Monday, March 14, 2011

Music Monday ♫

So two songs this week!

1) Shiny Toy Guns - Stripped
(Depeche Mode Cover)
- I love this cover of this song, so I wanted to share :)

2) A Day To Remember - All I Want (Acoustic)
- This one is my own video I took at the Radio1045 Studio Session, and it was freaken amazing, so I had to post this!!

Enjoy :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Afterlife by: Claudia Gray

Synopsis: The fourth book in this electrifying vampire series has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s Evernight books runaway successes.

Having become what they feared most, Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They must return to Evernight Academy, Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith. But Lucas is haunted by demons, both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the evil inside him, combat the forces determined to drive them apart—and find the power to claim her destiny at last.

Readers have fallen in love with Bianca and Lucas, and they will be thrilled to read this exciting conclusion to their romantic adventure.

Thoughts: The final installment couldn't have ended the series better. It was a perfect ending to the star-crossed romance, the friends and family, and the story. I have loved this series since the first few pages of "Evernight" and I couldn't have asked for a better ending. :)

**If you have not read the first three, don't read below**

Afterlife starts off exactly where Hourglass left us, Bianca is a wraith and Lucas has now been turned into a vampire. Lucas has a tough time adjusting, especially since he never wanted this. They decide the best thing is to return to Evernight Academy with the whole gang: Balthazar, Vic, Ranulf, and even Patrice. While at Evernight, Bianca learns more about being a wraith, Lucas learns about being a vampire, and what they must do to be together. While fighting their own demons, Mrs. Bethany is still in the mist and no one knows where her loyalties lie.

In this final installment, all your favorite characters are back and a few news ones as well. I have loved Bianca from book one and watching her grow and change through out the series has been such a joy to read. There's also Balthazar, he's always been such a great guy and you can't help but love him and feel sorry for him. I'm so happy he's getting his own book and I can't wait to read it! Finally, Lucas. Lucas was probably one of my first fictional boyfriends that I fell in love with. I adore his golden hair and dark green eyes... it's my favorite combo. But, Lucas is so much more than that. He's a fighter, and a protector, and his love for Bianca is unlike anything.

I am so so sooo happy with how this series ended! This series has been one of my favorites and I loved every second of it. It was a perfect ending to a fantastic series. Thank you Claudia Gray! :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Die For Me by: Amy Plum

Synopsis: DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. She finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.

DIE FOR ME presents a new supernatural mythology presented in a city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.

Thoughts: Die For Me is a book you will instantly fall in love with. With an intriguing concept, family love, action, sexy boys, and a perfect romance Die For Me is sure to keep the pages turning. Plus, I adore the cover! With the boat, river, an bridge it's just perfect for the book!

We start off with Kate and her sister Georgia who are forced to move to Paris after the death of their parents. Kate is distraught and keeps to herself while her sister Georgia continues to stay in the lime light. Kate finally falls into a routine of days at the Cafe and there she meets sexy Vincent, but little does she know he's a revenant, forced to continually die and come back to life. As Kate starts to fall for Vincent and trouble starts to stir, Kate will have to decide where her heart truly belongs.

I really loved this story! I loved Kate who started off so lost finds herself and grows so strong. She's a smart girl and makes smart decision and follows her heart. Georgia is hard not to like, she carries such a care-free light in her. I loved their grandparents too; they're such caring people! Next the revenants.. I loved them all!! Vincent is such a good soul. He is sexy with a kind heart and a sense of humor. And Jules, artist (swoon!), I really liked his character and can't wait to read more about him!

This concept of revenants, I have never read about before and I really enjoyed it! This is only the first in the series so I can't wait to read more about it! Also, the Paris aspect was beautiful! I loved the scenery, the cafes, and museums! Overall, fabulous book and I cannot wait for the next one! :)

EDIT: DIE FOR ME has a new cover! And I like it just as much as the old cover so it's posted below! :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Clarity by: Kim Harrington

Synopsis: When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book!! It has a strong, funny, fabulous main character, suspense, hot boys, and a fantastic plot that will keep your eyes glued to each page.

We start off with Clarity "Clare" Fern and her family, who are psychics. They live in a town along the ocean and using their "powers" have become their job. Her mother can read peoples thoughts, her brother can speak to spirits, and Clare can touch a persons object and see the past. When a tourist is murdered and her brother becomes a main suspect, Clare's ex-boyfriend Justin asks her to help solve the case. She accepts and with the help of the yummy new detective's son, Gabriel, plus Justin they begin to piece the clues together. But things aren't always what they seem, even if you are a psychic.

I loved this book! I loved the characters! And I loved the plot! It was fantastic. Clare is such a strong person and I was so intrigued by her ability. I can see where it DEFINITELY can cause problems though. Gabriel... Phew you sexy boy. How could you not want to work along side him? He has demons of his own to overcome but he was a great character. I loved Clare's family as well, they are always there for her, as she is for them. Finally, Justin. I loved him!!! I think Clare made a right decision, and truthfully I don't know if I'd be able to forgive him either, but I still love him! Justin is good looking, caring, protective, and seems like a down right good guy. Yes he made a mistake, a huge one, but everyone makes mistakes and you have to learn to forgive them. Gabriel is hot but I'm all team Justin. :)

This book will have you guessing until the very end. The plot moves along fabulously and it's a sexy murder mystery that I'm sure you will love! I cannot wait until the next book!! 10 stars out of 5!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Demon Glass by: Rachel Hawkins

Syonpsis: Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Thoughts: HOLY HELL WEASEL that was fan-freaking-tastic!! Demon Glass is even better than Hex Hall and the ending will leave your mouth hanging open and desperately needing the third book.

***Don't read if you haven't read Hex Hall***

Demon Glass picks up just where Hex Hall left off. Sophie is a demon and her dad is the only other one... Something the people she loved neglected to tell her. Archer still hasn't been heard from, but Sophie shouldn't care, right? So when her father decides to take her and her friends, Jenna and Cal, to London she accepts. Sophie figures she can kill a few birds with one stone... Find out about her past, bond with her dad, and go through the removal to keep everyone safe. In London her trouble doesn't stop though. Turns out there are two more demons kids and someone is raising more. As the eye starts to get stronger and more problems start to reveal, Sophie finds herself in a whole new world of trouble. Oh yeah, and add Archer to that mix... It could only mean one kick ass story.

Demon Glass was freaken amazing. This has easily become one of my favorite series. I LOVE Sophie. I LOVE Archer. I LOVE Cal. I LOVE Jenna. And I even love her dad, he plays a fantastic role. All the characters grow in Demon Glass and become even stronger. Yet again, there are twists that are just like "UH WOW!" + a forbidden love + suspense... It's just a great book. Rachel Hawkins doesn't over do anything for me, the love is perfect, the friendships are perfect, the family is awesome, and the trouble is awesome hah!

If you read Hex Hall you HAVE to read Demon Glass... It's even better! Needless to say I am dying for the third book. I cannot wait!!! :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hex Hall by: Rachel Hawkins

Synopsis: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Thoughts: Hex Hall fast moving, kick ass book about witches, demons, werewolves, vampires, and so much more!

Hex Hall start off with Sophie Mercer who's a witch and after a spell gone wrong ends up at Hecate Hall aka Hex Hall. She quickly becomes best friends with her vampire roommate Jenna and worst enemies with the 3 diva dark witches Elodie, Chaston, and Anna. As the semester goes on, witches start to be attacked and Sophie can't seem to stay out of trouble. As everything starts to unwind, Sophie is falling for bad boy warlock Archer Cross and her best friend is accused of the attacks. Sophie starts to realize there are secrets she needs to figure out before she is the next one attacked.

I absolutely LOVED this book! I knew right from the first few chapters I was going to fall in love with this series. The plot is so fabulous, there's a clear story, a smart ass awesome main character, perfectly executed hidden secrets, a love interest that isn't like immediate love and goes through bumps like a real relationship, there's friends and enemies, and twists you will never see coming.

Character wise... I adored Sophie! Damn miss Mercer. She always has a response for everything and I love it. She has such a voice and will have you laughing, not to mention she's a strong girl. Then there's the 3 witches with a "b" instead of a "w": Elodie, Anna, and Chaston. They're you're typical HS enemies. I do have to say I think Elodie is a really pretty name. Jenna.. I loved her! She's a great best friend and her and Sophie always have each others backs. So, um, Archer Cross? Helllloooo sexy... You can call me by my last name and I will come running! This bad boy will have you swooning and heart aching all in one. Looovee him! And Cal... Phew. I like him haha.

Hex Hall was fabulous! I loved every minute and the ending will have you begging for more.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Hi everyone! This week's teaser is going to come from "Clarity" by: Kim Harrington. I absolutely LOVED this book (review coming soon). It had everything you we're looking for and keeps you guessing until the end!! Without further adieu....

"All I saw were two feet sticking out from the other side of the kitchen island.
"Perry?" I squeaked.
I wanted to rush to his side, but a deep voice echoed in the foyer behind me.
"Don't. Move."
I slowly turned around and found a gun pointed at my head. My breath caught in my throat. I managed to squeeze out one word.

Hope ya enjoyed it! And definitely go pick this one up!! :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Music Monday ♫

It's that time again.. whoooo I love music! :) So two songs this week!

1) Touchin' On My - 3OH!3
- This is one of my favorite songs by them. YES, I know it's super dirty but I love the beat... it's a great song haha. It's my ringtone too. Also, every time I hear this song I think of The Iron King. Uh yeah, I think I had this song on repeat while reading it... it has nothing to do with the lyrics hahaha.

Yeah? Ya like? Yep, come on 3OH!3 put out a new album soon please! :)

2) All I Want - A Day To Remember
- I love love love this band. I picked this song this week because well... I'm seeing them in concert on thursday! Whoooo!!!! And on top of that, I'm going to their studio session before hand. So excited! Enjoy :)

Enjoy! :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Betrayal by: Lee Nichols

Synopsis: Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper, Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive—one a snarky teen
boy, the other a British scholar—Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good.
As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.

Thoughts: I absolutely adore the Haunting Emma series and BETRAYAL in no way let me down. I loved it just as much as Deception!

BETRAYAL starts off right where we left off in Deception. Emma is the most powerful ghostkeeper around, so of course the evil Neos is still out to destroy her and she can't be the person she loves, because oh yeah, all his powers will disappear. So when Bennett decides to spend time away from Emma she's left at home with her old friends and a new team (two boys might I mention) to find and fight Neos. While time ticks away, Emma has to deal with a school full of hate and harsh training sessions from her new guardian Simon. Neos's power is growing and Emma is fighting to figure out how to defeat him, be with Bennett, and find her family. With a Betrayal you'll never see coming... this story will keep you locked to the pages.

I absolutely loved the second book in the Haunting Emma series. I adore COBY and BENNETT. I love them both. And Emma, oh Emma! She is a fierce ghostkeeper and she is even more bad ass in BETRAYAL. Everyone you know and love is still in this book, as long with a few newbies. Two of them being Simon and Lukas; and I loved both of them! Lukas is hot! Snarky, witty, and awesome. Simon, I really liked his character as well, and can't wait to see how he plays out in SURRENDER. Another thing... I have a feeling Coby may somehow work his way back into the game in SURRENDER (If you know what I mean... I could be so wrong though). That being said, I do love Bennett, I really hope he and Emma work out and he's able to cope with what he's going through.

At the end of this book this was seriously my reactions - "I was like noooo, then yesss! Then nooooo again. Then WTF. Then Happy. Then the preview for the next book... Wow" Yeah, to say the least, the ending is a clincher.

I loved this book! And I know you all will too, so everyone should go read it!! And if you haven't read DECEPTION, you should go read that first! :) Your series is LOVELY Lee Nichols :) I cannot wait for SURRENDER!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Red Glove by: Holly Black

Synopsis: After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov's retribution and finding out that Lila, the girl he has loved his whole life, will never, ever be his now that his mother has worked her, Cassel is trying to reestablish some kind of normalcy in his life. That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family tied to one of the big crime families and a mother whose cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is also coming to terms with what it means to be a transformation worker and figuring out how to have friends.

But normal doesn't last very long--soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past. A past he remembers only in scattered fragments and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive.

Thoughts: The fast paced con world, unlike any other, that Holly Black has created will definitely keep you on your toes. The stakes are higher, the love is more strangled, and you will be guessing until the very end.

Red Glove picks up where White Cat left off. Cassel is trying to spend time with his recently-jailed released mother, cope with the fact that the girl he loves has been worked to love him, and come to terms with knowing he's a tranformation worker. Returning to school and his old ways seems easy enough until someone close to him is murdered. Cassel will do whatever must to figure out what happened and People start to come at him from every angle, including the feds and Zacharov himself. Cassel must start to trust people as he tries to solve a murder and pull off a whole new con.

Red Glove was a fantastic book. But I have to say, unfortunately, Red Glove didn't impress me as much as White Cat did. Don't get me wrong, I loved so many aspects of this book and I still really, super enjoy this series! I really loved watching the emotional roller coaster that Cassel goes through with Lila in this installment. At the end of this book, with their situation, I was just like WHAT?! Other than that, I really adore this world that Holly Black so cleverly created. It's so unique, awesome, and dark.

There are definitely some twists in this book I did not see coming, and I was pleasantly surprised. The reason Red Glove fell short for me is because I just felt like the action was rising and rising and I thought there was going to be some huge twist, but there wasn't. Does that mean the book was bad? Heck no! The book was still a fantastic read!! Does it mean everyone will feel the same way as me? No, of course not. Maybe I set my expectations too high; I don't know.

Overall Red Glove was a good read and I am defintely looking forward to the conclusion in BLACK HEART.

PS. There's a JACE reference. Loved it :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wither by: Lauren DeStefano

Synopsis: What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.

Thoughts: Wither is a fantastic, sickening book that will have your mind whirling for days. And I mean that in the best possible way. I loved this book.

We start with Rhine, beautiful, blonde, two-different eye color, strong-willed Rhine. Rhine lives in a world where boys die at age 25 and girls at 20. At age 16, Rhine is stolen, among with others, chosen to be someone's wife. She's torn from her life and her brother Rowen, and thrown into a world she doesn't want. She's one of 3 girls to be Liden's wife. Linden is handsome, rich, and caring but that doesn't stop Rhine from realizing how wrong everything is and that she must escape. With the help of Gabriel, a servant whom she trusts and cares for, will the outcome be what she hopes for?

This book was amazing and quite frightening at the same time. I could not imagine living in a world like this! Afraid to be stolen and dying at age 20. I'm 20 now! There were scenes in this book that just disgusted me and had me saying "omg I can't believe they did that!" But that's how you know how amazing of a book it is, If it can trigger your emotions like that, and Wither certainly does. Plus, the cover is absolutely STUNNING. I ADORE this cover. ADORE.

There were awesome parts too. The holograms were so cool! And all the gardens sounded beautiful, I just wanted to live there forever haha. I want some of those candies too!!! Turn my mouth different colors :)

I adored Rhine. She was so strong willed and she never forgot where she came from. She was always determined, so caring, and constantly fought for what she believed was right. Rhine stood up for herself throughout the book and I so admired her for that. Her blonde flowing hair and two differed colored eyes made me love her even more!

I really liked Jenna as well, I thought she played a fantastic role in the story. Cecily... The jury is still out on what I think about her. Linden. Oh Linden, not sure where start. He was very caring, and certainly gorgeous with his dark hair and green eyes, and though I constantly felt sorry for him, there were some scenes where I just was disgusted with him. Overall, I liked him though. Finally, Gabriel. You cute, adorable boy you! Bring me waffles anyway! He was such a good guy and I'm so happy how things in book one ended for him.

Overall I really enjoyed this one! This is a must read! Though, I would recommend for the 16+ crowd. Lots of sexual scenes.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Music ♫ on a Wednesday!

So someone just posted this song on the HAUNTING EMMA Love Song Contest which you all can go enter HERE. This song is so beautiful. I adore it, and I obviously couldn't wait till Monday to post it. Hope ya'll enjoy :)

Hedley - Perfect

What do ya think?! LOVE :)

Cover Love ♥

Here are some covers I recently stumbled upon and loved them!

Tricia Rayburn - Siren (Paperback edition)
Tricia Rayburn - Undercurrent

Sophie Jordan - Vanish
Gretchen McNeil - Possess

Kiersten White - Supernaturally
Ellen Hopkins - Perfect

Aprilynne Pike - Illusions
Mette Ivie Harrison - Tris & Izzie

Amanda Hockings - Honalee
Lisa Mantchev - So Silver Bright
Alyson Noel - Everlasting
Lesley Livingston - Once Every Never

What do ya think? Aren't they beautiful?! Favorites?!
Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

So this is my first Teaser Tuesday! I figured I'd do one because, well I love this series I'm reading! So my first teaser tuesday is from the book "Betrayal" by Lee Nichols. Enjoy! :)

"I didn't want to ask my next question, but I had to know. 'Did the Knell tell you to pretend to be in love with me, so I'd do what they wanted? Is this all a lie?'"

I'll leave you to ponder the answer to that question. ;)
BETRAYAL is out TODAY! So go pick it up!