercy will be taken next and what will happen between her, Ryan and Luc.


    In My Mailbox: 8/5/11


    In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

    Surprisingly, all of the packages I was expecting to receive while I was away on holiday have not arrived yet. Still waiting on about four...But here's what I did receive before I left!

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