Monday, August 30, 2010

Music Monday ♫

Here's my list for the week :) Along with a few explanations! Enjoy :)

Sing To Me - Before Their Eyes
- One of my favorite bands. And one of my all time favorite songs <3. This song will always remind of "City Of Bones" because I found this song while reading that, and it just fit. But for this week, it reminds me of "Mockingjay". "I don't really know just where to start, It's harder when we're standing miles apart. If I could dream, I'd paint a scene, But there is too much noise, When I can't sleep I need to hear your voice.

Would you sing to me
Would you sing to me
'Cause I can feel a part of me starting to break
And when you are away from me it's harder to breathe."

Switchfoot - Learning To Breathe
- I read "Some Girls Are" this week and this song reminds me of it.

"I could use a fresh beginning too,
All of my regrets are nothing new.
So this is a way, that I say I need you."

Silversun Pickups - It's nice to know you work alone
- Not sure why, but this song came on while reading "Some Girls Are" and it just fit for it, for me at least.

"But all the grace is gone, gone
And all the tired scorn is gone
And all the fire is gone, gone
But the reveal is gone, it's gone."

Brand New - Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
- Perfect for "Some Girls Are". It also happens to be another of my fav songs.

"Quickens your heartbeat, It beats me straight into the ground.
You don't recover from a night like this.
A victim, still lying in bed - completely motionless."

"The fever, the focus,
The reasons that I had to believe you weren't too hard to sell.
Die young and save yourself!
The tickle, the taste of...
It used to be the reason I breathe,
But now it's choking me up."


Carolina Liar - Show Me What I'm Looking For
- Again, for Some Girls Are.

"Don't let go
I've wanted this far too long
Mistakes become regrets
I've learned to love abuse.
Please show me what I'm looking for.
Save me, I'm lost."

Secondhand Serenade - Something More
- One of my favorite songs <33 Also reminded me of both "Mockingjay" & "Some Girls Are" "I fooled everyone, now what will I become? I have to start this over. I have to start this over. There must be something more, Do we know what we're fighting for? Breathe in, Breathe out." Apocalyptica Ft. Lacey - Broken Pieces
- Just found this song the other day... I basically love it :)

Cru & Impirio - She Like Me
- This is a fun rap song and it's been stuck in my head all week!

Here's the playlist for the songs I could find:






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I couldn't find "Learning to Breathe" & "She Like Me". But, if you click on the names of the songs, it'll take you to a youtube video of the songs! Enjoy :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Some Girls Are By: Courtney Summers


Synopsis: Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.

Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Thoughts:
Once I got about a fourth of the way in, I could not put this book down. I worked an 8 hour shift today and I stayed up until 3am reading this last night. It's terrifying, beautiful, and real.

We start off with Regina Afton, miss popular, who is apart of the Fearsome Fivesome. Until she is accused by her supposed best friend, Anna, that she cheated with her boyfriend. Regina is "frozen out" of the group, and starts taking serious hits of embarrassment and harassment from the "popular" group. Having no one to turn to, she finds herself starting to befriend a boy who, she herself, tortured. Michael Hayden. Realizing, that she herself was a monster... but once a monster always a monster? Or can things change?

I really, really enjoyed this one! I flew through the pages. This book is crazy true. Things like this really happen in school; All the time. People get bullied, they get abused, and no one does anything about it. They just let it happen, and it's horrible! It truly breaks your heart.

Honestly, I don't know how Regina kept going after everything that was done to her. She was one extremely strong character, that I kind of felt myself admiring. I would have most likely just given up in her shoes. Of course I would have tried something at first, but after continuous bullying, I would have failed. My favorite character was Michael of course. Gorgeous, tragic past, sentimental, emo boy. <3 He did so much for Regina that she honestly didn't deserve. He was a straight up good guy. And though she used to be horrible to him, I think as they get to know each, Regina, does a lot for him too. I really loved the match-up between these two! A lot a lot a lot! :)

Through-out the book, I found myself wanting to kick Kara several times. What a complete jerk. Why would you ever want to be friends with someone like that? And you know what is terrible, some girls are actually like that in real life. Another character that caught my attention was Josh. Though he was apart of the "evil" crew... I really liked him. I think deep down he was actually good and just got in with the wrong people. And Liz, my heart broke for her but I also was proud of her for overcoming everything she did.

This book will teach you a lesson. I'm sure of it. It was a great read and I enjoyed every moment of it! I can't wait to read her next book "Fall for Anything", especially since the boy is a photographer... I LOVE photography. :) 5 out of 5 stars for "Some Girls Are". :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins


Synopsis: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Thoughts: This week, I work a total of around 48hrs. Full time job and I refused go to bed last night until I was finished with Mockingjay. I couldn't help myself and I could not stop reading. Suzanne Collins has done it again, and I can happily say I am very happy with the way the final installment turned out.

This book has everything from destruction to fear and love to hate. There were some situations where I knew what was coming and others where I had no idea and was just "omg did that happen?". There are new characters in this installment, ones you will love and ones you will hate. And of course, all the character we know and love are somehow in book three.

I was very, very pleased with how Mockingjay ended. Throughout the book, I'm not going to lie, I thought I was going to be disappionted... but I wasn't. Mockingjay is dark, and twisted and will pull at all your emotions. I was happy, I was disappionted, I was cheering them on, and sometimes I wanted to strangle someone.

Such a great story, such a great series. I think humanity needs to learn from Mockingjay, and see what we could become. What could possibly happen with-in time. I'm so very happy with Mockingjay and it's thoughts are still lingering with me and I know they will continue too. 10 stars <3 Two of my favorite non-spoilery quotes: "Closing my eyes doesn't help. Fire burns brighter in the darkness."

"It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart."

Monday, August 23, 2010

Forbidden by: Tabitha Suzuma


I could not wait one minute to write this review. I literally, just put it down and still have tears in my eyes, but I will write this review right now because this is probably one of the best books I have ever read.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be 'normal' teenagers. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have become much more than brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences ...

How can something so wrong feel so right?

Thoughts:
I hope I can write this well because this book deserves the best review anyone can give.

We start with Lochan, Maya, Kit, Tiffin, and Willa in there run down life, scraping just to get by. Their father has left them and it doesn't help that their mother is rarely home and when she is, she isn't much help at all. Lochan and Maya are forced to act as the parental figures for Kit, Tiffin, and Willa, while cleaning, cooking, going to school, doing homework, and all of the above. Lochan and Maya have always been close. No one compares to each other. What happens when you realize that your soul mate, your one true love, is your sibling?

This book. Oh my gosh, this book. It made me laugh, smile, heart beat fast, and it made me cry like a baby. And what have I said in the past, well it's rare if I cry over a book. "Forbidden" however has managed to pull at every emotion I think I've got in my system. The details in every single scene is beyond amazing. They're vivid, precise, and beautifully written. This book has everything you could possible want. (Besides the paranormal fact of course, but who cares?!) And I thought I knew how this book was going to end, but oh my, I was so wrong.


I loved each and every character. Lochan being by far my favorite. Green-eyed, dark hair, shy, sexy, sacrificing, caring, strong, smart and he cries. For Lochan and Maya, I felt everything they felt. Each emotion, each situation they were thrown in, you can feel it. Whether it's a happy moment or a devestatiing moment... you feel everything. Who else? Well, there's of course their drunken, skank mother who you basically just want to kick in the shins. Willa, who is one of the cutest 5 year olds you will ever meet. Kit, who is the "I just want to be a teen" brother, but you feel for him. Lastly, but not least Tiffin. Tiffin didn't have a very huge role, but he is a part of this family. The family that suffered so much.

I was rooting for Lochan and Maya the whole entire book. Who cares that they are brother and sister?! They are soul mates. Everyone deserves to be in love with who they want, right? Your heart will ache and ache through out this book. For the love, the family, and the situations.

If you read the book, I cried like a baby on pages 379-380, 404-405, and on 417. Oh my god, tears just streamed down my face. If you read it, you know exactly what I mean. If you didn't read the book, I don't know what other reviews are saying, but I think this is probably the best book I have ever read. It may seem to start off a little slow, but keep going! I promise, it's worth it!

1 billion stars out of 5. I had to order this book from the UK and you know what, IT WAS THE BEST $20 I've spend in a very, very long time. One of my all time favorites for sure. :)

FYI - Defiantly for older readers. I'd say 17+ (Some sexual content and bad language)

Music Monday ♫

Sorry I've been neglecting. I've been crazy busy... working two jobs (over 45hrs/wk) recently. And classes start the 31st. Ah !

Anywho, this week I'm going to post music I've been listening to this week. Whether they're just stuck in my head, mean something to me, or remind me of the book i'm reading right now. Which is "Forbidden" by: Tabitha Suzuma (IT'S AMAZING btw!)

Playlist:

Misery - Maroon 5


This song remind me of Forbidden & basically my life right now.

"Sometimes these cuts are so much
Deeper than they seem
You'd rather cover up
I'd rather let them be
So let me be
And I'll set you free."

"I am in misery
There ain't nobody
Who can comfort me
Why won't you answer me?
The silence is slowly killing me
Girl you really got me bad
You really got me bad."

XXXO - M.I.A
This song is just fun and has been stuck in my head all week.

"You want me XXXO,
You want me be somebody who I'm really not."

Like a G6 - Far East Movement
This is another just fun one that I basically dance around to.

NARC - Interpol
This one reminds me of "Forbidden".

"Feast your eyes, I'm the only one
Control me, console me
Cause that's just how it should be done
Oh, all your history's like fire from a busted gun
Now show some love and respect
Don't wanna get a life of regret."

"You should be in my space
You should be in my life."

Tourniquet - Evanescence
This song is absolutely perfect for Forbidden. The feeling, the sound, and the lyrics <3 "Will I be denied? Christ - tourniquet - my suicide." "I'm dying, Praying, Bleeding, And screaming Am I too lost to be saved? Am I too lost? My God, my tourniquet Return to me salvation." I guess that's enough for this week! Hope you enjoy :) There's a playlist at the bottom if you'd like to listen to all of them :)


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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cracked Up To Be By: Courtney Summers


Synopsis: What's the worst thing you've ever done?

When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of S ...more What's the worst thing you've ever done?

When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

Thoughts:
This book was bundle of emotions. I'm being in honest in saying I'm not sure how to open this up. We start off with "Perfect" Parker Fadley (I must say I love the name Parker). Parker just wants to be left alone. She's rude, she talks back, and she cares about no one. That doesn't stop new kid Jake from liking her or her ex-boyfriend Chris from still loving her. Despite Parker's facade, everyone knows who she used to be, but no one knows why she's had a fall from grace.

I'll admit, I ripped through this one fast. Each end of the chapter just pulled me into the next, and before I knew it, I was done. I've got to be honest and say though I was happy for Parker with the way it ended, but the ending didn't satisfy me. Don't get me wrong, this was a very good book. I really like how it covers a few issues.
One: Even though you've changed, there are still people who will always be there for you.
Two: You need to learn to let people help you, it may be the only way to get yourself through a situation.
Three: Just because something bad happened, it doesn't mean it was your fault. You may have not done anything to prevent it, but that doesn't mean it's your fault.
Four: Being perfect isn't always the right thing.

So characters: I really liked Parker. Bad ass, sassy Parker! She played a great role, and taught the reader a lot of lessons. Becky, well I thought becky was a b*tch like Parker did. Haha. Jake - Cute new boy jake. He was such a good guy and though Parker didn't deserve it, he was really good to her. And Chris - I really, really, reaaaalllly liked him. What a good guy. Oh Parker you IDIOT!

This book is defiantly worth a read. I defiantly bawled my eyes out during one chapter, because I get emotional when a *certain* thing happens, so that scene really pulled at my tears. Very well written. Not a favorite, but it was a very good book and I'm looking forward to reading her other books "Some Girls Are" and "Fall For Anything".

Lots of ARCs giveaway! (not mine)

Over on Babbling Flow's blog, Sara is giving away a bunch of arcs! Including: Beautiful Darkness + Beautiful Creatures (both signed!), Nightshade, The Unidentified, along with many others! There are lots of ways to earn extra entries! So head on over to her site HERE. Contest ends Sep 8th! Goodluck :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Penitence By: Jennifer Laurens



Synopsis: Seeing good and evil spirits is a gift Zoe guards with her life.
Despite her guardian angel’s disappearance, Zoe forces herself to accept that she still has a purpose—but how does she carry the weight of her brother’s drug abuse, the hardship of living with an autistic sister, and a best friend who’s obsessed with a guy who only wants Zoe?

She’s never felt more alone.

When a mysterious spirit appears, Zoe thinks she has a new guardian angel. Instead, her brother’s addiction worsens, her parents are on the brink of separation, and her best friend tries to kill her. The spirit she thinks is her new guardian isn’t there to protect her: he’s out to destroy her family and seize Zoe’s soul. . . for Hell.

Will Matthias’ return mean that he is Zoe’s guardian angel again? Or is their love the reason the jaws of Hell now gape open?

Thoughts:
This book blew me away... I loved it even more than the first! Penitence was a fast-paced journey that I could not keep my eyes from. I started this book late last night and I finished it a little while ago. What a story. I just loved it.

We pick up right where we left off in book one. (I'm going to try to be spoiler-free here for the people who haven't read heavenly) Matthias is gone and Zoe hasn't seen him in weeks. Just as she thinks things are playing out how they should, she starts seeing evil spirits more and more now. Luke, even though Zoe thought he was sober, is slipping back into his old habits and Abria is still the same hyper-energy, stress causing sister. As the dark forces start to target Zoe and Matthias isn't her guardian angel anymore, Zoe starts to take comfort in a new friend. Will Matthias be able to help her defeat evil?

I can't even put into words how much I liked this book. You know how you fly through an amazing book and then you're depressed it's over? That's how I feel. I'm so sad it's over... I want "Absolution" now! It doesn't come out until October though :(. Only a month and a half to go! Hah!

So the characters in this book? WHOOP. Every character in this book plays an important role. There is no one I hated or was like 'what are they doing?'. Britt was fierce. Krissy was misled. Chase was Chase. Weston was OMG HOT and ADORABLE, I loved him. Matthias was amazing as always! Albert was intense and evil. Brady was just plain evil. Luke was caring but misguided. And Zoe, she was strong and caring and I believe she did everything right in this book. I was so content with everyone.

So boys.... well I LOVE both of them. Going into the book I was MATTHIAS all the way. And honestly during "Heavenly" I thought Chase was the only competition, but boy was I wrong. WESTON. Oh my Weston. About half through the book I was completely Weston. I was just like 'Huh, Matthias who?'. But, as the book played on I loved Matthias again. So honestly I love them both, and would be happy for Zoe if she ended up with either. I don't know how Absolution is going to play out, but I'm leaning a little more to the Weston side.

Well Penitence was amazing! If you've read Heavenly, you better go get Penitence because it was ten times as amazing. And, if you haven't even read Heavenly.. well go read my review then go out and buy it, order it, whatever! I'm sure you'll like it just as much as I did. 5 stars!!!! :)

FYI - Yes, there are drinking and drugs references. And some steamy make-out scenes (nothing over the top).

Music Monday (1)


I'm going to try out this music monday thing. So basically, I'll post a video, lyrics, or something that means a lot to me or that reminds me of the book i'm reading at the moment. Right now I'm reading "Penitence" By Jennifer Laurens. It's the sequel to "Heavenly" and I am loving it!! It's so amazing.

So I'm choosing Evanescence - "Bring Me To Life". These lyrics and just the feel of the song remind me of this series. I love the song, enjoy. :)

"Now that I know what I'm without
You can't just leave me
Breathe into me and make me real
Bring me to life"



"All of this time, I can't believe I couldn't see
Kept in the dark, but you were there in front of me
I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems
Got to open my eyes to everything"




Enjoy :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Heavenly by: Jennifer Laurens



Synopsis:
I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

Thoughts:

I looked for this book online hoping it was stocked in any Barnes&Noble or Borders in the area but of course it wasn't. So I waited. Then when I needed more to read, I started reading reviews for "Heavenly" and then I found the trailer (click here to watch it) and I was sold. I immediately ordered "Heavenly" and its sequel "Penitence" online.

I am so glad I finally ordered it. It was amazing. Such a capturing love story; one that every girl dreams of having. I mean seriously, who wouldn't want some hot, caring, 20 year old to watch over you? I WOULD, I WOULD!!! :)

Our story starts off with Zoe. An eighteen year old senior, who has an autistic sister, pothead brother, and a drinking problem herself. Not to mention parents who give all their attention to her autistic sister Abria. After almost losing Abria one day, Zoe meets Matthias, who happens to be her sister's perfect guardian angel. Zoe starts to love having Mattias around, but it doesn't stop her from having major issues in her life. One being falling in love with an angel. But, are angels aloud to love you back?

I loved Zoe. I can so personally relate to her. My brother used to be a lot like her brother and I can see exactly how she felt sometimes through out the book. I also loved Matthias. Oh I am team Matthias 100%. He is hot (blonde hair, crystal blue eyes...helllllo?!), caring, smart, not to mention a guardian angel! How can you not love him? I also really liked Luke.. I thought his character added a lot to the book. I didn't really care for Britt too much. Though, I think she helped Zoe learn a few lessons. And Chase is adorable, I'm curious to see his part in the upcoming books.

This book was oh so very good. It tells you follow your heart and believe in yourself. To always look out for your family, because no matter what, they do love you. That finding that one perfect love can give you the extra push you're always looking for in life. That not all people can be trusted and you need to be careful. Along with so many other things.

I adored this book. I have the sequel "Penitence" sitting right next to me and I can't wait to get started. I need more Matthias! haha :) Defiantly 5 stars. I would order this one if I were you!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Forget You By: Jennifer Echols


Synopsis: WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . . AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER? There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon. But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

Thoughts: So, let me start off by saying after reading "Going Too Far" by Jennifer Echols, I immediately ordered this book. And, by all means "Forget You" completely kept up to the same standards. I absolutely loved it, and like "Going Too Far", I finished "Forget You" in a day.

Jennifer Echols writes perfectly for me. I love how she writes and her attention to details. I love how she writes about REAL things. I love how she includes sex in her books. And she does it all so wonderfully.

"Forget You" starts off with Zoey, Senior and captain of the swim team, whose family is crumbling around her. She also is dating Brandon, the ultra hot football player that everyone wants. Zoey tries to maintain her little "perfect daughter" act until a car crash sends it crumbling down. She does not remember what happened the night of the crash, and the boy she thought would be there for her, Brandon, is not. Instead, handsome Doug takes over. Zoey is shocked, because her and Doug seemed to hate each other.

I thought this book was fabulously written. She covers so many truthful things in this book. How pretending to be perfect only hurts yourself. That when people truely care about you, they will show it and you will know it. I loved Zoey and I defiantly loved Doug. Doug was such a thoughtful character, I loved him. I also love how Jennifer Echols covered sex in this book. Semi-Masturbation and sex. That's got to be crazy hard to write about and she accomplished it so well.

Overall, I loved this book and I would most certaintly read another her books. I hope she continues to publish books like these (Forget You & Going Too Far) because I loved them. Five stars! :)

FYI - I would suggest this for readers on the older side. Like a 16+ kind of thing.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I Am Number Four by: Pittacus Lore


"I am number four. I am next."

Synopsis: Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers y...more Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.(less)

Thoughts:
You dive head first into action on page one and then end in heartbreak with this book. Atleast, I did. This book was action packed, comical, loving, dutiful, along with many other traits.

We start with Number Four, John, who constantly is moving around with his "guardian" to make sure he isn't hunted down and killed by the Mogadorians, who destroyed his planet and his family. They end up in Paradise, Ohio where John and Henri, his guardian, begin to start yet another new life. A life filled with friends, love, and worst of all destruction.

This book was a pretty quick read for me and I enjoyed every moment of it. Let me first start off by saying, I couldn't believe they started filming the movie for this book before it even hit shelves. But now, I can see why. I can also see why they chose Alex Pettyfer to play Number Four. Number Four/John is smart, quirkey, comical, strong, and good-looking. I really enjoyed his character. All the characters are very well written and I loved the stories behind them all: Sarah, Sam, and even Mark.

This was a great read and I'd highly suggest it. It's pretty well written for all ages and all types of readers. This seems to be the first in the series and I CAN NOT wait for the next one. The ending kind of made me sad, and I really hope the second one makes me happy again! Haha, enjoy! :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Matched & Beautiful Darkness Giveaway (Not mine)



Want to win MATCHED by Ally Condie or Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl? Head on over to Alexandra's Blog for your chance to win one or the other! http://bit.ly/cYZiui ! Good luck :)

7 ARC Contest Extended (Not Mine)


Photo by: Carol's Prints blog

Over at Carol's Prints Blog, she is giving away 7 ARCs! Matched by: Ally Condie, Torment by: Lauren Kate, Halo by: Alexandra Andornetto, along with many other awesome ones! It was supposed to end today, but she's awesome and extended it until Aug 15th! If you've already entered she's offering extra entries. So, head on over there! Have fun! :) CLICK HERE for the contest. Good luck!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sea by: Heidi R Kling



Synopsis: Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.

And Sea’s real adventure begins.


Thoughts: I finished this book last night, and all night I had Sea, Deni, and Spider's words running through my head. This isn't a book you easily forget. It's a story about finding yourself, what it means to lose everything, love, heartbreak, and it's written beautifully. I couldn't put this one down, it was just so captivating and I loved it.

Sienna, Sea, Jones is afraid of flying and constantly haunted by dreams of her mother's disappearance. Ever since her mother has died, she has never been the same. So on her 15th birthday when her dad decides to go to Indonesia, he wants Sienna to go along to help. After debating with herself, she goes. While there Sea meets Deni. Deni is hot, troubled, and somehow just like Sienna. I loved these two characters. They helped each other in so many ways that it was just amazing. Heartbreaking (I was upset - I don't know how Sienna did it), but amazing.

Now we can't forget the other characters... one who happened to be probably my favorite, which was Spider. Hot surfer boy sweetheart, Spider. I just loved how he was there for Sienna. He's such a good-hearted kid and believe me, if I could have my own Spider... I would go get one now! Haha. Also I loved Elli. She was adorable and the way Sienna helped her was just meant to be.

Hearing the stories from the tsunami, during this book, just broke my heart. I can't even imagine what it must have been like and how these children kept going. I would have been devastated. Thankfully, this book shows you that, there are people who are willing to help you along the way, you just have to let them.

This story was beautiful, and I can't get it out of my head. Heartbreak, finding youself, love, helping, friendship, and letting go. This book has it all. If you get a chance this book is a must read. :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Going To Far by: Jennifer Echols



Synopsis: All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far... and almost doesn't make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over...

Thoughts:


This has easily become one of my favorite books I've read all summer. I loved it so much that not only did I finish it in one day, but I just ordered "Forget You" by Jennifer Echols. Honestly if you give me a tortured, rebel teen dealing with their own demons and throw in a romance, I'm sold.


Meg is a seventeen year old girl with blue hair who doesn't make plans, shuts people out, and loves to be a rebel. She abuses drinking, drugs, and sex to help her deal with her own personal demons. She just wants to get out of the town she lives in and away from her parents. John After, on the other hand, wants to stay in town and enforce the law to stop people from getting in trouble. So when these two meet they push and pull at each others emotions,and the emotional roller coaster begins.


I absolutely love Meg and I absolutely love John. I forgot to mention how sexy he is! Whenever he smiled, I smiled. Both characters are fabulously written and also so are all of the friends we meet along the way. I loved John's friends, I was laughing out loud so many time during this book. Also, in my last review (Feed) I said i'm not the type who cries over books... but, yes you guessed it, in this book there was one part where I started to tear up. I also love when books talk/have sex in them. Yes, I'm 20 years old, but I also think having sex in a book makes it real. Teens are doing this stuff nowadays and by stuff, yes, I mean alcohol, drugs, and sex. (If you're worried about reading about sex, don't worry. This book doesn't go into details or anything like that. There is no written sex scene, they get close and just talk about it)


I thought this book was amazing. I'd gladly recommend it and probably read it again. This book is real. It's real life and what's happening out in the world all the time. It's amazing, 5 stars for sure. :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Feed by: Mira Grant

"Alive or dead, the truth won't rest.
My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you.
Rise up while you can."

Let me first start off my saying WOW. Let me also say that this book is not for the weak-minded.

Synopsis: The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could st...more The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

NOW, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.






Thoughts:
This book blew me out of the water. I honestly don't even know where to start. I guess we start in the year 2039 with Shaun and Georgia Mason; sibling bloggers who get the lucky shot at following around a presidential candidate. Not to mention battling hungry zombies who just want to infect you and feed on your body.

I could never live in the world they live in. I am NOT a needle person (I don't have a tattoo, and I basically cry when I have to get a shot at the doctors). Living in a world where a virus has been created, called Kellis-Amberlee, everybody is constantly tested (via needles pricking your hands) to see whether you are "infected" or not. If you are, it's bye bye or become a zombie, which the world won't allow.

The new world constantly lives in fear. Animals over 40lbs are considered dangerous, any kind of outside activity is dangerous, and you don't want to be infected so you stay away from dangerous stuff. Blogging is what the world has become. (Which BTW, I absolutely LOVED reading all the character's blog entries. They were amazing!) Georgia and Shaun are two of the best truth telling bloggers out there and they get to prove it while going on the road, which turns out to be a dangerous journey.

This book is terrifying in the sense that our world could become this. It's absolutely horrifying to think about. Mira Grant just sucks you into the action starting from page one. The book makes you angry. It makes you laugh. It haunts your dreams. It makes you think. You feel for all of these characters from page one: their fear, their anger, and their love. This book is real. It's fearful, it's amazing, and it's real.

This book will pull at all of your emotions, I promise you. I'm not a "cryer over books" type, but I was seriously close at a few scenes in this book (particularly one). I felt for these characters so much and I honestly don't know how they delt with some of the things they did. There are two more books to this series and at one chapter I was like "OMG, seriously? I won't read the next one now, wow!" But, that's not true.. it was just my emotions getting to me. If you're thinking about getting this book: do it. I believe it's worth it.

To state the opening lines of the book: "You can't kill the truth."
(Also, I would recommend this for the 16+ range)

Beautiful Darkness & Low Red Moon Giveaway!

Page Turners

Over on Page Turners Blog, they're giving away ARCs of BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS and LOW RED MOON. I can not wait for these two books and if you want a chance to win both, head on over to their site HERE or by clicking on the link above. I'm so excited! Goodluck everyone! (synopsis of both below)



LOW RED MOON Synopsis: Avery Hood is reeling from the loss of her parents--and the fact that she can't remember what happened to them even though she was there.

She's struggling to adjust to life without them, and to living with her grandmother, when she meets Ben, who isn't like any guy she's ever met before.

It turns out there's a reason why, and Ben's secret may hold the key to Avery finding out what happened to her parents...

But what if that secret changes everything she knows about--and feels for--Ben?

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS Synopsis: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious n...more Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Clockwork Angel Countdown

CASSIE CLARE NEWS!

If you were at the 5pm chat on USTREAM, Cassandra Clare announced that there will two more books in her series!! City of Fallen Angels will start a "new set". It will contain CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, CITY OF LOST SOULS (2012), and CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE(2013). I am so so SOO excited! Head on over to www.mortalinstruments.com to check out the cover place holders along with other information! I'm sure on her website she'll be posting a lot more about tonight's events! I'm SO HAPPY and I hope you all are too! :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Books I Bought :)



So I ordered two books sunday night and I got them today! (Sea & Going To Far). I also went out and bought "I am Number Four". I'm still reading FEED, but when I get done that, I can't wait to read these three! I don't even know which one to pick! Any suggestions?

According to Goodreads:

Synopsis of SEA: Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.

And Sea’s real adventure begins.

Synopsis of I AM NUMBER FOUR: Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

Synopsis of GOING TO FAR: HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?
All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

So excited for all three! :)

7 ARC Contest Extended! (Not Mine)


Photo by: Babbling Flow.


Over on Babbling Flow's blog, she's doing a 7 ARC giveaway! It's now been extended to AUGUST 11th and is internation now! ARCS include: Halo, Clockwork Angel, Torment, The Replacement, Personal Demons, and Paranormalcy. To check it out go HERE! Goodluck everyone :)

Firelight Trailer

The Firelight Trailer was posted by Harperteen yesterday! I can't wait for this book! The reviews coming out have been awesome! Here's the trailer:



Synopsis posted by Harperteen:

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.


If you want to check out more on this book head on over to Harperteen's site HERE! Can't wait for this book! Only a little over a month left :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Choose your genre giveaway! (not mine)

Over at BOOKS OBSESSION blog, she's giving away FOUR prize packs to four DIFFERENT winners! So your chances of winning are even better! The genres include: Paranormal, Romance, Historical Fiction, and Suspense! Each prize pack comes with books and swag! So hurry up and go enter! Contest ends AUG 22nd. Click HERE. :)

Goodluck everyone! :)