Monday, January 31, 2011

Music Monday ♫

Hiya! okay, since I missed last Monday, I'm going to do two songs this week! I love them both! Enjoy :)

1) You Me At Six - Stay With Me - okay I love this song. The lyrics are so perfect.

You've got a lot to say for the one that walked away.
I give, you take. That's the way it's always been.

2) Breathe Carolina - I.D.G.A.F. - this song is so fun and I like the lyrics too, I basically dance around to this one. :)

Even if this chemistry's a catastrophe,
I don't give a f*ck.
If you want a taste then take a bite right out of me.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cryer's Cross by: Lisa McMann

Syopsis: The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

Thoughts: Creepy! But, oh so good. And the cover, goes so perfectly with the story.

Cryer's Cross starts off when Tiffany Quinn goes missing in Kendall's small town of only 212 people. It nerves the citizens because Cryers Cross is peaceful and Tiffany is never found. Life goes on, and things go back to normal, but then Kendall's boyfriendish (yes, I say ish for a reason), Nico, goes missing as well. Kendall and her OCD are in terrible form... she's heartbroken over Nico. She starts to distract herself with soccer and hanging out with the new kids in town: Jacian and Marlena. Kendall still can't shake the feeling that there's a connection between Nico and Tiffany's disappearances, so when she starts to hear strange voices, that seem to be Nico's, well she would do anything to save him.

This book was creepy yes, and that seems to be all that people see, but I don't. I don't think it was as creepy as everyone is making it out to be. It's defiantly strange, but there's more of a story here... there's learning how to cope with illnesses like OCD, learning how to move on and not give up, learning that you will always need good friends, and well of course there's romance.

I really liked Kendall and Jacian, they certainly helped each other change for the better. "I'm feeling an urge to smack you again" (Hehe<3). Marlena was a doll, she was like a pet, someone who loves you unconditionally no matter what.

I thought Cryer's Cross was a good story. I read it in one sitting, it just kept pulling me in and I had to know what happened next. This one is defiantly worth a buy... comes out Feb 8th! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nevermore by: Kelly Creagh

Synopsis: And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

Thoughts: Nevermore was a beautifully wrapped story of romance, struggles, and literature. And by literature I mean Edgar Allen Poe. I loved this book. I whipped through it so fast, and it is not a small book... it's about 543pgs.

Nevermore starts off with Isobel, and her perfect cheerleader status, her perfect football boyfriend player Brad, and her perfect friends and family. Her world starts to get turned upside down when she's assigned to do any English project with Varen Nethers, who everyone thinks is a freak, an outcast. As Isobel and Varen start to get closer, her world is turned into something else completely and literally. She's haunted by visions and creatures; And she has no idea why. All she knows is that her perfect world is falling apart, and that she must risk everything to set things right.

I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved Isobel; It's probably partly because she is so much like myself. Blonde, Cheerleader, Tumbler, and strong (emotionally and physically). I love how Isobel stands up for herself and Varen. Another character I really loved was Danny. Ohmygoodness, he was a piss! He was so funny, yet so caring... I adored him! Finally, Varen... Yes we know he is completely misled, but we didn't get overly enough detail as to what exactly is going on with him and I can't wait to find out more about him. Varen in my eyes, is hot. I love that emoness, how he's protecting, and GREEN eyes... well green eyes sells me.

This book was an adventure which weaves Poe's stories through it, and it was very creatively done. I cannot wait for the sequel... the ending of Nevermore killed me, I was like "what?! NO! You've got to be kidding me!!" Then I found out that the sequel isn't coming out till 2012, so now I'm basically bumming... but I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait, and here's hoping that good things will happen for Varen! :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Night Star by: Alyson Noel

Synopsis: After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen’s future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath. Don’t miss this explosive new installment of the #1 bestselling series that’s enchanted millions across the world!

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?

Thoughts: I've got to say Night Star was better than I expected, and there is a brand new twist in the story, which will be resolved in the final book (I hope?). Evermore completely captured my attention, Blue Moon wasn't a bad sequel, I enjoyed it. When Shadowland hit it kind of started to go downhill for me. I feel as if the same things happen over and over again in the books, and well Haven annoys the crap of me. But, if you read my past reviews - you see that I never really enjoyed her, and well I knew she'd turn evil... it was only a matter of time. :)

This book was just okay for me. Ever is a strong girl, Miles is hilarious and a great friend, Jude is a doll, and well Damen I've got to give him credit... he's a pretty damn good sexy fella. Where this book didn't leave me in awe, it was still a good read and if you've been keeping up with the series... I'd say give it a go.

This installment, was well written. I'm glad that Ever finally made a choice and is going to fight for everything she deserves. Also, I have to say i'm happy with the way this book ended and of course I will finish the series and read "Everlasting". I hope everything gets resolved and things turn out for the good. We shall see this summmer...

Music Monday ♫ (A few minutes late)

I apologize.. so much going on today! Crazyness! Even though it's technically Tuesday here on the east coast (12:04am), I'm still going to post a song for music Monday!

I'm not sure why I do, but I love this song. I found it recently, it's got a catchy beat, and I like the lyrics. "I want to be" by: We Should Whisper! ... Enjoy! :)

And I hope that you're losing sleep,
Because you know,
I haven't dreamed in a long time.

I want to be, more than a memory.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Unearthly by: Cynthia Hand

Synopsis: In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Thoughts: THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I loved every single second of this beautifully crafted story. CARROTS + TUCKER for life!!!! (shout out to Joanna, Alexis, and Brooke)! :)

Unearthly starts with Clara, who is an Angel-blood. She knows she's special and she knows she has a purpose to fulfill. She starts to get visions of a boy which takes her and her family to Wyoming. When she arrives, she meets the boy in her dreams, Christian, shes determined to figured out her purpose and what he has to do with it. Clara never expects the events that begin to unravel. She has new friendships, new hobbies, new dangers, and new love. When the choice comes between love and duty, which would you choose?

I loved the characters in this book. Clara is funny, down-to-earth, and a fabulous main character. The boys... oh the boys. Christian is the perfect all-american hottie it's hard not to love him. Clara's brother Jeffrey I loved as well! He had such a sense of humor, I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. I think Jeffrey is going to have a bigger role in the next book(s), at least I hope so! And last but defiantly NOT least... Tucker. Tucker is a hunk! A tan, sexy, perfect, witty, athletic ball of awesomeness. One thing that I was like "wow" that made me connect with Clara and Christian was their physical descriptions. Clara's blonde hair (wavy, tangled, golden blonde = me) and Christian's eyes (sometimes emerald, sometimes hazel = me again) I was like wow, that's freaken sweet!

I also loved the descriptions of everything. The smells and the pictures this story draws in your brain are amazing. The smell of the fire. The heat of the burning. The landscapes. The fast moving river. Smelling like Oreos :). It's defiantly a plus.

I adored this book. This was an Angel story different from many others. I have to compare it to Angelfire. Angelfire (which you all better go buy on 2/15/2011) is different from other Angel stories and it left me in awe. Unearthly is no different. The romance, the fun, and the story in Unearthly just captivates you and forces you to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. A definate "you should go buy this one"! Loved ! Can not wait for the next one!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Music Monday ♫

It is music Monday yet again! ♫

Well this week I'm going to pick a song I heard on the radio that I loved. Enjoy!

Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Slice of Cherry by: Dia Reeves

Synopsis: Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….

Thoughts: This book was down right crazy. Insanity really. It is so twisted. There were so many moments where I was like wtf?! Where does she come up with this stuff? That being said, this book was fantastically written. Dia certaintly has a mind of her own and she uses it to suck her readers in to a world that is most defiantly its own.

We start off with Kit and Fancy Cordelle, who are well the Bonesaw Killer's daughters. And yes, they are just as twisted. They start to find that they themselves have their own powers, and begin to use them for good... so they believe. As the story progresses, Kit and Fancy start to fall for Ilan and Gabe, whom are the son's of their father's last murder. As everything starts to weave together and fall apart, are things as they always believed them to be... or is there more?

I have to admit, I bought this book because I ADORED "Bleeding Violet" and I thought I would ADORE all of "Slice of Cherry" as well. Don't get me wrong, I loved Slice of Cherry, I thought it was brilliant, but that being said I had to get into it first... and that didn't happen until about 200 or so pages in. The first half of this book is so twisted, it's almost creepy. After you get past the super twisted, the plot picked up for me and I whipped through it so fast because I HAD to know what was going to happen. Another reason, is that the cover and the back is STUNNING. It defiantly win's one of my favorite cover awards.

Kit and Fancy are killers to say the least. They are so alike, yet so different at the same time. And I love how Dia brought music and art into the book... love love love. Another thing I loved was that she put Hanna and Wyatt into a scene!!! (From Bleeding Violet) Big smiley face! Ilan and Gabe were fantastic characters as well, they had so much going on within each of them and I loved finding out their story and hurting with them. Also, Franken... I was so happy at how his story worked out, I liked him! haha.

This book is most certaintly a tale of it's own. You will find nothing like it, I promise you. If you like twistedness, family relationships, finding out who you are, romance, and oh did I mention killing? Well this book is for you.

Before I go, one of my favorite quotes from the book:
"The worst thing you can do is rest all your hopes on a wish. A granted wish doesn't equal a perfect life." - PG 120

Friday, January 7, 2011

Anna and The French Kiss by: Stephanie Perkins

Synopsis: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets √Čtienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

Thoughts: At first, I was not sure what to expect of this. I defiantly was not expecting to fall in love with this book, but oh did I ever. Anna and The French Kiss is a romance unlike any other.

We start off with Anna, who has a best friend and crush, but has to leave them all behind to go to The School Of America in Paris aka SOAP. After being shipped off to boarding school, she meets a new clique and a "masterpiece" of a boy named Etienne St. Clair. Etienne is perfect: he's funny, smart, dresses good, and is absolutely gorgeous. Did I mention he has a girlfriend? Oh right, well there's that too. Anna learns to fit in, have fun, and love Paris for everything it has to offer. As she starts to get closer to Etienne and Paris a world of change happens to Anna, and she learns that home is where you make it. :)

This book was absolutely amazing. Anna is sassy, funny, smart, and adorable. Etienne is sexy among with everything else that rolls into his perfect little self. Her home life, and friends along the way create even more entrigue and drama, and make the story all worth while. I honestly, could not put this one down. I stayed up till 1:30am on a work night to finish it. This book has just the right amount of it all: friendships, parent relationships, site-seeing, partying, and romance. I absolutely ADORED Anna and Etienne's relationship, it couldn't have been more bloody perfect if they tried. This book will have you laughing, going "wtf", smiling, and falling in love. Defiantly pick this one up! 5 Stars! I cannot wait for Stephanie Perkin's next one.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Music Monday ♫

So excited to write a post! :)

So this week, my song is upbeat and fun and I can not get it out of my head! I watched Step Up 3 yesterday and I loved it. The song this week comes from that movie, and I've been dancing around to it for the past 24 hours! Enjoy! :)

Spirit of the Radio - J. Randall
"I love it when I'm all alone,
Just me and the spirit of the radio."