Saturday, March 31, 2012

On My Wishlist (38)

Hosted by Book Chick City every Saturday. List the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

Amplified by Tara Kelly
Simon Pulse, October 25 2011
YA Contemporary

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . .

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Follow Friday (31)

This week question is: 
Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?
I like to concentrate on one book at a time, and most of the time it's not even a question of concentrating, its about OMG I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! So there's really no need for me to pick up another. However if a book fails to catch my attention I might a) start reading another and switch them over until i finish the two (though this often fails as the new book usually interests me more) or 2) stop reading it entirely and give it a chance later on. Right now I have a TON of books for review from NetGalley and luckily they are all turning out to be awesome, unluckyly I've stop reading the paperbacks I just bought like Timeless by Gail Carriger and The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs. I'm making my way through them rather slowly, but I'll finish them! So I'll be juggling two books until I finish those ^__^'

Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

(Covenant 2)
Publisher: Spencer Hill, 2012
Genre: YA Mythology
Buy: AmazonB&NTBD

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (38)

Hosted at Breaking the Spine, spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am eagerly waiting for...
Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release Date: July 3 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Out Today!


Teaser Tuesday (37)

Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

by Jennifer L. Armentrout 


          My frown increased. “We don’t snuggle.”
          He dropped his arm over my shoulder, and the scent of mint and something wild tickled my nose. “How about we cuddle?”
          “We don’t do that either.”
          “But you’re my cuddle bunny. My little Apollyon cuddle—”
          I punched him in the side.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Musing Mondays (30) &It's Monday! (26)

 Hosted by Should Be Reading.
 This week’s musing is…
Have you ever found a book out of the blue, read it, and then had it be surprisingly good-- one that stuck with you for years? If so, what book was it?

I actually have a couple of those. I guess I'll start with the book that set off my love for Fantasy lit and thus my love for reading. The book is Talking to Dragons (Book 4 of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia C. Wrede. I only picked it up because of my obsession with all things dragon, and the cover featured one. I was pleasantly surprised by the world in those pages and then, of course, I had to go back and find Books 1-3! Cimorene was the first badass heroine I encountered, and to this day I still remember her.

Another book I stumbled upon is Howl's Moving Castle (This was way before Hayao Miyazaki swooped in with his amazing movie). I picked it up because of the cover art (lol). I thought that something that had a moving castled had to be cool. And it is, but it's also so much more!. Sophie's journey is so touching, her romance with Howl is just so sweet, and Calcifer!! He's my favorite demon ever! 

Last but so not least, is The Thief (The Queen's Thief Book 2). I ordered this during one of my "dry reading seasons" where I would run out of books to read, so I just started randomly ordering new ones, many which I ended up not liking that much. But this one was turned out to be better than good. It is GREAT. Gen is a thief, he was caught, and is now recruited by the king to steal a treasure from an opposing land. What I loved about this was the Greek/Roman hints to the world even though its a fantasy world. And then there's the twists and deceits and OMG the freaking ending!!! lol

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review: Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

Shadows on the Moon 
Author: Zoe Marriott 
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2012 
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Buy: AmazonB&NTBD

Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to re-create herself in any form - a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother's new husband, Lord Terayama? Or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama's kitchens? Or is she Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to use her skills to steal the heart of a prince in a revenge plot to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even the one true aspect of her life- her love for a fellow shadow-weaver.

In My Mailbox - My first ever!

Hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren.

I recently won the Black City Giveaway over at Book Sp(l)ot Reviews, and since I'd been obsessing over it since I read that first chapter teaser I almost keeled over at the news. Then yesterday I got the package, only it was bigger than I expected...and then I opened it and...!!! I really did feel faint for a moment. These are the first physical ARC I've ever received!! So I want to give a big fat THANK YOU to G. P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin (USA) for sending me all these wonderful books!
The Right & The Real by Joëlle Anthony
Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Cold Fury by T.M Goeglein
The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal 2) by Stacey Jay

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Hunger Games Movie Review

     I've been itching to post my review about the movie since Thursday! Yes, here in Puerto Rico we get new releases on Thursdays, not Friday's, and so I got to watch The Hunger Games on the 22nd. I thought I'd give it a few days until I posted this, but I'm already seeing reviews popping up everywhere. So, here are my thoughts. Warning! This is for people who have seen it!

     I thoroughly enjoyed The Hunger Games. They did a great job of bringing to life the world of Panem and the characters. District 12 with all the poor houses and the black market, Capitol City with all the technology, and the Arena all just came to life before me.The actors were just superb. Jennifer Lawrence really is freaking Katniss. I swear, when I re-read the books again I'll be imagining her as Katniss. Josh Hutcherson does a sweet job as Peeta, though he still doesn't look like how I imagined the boy with the bread in the first place. I knew Elizabeth Banks was a great actress (I've loved other movies by her), but after seeing her embodying Effie Trinket I now elevate her to badass actress. I loved loved loved Effie! Liam Hensworth (Gale) and Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) don't get much air time, but I think they did a great job too. And, of course, lets not forget Lenny Kravitz as Cinna (gold eyeliner ftw!) and Amandla Stenberg as Rue! Donal Sutherland as President Snow scares the crap out of me. I seriously expected to start smelling bloody roses every time he appeared on screen.

On My Wishlist (37)

Hosted by Book Chick City every Saturday. List the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

The Lady of Devices 
Author: Shelley Adina
Publisher: Createspace
Released: May 31 2009
Genre: YA Steampunk

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices . . . When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hunger Games Movie Begin!!!

Happy Hunger Games!! 
Attendance is Mandatory

Also today...

The World of the Hunger Games
The definitive, richly illustrated, full-color guide to all the districts of Panem, all the participants in "The Hunger Games," and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen.

Follow Friday (30)

This week question is: 
What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

Longest Read
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Fire and Ice 2): 1009 Pages
I read this way back during my first year in college, when the HBO series wasn't even an idea. I've been wanting to re-read them again so I can start with the rest of the books. They're just so damn tragic! Like seriously, the good guys always lose.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hunger Games Countdown -1 day - Character Quotes

The Hunger Games 
Author: Suzanne Collins 
Publisher: Scholastic, 2008 
Genre: YA Dystopia 
Buy: AmazonB&NTBD

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hunger Games Countdown -2 days - Team Peeta vs Team Gale

Team Peeta vs Team Gale

Waiting on Wednesday (37)

Hosted at Breaking the Spine, spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am eagerly waiting for...
by Juliet Marillier
Release Date: November 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hunger Games Countdown -3 days - Favorite Movie Stills

I can't wait to see these lit on fire!!!

Out Today!

Amazon B&NTBD 

Teaser Tuesday (36)

Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

by Suzanne Collins

“Here's some advice. Stay alive.” 
– Haymitch 
“You here to finish me off, Sweetheart?” 
– Peeta 
I don't want to lose the boy with the bread. 
– Katniss

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hunger Games Countdown -4 days - Peeta's Interview Clip

Peeta's Interview ♥

Musing Mondays (29) &It's Monday! (25)

 Hosted by Should Be Reading.
 This week’s musing is…
Would you choose to review a book if its description sounded interesting but the cover was terrible? 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hunger Games Countdown -5 days

Taylor Swift (feat. The Civil Wars) - Safe and Sound

Review: The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Hunt 
(Goddess Test 1.5) 
Author: Aimee Carter 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 2012 
Genre: YA Mythology 
Buy: AmazonB&N

A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld...until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades's wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn....

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Marina's Tales by Derrolyn Anderson - Free eBook!

     I'm very excited to announce that the series Marina's Tales by Derrolyn Anderson is now complete! The Turning Tides (book 4) came out this March 11th and I'm just freaking out over that gorgeous cover. I mean, just look at it.

     Now, for all of you who haven't read this awesome series, Derrolyn is offering you all, my lovely readers, a free ebook copy of book 1!!!

On My Wishlist (36)

Hosted by Book Chick City every Saturday. List the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

The Humming Bird
Author: The de Wardin Sisters
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Released: February 2 2011
Genre: ?
Newly democratized Voskia is off its trolley when an astute, sanguinary politician marches for presidency; the promise of genocide hangs thick in the air and the heart of resistance beats within a single, particular individual. Knowledge, a powerful weapon, shall drag this protagonist, Maria, into series of unforgettable adventures. Music, a cheerful, rebellious messenger, bringer of sensual magic and madness will be a guide throughout the darkness of a newborn disaster. Maria's shadowy, wintry life shall be lit by warm melodies capturing wisps of dreams, putting them back into words, into music.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Follow Friday (30)

This week question is: 
What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?

Let's do this cowboy style... the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Early Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy 
(His Fair Assassin 1) 
Author: Robin LaFevers 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy 
Pre-Order: AmazonB&NTBD

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (36)

Hosted at Breaking the Spine, spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am eagerly waiting for...
by Rhiannon Held
Release Date: June 5 2012
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