Mar 30, 2012

Song Of The Week

Song Of The Week is a weekly event I do here at my blog basically just sharing a song that has been on constant replay this week. Feel free to join in and make your own Song Of The Week post! This week I can't stop listening to one of the songs off The Hunger Games soundtrack. It just won't leave my head.

Run, Daddy, Run by Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies:

"All the songs you used to sing to me would rock birds to sleep. I need you now so please somehow put rockets on your feet." Those lyrics will not leave my head. It's just such a beautiful song that fits The Hunger Game so well. I love it and its been on reply for the past two weeks! The whole Hunger Games soundtrack is fantastic. I love every song. Do you have a song that you can't stop listening to?

Mar 29, 2012

So Much Closer

I've always wanted to read one of Susane Colasanti books, but never seemed to get around to actually reading one of them. All the stories sounded fantastic and finally I picked up one of her books. It sat on my bookcase for a bit, but once I picked So Much Closer up and started to read it I could not stop. So Much Closer was all it took for me to love Susane Colasanti's writing. Now I know for sure I will be reading every single one of her books with no hesitation.

Summary from Goodreads:

When Brooke's crush, Scott, moves from their suburban town to New York City, she decides to follow him there. Living with her formerly estranged dad and adapting to a new school are challenging, and things go from bad to worse when Brooke learns that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she builds her new life, Brooke begins to discover a side of herself she never knew existed. And as she finds out, in the city that never sleeps, love can appear around any corner...

Where do I even begin to tell you how beautiful this book is? So Much Closer is about a girl named Brooke who seriously believes she is in love with Scott Abrams and that they are meant to be together. She has this feeling she calls The Knowing and The Knowing has never been wrong before so why would it be wrong now? The only problem is they never actually had a conversation and um he's moving to New York City. Bad luck eh?

The moment I started this book I loved the main character Brooke. Brooke is a really well developed character who you learn as you read doesn't trust people well and she has her reasons. She doesn't really give a crap about school or her grades which you learn why towards the middle of the book. There is a lot to Brooke you don't realize. She's a bit cynical from the start, but as she learns to trust certain people and realizes there's more to life than just Scott Abrams she becomes this amazing person who sees the world differently.

Scott Abrams is the guy of Brooke's dreams. She is madly in love with him and in some ways I could understand why. The more Scott is around the more you like him. He's cute and all but he wasn't really an amazing character. And once certain things between him and Brooke occur he kind of just falls flat as a character, which in all honesty was perfect because it leads up to an amazing ending and amazing things for Brooke. Not that Scott is a bad character because he's not I like him he's just not one of those characters who you learn a who lot about personally. And to be honest Scott got pushed aside because of John who had my heart the moment he was introduced. I mean how could you even think about Scott when such a guy like John was around?

John, oh John. This guy was defiantly my favorite character aside from Brooke herself. He has so much energy and he just blurts out the truth all the time and I love him. He is a huge part in the reason why Brooke finally sees certain things clearly and she becomes just a better person because of him. Any time John was around in the book I would always smile because his dialogue is the best. I did feel sorry for him while I read in some moments because of him not being able to keep his thoughts collected and the fact he works so hard to try and do so good, but his disease prevents him from being able to achieve what he can. John is a smart guy you really start realize the more you read about him. I loved reading as Brooke really started to see John for who he was because I was seeing the same thing along with her.

John wasn't the only character to really transform Brooke from who she was when we first meet her. Sadie who at first you have to wonder if she will be that annoying character actually turns out to be the awesome person you wish could be a friend of yours. At first Brooke finds Sadie seriously annoying and way to persistent, but then once she actually lets her guard down and hangs out with Sadie the two become inseparable. I loved it when Brooke would realize that even though she has a hard time trusting people there are still some people out in the world that you can let in completely 100% and trust.

I wasn't sure how I would like this book to be totally honest. I'd never read anything by Susane Colasanti before so I was just going off the lovely cover and interesting summary. I regret not reading this book sooner that's for sure or any book by Susane Colasanti for that matter. I loved this book and could not put it down. I had to keep reading until the very last page. I really wish I had another book by this author that I could read right now because I fell in love with the way she wrote and described everything so vividly. I felt as if I was in New York City seeing and admiring everything that Brooke was. This book was just beautiful and even though the reason Brooke goes to New York in the first place is for a boy she ends up right where she is supposed to be finding her path in life and true friends that will have her back for a lifetime. So don't go into this book just thinking its all about romance, because its not. It's about self discovery and learning to trust people, to trust yourself to achieve all that you can.

So Much Closer was a really beautiful story that started and ended with perfection. You will love reading about Brooke and her journey in New York City. I know I loved it and So Much Closer is getting 5 out of 5 stars from me. If you have this book sitting on your bookcase read it. If you don't own this book yet go and out and buy it now. This is a book that needs to be read. I can't wait to pick up another book from Susane Colasanti.

Mar 28, 2012

Friends Close, Enemies Closer

Friends Close, Enemies Closer is the last installment in the In or Out series by Claudia Gabel. I read this book right after finishing Sweet and Vicious because I needed to know what happened next right away. It's a really great last book in the series that I enjoyed. I loved how it ended and wrapped up everything so nicely.

Summary from Goodreads:

Are you IN or are you OUT? Get ready to be pick a side!Marnie, who's just gotten into a huge fight with Lizette -- and high school hottie Dane-- is suddenly very much OUT. Meanwhile, Nola, who's attracted a collection of boy admirers (including an older guy!), is suddenly sort of...IN. As Homecoming draws nearer, and the social stakes get higher, the former best friends are each waist-deep in drama. And when a surprising turn of events throws them back together, will they mend their friendship...or become enemies all over again?

Friends Close, Enemies Closer starts off exactly where Sweet and Vicious left off just like all the previous books before it. Sweet and Vicious ends with us finally finding out the mystery of Matt. When I was reading this series I never expected that would be the mystery. It's sad, because just the thought of that happening is terrifying. And learning this about Matt and who he is really makes you love him even more. It's impossible not to love Matt. He's that guy you wish you were dating because he's just so sweet.

This has to be my favorite book in the series even though it is the very last one and I wish there was more and honestly I think if the author wanted to she could totally do more with the story, but anyways this one was defiantly a great conclusion to the series.

Marnie who infuriated me and to be honest just got on my nerves in this series is finally realizing how much she screwed up. And she's finally seeing just who her true friends are and those who are back stabbing enemies. I started to like Marnie in Sweet and Vicious but I really like her in this one as she tries to right all her wrongs and handle being not in the in crowd anymore. Sure she still tries to make things right with Lizette even though she did nothing wrong and Lizette is just a B to the itch and that totally annoyed me. It took her a while, but Marnie finally figured out being popular isn't all it seems. It actually sucks big time. Marnie who was oh so confident from the start of the series actually ends up changing a lot from that girl. It's for the good to.

If you've read the first two books in the series and are expecting Nola to still be this shy girl who breaks into hives when she's nervous don't because that girl is no longer around. Nola has grown so much and she's no longer shy self-conscious Nola. She's confident and she's just Nola who doesn't really give a crap anymore what people think of her-aside form Matt of course. 

I loved how Nola and Matt's relationship turned out. It was just perfect. Everyone in this book finally ends up with who they are meant to be with. Though I will say I was sorta rooting for Ian a tad bit since Sweet and Vicious. Of course I knew nothing would happen, but still I liked Ian. There's a lot more of sexy Sawyer in this one as well. He wasn't in the first two books much and I'm glad he finally got some spot light. He's a great character who often had me smiling. 

Speaking of characters who made me smile, Weston Briggs really knows how to make a girl smile even if she tries hard not to smile. Marnie really can't stand Weston when he first comes into the books but even Marnie can't help but like Weston. He always made me smile or shake my head when he was in a scene with dialogue. He's that guy who you love to hate and even though he seems like a jerk he's actually a good guy behind that smirk of his and baseball cap. 

There's a lot to love about this story, but what I loved most was how well Claudia wrapped everything up and she conveys the story in a way that shows that even though Marnie and Nola were best of friends the time apart really helped them. It allowed them to grow. It allowed Nola to break out of her shyness and it allowed Marnie to realize that some things a far more important than being in the in crowd. There are even a few characters who you realize aren't actually jerks, such as Erin-Marnie's sister. Sure she's still seriously self centered but she does care about Marnie. That very last sentence of this book was amazing. It couldn't have been a better ending to a great series about friendship.

Friends Close, Enemies Closer is a really great fast read that makes you think about what friendship means. It's got great characters and plot and its over all just a great series. Friends Close, Enemies Closer is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me. If anyone asked me if they should read this series I would not hesitate to say "Yes!" because I think everyone should read about Nola and Marnie. Everyone remembers there first year of high school and this is just a great story of two friends learning really great things about people around them, life in general and even their selves. Pick up this series and read it!

Mar 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. You do this twice from any random page just make sure the teasers are not SPOILERS! This week I will be sharing two teasers from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater!

"Malvern has repainted it many times, but when the morning light comes in full and strong, the stains are still visible. One of them is the print of a human hand, fingers splayed near the door handle." (from pg 74)

"There are moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments you think you will remember for the rest of your life, and its often they turn out to be the same moments." (from pg 66)

I was unsure about this book when I first started it but its turned out to be really good. I love learning about the water horses. Defiantly check this one out! Hope you enjoyed the teasers I shared with you guys! :)

Mar 26, 2012

Sweet and Vicious

Sweet and Vicious is the third book in the In or Out series and I remember having to have it the moment I finished reading Loves me, Loves me not and the moment I had the books in my hands I read it in a couple of hours and loved it and now that I'm rereading the series I still love this series.

Summary from Goodreads:

Nola is sick of moping over the end of her friendship with Marnie and decides to be just as cunning as Marnie and Marnie's new group of popular friends. So when Marnie "accidentally" runs into her first love--and a whole lot of confusion--is Nola to blame?

Sweet and Vicious starts off exactly were Loves me, Loves me not left off. Nola is standing on Weston Brigg's porch debating whether or not she should go through with the plan she hatched that formed in her head the moment she saw Weston moving in to the house next door. Weston Brigg's is Marnie's ex-boyfriend, by the way. Weston is a very cocky and arrogant guy who loves baseball but I kind of like him. He and Marnie have a tender moment towards the end of the book that makes you think maybe he's not so bad. I find him amusing. Marnie on the other hand finds him flat out annoying and would like to sock him where it counts quite a few times through out this book.

Marnie has never been my favorite character in this series. I never really particularly liked her chapters-they alternate between Marnie and Nola-and tolerated reading them because I didn't want to get confused, but in this one I start to like Marnie a tad bit. She starts to grow up and realize "Hey-Lizette is kind of shady!" of course she does nothing about it. She lets all the signs go over her head even though she knows something is up. I probably would do the same in her position. I don't feel proud about that, but I understand why she kept putting it off. She didn't want to believe what she knew was going on was actually going on and I totally can understand that even if I don't like to admit that. So yes in this book you begin to like Marnie and Marnie begins to see that maybe ditching Nola for Lizette was not the right call. 

Nola has really changed from the first book to this one. She's speaking her mind and defending herself and she's not breaking out in hives as often. Nola's even hatching plans to get back at Marnie which are quite brilliant. She never would have had the guts to do that in the first book. She's a really awesome character and her chapters I always look forward to. Her relationship with Ian develops more in this one and I loved this aspect of the book and almost sorta wish more would have come out of it. Her relationship with Matt is developing more. 

Matt is really different in this one compared to the other books. He's real moody and mysterious a lot in this one. Which you finally learn what is up with Matt in this book and it makes you feel for him and want to hug him for hours. Matt is a great character who had to grow up faster than most kids. I love him. He and Nola are the best characters in this series. 

There is a lot more of Sawyer in this one than there has been in the past books. I love Sawyer, he cracks me up and I wish Marnie would just get off her high horse already and see that hey Sawyer is the guy for me! Not that slime ball Dane. Ugh. I don' even want to mention him. He's not worth being mentioned, trust me. 

All and all Sweet and Vicious is a great companion to the first two books and is the best out of the three so far. The plot is your basic best friends becoming enemies but its a good one with some twists. Sweet and Vicious is getting 3.5 out of 5 stars from me. If your looking for a fast read with an interesting story about friendship and who to trust this is the series for you. I love it to this day and defiantly recommend you check it out. 

Mar 25, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and its all about books you have bought or received. This week a got a book and some cool swag.

I received swag from various people this week. I'd like to thank Jessirae from Words, Pages and Books, Michelle Zink, and Krista Holle for sending me swag! THANK YOU! I took a picture of the swag all together rather than individually but I will state which is from who at the bottom of the picture. :)

  • Ten bookmark from Jessirae (signed)
  • Bookmark and bookplate from Krista Holle
  • Tempation of Angels postcard from Michelle Zink (signed with a message)
Thanks again to Jessirae, Michelle, and Krista for sending me the swag! And I also won a book this week on a Goodreads giveaway.

  • The Crescent by Jordan Deen (signed)
That books cover is stunning up close. The cover alone makes me want to read this book now. It's just so pretty! So that is what I got this week in my mailbox! What did you get in yours?

Mar 24, 2012


It took me forever to read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand the first book in the trilogy and the moment I read it I fell in love with the world and its characters, so of course I wanted to read Hallowed as soon as possible. Hallowed is a great follow up to Unearthly and I am so glad that I put off reading Unearthly just because of the fact that I didn't have to wait months to pick up book two. Of course now I have to wait for book three, but it's totally worth it.

Summary from Goodreads:

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. 

Hallowed picks up pretty much right where Unearthly left off, its a new school year and Clara is having this new reacquiring dream that she thinks might possibly be a vision, but she just isn't sure. I will admit that it took me a bit to get back into the swing of things. The book seemed to start off a little slow for my liking but once I got back into loving Cynthia Hand's style of writing and her amazing world and characters she has created it was hard to put this book down. The moment I thought I could put it down some new revelation would be revealed and I had to find out what was going to happen. And let me tell you there are lots of surprises and revelations in this book.

In Unearthly you don't really learn to much about the angel stuff but in Hallowed you really get a lot of information that begins to put some pieces together along with bringing new pieces to the puzzle that throw everything out of sorts. There was a lot of stuff in this book I wasn't expecting. Especially for who is the one who dies. The summary states someone Clara loves is going to die and I instantly had someone in mind that made me think "Oh no. She better not kill that character off! I will be heartbroken." Someone does die, but it's someone I don't think anyone really thought it was going to be which I think really is what gave the book a nice touch because everyone has their own thoughts on who they thought it might be only to learn it's not who they thought at all.

Maybe some people had it figured it out but I sure has heck didn't. I feel as if I should have figured it out sooner though, because there were hints. Cynthia Hand has a way of making things obvious while making them totally completely not obvious and I love that about the way she writes.

All of the characters from Unearthly are back and there are even some new ones. A lot of the same characters have really grown in Hallowed and some even have changed, and not so much for the good either. Clara is a really great protagonists I love reading from her point of view. She is so funny, yet so grown up and then she's back to being just a confused teenager who doesn't want to have to deal with destiny and all that stuff. She just wants to be Clara and live the life she wants to live. I really love her and can't wait to read more about her story in book three.

Hallowed really had me thrown when it came to Christian and Tucker. I am Team Tucker forever, but I have to admit that Christian really surprised me in this book. He's a great guy. Like really great and he understands Clara and everything that is going on with her. There is a lot of stuff revealed about him in this book and some of it I did not see coming. With that being said I really like Christian now. BUT Team Tucker FTW. Tucker is amazing and I felt so bad for him in this book. I won't say anymore except for that I ached for Tucker nonstop throughout this book and I'm hopeful the the outcome I want to come will come.

There is this new character introduced into this book-Michael. I'm not going to say who he is or what part he has in this book, but let me just tell you that I LOVE him. Like seriously him and Tucker have my heart one hundred percent. He's an amazing character that I was not expecting to come into the book like that at all and the story between him and another great character made me go "Awww how sweet!"

I still don't trust Angela. There is just something not right with her. I didn't trust her in Unearthly and I still don't trust her in Hallowed but I do like her a little bit in this one. I just get this vibe that Angela is bad. Am I the only getting this vibe from her? I don't know maybe there is no vibe but Angela defiantly has something she is hiding. Wendy wasn't in this book as much as I would have liked. I understand why and all but I really like Wendy and feel like she should have been in the book more than she was.

Hallowed is a great companion to Unearthly and was even better than the first book. Cynthia Hand's writing was great in Unearthly, but in Hallowed it shows just how outstanding of a writer she really is and I can only imagine how amazing book three is going to be. Hallowed was one of those books were you never really knew what was around the corner and it was a heartbreaking story that ended on such a beautiful note. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me. Everyone needs to experience Clara's story because it's really amazing. I defiantly recommend you pick this book up and read it!

Mar 23, 2012

The Forever Girl Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

I am very pleased to say that today I have Rebecca Hamilton here on my blog. In case you haven't seen her book around it's called The Forever Girl and it sounds like a fantastic read. I can't wait to dive into the story!

Author Interview:

Q. Hi, before I ask some questions can you introduce yourself a little?

A. I'm Rebecca Hamilton, mother of three, wife of one, and an author to as many people as I can get my book to! I love reading (right now I'm reading Caged and just finished Lichgates-both great books) and sometimes I watch TV. Right now, I'm digging The Voice, Supernatural (mostly to drool over Jensen Ackles, but I like the show, too!), Make it or Break it, True Blood, and Dexter. I also spend any extra free time trying to offer support to other parents who have Autistic children.

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A. I've always wanted to write a book, but it wasn't until I wrote one that I realized I wanted to be a writer.

Q. Where did the idea for The Forever Girl come from?

A. I really just sat down to write a book. I didn't have a real idea in mind, other than: What if you had to kill the man you loved in order to save him? But that part of the story turned out to not come up full force until book 4 in the series. Instead, one of the smaller characters sort of revamped the plot, so to speak.

Q. What was your favorite scene in The Forever Girl to write?

A. The scene with the Cruor coterie on Basker Street. Thalia is a fun character.

Q. How about your least favorite or hardest scene to write?

A. Pretty much all the romance scenes.

Q. Do you have any advice to aspiring writers like myself?

A. Read a lot, write a lot, and be supportive of others-many times people will support you in return. Don't let your love of writing kill your passion for reading. All to often, as writers, we become overly critical of books because we would have done things differently. I even met a girl that basically doesn't give a book 5 stars anymore unless she is the one who edited for the author (so basically had the book tailor-written to her personal writing tastes). Truth is, readers aren't like that, and those of us who are writers weren't like that before we started reading either. We have to be careful to balance learning and aiming to be out best without losing our passion for reading! Well, that's my opinion at least. :)

Q. Do you tend to write with music on?

A. Almost always!

Q. If so who are some of the bands you listen to when you write?

A. Adele, Songs for the Sleepwalkers, All Time Low, Regina Spektor, Further Seems Forever, Silverchair, Lagwaon, Maria Mena, Paramore, Tatu, Tristan name a few.

Q. Growing up who were some of your favorite authors?

A. RL Stine, Alice Sebold, Anne Rice.

Q. Who is your current favorite author?

A. NANCY PICKARD! Big time. Also a huge fan of Marisa de los Santos.

Q. If your book were to be made into a movie who would you cast to be in it and why?

A. Sophia: The girl on the book cover (Maria Schuab) would be perfect. Except we'd need her hair curled for most of the scenes, and some light brown contacts for her eyes lol. Other than that Elizabeth Harnois. I really think these people show Sophia best.

Charles: Well, since I know that Jensen Ackles has the right person and looks good even with his hair a little longer, he'd be a shoe in. ;) But then I'd probably cast him in every movie ever if I had it my way.

Ivory: Megan Fox, minus her awesome tan and usual high heel shoes, could play Ivory in bother appearance and attitude!

Morena Baccarin as Paloma...not only are the appearances similar, but I think they have complimentary styles.

Hayley Kiyoko as Lauren....I think Hayley has the energy to play Lauren's role.

Ryan Gosling as Marcus...He can pull off a bad guy role and make it look good at the same time.

Annette Bening as Sophia's mom (Katherine).....I think she could pull off the complex acting performance that would be necessary for this role.

Kate Beckinsale as Thalia....I think she can pull of quirkyness of Thalia's character while still keeping a darker and exotic edge.

And Amanda Seyfried as Queen Callista because she can pull of the look and the creepy factor.

Now for some this and that questions.

Q. Tea or Coffee?

A. Coffee for me, but Tea for Sophia. I do love Tea, though!

Q. Vanilla Ice Cream or Chocolate Ice Cream?

A. Chocolate. :)

Q. Team Edward or Team Jacob?

When I read, I rooted for Edward. But in retrospect....Jacob. :)

Q. The Walking Dead or The Vampire Diaries?

A. I haven't seen either, but I want to see The Vampire Diaries and I struggled to get through even one episode of Walking Dead. I guess there are books, too, right? Yeah, I need to add those to my 1000-book-long-to-read-pile..

Thanks so much for answering all these questions and stopping by Rebecca! It was a pleasure having you here today!

Thanks so much for having me here!

Now that you know a little bit about the author you should check out her book The Forever Girl!

And I'd like to thank Dark Mind Book Tours for allowing me to participate in this book tour! Now Rebecca has been kind enough to giveaway a e-book copy of her book and a scented candle which will be pictured below in a moment. I'd like to thank her for letting me host this giveaway! Thanks Rebecca! :)


In order to enter this giveaway to win a e-book copy of The Forever Girl and this scented candle you must be thirteen year or older to enter. This giveaway is international for the e-book ONLY! If the winner is in the US then they will get the candle. So basically if you live outside of the US then you only get the e-book not the candle because of cost of shipping and all that.

Pretty right? So now all you have to do to enter is fill out the Raffelcopter below! Good luck to all who enter! And also make sure to check out tomorrows tour stop over at The Haunted Rose!

UPDATE: The Winner has been notified by email. She has 48 hours to respond or I will have to chose another winner. Thanks to all those who entered! Better luck next giveaway. :)

UPDATE: Another winner has been drawn and she has 48 hours to respond or I will have to draw another winner. 

Mar 22, 2012

The World Will Be Watching

Today is the day guys. The Hungers Games is finally here. I never thought this day would get here, but I survived the wait and now the movie is coming out tonight at midnight!!

Who will be seeing it tonight at midnight? I'm going to see it Saturday morning when it won't be insanely packed...I hope. I don't know how I will be able to fall asleep Friday night knowing that soon I will be seeing this movie. It's like when your a kid and you know Santa is coming and you know you need to fall asleep but it is just impossible!

I'm really excited to see how these two portray their characters. I have a good feeling that they will do awesome, but you never know. They both sure look hot so that right there gives them some points! ;)

I can not wait to see Jennifer in action as Katniss. Is it bad I'm most excited to see that dramatic scene in the trailer when she takes her sisters place that always makes me tear up the most? She does so good I just want to see it all together rather than in the bits and pieces in the trailer.

So who is going to the midnight showing to see The Hunger Games? Who is having a hard time focusing on anything but the movie? My brain keeps thinking "Saturday I get to see The Hunger Games la la la la la!" *insert me skipping.* Here is the trailer to keep us sane until we can get into that movie theater and FINALLY see The Hunger Games.

Mar 21, 2012

The Golden Lily

Guys today Entertainment Weekly has released the first chapter of The Golden Lily along with a Q&A with Richelle Mead-who is amazing by the way. If you haven't read Bloodlines yet I suggest you don't click on that link and read that first chapter. I mean its common sense but you know I figure I'd just throw that out there.  :)

Oh man after reading that chapter I need MORE! I am dying to read this book. June needs to get here faster. So what do you guys think of that first chapter of The Golden Lily? Pretty awesome right? I think so.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine were you spotlight a book that hasn't come out yet but you are dying to read. My Waiting on Wednesday pick this week is...

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian:

 Summary from Goodreads:

The start of a brand-new young adult trilogy about three very different girls who overcome their differences and band together to seek revenge on those who have wronged them, uncovering a supernatural secret about what brought them together and why in the process. Each book will rotate back and forth between the perspectives of all three characters.

Being a huge fan of anything by Jenny Han I am so excited for her to be having a new book coming out. I haven't read anything by Siobhan Vivian yet, but can't wait to see what her writing is like. This book sounds really cool too and I love the cover! It won't be released until September 18th of 2012. I can't wait!! What book are you waiting on to be released? :)

Mar 20, 2012

Cover Reveal

I've been waiting patiently-okay not so patiently-to see this cover and oh my gosh guys its amazing! So yesterday the cover for Burn for Burn was revealed and lets just say its pretty awesome. This book is written by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I've read all of Jenny Han's books and I loved each and every one of them so I'm dying to get my hands on this book and now that the cover has been revealed it feels like the book will get here sooner!

So what do you guys think? It wasn't what I was expecting but I love it.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. You do this twice from any random page just make sure the teasers are not SPOILERS! This week I will be sharing two teasers from Hallowed by Cynthia Hand.

"I'm having an argument with myself. And I'm losing. So not a good sign." (from pg 33)

"Your dying, I think. How can I eat when I know you're dying and there is nothing I can do to stop it?" (from pg 165)

Hallowed is starting off a bit slow, but it's starting to pick up and I'm getting back into the story. Unearthly was a fantastic read and I would defiantly recommend you read the first book and then start this one. Cynthia Hand's writing is amazing! Hope you enjoyed the teasers! 

Mar 18, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and its all about books you have bought or received. This week is a pretty small In My Mailbox but even so I am so excited about what I got. I'd like to thank Jennifer Echols before hand for sending me this book! Thank you so much Jennifer!

So without further ado I received an ARC of Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols. Guys I can not even begin to express how excited I am to read this book. Thank you so much Jennifer for sending me this ARC. It totally made my day! :)

She also signed the book.

  •  Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols for Review
That's what I got In My Mailbox this week! What did you get?

Mar 16, 2012

Song Of The Week

Song Of The Week is weekly thing I do here at my blog just basically sharing a song that has been on constant reply this week. Feel free to do your own Song Of The Week post! This week I can't stop listening to..

Easy To Love by The Jezabels:

I first heard this song in the trailer for Dance Academy season 2 and instantly loved it. It has been on constant reply in my head and it just won't stop! I just love it! So you know my Song Of The Week whats yours?

Mar 14, 2012

The Calling

When I first found out I won an ARC of The Calling by Kelley Armstrong I did a little happy dance of joy and then I stalked my mailbox until the day it finally arrived. I have been dying to read The Calling the moment I read the last page of The Gathering and let me just put it in one word for you my reaction to this book through out. Whoa!

Summary from authors website:

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. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the last page.

Let me first start off by saying that I love how they kept the same girl from The Gathering book trailer for The Calling book trailer. Most don't really do that and I like that they did! And let me tell you that book trailer is epic, but the book is mind blowing.

The Calling takes place right where The Gathering ended and holy crap my heart was pounding from start to finish while reading this book. Right from the start your thrown into this intense event that is taking place and I just could not read fast enough to find out what was going to happen. My heart broke in those few little chapters. The emotions that Maya was feeling were just so raw and up in your face it was hard not to feel them along with her and tear up. I mean you have this tragedy that is happening right before your eyes and everyone is reacting differently to it and you react along with them as if you were there. I don't know about anyone else who has read this book, but everything that happened within those few opening chapters really had my gut in a knot.

In The Gathering we get introduced to some characters that really didn't have a huge part in the story yet like Corey, Nicole, and Haley. But in The Calling you really get to see these characters through and through. We really get to know them in this one and some of it is shocking. Each character surprises you with there different secrets and personalities you never even knew they had-some they didn't even know themselves. Nicole? Never would have guessed that at all. It's always the shy ones as they say... Haley was another one that surprised me. Haley isn't what she seems and even though she seems like a real jerk you gotta pay close attention to her. She turns out not to be so bad.

Daniel you really get to see just how strong Daniel is in The Calling. He's the rock, the foundation that keeps everyone going. Him and Maya that is. If you thought you liked Daniel in The Gathering you better get prepared to fall head over heels for him in The Calling. It's official. I am Team Daniel.  Not that I don't like Rafe, because man do I like him. He sure knows how to make a girl swoon.

You get to see just how strong Maya is in this one as well. They all go through so much in this book and the fact Maya can think straight and take charge after all that proves how amazing she is. She's becoming one of my favorite protagonists. Kenjii-Maya's German Sheppard-has a big role in this book. Being a huge fan of German Sheppard's already it didn't take very long for Kenjii to steal my heart. That dog is just all kinds of awesome.

If you asked me if there was a moment of dullness in this book I would laugh and say "Sure..dullness." HA! There isn't a moment of dullness in this book. Or where a chapter just kind of went on and on with nothing interesting happening. Every single chapter, word, and paragraph brought its own amazing and interesting thing to this story. It was all so captivating to the point I didn't want the book to end. I wanted it to keep going so I could keep reading about this amazing story. Of course each story has to end...lucky for us there is a third book in the series. Needless to say I want book three now even though I know that isn't possible. But let me just tell you after that ending I'm going to be anxiously biting my nails until I get my hands on book three.

The Calling is one heck of a ride. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's amazing and its getting 5 out of 5 stars from me. It deserves it and more. Kelley Armstrong proves with The Calling just how talented she is and how much better her writing gets with each book. I can't wait for book three to come out and this one hasn't even been released yet. I can only imagine how epic the third book is going to be. The Calling is to be released April 12, 2012. Read The Gathering and get ready for this epic release.

Mar 13, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. You do this twice from any random page just make sure the teasers are not SPOILERS! This week I will be sharing two teasers from The Calling by Kelley Armstrong.

"I didn't need to look back to know who had me. The same person who'd had my back since we were five. Daniel." (from pg 10)

"Yeah, you can tell by the way she's going crazy, barking and racing around to drive off the despicable feline. Your dog is weird Maya." (from pg 95)

Oh my goodness guys this book is amazing. The moment I started it I haven't been able to stop reading it. My review will be posted tomorrow. If you have read The Gathering, be prepared for your mind to be blown by The Calling. Whoa!

Mar 12, 2012

The Gathering

I knew I would be reading The Gathering when I heard Kelley Armstrong would be writing another YA book and of course I read it right away and loved it! I have been a fan of Kelley Armstrong's since I first read the Darkest Powers series. This will be my second time reading this book and I swear it was even better this time around and I'm an even bigger fan of her work which seems a bit crazy since I was already a huge fan!

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet. 

This book doesn't fail to impress right from the very start. I was intrigued the moment I read the first page. The opening to this book is sad, and really kind of broke my heart because even though the character is only in the book for those few pages I loved her and really just want to find out more about what happened to her-just like Maya does. Maya is a great character who I loved the moment her presence was graced on the page. She's got this great sense of humor-her banter with her dad is hilarious!-and not only is she funny she is just strong and amazing. I'm going to share one of the things she says in the book that made me laugh involving her and her dad just so you can see a little bit of how funny Maya can be.

"No. You have to pass the parental exam first. It'll take you awhile to compile the data. They'd like it in triplicate." I turned to my parents. "We have Kenjii. We have my cell phone. Since we aren't officially dating, I'm sure you'll agree that's all the protection we need." 
Dad choked on his coffee.

My favorite part about this book was how the book brought up Navajo legends and all of that. I am a huge fan of the Navajo and to find out that it would be incorporated in this book made me want to keep reading even more! Maya doesn't really know her heritage, but she has the features of a Navajo and I loved being apart of her journey of slowly putting all these pieces together. We of course don't find out everything in this book, but the stuff we do sure is interesting and makes you want to learn more about Maya and her friends and all the dirty little secrets in Salmon Creek.

Being a huge fan of the Darkest Powers series I love how there were things from that series mentioned in here. You could read The Gathering and not get confused because you wouldn't even know the connections but those of us who have read the Darkest Powers you get that moment of "Hey! Your name is familiar!" Or "Oh he's a baddie from Darkest Powers!" I loved that about this book.

The characters in this book are all outstanding. Even the animals in this book have their own little personalities which was really great to read. Daniel, Maya's best friend is one of my favorites in this book. He's the protective best friend and he's just so great! While I was reading this book I kept getting this sense like Kelley Armstrong was throwing these little hints that there is going to be a love triangle between Rafe, Maya and Daniel. I'm excited to see where she will take that. I can't decide who I like better. Rafe is great, but so is Daniel. Though I love both of the boys I'm definitely rooting for Daniel...I think. Especially if what I think is going to develop does end up developing. 

I love the way Kelley Armstrong writes. She always creates these really amazing stories that you get so invested in them that you have to take a moment to remember that it's not real. It's just so fantastic you kind of want it to be real! Especially the boys in the book. The fictional boys that Kelley creates are great. You wish you could rip them from the book and place them in your world and claim dibs. Your heart will pound with Maya the protagonist. Your heart with break. You will laugh. I mean she literally writes in a away that really makes you feel what the main character is feeling and I love that.

The ending of The Gathering was great. It was an ending that totally left me wanting more, which is key to a good book in my opinion. If you finish it and aren't wanting more than it wasn't that great of a read. The Gathering was an amazing read and I totally wanted more ASAP! I loved everything about this book and can't wait to dive into The Calling book two. I'm giving The Gathering 4.5 out of 5 stars for being a unique story that really kept me invested in the characters, plot, atmosphere, everything! Read anything by Kelley Armstrong and you won't be disappointed. I know I haven't been.

Mar 11, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and its all about books you have bought or received. This week I received a book and some swag as well as bought some books.

I recieved an ARC of Hallowed by Cnythia Hand as well as some swag from the awesome Jessirae over at Words, Pages, and Books. This girl is awesome! Check out her blog and follow you won't regret it.

  • Hallowed ARC by Cnythia Hand
  • Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink bookmark
  • Across the Universe by Beth Ravis bookmark
  • Slide by Jill Hathaway bookmark signed
Thank you so much Jessirae! You are awesome! She totally didn't need to send me any swag with Hallowed but she did, because she is awesome. :D And now for the books I bought this week!

  •  The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  • Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
  • As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
  • So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti
  • Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
  • Eona by Alison Goodman
  • All You Desire by Kirsten Miller
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  • BunHeads by Sophia Flack
  • Soul Screamers Volume 1 by Rachel Vincent
So that is what I got this week In My Mailbox! I bought another copy of Anna so now that I have two that means there will be a giveaway sometime in the near future. What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Mar 10, 2012

Vampire Academy Giveaway

I just so happen to have a copy of the mass market paperback of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead sitting on my bookcase wanting to be read which makes me think that it's time I hold a giveaway. I'm sure you agree. :) Here is a picture of the book that will be in the giveaway.

This book is defiantly a must read and here is your chance to win a copy. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below. This giveaway is US and CA only! I'd like to state before hand that I am not responsible if anything gets lost or damaged after I have given it to the post office. And you must be 13 years or older to enter! Good luck! :D

UPDATE: The Winner has been notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or I will have to pick another winner. Congrats to the winner who was chosen by for this giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered and hope you have better luck next time! :)

Mar 9, 2012

Song Of The Week

Song Of The Week is a meme I suppose now that I basically do it every Friday so if you want to do a Song Of The Week post go ahead! I'd love to see what kind of music everyone is listening to! This week I can't stop listening to..

Lunar Eclipse by Bridezilla:

I heard this song recently in Passions book trailer by Lauren Kate and instantly fell in love with it. The song just really stuck with me and I haven't been able to stop listening to it on my i-tunes. I'm going to do a little something different today and share the book trailer with you guys so you can see what I'm talking about if you haven't seen it.

I love it!! So you know my song of the week. What's yours? :)

Mar 8, 2012

Random Ramblings #7

It's been way to long since I've done a Random Ramblings post. Like way to long. But I figure now is a good time to do one since I have some ramblings to ramble to you guys. I'm going to say sorry in advance if my ramblings bore you. Sorry, but this girl has got to random ramble.

I just laughed at myself for writing that last line. It sounded a lot like it could be the end of a theme song for some random show. That right there is just a glimpse into my really strange sense of humor. If my best friend is reading this she is probably laughing about it too.

Oh Tom...or is that Jerry? Watching Tom and Jerry I never really knew who was who. If they ever said in the show I guess I was to busy paying attention to all the chaos of the two trying to kill each other to notice. Anyways off the topic of Tom and Jerry before I have a long debate over who is who. Who is who? Do you know? I probably should know who is who.

Again-Anyways so if you have read my about page way up there ^ then you know that I am a sophomore in high school. School is kicking my butt this semester. Finals week is starting soon. I'm that kid that freaks out on finals week totally stressed out. Need an image?

Yep home alone freak out. The thing with my school is we don't have to take our finals if our grades are a 90% or higher. I should be jumping with joy and high fiving the air right?

Wrong. I stress until I know for a fact I don't have to take my finals. I'm pretty sure I won't have to take any finals for English or Biology BUT my math is a whole different story. I will be stressing over my math grade because it doesn't want to stay where I want it to stay. Needless to say I'm not a fan of math right now.

I envy those of you who can look at a math problem and laugh at how easy it is. Seriously. You guys need to spread the math love. My point of rambling to you lovely blog followers about all of this is because its making it really hard to read. I have had a lack of book reviews on here lately and its because of school and I've just been busy in general. And not to mention I recently had my wisdom teeth pulled like seven days ago.

I don't recommend getting your wisdom teeth pulled. It's not like a serious crazy insane 10 hour surgery but its still a surgery and it sucks. But in all honesty it's not as terrible as you probably think it will be. I know I was dreading it, but it turned out better than I assumed it would be. Back to my point though. I really hate when I can't post reviews on here regularly like I would like because then I feel like I am doing a crappy job of blogging. Summer is slowly getting here and I plan to post reviews like crazy since of course there won't be any school.

I am so excited about summer this year. I will be spending it mostly on a farm. I can not wait for this. I already go there on the weekends now but it will be nice to be able to go more often than just on the weekends because then  I get to see this guy more.

That is Fury. He's a Paso Fino and one of the horses at the farm I have been volunteering at. He's my favorite of them all even though he can be a little stinker and a pain in the butt. Even though I will be spending a lot of my time there and doing other stuff I will defiantly be posting more reviews than I recently have been since I won't have the stress of school.

I'm not sure how other bloggers do it. I'm only in high school and I've noticed a lot are in college and somehow they can post reviews regularly and it's gotta be tough finding the time. Or maybe I just need to manage my time better. I'm not sure. So if your a blogger and your reading this ramble of mine how do you find the time in your crazy schedule?

That's pretty much it on my random ramblings for today. But like I do with every one of these here are some pictures of the mascots.


Nesster (three Halloweens ago)

If you have read this whole thing and didn't skip anything at all here is a high five for being awesome!