Apr 29, 2012

Book Haul

Okay so maybe you noticed the fact that this post isn't titled In My Mailbox and its because of certain things that have been going on in the blogging sphere. I haven't said anything about it and won't say anything. You know where I stand considering the fact I am no longer doing In My Mailbox posts. I will now be doing Book Hauls. It's basically the same thing just a few alterations. Anyways, I got approved for some more books on Netgalley! YAY! As well as received some swag from some authors in the mail.


Netgalley:







Thank you Netgalley, Bloomsbury books and Random House! I've already started Dead Time and am really enjoying it so far! I'm hoping to have a review post next week. As for the other books, can't wait to start them! They all sound so good!

Received:



Thank you Tiffany King for sending me signed and personalized images of your book covers! Thank you Jennifer Echols for sending me Such A Rush bookmarks! I'll be giving away a few of these bookmarks so keep your eyes peeled for that giveaway! :)

That's what I got this week! What bookish goodies did you get this week? Let me know in the comments!

Apr 27, 2012

Song Of The Week

Song Of The Week is a weekly thing I do here on my blog basically just sharing with you guys a song that has been on replay all week! Feel free to make a post of your own if you'd like! :) This week I have had a One Direction song on replay. Shocking! Not really. I'm obsessed lol.

Moments by One Direction:



I love this song. It's kind of sad, but I just can't stop listening to it! These boys have such beautiful voices! So you know what song I can't stop listening to. What song have you been replaying constantly? Let me know in the comments!

Apr 25, 2012

Unbreak My Heart

Melissa Walker is no doubt one of my new favorite authors. Unbreak My Heart was my first book to read from this author and lets just say it was amazing and so much more. I literally got teary eyed when I realized it was over because I just didn't want it to end!

Summary from Goodreads:

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart? Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

Okay. I'm finding it very difficult to put into words how much I loved this book, and when I say I loved this book I mean I loved everything about this book down to every little detail. It was just so good and when it was over I wanted to whine because there wouldn't be anymore James or Clementine or even Crazy Olive. And I'll even admit that I got a little bit teary eyed about it too, but in a "This book was so amazing I want to hug it!" kind of way. I started this book not knowing what to expect because this was my very first book to read by Melissa Walker and instantly from the very opening line I was hooked. All I could think about was reading this book and I sorta wish I would have read it a littler slower so I could still be reading it. But I devoured it and will now proceed to reread my favorite parts the moment I finish this review.

Clementine is a bad person. She hates herself for what she has done and she's sad and depressed and can't stop thinking about what she did. Honestly she thinks about it so much to torture herself because bad people shouldn't be allowed to be happy. Not for one second. Right? Lets just say that Clementine has it all wrong. Sure she did something that hurt someone she cares so much about, but she isn't a terrible person like she thinks she is. She made a mistake. People make mistakes its only natural. She could have stopped flirting with him and she could have not let him hold her hands those few times, but lets face it Ethan was pursuing her and gets off so easy that it made me so angry when I found out that Amanda didn't dumb his sorry butt.

While I was reading Unbreak My Heart I thought I liked Ethan and could understand why Clementine liked him. Yes, Ethan had a girlfriend-Clementine's best friend to make matters worse-but the two just clicked. I was a little torn. I understood Clementine and why she liked Ethan. But I also understood how wrong her feelings were and Clementine knew how wrong they were too. She even tried to make them stop, but of course that wasn't so easy to do. Me liking Ethan totally started to change when Clementine confronted Ethan about certain things and he just brushed it off like no big deal. Then I really just didn't like him when I realized how much of a coward he was. He let Amanda think all these terrible things about Clementine like it was all her doing. He didn't own up to the fact that he was the one making the first moves. 

I loved how in this book we went from present Clementine to past Clementine. It really made it easy to fall into the story. It made me feel like I was getting every little detail I needed, like I wasn't missing anything about the story one bit. What I loved most though was how different past Clementine is to present Clementine and even how at the very ending of the book Clementine is shiny and new not the same person she was from the start of the summer. She changes so much from the very first page of the book and you see her gradually changing with each page in this book and it all leads up to this change that makes Clementine who she is. And that is a really great person. I really loved this character. 

There's this boy. And his name is James. James is sweet. James is funny. James is kind. James is the kind of guy that makes you smile even if you are the saddest person on plant earth. James is one great guy and he had me swooning from his very first appearance. What can I say? I dig funny guys.

"Okay, back away," he says.

"Huh?" I ask.

"You're obviously an assassin sent to kill me by collision," he says.

I smile slightly and touch my forehead which is throbbing a little.

"I could say the same thing about you."

Just then, Olive rounds the corner behind the redheaded guy and hits him-smack!-in the butt.

"Ooh, sorry!" she says, hurrying past him to get to me. She throws condensed milk into our basket.

"What the-?" says redheaded guy. "Two assassins?!"

Oh James how you make me smile! That is one of my favorite parts in the book. James has fire red hair and blue eyes that you could drown in their so gorgeous. At first Clementine doesn't even want to get to know this guy. He's upbeat and always grinning like he's never seen a day of sadness, but their is a lot to James she doesn't know. What scares Clementine the most is he sees and understands things about her that he just shouldn't. I just don't even know where to begin to express my love for this character. He has so many amazing qualities and he's a big reason Clementine learns to smile again. But hes not the only reason. Clementine's family has a big part in that too. I really loved Clementines family. Especially Olive.

Olive is a smart ten year old who sees and understands more about Clementine than Clementine realizes. Olive wasn't one of those siblings in a book that was a brat or even remotely annoying. I enjoyed Olive's presence in this book. She was so sweet. Clementines parents were even great and often had me cracking a smile. To be totally honest every single character in this book was so well written that it was difficult not to like them all.

Amanda. What do I say about her? I feel like she was to harsh and a bit stupid. How can she be so mean to Clementine and forgive Ethan so easily? I just don't understand it. I know she was hurt and all but she and Clementine had a history. She should have heard her out instead of just instantly hating her. Though I totally get were her anger comes from, but still I feel like she was a little cruel.

This whole story takes places on a sail boat-aside from flashes in the past-and I loved learning little lingo sailors like to use and I loved the thought of being on a sail boat the whole summer. It seemed so perfect. To wake up to see the sun over the water. Sailing never really appealed to me until I read this book. Now I want to take a sailing trip for a summer.

I hated and loved how this book ended. I hated the ending because it ended! It shouldn't have ended. I know, I know it had to end. It just had to end, but it was just such a good story I didn't want it to end. I loved how this book ended because it couldn't have ended on a better note. It was a great ending to an amazing book.

This is probably one of my longest reviews ever. But I just had so much to say about this book and how amazing it was. I am now one hundred percent in love with Melissa Walkers writing. I can't wait to read another book from her! Unbreak My Heart is getting 5 out of 5 stars from me, but honestly it earns an infinity amount of stars from me. It was that good guys. Unbreak My Heart comes out May 22nd of 2012. Pre-order this book right now and be ready for its awesomeness to arrive in your mailbox. Trust me when I say you want it to arrive in your mailbox the day it is out because this is a book that has to be read by everyone.


~Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this book before its official publication date!~

Apr 24, 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 Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker.



"This is really good." I say. "How come you're giving it to me?" "So you'll remember whats real." (from pg 140)


"His light touch started to feel really comfortable, almost soothing. I relaxed. This was okay. Maybe he didn't even know where his hand was. Maybe he thought he was touching a couch cushion." (from pg 101)








Unbreak My Heart has been one of those really unable to put down kind of books. I am in love with it and its characters. James especially. He's just so...*swoons* Can't wait to see how it ends. My review should be posted some time this week! Defiantly check this one out when it comes out in May.

Apr 23, 2012

Summer Of The Wolves

Summer of the Wolves was one of those books that I'd randomly stumbled upon and had no idea what it was about or if it would be any good, but I wanted to read it anyways. The cover was gorgeous and the title alone really made me want to read it. Once I did read the summary it sounded pretty good so I knew I had to read it! I'm really glad that I stumbled upon this book because I really enjoyed it!

Summary from Goodreads:

Age, This is the story of Diana and Stephanie, new stepsisters on a vacation at a ranch with Diana's mom and Stephanie's dad, who are newlyweds. Diana has a 'mood disorder' for which she takes medication. In her estimation, Stephanie is just too perfect. But Stephanie has some secrets of her own. The girls band together to free two captive wolves, an action that has unexpected and unintended consequences. Told in the alternating voices of Diana and Stephanie, the book explores themes of family, friendship, mental health, and nature.


Summer Of The Wolves starts off in Diana's point of view and she's in the back of the car dreaming about horses. I instantly liked Diana and was interested to find out more about her and her issues. I also instantly clicked with Diana's love for horses and animals in general and loved reading about a character who had such a deep passion for animals as myself. She's a pretty complicated character, and I loved reading about her learning to accept certain things in her life. Like her new step-dad Norm and her new step-sister Stephanie. From the start you know Diana isn't real thrilled to have these two people in her life. She does everything in her power to ignore Stephanie. She feels like Stephanie is trying to replace Diana and take her mom away from her. Diana in general has a hard time interacting with people since she has a mood disorder I guess is what you would call it, but I do think that her anger really made her blind to the truth that was right in front of her.

Stephanie is the complete opposite to Diana. Diana is moody and often doesn't do what people want her to do while Stephanie is really cheerful and tries to please the people around her, but the thing is Stephanie has her own issues and though she's cheerful on the outside she's not necessarily like that on the inside. The one thing I loved most about Stephanie was her determination and the fact that even though Diana could be pretty cruel to her she didn't give up trying to become friends with Diana. In the end the fact that these two girls are so different ended up helping both of them. With each other they over came things they never could with out each other.

I love how this book is set on a ranch and its all about wild life and horses. It was the perfect kind of setting for me because I totally love wilderness, wolves and horses. What really made me love this book the most though was how beautifully Lisa Williams Kline described all the horses and wilderness and not to mention those wolves. Those wolves were such a big part of this story and what I loved about the wolves was how they related a lot to the two main characters Stephanie and Diana, almost like Waya was Diana and Oginali was Stephanie in wolf form.  These wolves are what really brought these two step sisters together and it made for a really great story.

There isn't really much romance in this book, but the author was definitely hinting at some. For Diana she finds friendship in a boy named Russell. The two instantly click. She tells him things she'd never imagine she'd tell anyone and he tells her things that he probably wouldn't openly share the way he does with her. I loved reading about these two interacting with each other. It was great to read about and I hope in the second book there will be more Russell because there is defiantly a lot unresolved between those two.  Diana meets Nick and instantly you know the boy is head over heels for her. The two are really cute together, almost a perfect match. I liked Nick, but I defiantly liked reading about Russell more.

Another thing I'd like to mention is how there is a lot of mention of Cherokee and their beliefs and some of their stories. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading about that stuff. I love learning about Cherokee and getting to read about them in this book was really great. My favorite was the story about the two wolves fighting. That was so fascinating to read about and totally true. To be honest this book was just full of stuff I loved. I can't wait to read more by this author!

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book and what I got was a really beautiful story about family, friendship, trust and so much more. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Diana and Stephanie were two really great characters who you instantly love to learn about and follow them through there adventures and issues. I'm really loving the way Lisa Williams Kline writes and will defiantly be picking up more of her books especially since this one was so good! Summer Of The Wolves is a fast and enjoyable read. I'm giving Summer Of The Wolves 4 out of 5 stars. Anyone who is into horses and really great stories about families coming together defiantly pick this one up!




~Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book before its publication date!~

Apr 22, 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 post. I got approved for a book on Netgalley as well as received some swag from an author.

NetGalley:

Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury Books! Can't wait to read this one.

Received:


Thank you Michelle Zink for sending me the signed and personalized bookplate as well as the bookmark!

That's what I got this week! By the way to anyone who doesn't know the cat in the picture above is one of the feline mascots for Novel Nerd. He loved posing with bookmark and bookplate. He was not included in the awesome envelope Michelle Zink sent me. ;) Okay, so what did you guys get? Leave a link in the comments!

Apr 20, 2012

Song Of The Week

Song of The Week is a weekly event I do here at my blog basically just sharing a song I have had on constant replay for this week! Feel free to join in and make your own Song Of The Week post! This week I have had quite a few songs on constant replay and I'll be sharing two of them with you today. I usually only share one but there both so awesome I have to share them both!


Same Mistakes by One Direction:



Skinny Love by Birdy



I'm in love with One Direction. They are AMAZING. Same Mistakes has been on constant replay as well as the whole album for about two weeks now. It's just such a great song!! I recently just discovered how much I love Birdy. She has a song on The Hunger Games I really love, but it wasn't until I heard Skinny Love that I really loved her music. Her voice is so incredible. If you look up the live version it sounds so amazing. Both of these songs are sung by people from the UK and I gotta say that the UK has got a lot of people with natural talent. It seems like a lot of there singers sound amazing live and can actually sing. Anyways, do you guys have a song that has been on constant replay?

Apr 18, 2012

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...

Night World: Strange Fate by L.J Smith

Summary from Goodreads

 Sarah Strange is a normal teenager with annoying siblings and a crush on two boys, Mal and Kierlan, who happen to be her best friends. But Sarah also has visions of a place where dragons darken the sky and feast on humans. When Sarah confides in Mal and Kierlan about her visions, she discovers her friends are not who they seem. They are part of the Night World. And they believe Sarah must help establish peace and harmony between humans and creatures of the Night World to stave off the apocalypse. And if Sarah’s visions are any indication of the danger, destruction, and devastation that the apocalypse will bring, there is no time to lose…

I've been waiting what seems like ages for this book. This is one of my very favorite series and I really need this book! It's such an amazing series guys! If you haven't read it you must. There's been some talk about release dates for a few years but it keeps changing so much I don't really know when this book is coming out but my fingers are crossed that it comes out soon. I really want to see how L.J Smith is going to end this fantastic series. Just thinking about it makes me want to reread the books. What book are you waiting for to be released?

Apr 17, 2012

The Immoral Rules

I've heard so much praise for Julie Kawaga the author of The Iron Fey series and now more recently the Blood of Eden series which the first book is to be released on April 24th 2012. I'd only read the first book in The Iron Fey series so this author was fairly new to me. I wasn't really sure where I stood with this author. I knew I liked The Iron King, but I hadn't read enough by her to really know if I was loving her work or just liking it. Well after reading The Immortal Rules I know exactly where I stand. I'm not just liking her writing I'm loving it!

Summary from Goodreads:

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.


Allie Sekemoto is a brave girl living in a world were vampires rule and humans are nothing more than walking blood bags. The thing is the vampires aren't the worst thing in this future world. Rabids are far more scary let me tell you. I'm not really much into Dystopian novels, they often confuse me but with The Immortal Rules there wasn't a moment of confusion. Julie made it so easy to understand this world she created and I loved that about this book and the way she wrote it. 

Being a huge fan of vampire books I was thrilled to get to read The Immortal Rules before its official release date. It was one of my highly anticipated books of 2012. To be honest I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. I did wonder how original of a story Julie Kagawa could do with vampires considering there are so many vampire books. I'm pleased to say she was able to make it a very original and fresh vampire story. Not to give anything away on some of the stuff that really seemed fresh, but the blood coming down from the girl on the covers eye totally makes sense now and I loved how Julie incorporated it into the book! 

The Immortal Rules is broken up in sections. The book starts off with Human, then goes to Vampire, then Monster and finally Wanderer. I think my favorite section of this book was definitely Vampire. One because it was fascinating learning all these things along with Allie and two because of Kanin. Kanin had me hooked on him from his very first appearance in the book. He's very mysterious and very broody and not to mention hot. There's a lot we don't know about Kanin and I'm really looking forward to learning more about him in more books to come.

Zeke is another really fantastic character, but I gotta say he wasn't my favorite. Sure he's this really sweet and understanding guy with blue eyes and blonde hair that could easily steal your heart but for me I just can't see him as a love interest. I love him as just one of the great characters in the book but as a love interest?  I don't know what it was I just didn't really feel the chemistry between him and Allie, but I have a feeling in more books to come that will change considering in the very last three chapters I did get the tiniest spark of chemistry. And I will say that I might be the tiniest bit biased considering Kanin had me from his first appearance and poor Zeke just didn't stand a chance. But a part of me is excited to see if Zeke will win me over in the next book.

Allie is one kick butt character. She lives in a world were its live or die. You can't think about anybody else if your ever put in a life threatening situation. You have to run and not look back. Allie has really admirable strength and though there were times in the book were she could be pretty cold it was understandable. But Allie is anything but a cold person you begin to realize-even when she's a non-living person she isn't cold. Allie gets put in a really dangerous and frightening situation in one particular part in the book that changes her life forever and when she did what she did for Stick made me love her even more. She's a really amazing character that I am so looking forward to reading more about!

I really loved how this book was face paced all the way to the very ending-that ending made me smile! Their really wasn't a moment of dullness. You constantly were thrown into all these action packed events that Allie has to deal with while at the same time dealing with the hunger that is trying very hard to consume her. I loved her struggle which probably sounds bad but reading about her struggling while dealing with becoming the one thing she despises in life really made for a good story. She knows ultimately what she is but she is determined to keep as much of her humanity as possible.  

Julie Kagawa has written such an amazing vampire book that I can't wait for the second book to be released. There are still so many things unanswered! Still so many adventures ahead and not to mention hopefully lots more Kanin because there was definitely not enough of him in this one! Allie is a heroine who I will be reading about until the very last book. The Immortal Rules is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me. This is definitely a must read. It will win over those who aren't fans of vampire books and will keep those of us who are fans of vampire books wanting more! 


~Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this book before its release date!~

Apr 15, 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 got some books from Netgalley as well as bought some.


NetGalley:



  • Summer Of The Wolves by Lisa Williams Kline
  • House Of Night Comic by P.C Cast and Kristen Cast
  • Silver by Talia Vance
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Zondervan, Dark Horse Comics, and Flux Books! I am seriously excited to dive into these three books! :)

Bought: 






  • Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
  • The Locket by Stacey Jay
  • The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
  • The Education of Hailey Kendrick
  • Vampire Beach 1 by Alex Duval
  • Vampire Beach 2 by Alex Duval
  • The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
  • Stealing Bases by Keri Mikulski
  • Stalker Girl by Rosemary Graham
  • The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson
I'd like to thank my mom for getting me these books! Thanks mom! :) A lot of these I have been dying to read and now I cant wait to finally get to! I'm not sure when I will be able to get around to them, but hopefully very soon! So that's what was in my mailbox this week how about you guys? Get anything bookish? :D

Apr 13, 2012

Song Of The Week

Song of The Week is a weekly event I do here at my blog basically just sharing a song I have had on constant replay for this week! Feel free to join in and make your own Song Of The Week post! This week I have had this whole album on replay but the one most played would have to be..

One Thing by One Direction:



I am in love with these guys! Their music is awesome their British/Irish and they sound fantastic live! What more is there to love? I swooon anytime I see them or hear their music. I stalked their youtube channel recently and people go watch all the videos. They all are so funny! Okay I'm going to stop now. Listen to the song. Love it. Repeat. ;)

Apr 12, 2012

Random Ramblings #8

Hey guys! I decided today I was going to do a Ramdom Ramblings post since I don't do them as often as I used to and also just because I want to talk about something that is totally not book related and figured a Random Ramblings post would be perfect for that!

So. I have this new obsession and their called One Direction. Anytime I hear them I turn into a fangirling dork.



You've probably heard of them or maybe you haven't. If you haven't look them up ASAP and enjoy! I just recently found out about them and it was instant love. My first thought was holy crap these guys can sing and their hot! I'd heard of them the name was just something vaguely I new but I never really knew why everyone loved these guys. I will be honest and say I thought it was just another boy band...I was wrong! This pretty much sums it up for me after listening to their music and finally understanding why all these girls are crazy about them.

 

I've recently just discovered Gifs to by the way...so there might be a lot of them in this post. Just a warning in case you want to run away now before I keep gushing and putting gifs in this post. Anyways, so these guys actually got some talent. There first song I heard was an acoustic version and I was hooked.


Then I heard them play the song live and I was hooked, hooked as in watching every video on their youtube channel (which are doubled over in laughter funny) and watching random interviews and thinking about nothing but One Direction.



Another thing that totally lets me know how much I'm into this band is I want to see them live. I rarely want to see anybody live and I want to see these guys live.*crosses fingers this happens*

I can't decide who I like best in the band. Everyone has their teams, but I like them all. I mean look at them! They're all so cute.

Though I will say that I really like Liam and Louis a lot. Liam is adorable and Louis is hilarious. 


If your totally obsessed as I am do you know which guys you like the best in the band? Or do you love them all? 

Okay. I should probably stop now before this post becomes a mile long.

Are you hooked yet? Are you swooning yet? Just admit it newbies, you love One Direction just as much as I do. Your probably going to buy their album now. ;) Here are some gifs to enjoy of the British/Irish hunks.


And just because I love this song.

 

Also usually there are pictures of the mascots in these posts but I have no recent pictures to share with you guys! I will have some soon hopefully! The mascots love getting their pictures taken. ;)

Apr 11, 2012

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...

Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine

Summary from Goodreads:

  Thanks to the eradication of the draug, the vampires of Morganville have
been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their
every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold onto
their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t
taking sides, considering she has ties to both humans and vampires.
To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking
for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and
her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up
on the nightly news…or worse.

I am a huge fan of this series and sure Black Dawn book 12 isn't even out yet (comes out May 1st)  but I already am waiting on this one to come out!! I am in love with the cover. I think it might just be my new favorite in the series. How many of you are waiting on this book too? It's expected to be released November 6th of 2012! What are you waiting on to come out this Wednesday?

Apr 10, 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 Immoral Rules by Julie Kagawa!

"My arms shook as I grabbed my katana and backed away from the door. It was strange; I felt my heart should be pounding a mile a minute, my breath coming in short, panicked breaths." (from pg 175)

"Why bother? They won't even know we were here."

"I'll know."

"But-"

"Don't question it, Allison." Kanin said sounding, weary. (from pg 146)




I am loving this book so much guys! I can't stop reading it. Definitely check this one out ASAP when its released! I got a copy from Netgalley, so if you have one to and haven't started it oh my gosh what are you waiting for?! Start it right now! :D Hope you enjoyed the teasers this week!

Apr 9, 2012

Last Breath

I've been a huge fan of Rachel Caine from the moment I read Glass Houses the first book in The Morganville Vampires series. Each book from the very start has been so intriguing and amazing that by book eleven you have to wonder what possible chaos could Rachel Caine come up with when all the chaos she has already done with the previous books has been epic? Well just stop wondering that because all Rachel Caine brings is the epic and Last Breath  had me engaged and breathless from page one.

 
Summary from Goodreads:

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?




Rachel Caine never fails to impress.  Just when you think that she can't keep things in Morganville interesting she brings in these creatures called Draug. I don't want to give anything away about what they are but I will say this, they scar the crap out of the vampires in Morganville. They bring a whole new meaning to the word creepy.

The Morganville Vampire books never start off dull and Last Breath keeps that trend going. I don't even really know were to begin to talk about this book and not spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. A lot happens in Last Breath, some pretty intense stuff. We learn a lot about the characters we have been reading about for so long, we see strengths we didn't before and weakness we didn't know they had. There is just so much chaos in the books 335 pages. But as always in that chaos is those moments that make you smile, whether its between Shane and Claire, Eve and Michale or all four combined. That's what I love most about Rachel Cain's books is the dialogue.


"Relax," he whispered. He moved his hands up to cup her face in warmth. "Just relax. The door didn't piss you off."

 "Says the guy who punches walls."

"Yeah, well, the walls had it coming."


Rachel Caine has created some amazing characters and these amazing characters get better and better with each book. Claire is one amazing and strong protagonist. Something happens to her in this book that I didn't see coming, at all. It happened though and it made me gasp. And what does Claire do the moment she is back on her feet? She's out the door trying to save Morganville from the Draug. She's defiantly one of the most selfless characters ever. She never puts her safety before others, half the time she nearly dies because of it but she doesn't care just as long as those she love end up okay and alive.

Shane is by far my favorite guy in this book. Shane had it really hard in the last book Bite Club and he's recovered since Bite Club and all but in this one he doesn't get it any easier. He's had all this hard ship and what happens in this book literally has Shane on the brink of breaking completely. What I love most about Shane is he's not perfect. All the time you get these really great love interests in books but they're all just to perfect. Shane, he's broken, sweet, sarcastic, loving, protective and so many other amazing things. Clair is defiantly lucky to have him.

Eve and Michale are some other amazing characters. They make the book ten times better. Eve really shows a lot of strength in this book. It's not until Last Breath you realize just how strong Eve is. She may be one of those really bubbly characters who never fails to make you smile, but beneath that is a really strong person. Not that she wasn't strong in the previous books, but in this one you just really get to see that Eve isn't the same Eve from the very first book in the series. She's grown up. A lot. Same with Michale. There's some glimpses of Michale we see in Last Breath that we haven't seen before. All of the characters have changed so much.

In Bite Club Rachel Caine changed things up and put in Shane's point of view in the book instead of it all just being from Claire's point of view. In Last Breath not only do we get Shane and Claire's point of view on things, but we get Eve's, Michale's and my personal favorite Amelie's. I loved seeing inside of Amelie's head because you finally get to understand why she does what she does. I kind of grew to respect Amelie in Last Breath. I was never really sure if I liked her because she went so up and down with her moods and often turns her back on Claire and her friends when they have done so much for the town. I don't really want to say to much, but Amelie definitely isn't as heartless and icy as we think. She feels things, she really does.

We finally learn why all these vampires live in this dry town. All this time reading I never expected this was why all these vampires were in this sunny dry town and now it all makes sense. I love that with each book in this series their is some new twist that you never see coming. It's something I always look forward to when it comes to reading a Morganville book there's always something that is shocking that you never even thought would happen.

Now on to my favorite part of the book-the ending. I don't usually like it when a book ends. I hate it actually especially when it was such a good book, but this ending had me grinning like a fool and I wanted to hug the book. It was something I was hoping would happen and now it has and I'm just so happy about it! It makes me want Black Dawn right now because I want more, I want to know what is going to happen to the town and Amelie especially Amelie. May 1st can't get here soon enough. I need me some more Shane Collins and Claire Danver's kicking some serious butt. And also I just really need more dialogue like this:

 "No." He took his hand out of his pocket and put his arm around her shoulders, holding her close. "If I could be half the girl you are, I'd be- Wow, I have no idea where I was going with that, and it just turned out uncomfortable, all of a sudden.

"Jackass."

"You like being a girl-that's good. I like being a guy-that's also good."

"Next you'll be all Me, Tarzan, you, Jane!"


Last Breath will leave you breathless. You will laugh and cry while reading this book you might even hug it or throw it across the room. Rachel Caine has such a raw talent that it makes me so glad that there are still more books to come to this series. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if there wasn't a book from Rachel Caine to read just the thought of this series ending makes me feel sad. Honestly, at this rate this could be a series that could go on forever and never get dull Rachel Caine is just that good. Last Breath is getting 5 out of 5 stars from me. If you haven't started this series start it now! It's so good. It's one of my favorite Vampire Series ever.

Apr 8, 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 last week and this weeks mail combined. I got some swag from a fabulous author and also got a book from a fabulous blogger! I also bought a book this week.


First I won some really cool swag from Kimberly Derting that I am absolutely in love with. Love The Body Finder series so I was pretty excited when I found out I won this:

  • The Last Echo wrist band
  • The Last Echo Bookmark (signed)
  • The Last Echo sticker
  • The Last Echo Nail Polish
You can't really tell in this picture but the nail polish is a really pretty purple. For some reason it looks grey which it is no haha. And then I also won a book from Jessirae over at Words, Pages and Books. Go visit her awesome blog and follow!

  • A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink 
I have heard nothing but awesome things about this book and the characters that Michelle has created. I can't wait to finally read it! Isn't the cover pretty?I love it! And finally the last thing in my mailbox this week is a book I bought that I have been dying to read but wouldn't buy until it was in paperback.


  •  Last Breath by Rachel Caine
Oh my gosh. This book is amazing! I don't know if I will be able to wait for Black Dawn to be released in paperback. I have all the previous books in the series in paperback and want to keep it like that, but I might just have to break down and buy Black Dawn in hardcover. Am I the only one with that quirk? Do any of you guys try to keep your books all the same whether its hardcover of paperback?

I thought Last Breath would be the last thing in my mailbox this week but I just got approved for The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagwa on Netgalley! Yay! I was a bit nervous about requesting anything, but I finally just stopped being a chicken and requested something. :D


Okay, so each time I think this post is done and ready I get something I didn't expect. :D For Easter my mom got me a book so here it is: 

  • Starters by Lissa Price
I can't wait to dive into all these books! I've seen some really great reviews for all of them so that is encouraging. I've already finished Last Breath by Rachel Caine so the review will be posted on Monday! Anyways that's what I got this week! What did you guys get?

Apr 6, 2012

The Scorpio Races

I've wanted to read a book by Maggie Stiefvater for a very long time but for some insane reason never bought any of her books. And when I did finally buy two of her books they sat on my bookcase for way to long. Finally I picked up The Scorpio Races and let me just say that I was a moron for not reading any of her books sooner.

Summary from Goodreads:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.


The Scorpio Races is about a girl named Puck-her real name is Kate but people often call her Puck-who finds herself entering into the Scorpio Races the first girl to ever do this. She knows shes crazy and has thoughts of backing out, but she just can't. When I first started this book I often had to keep rereading sentences because I would get confused. It took me a couple chapters to get the swing of how Maggie Stiefvater writes, which is seriously beautiful might I just say, but once I did I loved every word. Her writing is so descriptive and she really writes with a kind of voice that keeps you hooked. I've never read anything like this before. The way Maggie writes is seriously magical. The woman knows how to make words run together so beautifully.

In The Scorpio Races the chapters alternate from Puck's point of view and Sean Kendricks point of view.  I loved this about the book because each was so different. Puck often brings up memories of when she was a kid and would get scolded for spitting on someones shoe because she didn't like what they had to say, while Sean is a very reserved and quiet guy. Their different, but in some ways their the same. I really loved these two characters and especially when the two were interacting with each other. 

The love between Sean and Puck is great. Puck isn't one of those girls who is thinking about how dreamy he is twenty four seven. Half the time she's glaring at Sean Kendrick. I loved that she wasn't wrapped up about the boy the whole time because it made this love story so good and refreshing. Sean Kendrick is defiantly going to steal your heart when you meet him. There's so much to love about him. There is a bit of mystery to him. I kept wondering as I read what it is about him that makes him able to handle these blood thirsty Water Horses so well. That the sound of his voice whispering calms them in a way that no one else can calm them. There had to be something special about him right? But really its just Sean. He understands what they need to hear and he whispers it to them. 

When I went into this book I never expected to learn that Water Horses are monsters that come from the sea. I thought that it was just about a breed of horses that are called Water Horses because of some Irish Legend or something. Wow was I wrong. Turns out Water Horses come from the sea and when they emerge you better hope to god your not there to see it because most likely it will be the last thing you see. I loved this twist to the story. I'm calling it a twist because I had no idea that these Water Horses were blood thirsty sea creatures. Totally made me love the book even more because I loved learning about the Water Horses. 

Originally going into this book I thought the action was going to be instant and none stop, but really the races don't even happen until pages 360 and beyond. I was a little disappointed about this when I was first reading it because I kept wondering when are the races going to start? But after finishing the book I realize how much better it was because the races didn't occur until the very ending. Those last few chapters were intense and I loved it! That ending was perfect. It made me smile and it honestly made me want to hug the book. It was just so...PERFECT! I have never loved an ending to a book like I have for this one. I know lots of people want a sequel, but to be honest I don't want one. It will ruin that perfect ending to an amazing story.  

I wanted to read The Scorpio Races strictly from its cover alone. I mean look at that cover! It's gorgeous! But it wasn't until I read the summary I realized just how much I wanted to read this book. And then the book trailer was released and I just couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Took me a long time to actually read it, but once I finally did let me tell you that I regret not reading it sooner. It was truly a fascinating and unique book. I love the way Maggie Stiefvater turned this legend into such an amazing and captivating story. I'm giving The Scorpio Races 5 out of 5 stars. Everyone who loves a good book needs to read The Scorpio Races! Be warned though if you've never read anything by Maggie Stiefvater it takes you a moment to fall in to the magic of her words but once you do you are enchanted forever. Totally can't wait to read another book by her! 

Apr 4, 2012

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...

The Best After Ever by Sarah Dessen:

 Summary from Goodreads:

Set in the fictional beach town of Colby, where several of Dessen's novels take place, it features 18-year-old Emmeline, who is spending her last summer before college working for her family's vacation rental business and enjoying a summer romance with a young aspiring filmmaker.
When I saw the news about Sarah's new book coming out next year my heart stopped with excitement! I adore Sarah Dessens books so much that I'm kind of going through withdrawals not having a new one to read. I can already tell just by the small summary I'm going to love this book. I've loved every book of Sarah's so I have no doubt I'm gonna love this one. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!! It's expected to be published in May of 2013!