Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!





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Happy Halloween, I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday & Teaser Tuesday 10/30/12

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish 
            Top Ten Books Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines!: 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm,...Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)The Immortal Rules (Blood o...

1) Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)

2) Katsa (Graceling Realm)

3) Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) 

4) Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)  

5) Allie (The Immortal Rules)

The Demon King (Seven Realms Series #1)Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)City of Ashes (The Mortal I...Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)

6) Raisa ana'Marianna (Seven Realms)

7) Darla (Ashfall)  

8) Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments)

9) Ismae (Grave Mercy-His Fair Assassin)  

10) Evie (Paranormalcy)  




Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab you'r current read
Open the book to a random page
Share with us two (2) "teasers" sentences form that page
Be careful not to include spoilers! (make sure what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title of the book so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR pile if they'd like   

Today my teaser comes from... 
 Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

"Half an hour," said Sophie, not looking up from the dress.
"Meet me in the courtyard in half an hour, then," said Will. "I'll wake Cyril. And be prepared to swoon at my finery."

 Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
~page 259



*All photos are  from Goodreads*

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday & Teaser Tuesday 10/23/12

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish 
Top Ten Books to get you into the Halloween Spirit!: 

 1) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan 

 2) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Not necessarily scary, but it has psychics and murder in it.

3) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Series
by Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell
-MG-
The pictures in these books alone are scary enough to keep you up all night or leave the light on when you went to bed!

4) The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa 

5) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 

-TO Read-

6) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

7) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

8) The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

9) Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

10) Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab you'r current read
Open the book to a random page
Share with us two (2) "teasers" sentences form that page
Be careful not to include spoilers! (make sure what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title of the book so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR pile if they'd like   

Today my teaser comes from... 
 Ashen Winter (Ashfall, #2)

..."Stupid, pigheaded, obstinate, obnoxious, oviparous, egg-sucking, boy." I both laid and sucked eggs? That didn't make sense. Whatever. 

 Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
~page 15

*Photo from Goodreads*

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Beta by Rachel Cohn


Beta (Annex, #1)

Title: Beta
Series: Annex #1
Author: Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Reading Source: NetGalley
Reading Level: 14+  
Format: ebook
Cover Art: 4/5
Overall: 3/5


Goodreads:
Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist. 
Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's workers--soulless clones like Elysia--are immune to. 
At first, Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless exterior, there is an under-current of discontent among Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care--so why are overpowering sensations cloud-ing Elysia's mind? 
If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happi-ness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive. 
The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best-selling author Rachel Cohn, "Beta "is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor-rupted world.


Review:
Elysia is a beta, one of the first teenage clones. She is programmed to have the same thoughts as a real teenager, but has no actual feelings.
Sold to the Bratton family as a replacement for an older child that went off to collage. They seemed nice at first, but soon finds out that something is not quite right. Elysia starts to have her own feelings, which then lead to rebellion.   


 The beginning was promising, but for me it didn't live up to my exceptions. The book was a little slow in the middle. Elysia was a interesting character but she seemed cold and I could not relate to her. There is some disturbing material in the book.The book reminded me of Glitch, in a way. Overall it was an enjoyable book, I'll be checking out the second book for sure!


Thank you to Disney Hyperion and NetGalley for the ebook in exchange for an honest review!








Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #25



 
Wishlist Wednesday, hosted by Pen to Paper to post books that you have been really wanting for a long time.
Splintered

Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
PublisherAmulet Books
Release Date: 01/01/13

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Why I need it: 
It's inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, that was one of my favorite books. It's getting a lot of good reviews on Goodreads as well.


*Photo from Goodreads*

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence


Mystic City (Mystic City, #1)

Title: Mystic City
Series: Mystic City #1
Author: Theo Lawrence
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 09, 2012
Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance
Reading Source: NetGalley
Reading Level: 12+  
Format: ebook
Cover Art: 4/5
Overall: 5/5

Goodreads: 
For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

Review:

Aria Rose suffers from amnesia after waking up from an overdose of a drug known as Stic, it's made from the power of mystics only to discover she is engaged to a Thomas Foster, the son of the rival family who her parents hopes will unite the two families. Everyone says she's madly in love with Thomas, but she can't remember anything.  

 How's she to marry someone she can't even remember being in love with?
When Aria goes to visit Thomas for some answers, all she gets is more questions because before she can even arrive at the Foster's she meets a guy that saves her from a street gang. Mystics are drained of their power, to control them. He's a mystic rebel. She doesn't feel in danger while around him though, she feels just the opposite, Aria feels safe with him. She finds that she can't stop thinking about the mysterious Hunter. She soon finds the closest people around her may be the biggest betrayal of all.

 In this futuristic novel the world building was great. Everything was so detailed. I liked how she incorporated global warming and it's effects in the book.

 I adored Hunter! He was appealing, brave, gorgeous and intriguing, I can't say enough good things about him.

 This was one of those books I couldn't hardly put down, the only time I did was because I had to go to bed. The only negative thing I would say about it is that the ending seemed kind of rushed to me, maybe it was just because I tore through the pages. I'm looking forward to reading the next book, which comes out in 2013!

 Recommended for of fantasy, dystopian and romance.

 Thank you to Delacorte Books for Young Readers and NetGally for this digital copy in exchange for an honest review.









Monday, October 8, 2012

Happily Ever After Giveaway Hop!

This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer & Murphy's Library

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder 
Lunar Chronicles #1
by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


I'm hoping this Rafflecopter thing works this time, last time it didn't show up, fingers crossed!
For a link to all the other blogs participating click HERE!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The {Booker} Award!

I'm really shocked, I was gone for a day and came back to have been awarded The Booker Award!
Thanks so much to Anna S. for nominating me! 

This is just like me, I'm in my own little world, with my head stuck in a book.

The award targets literary and book-centered blogs. The rules are simple: post my top five books of all time, post the Booker award icon, and nominate other bloggers to do the same.


My top five books are...

1) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2) Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
-If I had to pick only one Harry Potter book it would be the third one, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

3) The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
-The first one is by far my favorite.

4) The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien

5) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


And The Booker Award Goes to…








Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #24



The Summer Prince
Wishlist Wednesday, hosted by Pen to Paper to post books that you have been really wanting for a long time.


Title: The Summer Prince
Author: Alaya Dawn Johnson
PublisherArthur A. Levine
Release Date: 03/01/13

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

Why I need it: 
 A  dystopian love story, both my favorite things. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly


Ironskin (Ironskin, #1)

Title: Ironskin
Series: Ironskin #1
Author: Tina Connolly 
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: October 02, 2012
Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Reading Source: NetGalley
Reading Level: 12+  
Format: ebook
Cover Art: 4/5
Overall: 2.5/5



Goodreads: 

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. 

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help. 

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey. 

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

Review:

Cursed by the fey war, Jane wears an iron mask to contain the curse and to hide her scar.
She takes up a job for Edward Rochart. Being governess to Mr. Rochart's daughter is not what she thought it would be.


This is a retelling of Jane Eyre, which I have not read, so I can't compare how alike the two are, but I do know what the book is about.


The cover! Yeah it's amazing, but everyone knows how I like my covers! I liked the Gothic atmosphere of it, and the beginning was promising, but it sort of slowed down and went downhill form there. The last half of the book stood at a standstill for me. I was confused and found myself rereading pages back. There was nothing wrong with the heroine Jane. And I liked Dorie somewhat, I liked the interactions between Jane and Dorie. It was the romance didn't do it for me, it was weird and creepy. 
 I don't know if I'm going to be picking up the next book. 


You might enjoy it if you like classics.


Thank you to Tor Books and NetGally for this ARC. 








 

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