Jun 29, 2012

Song Of The Week

I've discovered this band Dala which I featured in Song Of The Week not last week but the week before and the more I listen to their music and previous soundtracks the more I love them. They are so talented. Today I'm featuring another song from them that I can't stop listening to. In case your not familiar with my blog yet Song Of The Week is something I post every Friday sharing some music I can't stop listening to. :)

Lonely Girl by Dala:



Don't they sound fantastic? Totally sound amazing. It's people like this who don't get the kind of attention they deserve. Anyways, yeah I'm currently listening to a lot of Dala's songs so another will probably be featured next Friday as well!

Jun 28, 2012

Random Ramblings #9

It's been a while since I've done a Random Ramblings post, which I guess I usually do that a lot now. But I figure if I did these a lot I'd bore people with my random thoughts. Anyways, so I've noticed that when people find out you don't eat meat they constantly ask you why you don't eat meat. Like almost every time its brought up. Along with the question where do you get your protein? It drives me a tad bit insane.

I've only been a vegetarian for about 6 months now. It will be one year in January. It's something I've always wanted to do and it wasn't until recently I finally decided to actually go through with it. I've always loved animals and didn't like knowing I was eating them, but it wasn't until I had to drive past this slaughter house quite a bit that I realized how much I wanted to stop eating meat. Meat was just flat out grossing me out anyways so it seemed like a good time to just stop eating it.

People always get this look on their face when they learn you don't eat meat. Almost as if you told them you don't wear shoes or you like to wear your clothes inside out. I don't get why they do that. It's not like its anything crazy. I just don't want to eat meat. Big deal. To sum up my feelings on when people get that look is something my best friend made me of something I said once while we were talking about this very thing. She may kill me for posting this, but it's to good not to share.



We've determined I need this on a tee-shirt. I love the expression on the girls face. It just fits how I feel perfectly when people give me that look and ask me why I don't eat meat. It's really not that strange being a veterinarian. People have not been eating meat for years, but people still just don't seem to comprehend it sometimes. Once you stop eating meat its not hard at all to keep at it. So if you've ever thought about it--try it! It won't hurt to just give it a shot. I personally like it. Sure its harder to get protein in than when I was eating meat and especially so since I'm allergic to peanut butter and all nuts but I think it's still worth a shot if you've ever wanted to try not eating meat. You might have to deal with that 'look' people give when they find out, but other than that I love being a vegetarian.

Okay, rant over. Just had to make a small post about this vegetarian thing. 

The last few times I've done these Random Ramblings post I haven't posted pictures of the Mascots. My camera has no batteries so I haven't been taking many pictures of the kitties. But I have some older pictures of them that I can share with you guys. 

Mascot #1: The Monster


Mascot #2-Chubbers

Okay so that's all I have to ramble about today! :)

Jun 27, 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 Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead:

 No Summary Yet

February can't get here soon enough. The Indigo Spell has to be the number one book that I am waiting on. It's just such an epic series and the way The Golden Lily ended? I sure can't wait to see what's going to happen in this one. And I'm really curious who the guy on Sydney's left is. It can't be Eddie because he's blonde so maybe a new guy we haven't met yet? I'm so excited to find out!  What book are you waiting on?

Jun 26, 2012

Cover Reveal

Today The Indigo Spell Bloodlines book number 3 in the series has a cover. I nearly had a heart attack of excitement when I saw that it was revealed today. I have been dying to know what the cover would look like since I finished The Golden Lily and the title was released. Now it has a cover and it is gorgeous and possibly my favorite now. All I can say now is--when is it going to be February so I can read this book!?! Here are the covers from book 1-3.



What do you guys think?!?! I'm in love with it. I love too that they have the same people on the covers--I hate it when models don't match previous books. I'm totally curious who the guy is by Sydney. Ahh! I need this book so bad. Anyone who has read The Golden Lily or even Bloodlines knows why. It's such an awesome series!

Sarah Dessen Giveaway

I am a huge crazy fan of Sarah Dessen and her books so when I came across a box set of her books I had to get it. Even though I already owned the books. I had to have it! So since I already own the books I'll be giving two of them away on the blog today--the third is going to a fellow blogger. And because of the cost of shipping I'm going to have to make this one US and CA only! Sorry international people! Also you have to be 13 years or older to enter this giveaway or have a parents permission to enter if you are younger than 13. Other than that those are the only rules! And of course be honest with your entries--I do check them to make sure people are actually doing them.

Good luck with the giveaway! There will be two winners chosen by random.org. Just fill out the raffelcopter below the image of the two books up for grabs.


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Jun 25, 2012

Such A Rush

The moment I finished Going To Far by Jennifer Echols I knew that I was a fan of her books. It was such a good read, and now after reading Such A Rush in a day I'm an even bigger fan. Such A Rush was such a thrilling and captivating read I already can't wait to read another book by Jennifer Echols.


Summary from Goodreads:

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.    

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.


Leah has grown up in trailer park after trailer park her whole life living with a mother who was never around much. She didn't have the easiest upbringing that's for sure. But Leah is determined to end up living a life worth something. She doesn't want to end up like her mother, she wants to amount to something.

Leah Jones was a really interesting character. I liked her a lot while I was reading this book, but at the time I couldn't understand why she did some of the things she did. She comes from a really rough upbringing but she has a lot of potential to be great. She's really determined to become a pilot. She struggles a lot with where she comes from and how people view her life. It was interesting how she handle certain things. She was tough and witty when people gained up agaisnt her and I liked that about her. She knew she had it rough, but she kept her head up. She did do some certain things through out the book I couldn't understand--sometimes she would act or dress like the girl she didn't want to be and that bugged me. Leah was definitely a great character though and I loved reading her story.

In Such A Rush Grayson blackmails Leah into dating his twin brother Alec. He won't tell her why and its totally obvious that Grayson likes her--a lot. So why does he want her to date his brother so badly? I tried figuring this out the whole time I was reading the book and just couldn't. I had a few theories but they were all wrong. I honestly didn't expect that to be the reason for Grayson wanting Leah to date Alec so badly. A part of me understands why Grayson did what he did, but another part just thinks he should have stayed out of it. It all makes sense though now that I get why Grayson was doing what he was doing. Grayson is not an easy character to understand, but once you do you love him. You can't help it, even when he makes no sense you still love him.

Grayson was by far the most infuriating and sexy character in this book. He did and said all of these things that made it hard to understand why he was doing all of these things in the first place. One minute he's super sweet the next he's throwing insults around. The guy is seriously off the walls. But I loved him the moment he appeared with his cow boy hat. Grayson was such an awesome character and he interacted with each character so differently that when ever Grayson was around it made me want to devour the book even faster than I was. It was obvious how Grayson felt about Leah and that's what made it so interesting to reading this book. Trying to figure out why Grayson was blackmailing Leah in the first place. I don't want to ruin anything, but Grayson is that character that sends your heart pounding even if you don't want it to pound.

Alec was a character who I liked, but also didn't like. He was sweet, but at the same time some of the things he said got on my nerves. It wasn't until towards the end of the book that I liked Alec. There is a lot about Alec we don't catch or notice until the end so that was really cool finding out about him. He definitely was not the twin to send your heart racing--at least not for me anyways. Alec definitely has some great qualities though.

Molly--Leah's best friend--she is so different from Leah. Their relationship is a lot more complicated than they realize. Leah thinks that Molly is only friends with her because being friends with the poor girl earns her some brownie points. And honestly at first I did feel like Molly wasn't the greatest friend. There was just something about her. She started acting funny. Which at the end we find out why this was and you realize Molly actually isn't that bad. Turns out I kind of like Molly. Molly and Leah had a lot of witty and funny conversations in this book and I really liked how Jennifer Echols handled this friendship. It was perfect and she did such a good job developing these two characters.

I have never read a book that revolved around planes. Such A Rush has a lot of planes in it and it was awesome reading a story like this. I'm terrified of planes, but reading it from the eyes of a character who loved it so much was really interesting for me. There was this one thing that a character in the book said that really stuck with me and I have to share.

"Most people hear an airplane in the sky and think, 'There's an airplane,' and go back to what they were doing. A few folks look around for the airplane, try to figure out what kind of plane it is, and watch it from the time they spot it to the time it disappears on the horizon, maybe after that. Those kids are the ones who will be pilots."


Jennifer Echols has a way of captivating readers to the point that they can't help but finish the book in a day because they have gotten so engrossed in the well developed characters that its impossible not to find out how their lives will turn out. Such A Rush definitely was a book full of awesome whether it was from the setting, its amazing characters, its thrilling story or just the way Jennifer wrote. It was impossible to put the book down once I started it. I will definitely miss reading about Leah and Grayson--but the way this book ended was perfection. Such A Rush is getting 4.5 out of 5 stars from me. Fans of Jennifer's previous books will become even bigger fans after reading Such A Rush. Already I'm looking forward to Jennifer Echols next book.

Jun 24, 2012

Book Haul

I'm posting this Book Haul post later than I normally do. They usually go up right in the morning, but I didn't do that today because I knew I'd be getting some books later in the day. So in case you were wondering why this post was going up so late that is why. Everyone knows Book Haul was not created by me but just to be safe I'm gonna make it clear--I didn't come up with Book Haul some other awesome person did. With that being said here is what I got this week! :)

Also, the pictures I took are pretty crappy and I'm sorry about that. But I keep forgetting to put batteries in my camera so the quality of the pictures aren't so great since they were taken in poor lighting and with my cell phone. I swear I am not a bad photo taker! Just...with my cell phone I kind of am haha!

Recived:


  • Integration bookmarks
  • Integration book plates
A big thanks to Amy one of my giveaway winners who sent me these. It was really nice of her! Not sure if she has a blog of her own, but she rocks for sending me these! Thanks Amy! I'll be giving some of these away on the blog so keep your eyes peeled for that giveaway! :)


Bought:




  •  Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
  • Across The Universe by Beth Ravis
  • Run by James A. Moore
  •  Reckoning by Lili St. Crow
  • Sarah Dessen box set
All of these are books I've been meaning to buy and finally did. Though Run is something I've never heard of and its the second book in the series, but it looks and sounded to good to pass up. Just need to get my hands on the second copy! The Sarah Dessen box set was something I also couldn't pass up. Sure I already own the books inside, but that just means I can give them away on the blog! That box could come in handy for traveling. Won't have to worry about my books getting all messed up and it came with a cute little key necklace! 

That's what I got this week! Nothing to crazy but love it all. What kind of bookish goods did you get this week? Leave me a link in the comments! :)

Jun 23, 2012

Cover Reveal

Yesterday a cover was revealed for a series that I absolutely adore. It was the third book in the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand--Boundless. It is gorgeous guys. I really love it and can't wait to get my hands on it! Here are the covers from book 1-3.

Its definitely my new favorite cover for the series. I really loved the first cover, liked the second, and now really really love this one. Can't wait for it to be released! What do you guys think of the Boundless cover?

Today a cover for yet again a series I love and have to share the cover with you all was released. It's the cover for the third book in the Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong. Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and this series is kick butt. And I am in love with the new cover for The Rising! Here are the covers from book 1-3.

The Rising is so my new favorite cover for this epic series. I love the look on Maya's face and the color of the font. Its just stunning. Now that this cover was revealed the wait for this book will be insane. So what do you guys think of the new covers?

Jun 22, 2012

Cover Reveal

Today I, and some other awesome bloggers, will be revealing the brand new cover for The Weeping paperback. I really loved this book so I'm super excited to get to share with you guys the new cover. First I thought I'd share with you guys The Weeping hardcover.


I really loved this cover and thought it portrayed the story really well, but I think the new cover for the paperback version gives off a way more creepy vibe which is totally perfect. Because people this book definitely has some creepy stuff in it! So without further ado here is the paperback cover for The Weeping!


Summary from Goodreads:

Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave.

Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind him.

When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge.

As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.

What do you guys think? I really love it! I think I might actually like it better than the hardcover version--and I really like that cover! The Weeping is only 2.99 for all eBook formats so if you can't wait another second of not reading this book go buy it in eBook form! It will be worth it trust me.

Jun 19, 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 Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols!

"I hoped Grayson really was better than his dad, and better than me too." (from pg. 34)


"The hair on my arms stood up. I squeezed the grips of the yoke to brace myself so I wouldn't shiver with the chill of wanting. Normal people got that feeling when they quit smoking cigarettes. I had gotten it then too. Normal people did not get that feeling when faced with danger." (from pg. 112)





I haven't started this one yet, but plan to tonight. I loved Going To Far by Jennifer Echols so I'm really excited to start this one! Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked out.

Jun 18, 2012

The Golden Lily

The Golden Lily--finally I am writing a review for this book and finally I get to say "I read that book and it was flipping fantastic!" I've been waiting for this book (to me what seems like forever but that may be a tad bit dramatic considering it was released a year after Bloodlines) the moment I finished Bloodlines and she left us hanging with that killer ending. When it comes to Richelle Mead and her books there's this certain urgency. You have to have her books and you have to have them NOW. Or else everything will implode. That again, was a bit dramatic. But it just proves my point how important it is to have a Richelle Mead book the moment it is released. They contain everything inside that reminds me why I love reading so much. The Golden Lily was nothing but awesome and already I'm highly anticipating the next book in this series.

Summary from Goodreads:

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

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

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist who's current job assignment is to keep Jill Dragomir safe and hidden from any of those who want to harm her. Easier said then done. Sydney is faced with a whole new set of challenges in The Golden Lily. 

Sydney--originally I didn't like her to much when she first appeared in the Vampire Academy series, but now the more I read from her perspective the more I find how much I truly like this character. I love how she doesn't always get social cues like most people would and how quick she is to correct you on something. She's smart and a quick thinker. She stays on her toes differently than fans of the Vampire Academy are used to. She's not someone who can tackle a dude half her size and come out the victor. No, the way she gets out of tricky situations is with her head. She's also loyal and brave. I really enjoyed Bloodlines and getting to know Sydney as a character but with this one I loved it! I loved watching her begin to see things around her differently. She definitely changes from Bloodlines. She starts to question things about the Alchemists. I can't wait to see how much more she will develop in the books to come.

The Golden Lily was a lot calmer than any book I've read by Richelle Mead. It took a whole different route than I expected. The whole time I read this book I had nothing figured out. Everything that happened was unexpected and fantastically epic. There was something I was suspicious about a certain character to be specific, but I never put two and two together until it was right in my face. With the way Bloodlines ended I honestly didn't know what to expect but I knew it was gonna be nothing but good. I was right about that. And though this book was calmer than I expected it didn't make it any less enjoyable. It had plenty of suspense and action in this one, but nothing compared to previous books by Richelle Mead. There was so much we learn in this one while at the same time so much we didn't learn. I'm dying to learn more about some certain things that I can't say because of spoilers.

Those of you who were disappointed by the lack of romance in Bloodlines will be pleased with The Golden Lily. Which might I just say that I never felt that Bloodlines lacked any romance. The romance just wasn't ready to appear as heavily and often as some may have wanted in Bloodlines. The Golden Lily was definitely the book that was ready to lay it down and get it ready for the other books to come. It was perfect. It was just the right book to start it all. I can't talk about the romance without it being to spoiler-y so I'll leave you with this as my take on the romance in this book: It was perfect and sometimes not perfect oh and it was brutal. It was B-R-U-T-A-L. Take that how you want. Those who have read this book know why it was brutal and why it was perfect and why not so much. *sigh* Just thinking about it makes me smile and then want to sigh with sadness.

Adrian Ivashkov. I disliked this character so much when I first met him in Frost Bite. I was hard core Team Dimitri and no matter how charming Adrian could be I couldn't like him. Holy crap guys was I blinded by my love for Dimitri. How did I not fall for this character sooner?! All of you Adrian fans from the start I finally get it. I saw it in Bloodlines but now I'm truly really seeing why there were hard core Adrian fans from the start. I'm totally head over heels for Adrian after reading The Golden Lily. He's...he's just so Adrian. He often says the most inappropriate things and then he says the most insightful sweetest things ever. He's handsome and so dang charming. He's loyal to. Adrian is just the definition of swoon worthy to sum it up short. I will always love Dimitri, but in this series I'm hard core Adrian. How could I not be? He's that character who everything he says is quotable worthy. I rarely put quotes into my reviews and when I do, its because the character left such an impression and Adrian? He left a big impression. A few of my favorite Adrian quotes.

"Nice blouse, Sage," he told me, deadpan. "It really brings out the khaki in your pants."
"Easy there, Sage. I'm no gun-toting crazy guy. Crazy, yes. But not the rest."
"What, like Captain McTropicalShorts back there?" "Not even Moroi give licenses to infants, Sage."

Richelle Mead is one of those authors who her writing is fantastic from the start, but with each book she releases it just gets better and better. The way she describes things and the way her style of writing is instantly captivates readers. There is never a dull moment in a Richelle Mead book and The Golden Lily is just more proof of that. I devoured The Golden Lily faster than any book because I couldn't get enough of it. I do that every time I hold a book by Richelle Mead and each time I wish I would have paced myself  because I'm sad its over and I have to wait forever for the next one. But, when it comes to The Golden Lily or any book by this fantastic author there is no way to pace yourself. You can try but you will fail because all you can think about is reading that book until you know how its gonna end.

That ending. I'm still all gutted up from that ending, but I gotta say that was one of Richelle Mead's less brutal endings. But at the same time it was so flipping brutal more brutal than the way she ended Bloodlines and that was brutal because I knew I'd have to wait a long time before I could see what was gonna happen next. The Golden Lily's last chapter was so amazing and so sad at the same time. I felt a lot of emotions while reading this book, but that chapter that chapter made me feel way to many emotions for my body to handle. And when it was over I felt really sad for a lot of different reasons. Richelle Mead has done it again with making me feel all the feelings you can feel while reading a book. It's gonna be a long tortures wait for the next book in this amazing series. 

The Golden Lily will not fail to impress readers who loved Bloodlines and the Vampire Academy series. The Golden Lily is full of unexpected twists, romance, suspense, humor--it's got it all. I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. Richelle Mead has proven once again that any book she writes will blow her readers minds. And break our hearts. And make us smile and laugh. Her books contain everything a book should and if you haven't read a book by Richelle Mead you're missing out on stories that will stick with you for a lifetime.

Jun 17, 2012

Book Haul

Book Haul is a weekly meme that I do on Sundays to share what bookish goodies I got for the week whether it is stuff I bought, received or won. Also I didn't come up with the Book Haul idea someone else did so.. yeah it wasn't me who made Book Haul. Just making that clear. :) This week I bought a book, won a book and also received some books for review.


Bought: 

  • The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
The Golden Lily. Oh man that book was so good. Already I'm dying for the next book in the series The Indigo Spell. My review for The Golden Lily will be posted on Monday. Just thinking about this book makes my gut hurt. That ending!!  Thanks to my mom who got me this book! :)

Netgalley:


  • Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
Can't wait to start this one. Sounds like such a good read and I love the cover. It's not a cover I think I would usually like but for some reason this one I really like. Thanks Netgalley and Random House Books for Meant To Be!


Won:


  • Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Big thanks to Lauren over at The Book Slayer! I won this from a giveaway at Laurens blog and this book got to me like a day after I won it. No joke. She didn't waste anytime sending it out! Thank you Lauren! Totally can't wait to read this one! Make sure you check out her blog--it is fabulous! 

For Review: 


  • Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton
  • Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan
I received both of these books for review for a blog tours I'll be taking part in. They both sound pretty awesome so I can't wait to get two these. Thanks Dark Mind Book Tours and Rachel McClellan for Fractured Light! Thanks A Tale Of Many Reviews Tours and Karice Bolton for Lonely Souls!

So that is all I got this week in book goodies! Love it all. What kind of bookish goods did you get this week? Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your post if your a blogger! :)

Jun 15, 2012

Song Of The Week

I'm back with Song Of The Week again this week! Woo! I've discovered quite a few new bands I like recently. In case your not familiar with my blog yet, Song Of The Week is something I do every Friday sharing new music I've found and can't stop listening to. This week it's a song by a Canadian group called Dala.

Lennon & McCartney:



I could only find a live version of the song on Youtube and they sound awesome! It's always cool to find out a singer you like sounds as good live as they do recorded. I like quite a few of their songs so expect to see some more of them featured here! Do you have a song you can't stop listening to? Let me know in the comments! :)

Jun 14, 2012

Flicker

Flicker was a book I'd never stumbled upon until Kaye Thornbrugh, the author, contacted me asking if I'd be willing to review her book. I totally jumped on the chance and said yes! It sounded like an interesting story and the cover instantly pulled me in.

Summary from Goodreads:

When sixteen-year-old Lee Capren is spirited away to Faerie, she is forced to serve capricious faeries as a prized portrait artist… and live as their prisoner.

A chance encounter with the charming Nasser grants Lee a chance for freedom—but what felt like mere days in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee no longer has a home to return to.

Nasser is a Seer—a human with magical powers—and Lee is quickly plunged into his world: a sprawling city teeming with magic and mystery, where supernatural creatures walk hidden among humans. With the help of a rag-tag group of teenage Seers, Lee must master her newfound magical talent and outwit a cunning faerie determined to destroy her.


Lee Capren is just a normal nerdy sixteen year old girl who likes comic books and often gets lost in her head when she draws. She's totally normal with her red hair bright green eyes and freckles... or so she thought. Little did she know that all around her there were things that were there, but she couldn't see them. Little did she know that she had magic inside of her. Lee is suddenly thrust into a world full of magic and fairies and soon she's got a faerie out looking for her. A faerie who from the start doesn't like Lee one bit and she'll do anything it takes to get Lee where she wants her.

Lee was a character I instantly connected with. She was a character who was easy to like and the more you got to know her and the more she grew the more you connected and liked her. We first meet Lee and she's on a swing and she's seeing some creatures out of the corner of her. But before she can really look at them, their gone. Lee is a really well developed character, as are all of the characters in this book. She starts off a bit scared as she adjusts to this new life, but she grows into this really strong character.

Instantly you know that this is a book that is going to take off in the action immediately. This book doesn't waste time it dives right into the crazy world Lee didn't know even existed. Though it does take right off, it isn't one of those books you think took off a bit to early. It starts and finishes and you don't feel like you missed out on anything important and I really liked that about this one. You could get immediately thrust into the world full of Seer's and faerie and there wasn't a second of confusion. Kaye Thornbrugh describes everything so clearly and vividly that each creature was unique and easily created in my head.

Flicker is told from a lot of different point of views. This surprised me. I don't know why I'm always surprised when books are told from different points of views. I suppose its because I'm just expecting one point of view. But I really liked that this one was split up in the different points of views. It allowed you to see some characters in a better light than you might have without them having their own point of view. My favorite's would have to be Filo's and Lee's. Those were my two favorite characters and I liked it best when it was told from their point's of view on things.

Filo Shine. The moment he graced the page I liked him. I honestly can't begin to tell you why I liked him because he was this moody guy who never cracked a smile. But I liked him. And the more there was of Filo Shine the more I liked him. And the fact I liked Filo so much is probably why I didn't connect to much with Nasser. Don't get me wrong though I did like Nasser, I really did. He's got all the qualities you want in a love interest, but the moment I fell for Filo Nasser just didn't stand a chance. I will also admit I was secretly hoping Filo and Lee would end up together. I just didn't feel the chemistry between Lee and Nasser like I did with Filo and Lee. Let me just say there is a very high chance that I was not feeling the chemistry between these two because of the fact the whole time reading in the back of my mind I was rooting for Filo and Lee. I don't foresee anything actually happening between these two but I couldn't help while reading hoping something would.

There were so many amazing characters in this book worth mentioning in this review. Like Jason, Nasser's younger brother, I really liked him. I felt he was misunderstood a lot by Nasser. Jason acted out for a reason Nasser just couldn't see. Alice, she was a really interesting character. I liked the fact that she was a female character who could handle herself and for being so small was tough. Morgan and Neman. I hated Morgan, there was nothing about her to like. She was just...cruel. Neman on the other hand as much as I wanted to dislike her...I just couldn't. Yes she's been cruel herself, but I felt like she had some nice and redeeming qualities in her. Granted she didn't do anything when Morgan had a rage..but I still I just couldn't dislike her. And that scene at the end! Kaye Thornbrugh made it so hard to hate Neman even though she probably deserved to be disliked. There are so many fantastic characters in this book that this review would be a mile long with all the good things I could say about them.

This book ended great. I wasn't expecting that big thing that happened at the end, but I loved it and Lee got to show that even though she hasn't been around magic long she can handle it. She's strong. It all ended so perfectly that I can't wait to see what is in store for Lee and her friends in the next one! 

I haven't read to many books containing fey in them, but I felt like this book had a nice unique touch to it. Everything about the creatures and the way the world worked was so well thought and described it made it so easy to fall into the story. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Kaye Thornbrugh. Flicker is getting 4.5 out of 5 stars from me. Flicker was a captivating read with fantastic characters and a well developed world. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good read or books containing faerie.

Jun 13, 2012

Author Interview with Kaye Thornbrugh

Today I am doing an interview with Kaye Thornbrugh author of Flicker! I'm so excited to have her here today on the blog. I recently just finished Flicker and absolutely loved it! You can find my review for Flicker on the blog tomorrow.

If your interested in reading Flicker you can get a copy over at Amazon! You totally should, it was a fantastic book! Without further ado here is my interview with Kaye! She shares some very exciting things about the second book that hasn't been revealed until today!



Me: Hi! Before we jump into the interview could you introduce yourself a little?

Kaye: Ahoy there! My name is Kaye. I'm a 19-year-old journalism major and managing editor of my college newspaper, living in beautiful Idaho. If I could press a button and transport myself into the Pokemon world, I would do it without hesitation. I'm obsessed with Tumblr. Fonts are my passion. I regularly cry over fictional characters and ships. Sometimes I read poetry aloud to myself. Malcolm Reynolds, Son Goku and Harry Potter are my role models. I make a point of always having a great time. 

Me: I am in love with Flicker's cover. It's so intriguing and gorgeous! Did you have any say in how the cover turned out?

Kaye: Thank you! For this cover, I worked with the incredibly talented photographer Andrea Hubner, who was gracious enough to let me use one of her photos. Once the photo was chosen, I actually designed the cover and put it together myself.

Me: Where did the idea for Flicker come from? Did anything specific spark the idea? 

Kaye: The idea for Flicker came from all the stories I'd read about people who went to rescue loved ones from Faerie. Those tales mostly focused on the rescuer--but what about the person being rescued? How did those people cope with life back in the normal world? How were they changed by their experience? What were their lives like? I was also inspired the stories of people who had a brush with the supernatural and went missing for a long time, like Rip van Winkle and Urashima. Once I figured out who my heroine was and how she wound up in Faerie, the res of the story unfolded from there.

Me: Flicker contains a lot of interesting names. Where did you find all these unique names? 

Kaye: I'm a huge name nerd. I spend a lot of time scrolling through baby name sites and reading baby name books at the library. Whenever I hear an interesting name, I file it away and wait for the right character to give it to.


Lee's full first name, for example came from a murder victim on an episode of CSI, though I ultimately spelled the name a little differently than the CSI folks did. I spotted Nasser's name in the end credits of Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man's Chest. In the third grade we once spend a day learning about Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of the televison, and I fell in love with the name--though when it came time to name my Filo, years later, I dropped the PH in favor of a more fashionable F.

Names don't always comes easily. They have to feel right and it can take a long time for me to find just the right name--sometimes, a really long time. To give you an idea, I've been grappling with names for a character in an upcoming book (Book Three in the Flicker series, actually) for months.

(Fun fact: I tried a few names for Lee before finally settling. For a while, I called her Harper.)

Me: If you could spend a whole day with either Nasser of Filo who would you pick and why?

Kaye: Way to put me in a tough spot! I adore both of these guys, but if I had to choose, I'd go with Nasser. I love Filo to tears, but we probably wouldn't get along very well, since he's really not very personable! Nasser, on the other hand, would attempt to teach me magic tricks and listen patiently while I prattle on. I think we'd have a great time together!

Me: Can you tell us anything about the sequel to Flicker?

Kaye: I actually haven't spoken publicly about the sequel yet, not even the title. But I think this is a great time to reveal some information! Drum roll please...


Me: *drum roll* *excited dance*


Kaye: Book Two in the Flicker series is titled Brightly. The story picks up the summer after Flicker left off. Lee and the rest of the gang are mostly settled into their normal lives (well, normal for them, anyway) when three mysterious strangers arrive with a bombshell of information that could change all their lives--and a dangerous proposition that Lee and her friends can't refuse.

Me: In one word how would you describe Lee and Filo's relationship?

Kaye: Challenging.

Me: Now for some this and that questions?

Coffee or Tea?

Kaye: Neither! I've never actually drank coffee, and I'm definitely not a tea person. Dr Pepper, please! :D

Me: Summer or Winter?

Kaye: Winter. You know when it's nighttime, and its snowing those really big, really fluffy flakes, the ones that just hurtle out of the darkness? I think that's one of the most beautiful, peaceful sights in the world. I live for sights like that.
Me: Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream?  

Kaye: Chocolate!

Me: Hawaii or Ireland?

Kaye: Ireland. Like basically everyone on the planet, one of my lifelong dreams is to go there. *wistful sigh*

Me: Thanks so much Kaye for stopping by today and answering all these questions!  

Kaye: Thanks for having me! 


Personally I am super excited about Brightly! I love the title and think it goes great with Flicker. Hope you guys enjoyed the interview with Kaye! Definitely read Flicker and get ready for Brightly! Flicker is a great start to a series I can already tell is gonna kick some butt!

Jun 12, 2012

Dragonswood Blog Tour: Interview & Excerpt

Today I have author Janet Lee Carey on the blog as part of her blog tour for Dragonswood hosted by Dark Mind Book Tours! I'll be doing an interview with her as well as sharing an excerpt from Dragonswood with you guys! You can find the next tour stop over at All Things About Books.


Summary from Goodreads

Wilde Island is not at peace. The kingdom mourns the dead Pendragon king and awaits the return of his heir; the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is strained; and the regent is funding a bloodthirsty witch hunt, hoping to rid the island of half-fey maidens.

Tess, daughter of a blacksmith, has visions of the future, but she still doesn't expect to be accused of witchcraft, forced to flee with her two best friends, or offered shelter by the handsome and enigmatic Garth Huntsman, a warden for Dragonswood. But Garth is the younger prince in disguise and Tess soon learns that her true father was fey, making them the center of an exciting, romantic adventure, and an ancient prophecy that will bring about peace between all three races - dragon, human, and fairy.



Me: When did you first know you wanted to write a book and become an author?


Janet: I first knew when I was up in a tree. Seriously! I read fantasy stories high in the branches of acacia trees when I was a child, I fell in love with books and wanted to become an author.

 (Janet with a banyan tree)

Me: Where did the idea for Dragonswood storyline come from?

Janet: All my novels come from character and the struggles of the human heart. I was studying the bizarre beliefs that led to the witch trials in medieval Europe when I landed on the fact that woman were made to give up theirs friends name under torture. I asked myself how I'd feel if I'd given the names of my friends and was responsible for their arrest, torture, and possibly their deaths. I knew then I had found a "story seed". I soon discovered the danger Tess gets in after she divulges the names of her friends to the witch hunter and the three girls have to go on the run disguised as lepers. Tess is determined to right the wrong she's done to her friends. She's also hiding a secret that draws her deep into the fey realm of Dragonswood. The story tests her loyalty to her friends, her first love, and ultimately to herself.

Me: Did you intend for Dragons Keep to be a stand alone or did you know that you would be writing Dragonswood to go with it?

Janet: I thought Dragons Keep was a stand alone. Was I wrong about that! New characters and stories keep entering through the door I opened in Draongs Keep, and more keep coming all the time. Jackrun appears in the epilogue of Dragonswood. He came to the page bearing his own story which unfolds when he's seventeen in book three, Dragons Gift, where I explore dragon fire, family brokenness, and healing.   

Me: If you could spend a day with one of your characters from Dragonswood who would you pick?

Janet: I'd spend the day with Tess. I'd feed her (the poor girls been starving) then take her to the beach where we could hike and swim and where she could climb trees-we're both tree climbers.

Me: The cover for Dragonswood is really gorgeous! Did you have any say in how it turned out?

Janet: A few ideas popped into my head as I wrote Dragonswood. I imagined Tess entranced by the vision she sees in her fire-sight of a man swinging his sword in the flames. Later I thought it would be interesting to show Tess disguised in her leper's clothing and clutching a knife. I wanted to show how strong she is and what she's up agaisnt. I talked about these images with my editor, Kathy Dawson, at Dial. It wasn't till later when we were discussing the kind of gown Tess would wear that I realized the cover art might end up being far different than what I'd imagined. But I wasn't quite ready to let go quiet yet. In one phone call I asked my editor, "Will Tess have a knife in her hand?" Kathy paused a moment, then said, "I think you will be surprised in the direction this cover is going Janet."

A few weeks later I clicked on the art photo she sent. My first reaction was one of awe. I was so grateful to the team at Dial for going in an entirely different direction than I'd envisioned, and for their stunning work.


Me: Thanks so much for answering all these questions Janet! It was a pleasure having you hear today.

Janet: Thank you for the interview questions and the chance to share stories and dreams with you hear on Novel Nerd.


And now here is the excerpt from Dragonwood! This excerpt will be coming from Chapter Five when Tess, Poppy, and Meg are on the run from the witch hunter. Enjoy!




Dragonswood was just across the road from our camp here in the cliff. I’d tried to convince Meg and Poppy we’d be safer walking inside the refuge. Dragonswood’s eastern wall traced Kingsway north to Oxhaven, where Grandfather lived, and beyond that all the way to Pendragon Castle. But my friends wouldn’t go over the wall. Poppy feared we might be fey-struck like Mad Jack, who’d gone off hunting one day, and returned a week later, singing, snarling, and pissing in public. Meg believed the gossip that the fey cruelly punished trespassers, casting spells on them and turning them into Treegrims. All the years I’d gone to Dragonswood, I’d never seen a dragon or a fairy harm a man or find a person magicked into a tree. Still, in our four days running north, I’d stayed on this side of the wall.
We’d not gone far enough; spent too many hours searching for food, begging in our leper’s garb. Tomorrow I would make my friends walk faster no matter how hungry we all were. I was thinking this, stirring the coals, when a woman’s high-pitched screams cut through the night. We all jumped up, alert and trembling.
“Where’s it coming from?” Poppy cried. 
We raced to the cliff edge overlooking town and harbor. Far below us, smoke rose from the town square. At first I thought a cottage was alight. Thatch roofs easily catch fire, and when they do, the house burns swiftly. But from our lookout spot, I focused on the rising smoke and saw now it came from a witch fire in the middle of the town square.
Townsfolk dressed in black moved in a great, slow circle around the bonfire. The girl they’d bound to the stake shrieked louder as the blaze raced across the logs, catching her white gown at the hem. Up on the cliff under the hawthorn trees, I clung to Meg and Poppy. Her screams ripped through us.
Two mounted figures rode in, the bonfire bathing them in golden light. Meg saw who it was and yelped. Poppy quickly covered her mouth. “The witch hunter can’t see us so far away up here,” she said. “And these trees and bushes will hide us.”
From behind us, I heard the deep woofing sound of pumping wings. A massive shadow swooped overhead. Against the night the dragon’s scales seemed black. Tail whipping in the wind, he dove for town. At first the townsfolk did not see him, so when the dragon swept into the square, tearing the girl and staff straight up from the burning pyre, the folk below had little time to run. Some few scrambled into shop doorways. Most dropped to the cobbles, covering their heads.
The dragon spooked Lady Adela’s horse, who galloped off full speed, the Gray Knight racing behind. High above the town, the dragon dipped up and down awkwardly, trying to reach the sea. The tip of his left wing burned, and so did the girl in his claws. He made it just beyond the harbor. Skimming but a few feet above the bay, he dipped both girl and wing in the water, and put the fire out.
Meg and Poppy stayed by the hawthorns, but I stepped out a little, watching the great dragon. Twice lit by the moonlight above and reflected in the sea, the dragon was the same old one I’d spied from the branches, the same one who’d dropped a turtle in the millpond. His yellowing scales and the long neck scar confirmed it. 
   His flight was so ragged from his damaged wing, I feared he might drop the girl, yet he kept aloft. Over the sound of waves, I heard the girl sobbing. She was injured from the fire and, no doubt, feared her rescuer, but I was sure the dragon meant to save her. I saw how he pressed her against his coppery chest scales as he soared closer to our cliff.
Somehow the dragon had unbound the stake the girl was tied to. He dropped the charred pole, and I jumped back as it hit the grass, tumbled off the cliff edge, and landed on the rocks below. 
Too late the church bell down in Hessings Kottle rang out a dragon warning. He had already flown back to the sanctuary. 
The bonfire burned. The girl was gone.

Jun 10, 2012

Book Haul

Book Haul is a weekly meme that I do on Sundays to share what bookish goodies I got for the week whether it is stuff I bought, received or won. Also I didn't come up with the Book Haul idea someone else did so.. yeah it wasn't me who made Book Haul. Just making that clear. :) This week I bought a book and also received a book for review.


Bought:

  • Frost Bite Graphic Novel
Been dying to get my hands on this Graphic Novel and finally did! I've looked through it a bit already and of course love it. I gotta say Adrian looks mighty fine. The artist did such a great job with the first two so far! Can't wait for the rest.

Netgalley:

  • Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Big thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for this one! I wasn't sure if I was going to read this one and then I saw some great reviews and figured I'd give it a shot. I love the cover and it does have a really intriguing summary.  Fingers crossed I like it!

That's all for this week! What bookish goods did you get in your mailbox this week? Leave me a link to your post if your a blogger. :)

Jun 8, 2012

Song Of The Week

It's been a few weeks since I've done a Song Of The Week post. I wasn't really listening to any new music because of being to busy with school and stuff, but now that school is done I am back to finding music. Summer is finally here! So you can expect to see Song Of The Week every Friday! So the song I can't stop listening to I discovered because of a Bing commercial. Maybe you've heard the song, or maybe you haven't but I can't stop listening to it!

Ho Hey by The Lumineers:



I love it when I find new bands that I like and these guys I really like. Check them out on Itunes they have some great songs. I really like this one and Stubborn Love.

Jun 7, 2012

New Lisa McMann Series

Yesterday Lisa McMann announced her new YA series as well as revealed the cover and summary. I am a huge fan of Lisa McMann her books are always really awesome and whenever there is something new from her I get super excited. This series sounds like its going to be so amazing!!

Summary from Lisa's Author Site:

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the vision. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode... and nine body bags in the snow.

She has no idea why this is happening to her or if she’s going crazy. It hardly matters, because the visions are everywhere--on billboards, television screens, windows--and she’s the only one who can see them.

But it’s not until the vision starts coming more frequently, and revealing more clues, that Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it's someone she knows. Someone she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember. 



Doesn't it just sound awesome?! After I reads Cryers Cross by Lisa McMann I knew how much I loved her work. I'd read her previous books and loved them, but Cryers Cross was the one that turned me into a huge fan. That book was so awesome and now this new series sounds like it's going to be epic. I love the cover too. The fire in her eyes is totally eerie! Crash will be out in January. Will you be picking up a copy?! I know I will be!

Jun 6, 2012

Pushing The Limits

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry is a book I wanted to read the moment I saw it on Goodreads. I didn't need to read the summary to know that the book was going to be amazing. After reading the summary I couldn't get the book out of my head. Pushing The Limits was such a beautiful book. You'll cry, laugh, get angry and feel so many more emotions when reading this one. I'm dying for more from Katie McGarry!

Summary from Goodreads:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Echo wants a normal life. She used to have a normal life. She had a boyfriend. was popular, best friends, and was on the dance squad. Then her life just wasn't normal anymore. She lost her older brother and her mother tried to kill her. The thing about that horrible night is Echo can't remember anything that happened. She doesn't know why her bipolar mother tried killing her. Once when she tried to remember, she nearly went insane. But even though she can't remember anything from that night it did happen and she has scars on her arms to remind her everyday. To remind her that she isn't a normal girl anymore. She has scar tissue, not only on her arms but inside of her to.  Echo isn't a character who has minor everyday teenage problems. She has issues that are far bigger than that. She struggles with her past and the issues it has brought on through out Pushing The Limits. I really liked Echo as a character. We first meet her and she's thinking of what she'd really like to say to her new therapist, but won't dare to say in front of her father. She does what her dad wants even if she doesn't agree with it or want to do it. She's a character who is sad and broken. Then she meets Noah and you see sides of Echo that you don't see when she's with anyone else.

Noah is the stoner who has a rep of one nightstands with girls in the back of his car. He's a bad boy with dark warm eyes and tattoos. Noah used to be like Echo, popular star of his basketball team. He had a normal life. But then his life changed. His parents died and he and his brothers were put in the foster care system. They got separated and now Noah hardly gets to see them anymore. Whats the point of even trying? Noah doesn't see the point thus leading to stoner bad boy Noah. Noah, oh Noah. He is so much more than a stoner. Yeah, he's a bad boy a sexy one might I just say, but Noah brings a lot more to the table than that. Noah has issues of his own, he's got scar tissue just like Echo. And as these two characters fall for each other they bring out sides of each other that would never have escaped if not for the others help. 

Pushing The Limits alternates between Echo and Noah's point of view. I wasn't expecting this when I first started reading this book, but it was a really nice surprise. The book would not be half as amazing as it was if not for Noah's point of view. I loved both of these character so much and getting to go back and forth from the two and seeing how much each loved and cared for each other was great. This book was so outstanding. It was a read that once you started, once you started to love these characters it was impossible to stop reading. 

It was interesting following Echo's struggles as she deals with not remembering that awful night. Struggling with hiding her scars from people. Struggling with the lose of her brother. This girl has so many things she is battling with I don't know how she managed to keep it all together the way she did. Echo was a character who as the story went really grew and developed into an even better and more lovable character. It was just so great to watch as she realized all this time she was blaming and hating the wrong people. Will she ever remember that night completely? I won't say, but the way Katie McGarry wrote the scenes with Echo and her scenes revolving around that night were beautiful. This whole book was full of wonderful writing!

Noah was my favorite point of view. I loved reading and watching as he slowly changed. He is so determined to save his brothers and get custody of them that he's blinded. Maybe they don't need saving. Maybe their in a happy and loving home. Noah doesn't think so and it was amazing watching how both him and Echo change so much from when we first meet them and how they both realize certain things they had wrong. Basically what I'm trying to say is Katie McGarry writes flipping fantastic characters. I'm totally head over heels for Noah Hutchins. She created a character that is gonna make your heart race! 

Echo's friends aren't very accepting of her scars. Grace in particular. That girl, oh man she really was just so not a cool person. How could she even do that to Echo? We can be friends as long as know one knows about it. Who says that to someone who clearly is living in a nightmare? Grace is so worried about losing her popularity by being friends with the freak of the school that she totally doesn't even take in to consideration what the heck Echo is going through, or how much what she is doing is hurting her. Lila was a whole different story. Sometimes she got on my nerves of constantly trying to get Echo's life back to how it was, but Lila had good intentions. She always did even if at first you don't see. 

Beth and Issac, Noah's best friends who he basically sees as his family are both pretty interesting characters. Beth is not easy to like. She's quite witchy, but at some point you begin to realize that you sorta kind of like her. She smokes a bit to much dope, okay a lot of dope, but she isn't really that bad of a person. Her life isn't easy so she has reason to be angry and witchy. Issac I liked him from the start. Its hard not to like Issac. I totally saw that one coming about him and a certain someone and it made me smile when I was right. One more character worth mentioning is Mrs. Collins. Loved her! She was my favorite adult character in this book. She set out to make Echo and Noah's lives better and even though maybe they couldn't see it, she cared a lot about them.


All in all Pushing The Limits was filled with nothing but outstanding writing and amazing characters. There isn't anything about this book to complain about. It was nothing but awesome and I can't wait for the next one! I'm giving Pushing The Limits 5 out of 5 stars! It earns it. Contemporary fans will devour this one and fall for Noah Hutchins. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's so good! It contains a romance and beautiful story that no one wants to miss out on.



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

Jun 5, 2012

Cover Reveal

It's been awhile since I've done a cover reveal. Today a cover for one epic series go revealed and I can't not share it with you guys. I'm not evening going to ramble on and about how much I love it because I just want to show it to you guys! IT'S GORGEOUS! There that is all I will say. :)


I love love love this cover! It's perfect! I can't wait to have it sitting on my bookcase next to the first two books in the series. I love how each cover just gets even better. I thought the first one couldn't be topped and now look at this one-it's stunning! Here are all the covers from book one to three!



If you haven't started this series yet, I suggest you get a move on! It's so awesome.

Jun 4, 2012

Temptation

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins was one of those books that I just happened to stumble upon on Netgalley and knew once I read that it was about an Amish boy falling in love with an English girl that I had to read it. This book was truly fascinating and intoxicating at times.

Summary from Goodreads:

Your heart misleads you.  That's what my friends and family say.  But I love Noah. And he loves me.  We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadow View, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each others arms. It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won't be. Because he's Amish. And I'm not.


Rose has just moved from Cincinnati to a old farm house in Ohio that is falling apart. Rose isn't to thrilled about this move or her new house. She's not thrilled about anything anymore, not after the death of her mother. Then she meets Noah and instantly her world brightens and soon the two are falling for each other. The catch is Noah is Amish and the closer the two get the more complicated things become. Is their love strong enough to survive all the people who are agaisnt them getting together?

Temptation goes from Rose's point of view to Noah's. The first point of view we get is Rose's after a very interesting Prologue that makes you think there's only one way this can end and that is tragic. I can't say that I instantly liked Rose because I didn't. I didn't dislike her though either. She's a great character it just wasn't one of those stories where I instantly knew I liked her.  She was a very outspoken and free willed character who after a few chapters I did like. But her constant mood swings did irk me a bit. I understood her frustrations about everything and would probably feel the same intense emotions that she was, but I felt that she just got to hot headed sometimes. She was a great character though don't get me wrong. There were just a few things about her that bugged me the tiniest bit. I loved that she loved horses since I myself love horses so her love for riding was easy to relate to. And the fact that she was a dancer was cool too since I love ballet.

I really loved how she didn't get pushed around by her two brothers, she tackled them when they bickered which I loved reading. Her interactions with her brothers are great. Sam is the older brother who gets on her nerves the worst and I could totally see why but then Sam would do or say something and you'd see that though he can be selfish he does love her and only wants to look out for her. Justin is the youngest brother, he is so sweet. He's a kid of few words and is always playing some sort of video game but I really loved him. You'll totally understand why once you read Temptation. Though he can be a pain in the butt like any sibling there a quite a few moments when he's just so sweet to Rose.

Noah was a really interesting character. I was instantly intrigued by him and eagerly wanted to know more about him. The more I got to know this character I liked him, but I didn't really like how possessive he was of Rose. Granted he is raised in a different way than Rose and everything but at times I got annoyed by his need to have control over Rose and her actions. I understand though why in some of the situations why he felt he needed to be possessive. And it's all because he loves her so much. Rose is not one those characters who likes to be controlled though so that was always interesting to watch play out. Funny at times to. His use of the word "sweetheart" in the book also bugged me. It had nothing to with him and just the fact that I hate when guys call girls that. Aside from the need to control her and the usages of the word sweetheart Noah was a really great and interesting character to read about. At times he really makes your heart race and wish you were Rose. He's sweet and so tender and very, very protective. He's got a kind of love for Rose that a lot of girls want from a guy. He really knows how to make a girls heart race. 

The attraction between Noah and Rose is instant. The two are both consumed by each other. Noah's a really handsome guy living a simple life as an Amish young man. Soon he'll have to choose a Amish girl to be his wife and he's not to thrilled about it. He becomes even more agaisnt it when he meets Rose. If love at first sight were to be true these two characters defiantly had that. Noah, like Rose, often gets frustrated as their secret relationship develops. He knows that this can't go anywhere-as does Rose but the two just can't stop. It physically hurts them to be apart and soon they need to make a choice. One of them needs to become Amish or one of them needs to leave their Amish ways. Honestly the whole time I was reading this book I kept cringing because I knew this sweet romance was going to end badly. It was going to be a romance that ended sadly-I could just tell.

I've always had a fascination with the Amish for some reason. The way they live has always been interesting to me and getting to read about it was really cool. It was fun to see how Rose and her family reacted to the Amish ways and how Noah reacted to Rose and her English ways. I learned a lot of things about the Amish I had no clue about and it made reading this book all the more fun. Once I started this book I couldn't stop. I would have finished it in one day if not for the fact that I could not stay awake any longer to read it. I got so caught up in Noah and Rose's romance that I had to know what would happen. I couldn't stop for one minute-until of course I got so tired I had to wait to finish it. Their romance is very intoxicating and is very, very bittersweet and tender. 

Karen Ann Hopkins created this really great story that instantly held me captive. You fall in love with her characters and you can't help but root for Noah and Rose's forbidden romance even though you know it can't end good. I won't say if this story has a happy or sad ending, but I will say that I cried at some point in this book along with Rose. My heart totally stopped when that certain event took place and my mind just kept telling me "I told you so! I told you so!" like an annoying little sibling. There is a possible chance though that I got to laugh and smile wide and shove that annoying voice away triumphantly, but you know I could totally just be toying with you and letting you think that it's a happy ending when really it all is tears and sobbing. Suppose you'll have to read the book to find out huh? Trust me when I say you want to read this book!

Temptation is a book full of so many emotions and intoxicating feelings from two characters who love each other but can't have each other. It's a book that kept me entertained from the start to finish. It's a book that is pretty impossible to stop reading. I loved everything about it and can't wait for the next installment! I'm giving Temptation 4.5 out of 5 stars. Read this one for sure! Noah and Rose's love story is one not to miss!


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