Monday, November 26, 2012

Update on life: Doctor Who, Breaking Dawn pt. II, School, Beautiful Disaster, and Black Friday

Hey guys, I know that it has been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog. I am so truly sorry for that. I really miss it. I have three more weeks of school and then I will be off for Christmas break. I am so looking forward too it. This has been one crazy semester. These classes has been so difficult and the professor are even worse. I can't wait till it is all over. I meet with my school advisor this week to schedule my classes for the next spring semester. I am only going to be taking some light (easy) classes after how horrid this has been. Anyways, a lot has happened since I have been gone. Not like a lot, but some interesting things. I recently read in this book Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGurie; and oh my gosh, you guys, it was really crazy/wonderful. I know that there are a lot of negative reviews about it on goodreads but I don't really care! I like it way more than I should. I picked this book up because I wanted to read something that was similar to 50 shades of grey, because I promised myself that I wouldn't read it. So I saw Beautiful Disaster at Barnes and Noble and picked it up right away. I plan to write a review for it soon. That is pretty much all the note worthy news in the book reading department. I am currently reading Tempest by Julie Cross and it is interesting. I am just not being blown away like I thought I would. I am over half away through, hopefully my opinion changes closer to the end.
 I also went to see Breaking Dawn pt. II back when it came out. I was so excited too see it cause I kept reading all these interviews that there was going to be this huge crazy ending. I think that this was the best twilight movie out of the five. My favorite would still have to be New Moon, I think. I am going to have to wait and re watch Breaking Dawn pt. II again before I make up my mind. During that crazy twist I was going insane! It was like you were on an emotional roller coaster with no time to process anything and you feel you heart getting ripped out of your chest. It was freaking nuts! Lol. I never ever thought that I would be this depressed that Twilight ended. I still can't get over it. I am not gonna lie, I cried during the credits. I just couldn't get over how sad I was. I started to remember all these memories with my friends and when I read Twilight for the first time. There was this one time when me and my friend talked on the phone for 2 hours just discussing Edward and the other Cullens. I really don't know if there will ever be a wonderful series like this again. I know that City of Bones (which I saw the trailer for... and just OMG OMG OMG), Beautiful Creatures, and The Host are coming out next year. At least that is something too look forward too but I still will miss Twilight and all the characters.

I also have some really exciting news. I tend to go through these periods in my life when I become addicted and obessed with something. The last time that this happened was when I discovered American Horror Story last January. Well, it has happened again. I am officaly hook on Doctor Who. I was feeling sick a couple weeks ago and was flipping through the channels and I saw that on BCCA they were showing Doctor Who. I decided to watch it beacuse that is all I ever hear about on tumblr and from a bunch of youtubers. I am in love with it so much. I haven't been able to watch all the episodes and I am still a little confused at times, but I cannot wait till Christmas break because I am going to start watching all of them in order. So don't leave any spoilers or anything! I now can see what everybody was talking about it when they said they loved this show!
Also this past weekend was Thanksgiving. I had a really great time and met up with my best friend, who goes to a different college than I do, to go Black Friday shopping. We had a lot of fun. However it was ridiculous at American Eagle. I can't believe that I had to wait in line for 55 minutes. I understand that the store was having a 40% but seriously?! I did get some good deals though. I only got this really cute stripped sweater, a button down blouse, and a pair of socks. I also when to Wal-Mart and got the Breaking Dawn pt. II soundtrack. I really like the Green Day song, "The Forgotten". I remember that song playing during the credits and I started crying even harder. So it kinda difficult to listen to that song at the moment. Lol. It's kinda pathetic how said I am over this. I never in a many years thought I would be this upset.
Well that is all that has been going on with me these last couple weeks. I promise that I will have some book reviews and showcase sunday's coming up soon. I miss all my blogging and goodreads friends! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (32)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Strands of Bronze and Gold
-Jane Nickerson
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.
My thoughts: I can't wait for this! It is going to be creepy and possibly delightful. Lol. I haven't heard of the Bluebeard fairy tale until recently and oh my. Just can't wait.
Do you guys plan on reading this?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks Top Ten is:
This week is a freebie! So I decided to pick
1. Divergent - Veronica Roth
I'm sure you all of heard of my love for Divergent over and over again but it's true. This book is just so good. I remember reading it for the first time and just wanting to go right back from the beginning and experience it all over again. I know a lot of people have problems that it doesn't have enough world building like we don't know why there are different factions and I think that is this point. We don't know because the characters don't know themselves. It is all suppose to be revealed in the third and final book and I can't wait!
2. Cracked Up to Be - Courtney Summers
It was a boring July night in 2009 when I picked up Cracked Up to Be and that's when I knew that this book had become one of my all-time favorites. That is when I first was getting into reading and I remember this book made me have all these different crazy emotions. I just want to go back and reread this book over and over again. I will read anything by Courtney Summers. She is a true genius. I still need to read her latest book, "This Is Not a Test." I also highly recommend her other book "Some Girls Are". You haven't read about mean girls until you have read that book.
3. The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
I have always been obsessed with horses and then Maggie Steifvater, one of my favorite authors ever, writes a book about horses! I haven't read anything quite like this before. The relationship between Sean and Puck is just so good for eachother. Such good characters and development. That is the major part for me in a story, the plot could be great, but if the characters aren't any good then I'm not going to like the book. And Maggie Stiefvater sure knows how to write good characters.
4. Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
Don't hate me for saying this but I wasn't that big of a fan of Anna. I just had such high expectations for it to be the best book I ever read and it fell flat. So when I picked up Lola, I didn't have high expectations and it took me completely by surprise by how much I loved it! The love interest name is Cricket! That alone is not reason to love the book.
5. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
I have never had a book that made me think so much about stuff. I can't stress how amazing this book is. It's about this girl named Sam who is a mean girl and ends up living the last day of her life seven times. Each time she does stuff different and tries to figure out what is happening, but in the end she does get it right. It is such a meaningful story.
6. The Host - Stephenie Meyer
I am so excited for the movie that is coming out in March. The Host is such a good book and in my opinion better than Twilight (and I am big Twilight fan!). The first couple of chapters is really confusing and hard to understand. That's why a lot of people give up on it. If you could get to around page 75 then you should be able to get into it but a lot of people give up before then. I love this book! I just wish she write another book to this! There could be so many possibilities to were it could go!
7. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Everyone probably agrees with me on this. I didn't know this book would be this good. I am a fan of John Green but I read a few of his previous books and thought they were good but not what everyone cracked them up to be and then I finally jumped on the bandwagon when I read this book. This story is like pure poetry. How can someone not love Augustus Waters?! I just want to reread it again from the beginning and not know what is going to happen!
8. Bittersweet - Sarah Ockler
I fell in love with Twenty Boy Summer but Bittersweet blew me away! By far the best work done by Sarah Ockler! It is about ice skating, cupcakes, and boys on a hockey team! I don't usually love contemporary a lot but this book is just wonderful. Please go read this! I just wish I could read it again for the first time.
9. The Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins
This series is just crazy! I want to reread this series but it wouldn't be as good as the first time you read it. I remember reading the ending of Mockingjay and just crying my eyes out. I feel like that girl off of Mean Girls, "I just have a lot of feelings!"
10. Shiver Series - Maggie Stiefvater
A lot people hate on this series, but I love it so much. Linger would have to be my favorite in the series. I love Sam and Grace, but I truly think that it is Isabel and Cole that steal the show. I just ship them so hard in my little shipper heart. Lol.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November TBR + Events!

I really need to crunch down on my reading for the next two months if I want to meet all my goals and challenges. Hopefully I can do it! I shouldn't have much school work this month and there is Thanksgiving holiday! Wish me luck! I am really excited to read the Year of Secret Assignments and the rest of the series by Jaclyn Moriarty! I have nothing but good things about it. 

Here is my list:
1. Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake | Add it on Goodreads
2. Beautiful Disaster - Jamie McGuire | Add it on Goodreads
3. Beautiful Redemption - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl | Add it on Goodreads
4. Tempest - Julie Cross | Add it on Goodreads
5. Dead to You - Lisa McMann | Add it on Goodreads
6. The Year of Secret Assignments - Jaclyn Moriarty | Add it on Goodreads
7. The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie - Jaclyn Moriarty | Add it on Goodreads
8. The Ghosts of Ashbury High - Jaclyn Moriarty | Add it on Goodreads
9. Feedback - Robison Wells | Add it on Goodreads
10. Hidden - Sophie Jordan | Add it on Goodreads
11. In Too Deep - Amanda Grace | Add it on Goodreads
12. Whispers at Moonrise - C.C. Hunter | Add it on Goodreads

I am going to one author event this month but it doesn't have to do with any YA authors or anything. My  mother always been obsessed with the old TV series called the Walton's. A lot of people might not know it because it was out during the 1970s. As a matter of fact, I was named from one of the characters on the show. My name is Olivia and so was the mother on the show. I was say her obsession with it is probably how my obsession with Vampire Diaries works. Lol. Well one of the actresses wrote a book and she is going to be doing a book signing close to us and my mom and I are going to be attending!
Mary McDonough discussing and signs
Lessons from the Mountain: What I learned from Erin Walton
Best known for her protrayal of Erin on TV classic "The Waltons," McDonugh gives readers an intimate look behind the scenes of one of the most beloved shows of all time, and reveals an inspiring story of challenges and personal triumph.
Friday, November 9th at 5:30 pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503

Friday, November 2, 2012

Books Read in October 2012

1. If I Lie - Corrine Jackson
2. Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
3. Beautiful Chaos - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
4. Born Wicked - Jessica Spotswood
5. The Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater
6. Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Books Read: 6
Books Read this Year: 66
My Favorite: Pushing the Limits, The Raven Boys, Cinder

My Least Favorite: Don't have one this month!
Books from Library: 4
Books I own: 2
Books Borrowed: 0
Reviews Posted: Beautiful Choas, The Raven Boys

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Born Wicked - Jessica Spotswood

Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Release Date: February 7th, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Group: Young Adult Literature
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
Born Wicked was definitely not what I was expecting. I wish there would have been more spells and witchcraft involved. While there is some, I just wish there was more and a more backstory of the witches history. I am hoping that it is told more in the second book. The main character Cate was a lot of fun to read from, but I felt she was too boring and uptight. I understand that she was trying to help her sisters but I wish she would have been more fun. There is a small love triangle in this book but a lot of the romance is surrounded by Finn, who is their gardener. I, of course, was hoping for the other guy but that doesn't look like it is going to happen. For some reason that always happen to me. I tend to like the guy who doesn't have a chance.

The government is something I also couldn't understand. The book starts right out talking about the Brotherhood. Am I the only one who is very confused about this? What even is the Brotherhood? I know that it this group of men who fight against witches and taking them to asylums. I just wish there would have been more of a backstory on that also. I also have some problems with the Sisterhood, but I am more intrigued if anything. I can't wait for the next book to read more about them. It should be interesting!

There is a plot twist in this book that revolves around the three sisters and I just couldn't be happier about it! I really enjoyed that. I can't wait to see how it will play out in the next book. This was a good first start to the series, but I can tell as the series progresses with more books it will start to become better and more world building. I hope we find out more about her mother and her godmother. There is a big mystery revolving around them and I hope it we find out more information about it.

Overall, this book left me wanting more as you can tell. I enjoy the characters and the storylines but want more of a backstory told on the characters. I also hope there is more of a love triangle and have it not all focused on Finn. Maybe I will grow to like him the next book, but I honestly couldn't see the appeal. I'm just weird like that I guess.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (31)

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Just One Day
-Gayle Forman
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
My thoughts: I just need this book in my life so bad. I loved, just loved, Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Where She Went. The summary just makes me want to jump up and down and run down to the bookstore and get it already. I can't wait to hear what everyone else thinks of this book. I am so jealous of the people geting ARCS of this ;) HAPPY HALLOWEEN, btw!
Do you guys plan on reading this?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines (9)

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks Top Ten is:
1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Yes, I am being totally cliche` with this and having Katniss as my first pick but I can't help it. I just love Katniss so much. She is so kick-ass and just awesome. If you haven't read the Hunger Games, you need to stop whatever you are doing and go read it right now. However, I am pretty sure that everyone has already read them by now. My favorite moment of her kick ass skills is in the last book towards the end with President Snow & Coin. That is probably my most favorite scene in the whole book series if I'm being honest.
2. Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments)
I picked Clary for this because I just love the whole shadowhunter world and fits into it perfectly. If you haven't read the latest book in the series, City of Lost Souls, you really need to know. We finally get to see Clary stick up for herself and she fights and it is just awesome. I love the scenes when Jace and her would fight against the demons side by side. I can't help it, I get so fangirly over this series :)
3. Tris Prior (Divergent)
I just love these books so much. I cannot even explain how much I love these books. Divergent is around 500 pages or so and I read it all in one day. I just couldn't put it down. Tris is so much fun to read from. She is smart, tough, and awesome. She fights against the government and goes into battles. It is just so good!
4. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)
Of course I was going to put Rose on here. She is a dhampir, which means that she is part vampire and part human. She is a body guard for her best friend Lissa who is a full vampire. Rose battles the strigoi in the whole series and even Dimitri! There is so much action in these books! I also got to give a shout out to Sydney in the Bloodlines series. I love how she is completely opposite of Rose but still manages to hold her own and be kick-ass at the same time.
5. Helen Hamilton (Starcrossed)
If anyone has read the latest book in the series, Dreamless, then you know exactly why I put Helen on this list. She had it so bad in the last book. She is one tough girl to be able to deal with what all she had to do. She descends to the underworld every night just to die down there and come back all exhausted, bloody, and dirty. She was also doing this all alone through the first half of the book. Not to mention she had some pretty mean stuff done to her in this book.
6. Meghan Chase (The Iron King)
I still have yet to read the last book in the series, so I am not completely sure how it ends yet. However, from the first three books that I have read Meghan has to be one of my favorite characters of all time. She is just so likable to read from plus she takes on the Iron King to find her brother. She sticks up for her family and won't let anything happen to them. I really like that about her.
7. June Iparis (Legend)
This is a futuristic world where June is in the military of a very controlling government. She can pretty much beat anyone or kill them if she wants too. There is another main character in the story Day and I loved him as well. My favorite line from the book is towards the end when June says that her and Day is the same person but just grew up in two different places.
8. Juliette Ferrars (Shatter Me)
I really need to read Destroy Me. I asked my parents for a Kindle Fire for Christmas, so I should be able to read it soon. I usually like to be the person who likes opposite of what everyone else does, so I really like Warner and Juliette a lot. I don't hate Adam or anything but I just like Warner so I can't wait to read Destroy Me. Juliette can kill people with her touch. I think that pretty much qualifies as being bad ass!
9. Echo Emerson (Pushing the Limits)
Since it seemed like all my picks have either been from a Dystopian or Fantasy world I decided to change it up and pick one from a contemporary novel. I recently read Pushing the Limits and I cannot say enough good things about it. It is definitely one of my favorite debuts of the year. Echo is so strong for everything she had to go through. She goes through times wonder if her brain is going to crack and she is going to go insane but she doesn't. I also loved reading about her and Noah's relationship.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth have to be one of my all time favorite book series and Annah is my favorite character out of all three books. I feel like Annah had to go through so much. She has scars on the side of her face and she feels ugly because of it and the one boy she loves is in love with her sister. She struggles to stay strong but has the help of Catcher and they fight against the zombies to find a better place. It is such a good book series, please read it if you haven't yet.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: Seven Minutes in Heaven, Goddess, & Shadow of the Mark

There is more cover reveals! I love the title and cover for the sixth Lying Game book! Also the cover for Shadow of the Mark is just gorgeous! Leave a comment and tell me what you think of the latest new covers and if you plan on reading them!
Seven Minutes in Heaven (The Lying Game, #6)
- Sara Shepard
After Sutton Mercer died, her long-lost twin, Emma, stepped into her life to solve her murder. Emma has unearthed many dark secrets while searching for her sister's killer, but nothing has prepared her for the shocking truth....

From Sara Shepard, the author of Pretty Little Liars, comes the suspenseful final book in the New York Times bestselling series The Lying Game. Packed with lavish lifestyles, irresistible characters, and jaw-dropping twists, this novel is sure to appeal to fans of the hit ABC Family show as well as fans of Pretty Little Liars.
Goddess (Starcrossed, #3)
- Josephine Angelini
After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.
Shadow of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy, #2)
- Leigh Fallon
Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal was spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past… far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

Taylor Swift's Red Album Review

Hey guys! In case you didn't know I am a huge Taylor Swift fan. Last week her new CD "Red" came out on Monday, October 22nd. If you haven't checked it out yet, you really should. During the summer of 2011 I went to see her in concert for the first time during her Speak Now Tour. She is probably one of my favorite celebrities. I thought that today I would do a mini review over a few of my favorite songs that are on the album and my thoughts on it as a whole. I like all the songs on the album but my favorites would be: State of Grace, Red, Stay Stay Stay, and Begin Again. I am going to break these down and talk about each one.

State of Grace
This is the first track off the album and I think that it was the perfect pick. In a interview with Taylor she said that this is like an introduction to all the other songs. My favorite line is, "Love is a ruthless game unless you play it good and right." I just love that so much. It also has a different sound than her usual stuff. It still has a country vibe but does a little bit of pop thrown in there. I like that she is maturing and not sounding the same as she does on the previous albums.
If I had to pick which would be my absoulte favorite song, it would be this one. I remember when I first heard it on iTunes when she released it for the first time. I just couldn't help but fall in love with it. I like how she uses colors to describe different emotions. It is so catchy that I can't stop listening to it or singing it. I remember driving to school when the leaves were all red; falling down on the road and I had this song playing. My favorite line is, "Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song." 

                               Stay Stay Stay
When I first heard this song, I knew right away that this would be one of my favorites off the album. It is just so fun and makes you feel so happy. And after listening to all the depressing songs I felt like this song was really needed. I can't help but laugh and just smile whenever I listen to it. It also reminds of Taylor's Speak Now CD, it feels like it has the same vibe to it. I have to favorite parts in this song. The first is, "This morning I said we should talk about it. Cause I read you should never leave a fight unresolved. That's when you came in wearing a football helmet and said "okay, let's talk."
Begin Again
Have you gues seen the music video to this yet?! It is just so perfect. It is like a country/pop mix and the words are just so wonderful. I loved this the first time I heard it. I have no idea how Taylor Swift manages to write such relatable songs. I think everyone can agree that Begin Again is one of the best on the whole album. My favorite line is, "Walked in expecting you'd be late but you got here early and you stand and wave. I walk to you." I also really like this part too, "I've been spending the last 8 months thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end. But on a Wednesday in a cafe, I watched it begin again." :)

Those are just my top pick favorites. Some others that I like really well are All Too Well, I Almost Do, Starlight, and The Last Time which is a duet done with the guy from Snow Patrol. Also if you are able I would purchase the Target exculsive cause there are three extra songs on there are really good also. There is this song called The Moment I Knew and this is crazy but that song actually made me cry. Everyone should just go listen to it themselves. It is a truly touching song that will make your heart ache. Taylor also just released her upcoming Red Tour for 2013! Do any of you plan on going?! I will be attending the one on April 26th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Did you guys also know that Ed Sheeran is going on tour with her as a special guest?! AGH!!!! :) :) :) I just can't stop smiling and freaking out! It is for sure to be a great show!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Showcase Sunday (11)

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. It was inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren. For more information about how this feature works and how to join, click here.
Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles, #4) - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I can't believe that this is the last book in the series! I will miss it so much! I plan to start reading it soon :) Post a comment and tell me what books you got this week!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 28th, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Group: Young Adult Literature
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
If you haven't read this book yet, you need to do so immediately. I haven't read anything like it before. It is just written beautifully and the characters are so wonderful. I can finally say that Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors; she ranks right up there with Suzanne Collins and Cassandra Clare in my opinion. I fell in love with the Wolves of Mercy Falls, then with the Scorpio Races, and finally with the Raven Boys.

This story wasn't what I expected at all. From reading the summary, I thought that it would be more of a love story but it isn't at all. Even though there is some romance it isn't a lot. It is mostly an adventure story about four friends: Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah. Then there is Blue whose family is full of psychics. Each character has an own backstory and personality. The characters are the most important for me when it comes to a story, and these were the best. I enjoyed Gansey and Adam's friendship the most and it comes into play a lot during the end of the book. I just want them to hug it out so bad! I loved them!

I will admit, when I first started this book I was slightly confused. I didn't really understand what was going on. I even had to reread the first couple chapters. Once I started to understand what this book was going to be about, I loved it. It is about Gansey on the search for the resting place of a Welsh King Glendower. The first to do so will be granted a favor. I was really confused about this during the first half of the book. I kept wondering why Gansey was so obsessed with this and why did he keep wanting to find it? What was the backstory behind this? It is finally revealed towards the middle of the book and then it all started to make sense. My only complaint is that I wish that we would have had that sooner. It would have helped me a lot during the first fifty pages or so.

I really liked how the chapters had different POV's. It would switch from Blue, Gansey, and then to Adam. There were even some chapters told from the villain in this story. I am not sure how I feel about Blue and Gansey's relationship when I seem to love Adam and Blue so much more. I do like Gansey, but there is something about Adam that I like too. I feel so sorry for him with his family issues and everything.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is one of my favorite reads in 2012 for sure. This is an excellent start for this new upcoming series. I just can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! I know that it will not disappoint!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril, Unbreakable, & Ashes on the Waves

Here are some recent cover reveals! I really love them so I thought I would do a post on them. Post a comment and tell me which ones you are looking forward too!
Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)
- Wendy Higgins
Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)
- Elizabeth Norris
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben
is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?
- Mary Lindsey
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

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