Feb 28, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club

After a little bit of talking, Lexi from The Literature Lion and I decided to try something new. Lexi hadn't seen any of these done like this, and we're both really excited to introduce to you our new idea!




We've created a book club.

It's not going to be one of those book clubs where all the old ladies gather around with their good wine and their Oprah Book of the Month.

Instead, we are teenagers (or teenagers at heart) that all love young adult books and want to discuss them.

Plus, we're not an exclusive group of readers. Anyone can join, at any time! You can join in the middle of the month, or you can skip a month if you're swamped with books or don't feel like reading the book of the month.

Here's all we ask of you:
  • Be a blogger that reads/blogs about young adult fiction
  • Follow the set time frame of when your post should go up
  • Follow the discussion guidelines each month
  • Love reading!
  • See, it's easy! Now you may be wondering, what's the set time frame? It's quite simple.

On the first of the month, we will post the book of the month. It's your duty to get that book and read it! Near the middle of the month, we will post a format for you. It will include the questions we want you to answer, and other things to keep the discussion going. Any time during the last week of the month, you can post your review that follows the guidelines. Then we will have a post on our blogs with a Linky so you can link up your posts for all the other book club members to see. Also, every month we will have something new to bring to the book club! It may be an interview with the author we read, it may be a giveaway of the book, or an excerpt from the author's upcoming book - who knows!

If you're interested in our book club, stay tuned for more information regarding March's book of the month and more about the Just Read It! Book Club!


Feb 27, 2013

Cover Reveal

The Indigo Spell was just released not to long ago and already we have the cover for The Fiery Heart which won't be released until November 19th of this year. That seems so far away and now that we have a cover I am fangirling and trying to stay calm. I'm not doing a very good job though...I NEED THIS BOOK.


Look at it. It's gorgeous and stunning and I love how Sydney looks disheveled rather than all  put together like she normally is. Sydney Sage is turning into quite the badass girl. That's all I'm saying. I also love how we get Adrian's full face this time. And that red? Gosh I just love this cover!





Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning






Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.




 In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood




In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.



Feb 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading where 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 Host by Stephenie Meyer!



"One sound and you die,"he threatens gruffly. I am shocked to feel a thin sharp edge pushing into my skin under my jaw. I don't understand. I shouldn't be given a choice." (from page 33) 

"My arms broke free from my control. My left hand reached for his face, his hair, to wind my fingers in it. My right hand was faster. Was not mine. Melanie's fist punched his jaw," (from page 298)












If I could read this all day and do nothing but read this book I would be done with it by tomorrow. It is so good! I didn't expect to like it so much. Honestly I wasn't sure if I would like it at all but I love it! I can't wait to see how it will end. Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked out!

Feb 22, 2013

Pieces Blog Tour: Review The Breakaway


Today I'll be taking part in Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle blog tour being hosted by Xpresso Book Tour. I'll be reviewing both The Breakaway and Pieces today on the blog. I was really thrilled to get the chance to take part in this blog tour. Make sure to check out the full tour schedule! 





The Breakaway was a book that once I knew about I instantly wanted to read but never seemed to get around to buying. When I came across the blog tour sign-up for the second book in the series I knew I had to sign up! I'm so glad I did because I was hooked the moment I started The Breakaway.

 Summary from Goodreads:

When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she's falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn't sure she wants to take it. 




Naomi has been kidnapped the funny thing is the longer she's surrounded by the people who took her the more she struggles with whether or not she really wants to escape and go back to a life she's not even really sure she was happy in.

The Breakaway was one of those books that once you start reading it consumes you until you read those last few words on the very last page. I was instantly captivated by its story and I wanted to know more about the characters and why they were doing the things that they were doing. The deeper I fell into the story the deeper I cared for the characters...even the ones I necessarily shouldn't have cared for. 

Naomi. Man is she one conflicted and complex character. Right off the bat she's struggling with all of these emotions and thoughts and they just intensify throughout the book. She begins to forget why she even wants to escape. She becomes attached. I've heard of people growing affection and attachment to their captors but I've never really read a book with this kind of story line. I found it really interesting because just like Naomi I had struggled with a growing attachment to the characters who kidnapped her. I knew it was wrong to like them...but I just couldn't help it! It allowed me to understand why Naomi was struggling so much with everything.


Jesse, Jesse, Jesse. He is such a complex character as well. I didn't trust him in the beginning for obvious reasons and at times he even creeped me out but even so I could feel myself liking him, falling for his charm. Even when my mind would tell me I was nuts for liking this character I still kept liking him and the feelings just grew. He's a man with a past that isn't to good. He's mysterious, kind, even tender yet he has darkness to him. God, he's just one of those characters you love to hate. But you don't really hate even though in the back of your mind you know you should hate. Does that make sense?

Like Naomi I found myself getting attached to her kidnappers. I couldn't really find anything about Evelyn to hate. Yeah, she was holding Naomi agaisnt her will but god Michelle made it so difficult to hate these people. Eric was the only one who I really could dislike at times and even then there were things about him that made me feel sorry for him. I loved how Michelle created these characters who you should dislike while reading yet the reader themselves was experiencing their own bit of Stockholm syndrome.

I'm sitting here trying to find the right words to say about this book and I'm finding that difficult because of how beautifully this book was written. There is no way my words could describe to you just how amazing this book is. Michelle Davidson Argyle has a way with words. With every page the writing got better and better and I couldn't stop reading. Even when I had to stop reading despite not wanting to the book was in my head. I kept wondering what the outcome would be. I definitely look forward to reading many more books by this author.

I found it really interesting that Michelle gave us some insight into Naomi's mother. I haven't read a single book that has done this and I really enjoyed that. It allowed me to see how her mother was handling it and how things weren't the way Naomi thought they were. Maybe her mom wasn't around much but that didn't mean she didn't love her. It was a nice touch to this book. 

Though so many horrible kidnappings happen everyday and are no way near like the way Naomi's kidnappers treated her I feel like in some ways being kidnapped was a blessing in disguise. Being taken away from her life allowed her to reevaluate certain things and see how some of the things in her life could have gotten worse--like with Brad for instance. It gave her time to realize and understand things about her relationship with her mother that she never would have if not for being taken away.

The Breakaway was such a captivating read from page one but I did feel that the ending dragged on a bit to long for my taste which is why it's getting 4.5 out of 5 birds. Don't get me wrong I liked the ending but I just felt it lasted a bit to long. I loved the book none the less and would recommend it to anyone in a heart beat! It's a fantastic contempary read and Michelle Davidson Argyle has such a way with words.






~~Thanks to Xpresso Book Tour for a copy of this book!~~









Pieces Blog Tour: Review Pieces

Today I'll be taking part in Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle blog tour being hosted by Xpresso Book Tour. I'll be reviewing both The Breakaway and Pieces today on the blog. I was really thrilled to get the chance to take part in this blog tour. Make sure to check out the full tour schedule! You can find my review of The Breakaway here.






After finishing and loving The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle I was eager and so excited to get to start the second book Pieces but from the moment I started the book I just wasn't feeling this book. To be totally honest I had a really difficult time while reading because I just couldn't get into the story the way I did with The Breakaway.

 Summary from Goodreads:

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.


It's two years after the events in The Breakaway and Naomi is in college and not but a few chapters in does she learn that Jesse is on parole. Of course this causes some complications in her life considering she is still in love with him.

Naomi Jensen is just as confused in Pieces as she was in The Breakaway--more even. Throughout Pieces she just couldn't figure out her life, her feelings or even her thoughts really. She was so focused on a desire to love Jesse that she blocked everything that was right in front of her. It took me a bit to like Naomi in Pieces and eventually I did. Eventually I was proud of the decisions she made but in the beginning I couldn't get past how frustrating it was she revolved her life around Jesse--years after her kidnapping. She needed to move on and confront things.

Finn is a character who I knew by the end of the book I would be rooting for but at first I wasn't to sure about. I was totally right about the rooting for part. Finn was that guy, the one who just knew Naomi better than anyone. The guy that makes you smile and totally seems perfect--yet isn't and that makes him even more amazing. I pretty much loved Finn and am glad the way things turned out for him. 

Jesse, man did I not like Jesse. The character I loved in The Breakaway is no longer present in Pieces and in away I feel like that was the point. Naomi is no longer kidnapped and Jesse is no longer in prison and now that they are out in the world as normal every day people there were things about Jesse that...I just didn't like. It was like the Stockholm syndrome while reading this book was just gone--stripping away with each chapter. I loved that because in the first book I could understand Naomi's feelings and in this one all that Stockholm was just stripped away. It goes to show just how powerful Michelle's writing is to be able to achieve something like that. And though my heart didn't flutter over this character like in The Breakaway and he just wasn't...appealing anymore I still felt a tiny bit of respect for his trying to change.

It took me quite a bit to finish this book because it wasn't until around page 130 that I really got into the book. I just didn't feel the same spark with the characters and world like I did with the first book and in the beginning I kept thinking "Maybe this one should have just stayed a stand alone..." but after finishing this book I realize that isn't true. Michelle did a really good job with this book despite my having problems in the beginning. She wrapped up Naomi's story really well and I am glad that she wrote this book.

Pieces though a bit to slow for me in the beginning turned out to be a pretty good book that needed to be written. It wrapped things up for Naomi really well and I loved how strong she turned out to be. I knew she had it in her just took a bit to come out. I enjoyed the book, but didn't love it like The Breakaway. Pieces is getting 3 out of 5 birds from me. I think everyone will enjoy this book and will love how Naomi's life turns out for her. It was a good ending to her story.


~~Thanks to Xpresso Tours for a copy of this book!~~










Feb 20, 2013

Breaking Waves Blog Tour: Review



Today I'll be taking part in Breaking Waves blog tour being hosted by Words, Pages, and Books! I'll be sharing my thoughts on both of the books. Make sure that you check out the full tour because not only are there other reviews but there are some other great posts like interviews and guest posts!



Summary from Goodreads:

From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.

Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?


With her heart broken to pieces Jenna is determined to figure out exactly what kind of trouble Reece got himself into. The only problem is the one person who has the answers is the one person Reece warned her was trouble and not to get close to.

Breaking Waves starts off exactly where Heart Waves ended. Whoa what a way to start a book that's for sure. I cried a lot in the beginning. I was not expecting that to happen. I mean I knew their love was doomed and all but that outcome? Way to surprise me Danielle!  That being said the moment I started this book it was pretty much impossible to put down.

Jenna is still the same character from Heart Waves except that...she pretty much falls apart. I still really loved Jenna despite her being broken by certain events that took place in this book but I couldn't help but notice there wasn't really any character development with her in this one. That doesn't mean she wasn't a great character because she was I loved her but I felt she should have grown a bit more. I did really like how things ended with her though and have a feeling she's really going to grow in the next book.

Boy was I right about my prediction about Tyler. I adored Tyler. I couldn't get enough of this character. He was just so great. He was all over the place half the time but I couldn't help but root for him and crack a smile at the stuff that came out of his mouth. I don't want to give to much away about Tyler because he is such a guarded character and its best to learn about him as you read. But just know I am totally Team Tyler. 

Reece. I don't even know how to feel about him. Once Tyler came into the picture I kind of forgot about him...and I'm just so thrown by everything involving him I don't even know what to think other than: What did he do?!

This book took such a turn I wasn't expecting. The plot just keeps thickening and thickening--in a lot of ways I wasn't expecting. The way it started out was unexpected but by the ending I had a hunch that things weren't as final as they seemed at least with a certain character anyways. I just don't have a clue what is going on with Reece. It's just still such a mystery and I look forward to finding out what is going to be revealed about him.

Breaking Waves is a fantastic sequel to Heart Waves that I loved even more. I am dying for the third book in the series and can't wait to see how everything turns out for Jenna. Breaking Waves is getting 4 out of 5 birds from me. I think everyone should read this series. It's contemporary but it's got some not so contemptary things with Jenna as well which I feel is why it will appeal to so many people. Definitely check out this series! They are such good reads and the author is a very talented writer.








~~Thanks to Danielle and Words, Pages and Books for the copy of this book!~~


 


Breaking Waves Blog Tour: Review


Today I'll be taking part in Breaking Waves blog tour being hosted by Words, Pages, and Books! I'll be sharing my thoughts on both of the books. Make sure that you check out the full tour because not only are there other reviews but there are some other great posts like interviews and guest posts!


Summary from Goodreads:

 Jenna Kingsley has a gift. She knows things. With a simple touch she can pick up personal information from jewelry or objects. While at a neighbor’s party, a voice mesmerizes her. Jenna is momentarily frozen as a ring is placed in her hand. White electricity surges through her and a dire prediction is made. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. You’re going to break my heart.”

From the moment they meet Jenna is enchanted and entranced with Reece Walton. She’s thrilled to learn he’s spending the summer two houses away from hers. Every moment they spend together is magical. But she can’t get the prediction out of her mind. As the summer draws to a close and secrets are revealed, can Jenna get past the fear of being left with a broken heart to live in the moment with Reece or will her fear of being hurt fulfill the prophecy?


Jenna meets Reece Walton  and instantly is consumed by thoughts of him. The only problem is she knows things will only end in heartbreak. She can sense things and their doomed relationship is one of those things she just knows will happen.


I don't particularly like it when books have an instant love. I just love it when the characters build up to it rather than instantly declaring their love. With some books the instant love works and with others it just doesn't. With Heart Waves it did work because Danielle Sibarium made it realistic. Sure Jenna and Reece fell for each other instantly but they weren't declaring their love by page seventeen. I loved that about this book because of how easy it was to love the characters and their instant connection. She didn't over due it and that was great!

Jenna is a character who's story I really enjoyed reading about. She's a girl with the ability to read energy off of objects. I liked that about this book. It was pretty much a contemporary read with a little bit of something not so normal thrown in. It all balanced out which was great for the story! Jenna was a really guarded character when it came to guys but I loved despite being guarded she wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She often blurted out her thoughts and I loved that quality about her. She was honest to herself even if the truth hurt.

Reece was a character who after finishing the book I have torn feelings about. Throughout the beginning I loved him. He totally won me over with his personality and charm. He wasn't a character who was going to give up on something he wanted. I liked that about him as well as his wits. He always had something up his sleeve. Not to mention I loved how Jenna was all he saw. She just became his whole world and him hers. I couldn't get enough of Reece but as the book drew closer to the ending I suddenly felt like I didn't really know this character. You don't learn to much about Reece he isn't one to open up easily and once certain things were revealed at the ending I was just torn. Don't get me wrong I still like him and all but those feelings from the beginning aren't as strong as they once were.

Tyler. Okay, well Tyler has me so curious! I am really hoping to learn more about Tyler and his past with Reece. I can already tell I'm going to love this character despite not really knowing much about him. He's a mystery at the moment. But one I can't wait to solve!

I was really surprised with how this book ended but it was an ending I still enjoyed. I definitely was expecting something more...tragic I suppose. I'm glad I was wrong though. Heart Waves definitely ended in a way that left me craving for me. There were so many questions! But even so something about it bothered me at the same time. I can't quite decided what it was that bothered me though. Danielle Sibarium is a fantastic writer nonetheless . You instantly get caught up in her characters and the story. I look forward to reading more work by her!


Heart Waves is pretty much a contemporary read with some spice added into it. I really enjoyed this book and once I started was easily caught up in the characters. Heart Waves is getting 3 out of 5 birds from me. I can't wait to start the second book! I would definitely recommend Heart Waves to anyone who loves a nice and easy read with fantastic writing.




~~Thanks to Danielle and Words, Pages and Books for a copy of this book!~~


Feb 19, 2013

Gayle Forman Giveaway

Tonight I happened upon some signed books I couldn't pass up buying. And I'm so excited about finding them I can't wait to post the giveaway so you guys can start entering. I happened upon some signed copies of Just One Day by Gayle Forman and Where She Went. I already own Where She Went so I'm going to giveaway the signed copy as well as one of the signed copies of Just One Day away on the blog.



The Rules are simple. Must be at least 13 years of age, live in the US or Canada and you must be honest with your entries. That is it! Easy! Just fill out the Raffelcopter below. The giveaway ends on March 7th. Good luck everyone! :)


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Feb 16, 2013

The Rising Book Trailer

There are so many amazing series that are ending this year and recently a book trailer for one of my favorite series was released and it's making me so excited for the book! Though it also makes me sad that it's the last one in the series.



April needs to get here quick! This whole trailer is fantastic and has me even more eager than I was before. I love it when Maya smirks and when her eyes turn orange. And I totally got all excited when they showed Derek and Chloe! So exciting!


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

Until now.

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




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

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







Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Cloud Cabal and now the Nast Cabal as well, they’re quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it’s not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they’re so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control. Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her, but she’ll have to face them if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can’t keep running forever.







I would definitely recommend  starting this series if you haven't already. Kelley Armstrong is such a fantastic author I can't get enough of her books! 

Feb 15, 2013

The Indigo Spell

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Richelle Mead. I buy her books the day they come out and devour them far to quickly and then have to wait months and months for the next one. It's a never ending thing with knowing I should read them slower only to not read them slow. But it's always worth it even if the wait for the next book is always agonizingly to long.

Note: I kept this pretty much spoiler free but I don't really recommend reading any further if you haven't read the previous books in the series.


Summary from Goodreads:

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.



Things are never easy for Sydney Sage especially when witches with vain quests are brought into the picture. Oh and not to mention the more she learns about her world the more she see's not everything she was brought up to believe is the full truth...

After the way things ended with The Golden Lily I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on this book. I mean holy moly!! That ending had my gut and heart hurting so badly. This book like pretty much every book written by Richelle Mead had me feeling just as intense emotions while reading The Indigo Spell. That's what I love most about her books. You can always expect laughter, tears, anger, and heart aches. And most of all amazing characters and a plot that always has you on your toes.

Sydney Sage is one kick-butt character. With each book I grow to love this character more and more. I love who she is turning into. I love how she's changing into this confident girl. There is so much I love about Sydney but I love how realistic she is with certain things. She has body image issues and Richelle Mead portrayed this piece of her personality so well and realistically. Most if not all girls go through this and I could relate to Sydney with this and I loved watching her grow with her issue and finally see that maybe she didn't have to worry about calories and such so much. All I know is that Sydney Sage is getting better and better with each book and I can't wait to see how things turn out for her!

Adrian...if you thought he was swoon-worthy in The Golden Lily be prepared to melt while reading The Indigo Spell. Man, just when you think he can't get any better or make your heart flutter more than before he says something that totally makes your heart melt! God, I love this character more than I ever thought I would. Adrian has to be number one on the list of my favorite book boys. Richelle Mead does just a good job with her characters and he is no exception. He's grown so much since theVampire Academy books and Bloodlines. He's turning into...well a really amazing man. All the ladies are gonna wish he was real. And man does he have some of the best dialogue ever! He never fails to say something witty that cracked me up while reading.


"I just keep hoping it will be something like 'Adrian lets go hot tubing.' or 'Adrian take me out for fondue.'"


Marcus Finch was not what I excepted. For some reason I had it in my head that this would be a pretty quiet and reserved character kind of like Dimitri but instead...he was kind of a flirt. It was unexpected but the good kind of unexpected. But if I'm totally honest I can't decided if I really trust him or not. Sure he helped Sydney with certain things but at the ending I just had this nagging feeling like maybe I shouldn't really trust the guy. I just don't know about you Marcus Finch.


I had nothing with this plot figured out. I just couldn't figure it out and I love that about Richelle Mead's books. You never know what is going to happen with each turn of the page and oh my goodness so much good happened in this book. I am one pleased fan that's for sure. There's action, drama, romance, unresolved questions and mysterious things happening. And with the way things ended I for see so much awesome coming and lots of drama. I will say that this wasn't one of Richelle Mead's endings that made me want to throw my book across the room but dang it it still has me eager for The Fiery Heart. She's always so clever and fantastic with her endings...if not a bit brutal sometimes.

There is nothing else to say really other than go read this book. The Indigo Spell is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. It deserves a thousand birds to be totally honest. I just can't get over how awesome this book was and how much I can't wait for the next one to come out. Everyone needs to experience the awesome that is Richelle Mead. She creates such amazing characters and a world that you get so caught up in.





Feb 14, 2013

Cover Reveal

Today along with a bunch of other great bloggers I get to reveal the cover for Faster We Burn by Chelsea Cameron. This cover reveal is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! It's so gorgeous and I love how the font matches the first book's cover. Pretty much I love it! It's just so pretty!!





What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!



Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.



 The last thing Katie Hallman needs is another guy in her life, but Stryker Grant is there anyway. What starts out as just an escape from her previous relationship disaster soon turns into something more. Stryker gets under her skin the way no one has before, and soon she realizes she can't shake him, even if she wanted to. But is Katie ready to trust her already-battered heart to the guy who could shatter it into a million pieces?













Both of these gorgeous covers were designed by Okay Creations. Make sure that you add both books to your Goodreads shelf! Here is a little bit about the awesome author behind these books.



Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is. You can find Chelsea on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and her author website.













Feb 13, 2013

Author Interview: Bella Forrest

Today I have the wonderful Bella Forrest on the blog for an author interview. And in case you missed it on Monday I posted an excerpt from Bella's book A Shade of Vampire. You can find the post here! Hope you enjoy the interview! :)




Novel Nerd: When did you first know that you wanted to be an author?



Bella: When I was very young. Writing is something I've always done for enjoyment since I was a kid. I had a hyperactive imagination and felt the need to express myself through words.



Novel Nerd: Did you have any say in how your books cover turned out?




Bella: Yes, I was involved in the whole process.


Novel Nerd: Was A Shade of Vampire always called that or did you have some other titles in mind before you decided that was the one for your book?


Bella: I knew I wanted to tie the setting of the story--The Shade--in with the title. So my working titles all were quite similar to the final one.


Novel Nerd: What inspired you to create your main character Sofia and the world she lives in?


Bella: I'm not really sure how to answer this. With Sofia, I started writing a character description, and she just formed there on the page. However, there are aspects of her character that I can personally identify with.

Creating The Shade was a similar process, it was very organic and I'm not sure what the direct inspiration was. Although I've always had a love for forests and tall trees so that's where the idea for The Residences and the vampires tree houses came from.



Novel Nerd: Will A Shade of Vampire be a stand alone or will there be more books to come?


Bella:  There will be more books to come. I'm working on the sequel right now.



Novel Nerd: This or that questions! Team Damon or Team Stefan?


Bella: I have not actually read/watched The Vampire Diaries so can't comment!


Novel Nerd: The Hunger Games or Harry Potter?


Bella: Call me crazy, but I haven't read The Hunger Games yet either. It's on my TBR list! I am, however, an incurable Potterhead.


Novel Nerd: Coffee or Tea?


Bella: Depends on my mood. Right now it's coffee.



Novel Nerd: Summer or Winter?



Bella: Summer.



Thanks for stopping by today Bella! Great having you. Hope everyone enjoyed today's post. Make sure to add A Shade of Vampire to your TBR lists on Goodreads!





Feb 11, 2013

A Shade of Vampire Excerpt

Today I have an excerpt from A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest to share with all of you. It's a good one to! Definitely makes me want to read more. Hope you enjoy it! Check back Thursday for an Interview with Bella Forrest the author behind A Shade of Vampire!




 A Shade of Vampire Excerpt


I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.

He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”

I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.

My gaze settled on his face.

I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.

I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.

Big mistake.

The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.

“Like what you see?”

“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.

He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.

“Don’t I have the right to be?”

He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.

“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.

My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.

I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.

He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.

This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.

“Tell me your name,” he commanded.

I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.

“Sofia Claremont.”

As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.

“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”

I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.

My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

 


On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
 

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
 

An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night. Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?


What did you guys think? Pretty good right? Make sure to add A Shade of Vampire on Goodreads! If you are interested in purchasing A Shade of Vampire you can do so at Amazon and Amazon UK.

Here is a little bit about the author behind A Shade of Vampire. "I've been telling stories pretty much since I could talk. Instead of having my parents read me bed-time stories, I would prefer to share with them my own made up tales. As I grew older, I developed a passion for the fantasy genre. I’m an avid reader and a hopeless Potterhead. If you sign up for personal email updates from me here: www.forrestbooks.com, you'll be the first to hear about my new releases."  




Feb 8, 2013

Song Of The Week

This week I've had two songs that I've been listening to a lot. One of them I found because of another free song on I-tunes while the other I heard in the credits of a movie I love, adore and am a tad bit obsessed with.

Gold by Wake Owl


I am so glad that this band was featured as a free song on I-tunes because one I love this song and two I love this band! I don't know if I would have found them if not for being free and I am so glad that I did stumble across them because I love there EP. They remind me a bit of The Lumineers who I adore! 


I Know You Care by Ellie Goulding:


For a while I was really into Ellie Goulding's music but I listened to a few of her songs so much that I ended up getting very annoyed by her voice. I have that problem. I listen to a song until I despise it. But after hearing this song at the end of the movie Now Is Good I can't stop listening to it. I don't really mind her voice in this song. It doesn't get on my nerves like Lights--a song of hers I listened to on end and now can't stand. But I just love this song! 


Do you have a song you can't get out of your head or even one you listened to so much you hate it now? Let me know in the comments! :)


 


Feb 5, 2013

Now Is Good

The other day I watched a movie called Now Is Good and since it is a YA book adapation I felt I needed to blog about it. One because I loved it so much and two because if I don't talk about it it's all I'm going to be thinking about and I have book I need to be reading...not thinking about this awesome movie even though that's all I want to do.



If you've read Before I Die by Jenny Downham then you know that this book is one of a kind. As is the movie. Now it's been a really long time since I read Before I Die but I think that this movie did really well to capture the story so much so that I watched it twice in the same day because I'm a nerd like that.

They nailed it casting Dakota Fanning as Tessa. She was perfect and absolutely amazing in the movie. She brought Tessa to life. She had me laughing one minute and then crying the next which was how I felt while reading Before I Die.


Jeremy Irvines. Oh my goodness. He is perfect in this movie. I am totally crushing on Jeremy Irvines big time. He and Dakota had amazing chemistry and for this only being his second movie he was amazing. I have a feeling there will be much more of Jeremy Irvines in the future. I am a-okay with this. Look at him. He's gorgeous. And British. Did I mention gorgeous?

*drools*


Okay I swear I didn't start this post just to drool over Jeremy Irvines. Okay...maybe just a little bit but seriously he isn't the only reason why I loved this movie. He just made it ten times more awesome than it already was. What I loved aside from the hunk above was how beautifully they capture the book.


Every single scene brought out different emotions.  From Tessa's younger brother and that last thing he says to her making me sob just like the book. *sniffle* To laughing out loud at the things Tessa said or did. To being in awe over the beautiful scenery of the UK.


The next moment I would be balling my eyes out..again. I'd be laughing again in no time though which is why I loved this movie. And even though it has been quite awhile since I read the book I can still remember every emotion it brought in me and this movie? This movie did exactly the same thing. I know I'm sort of rambling now...but sometimes you just gotta ramble to clear your head of something you really loved in order to move onto something else to love just as much. I seriously think if I didn't make this post I wouldn't be able to pick up a book because all I would be thinking about was Now Is Good.


I'd definitely recommend watching this movie if you loved the book and even if you haven't read the book watch this movie. It's just so so good.