Dec 31, 2011

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have)

I came across Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) browsing books on amazon. Just the title alone was intriguing but I didn't really want to read it until after seeing what the book was about. After not buying it for awhile I finally got it for Christmas and it was the best contemporary book I have read in awhile.

 Summary from Goodreads:

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) starts off really funny and that hilarity never ends it just gets stronger and even funnier the more you read. I had the hardest time putting this book down. When I started this book I didn't realize how much I would love it that I would be halfway done with it already by one in the morning. I finished it the next day, sort of sad that it was over. I wanted more to read! I know for a fact that after reading this one I will be picking up Sarah Mlynowski's other books.

I really loved most of the characters in this book, aside from Noah who annoyed the crap out of me. At first though I wasn't sure if I would like April she seemed a tiny bit whiny in the beginning, but then that just vanished and I really started to like her and she cracked me up. The whole her ring tone being a police siren for her dad oh gosh I loved that! Hudson, oh Hudson <3. I loved this guy the moment he appeared in the book. How could you not? My only complaint is there was not enough Hudson. Seriously there needed to be more Hudson! :) I also really loved Dean, he made me chuckle a lot. Vi and Marrissa were great characters too. Lucy...Lucy was strange at first, but then you warm up to her and actually begin to like her a bit. All and all this book had some really great characters, aside from Noah who deserves a good slap in the face.

Ten Things We Did tackles some tough topics in my opinion and I liked that about this book. Even though it was seriously funny there were some serious things in it to balance it out. Some of it I can't talk about or it will ruin the book but just know that when reading this it is a hilarious book but Sarah Mlynowski throws in some issues that really in my opinion made the book better.  I also really loved how towards the end it did start to get more serious but then the very ending you get back that light and funny April. I was very sad that this one ended. I would love a second book. Not sure if that will ever happen but I will hope for it. Because seriously? I need some more Hudson and WEEEoooo WEEEoooo WEEEooooo! Haha :D

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me. This book was brilliant and if you haven't read this one yet you seriously need to. Like now! I'm going to end this review with one of my favorite passages from this book. This is just a dose of how funny this book is.  

"I'm not exactly alone. I have Vi."

"And Zelda," Vi piped in.

"Who's Zelda?" I asked.

"Didn't I tell you about the ghost in the oven?"

I turned around to face her. "No. You did not."

"Personally, I think the creaks are because the oven is from 1972, but my mother is convinced they're from a ghost Zelda."

"Did someone die in the house or something?"

"No, my mother is just crazy," she said. "She was convinced we a had a ghost. And that the ghost committed suicide in our oven, Sylvia Plath style. Which doesn't even make sense, because our oven is electric."

I wasn't sure why one couldn't kill oneself in an electric oven, but decided not to ask. 
"Great to know," I said instead. "Whenever you're out I'll just talk to Zelda."

If that didn't convince you to read this book, just think of Hudson and what you are missing...

Dec 30, 2011

Top 10 Books I'm looking forward to in 2012

Today's post is all about the top ten books that come out in 2012 that I can't wait to read. Again this one was pretty difficult to narrow down because there are so many amazing books coming out in 2012 but I did it so here are my top ten books I'm looking forward to in 2012!

10. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Summary from Goodreads:
You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.
9. Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Summary from Goodreads:
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's
8. Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Summary from Goodreads:
It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?

7. Dead to you by Lisa McMann

Summary from Goodreads:
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable

6. The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Summary from Goodreads:
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye

5. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Summary from Goodreads:

Taylor's family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then Taylor's dad gets devastating news that changes everything. Her parents decide that the family will spend the summer together at their old vacation home in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he's much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them are very aware that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

4. Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

No Summary for this book at this time.

3. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

Summary from Goodreads:
Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

2. Wings of The Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Summary from Goodreads:

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay. 

1. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Summary from Goodreads:

 Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students—children of the wealthy and powerful—carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought. 

So those are my top ten books I am looking forward to in 2012. What books are you most looking forward to in 2012? Any of the ones I listed on your list? Let me know in the comments!

Dec 29, 2011

Cover Reveal

Today a very highly anticipated cover (on my end at least) was released today! I have been dying to see what this cover would look like and now I have and its gorgoues!!

I will admit it isn't what I was expecting but I love it!! Its so pretty!! I have always loved the covers but this one might just be my new favorite! Can't wait to add it next to all the other Soul Screamers books on my bookshelf. :) Isn't it gorgeous?

Top 10 Characters in 2011

Today's post will be all about Top Ten Characters in 2011. I have chosen to do my top ten Heroines from 2011 books I have read. I will supply a picture and a quote for that certain heroine. Note the images I find will be from Google images and I take no create for making them. Most of the images will just be book covers but a few won't. Basically there just the images I feel represent the character well same with how I did it with the Book Boyfriends post. Here are my top ten Heroines from 2011.

10. Donna Underwood from The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

“I don't think I believe in angels, that's all. And if you were one, that would mean I'd have to re-evaluate my beliefs. I'm not quite ready to do that.”-Donna Underwood

9. Zoey Redbird from Tempted by P.C Cast & Kristen Cast

“As your girlfriend, you've just p***** me off. As your High Priestess, you've just insulted me. And as someone with a working brain, you've made me wonder if you've lost every bit of your sense."-Zoey Redbird

8. Lissa Dragomir from Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

“I just wish I could have all this and stand up to her a little. Rose would."-Lissa Dragomir

7. Eve Rosser from Bite Club by Rachel Caine

"He lives in a hole in the ground, dresses funny, and occasionally eats his assistants. Define crazy.”-Eve Rosser

6. Maya Delaney from The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

"No? Cool. Cause I've decided to skip the paw print. I'm thinking of a tramp stamp with flames that says 'Hot in Here.' No wait. Arrows. For directionally challenged guys”-Maya Delaney

5. Kaylee Cavanaugh from If I Die by Rachel Vincent

“That's because Tod never brings anything but death and bad advice,"-Kaylee Cavanaugh

4. Ellie Monroe from Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

“I have a ninja sitting shotgun. Of course, I'm tense."-Ellie Monroe

3. Sydney Sage from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

"At least I take action. You? You let the world go by
without you. You have no spine. You don’t fight back."-Sydney Sage

2. Claire Danvers from Bite Club by Rachel Caine

“And before you ask, no, you're not driving, Myrnin. I remember the last time.You were the only one one the road, and the mailbox actually didn't leap out in front of you. No arguments. You sit in the back, too.”-Claire Danvers

1. Rose Hathaway from Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

“The only thing better than imagining Dimitri carrying me in his arms was imagining him shirtless while carrying me in his arms."-Rose Hathaway

So there you have it! These are my top ten Heroines. I choose these ladies because they each represent being a Heroine in there own ways. Any of the Heroines I chose the ones you would have chosen? Let me know in the comments your top ten heroines.

Dec 28, 2011

Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011

Today's top ten post is all about Book Boyfriends of 2011! Should be real easy right? HA! Not even close. But after narrowing it down I have my top ten book boyfriends with pictures and even quotes of theirs. Just note that the images I provide in this post are from Google images and I take no credit what so ever for creating them. That being said I had so much fun putting this post together hehe! :) Okay here are my top ten book boyfriends of 2011.

10. Will from Angelfire

“And every time you die, a little piece of me dies with you."-Will

9. Conrad Fisher from We'll Always Have Summer

“Sometimes I think I’ll never trust another girl the way I trust you,” -Conrad Fisher

8. Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls

“Well, the name is Salvatore. As in Savior."- Damon Salvatore

7. Christan Ozera from Last Sacrifice

 “Don't worry, I won't bite. Well, at least not in the way you're afraid of."- Christian Ozera

6. Jace Wayland from City of Fallen Angels

“I don't want to be a man," said Jace. "I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead."-Jace Wayland

5. Shane Collins from Morganville Vampires: Bite Club

“Expecting anybody else?" Shane asked Eve. "Your distant cousin Jack the Ripper dropping by too?"-Shane Collins

4. Tod Hudson from If I Die

"I may be dead but I'm still perfectly functional. More functional than ever, in fact. watch me function."-Tod Hudson 

3. Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines

“Yeah? Can you draw a skeleton riding a motorcycle with flames coming out of it? And I want a pirate hat on the skeleton. And a parrot on his shoulder. A skeleton parrot. Or maybe a ninja skeleton parrot? No, that would be overkill. But it'd be cool if the biker skeleton could be shooting some ninja throwing stars. That are on fire.”

2. Dimitri Belikov from Last Sacrifice

 "Roza, you forgot one of my most important lessons; don't hesitate."-Dimitri Belikov

1. Alexander Banks from The Vampire Stalker

“I tried to avoid it coming to that, but it was bound to happen...My attraction to you has tested my self-control and my concentration.”-Alexander Banks

Those are my top ten book boyfriends. Tomorrows post will be all about Top Ten Characters in 2011 so keep your eyes peeled for that one! Any of the boys here make it on your top ten boyfriend list? Let me know in the comments who your top ten boyfriends of 2011 would be!

Dec 27, 2011

Top 10 Covers of 2011

Today will be all about my top ten covers from 2011. I for one am a cover nerd so choosing just ten covers was pretty hard, but here they are..

10. Between by Jessica Warman

9. After Obsession by Carries Jones

8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

7. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

6. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

5. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

4. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

3. Exile by Anne Osterlund

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

1. The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

I love all of these covers for so many different reasons. Between is just indescribable staring at it I kind of feel like I am upside down like the girl on the cover. Its just really a stunning and really well designed cover. After Obsession is dark and gorgeous. I love how the black dress is flowing down and the farther you get its turning into what looks like ink. The font for the title fits it really well too. The Scorpio Races I was originally torn about but after looking at it more closely I love it. Its great how you can see the reflection of the horse in the water and how its splashing under its hooves. Silence whats not to love about that cover? I have loved the Hush, Hush covers from the start and this one is just gorgeous and intriguing. 

The Pledge cover is stunning. The pale skin and blonde hair really look great against all the black and the girls expression really makes you wonder what she is supposed to be staring off at. The Gathering cover has been one of my favorites since I saw it. Its just gorgeous!! The Day Before cover has a really lovely color. I love how the grass is in the girls face and how her red hair against the green make her blue eyes pop. Exile is so pretty! I love the sky behind the girl and the key she is holding in her hand. I loved the first cover for this series and I love this one even more. Anna Dressed in Blood man that cover is so gorgeous and freaky but I absolutely LOVE it!!

The Vampire Stalker is by far the most gorgeous cover ever! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this one. It's just so eery and the girls hair looks so pretty against all the dark and smoky colors. Oh and not to mention the dude walking towards her is a cool touch to it too. Alexander Banks <3 I always have the hardest time explaining why I love something so much but this cover really explains why I love it all by itself!

So those are my top ten book covers of 2011. It was hard to pick just ten but I did it! What are your top ten covers of 2011? Are any of them the ones I listed above? Let me know in the comments!

Dec 26, 2011

Top 10 Books I've Read in 2011

Today is the first day of the Top 10 of 2011 which is hosted by Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, and Rachel from Fiktshun. This post is going to be all about the top ten books I've read of 2011 and actually its pretty hard to chose just ten because there are so many top ten worthy books out there! But since I could only chose 10 here they are...

10. Cryers Cross by Lisa McMann

9. What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

8. We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

7. Angelfire by Courtney Alison Mouton

6. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

5. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

4. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

3. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

2. If I Die by Rachel Vincent

1. The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

All of these books were absolutely amazing! Cryer's Cross was chilling and creepy.  What Happened To Goodbye was beyond amazing and an unable to put down kind of read. We'll Always Have Summer was emotional (for me at least for many reasons!) and breathtaking. Angelfire was kick butt and fast paced. Amy & Rogers Epic Detour was sweet and true. Bloodlines was engrossing and another unable to put down kind of read. The Gathering was vividly amazing and unique. Nightshade was heart stopping and epic.  If I Die was mind blowing and breath taking. The Vampire Stalker was enchanting and thrilling. If you haven't read any of these I so recommend it.

So you know my top ten books I've read in 2011. What are yours? Any of them the same as my list? Let me know in the comments your picks!