Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

This week's teaser comes from "EPIC FAIL" by: Claire LeZebnik. I borrowed this book from my girl, Alexis (thank you!!!), and I absolutely ADORED it. It's a quick, fun, heart-warming read. I can't wait to buy it when it releases in August! :) Enjoy!

"Webster gave a low whistle when he noticed Derek. 'Is this your ride, Elise?' He said. 'Nice work! You've done very well for yourself. Congratulations, my love.'

Suddenly, from right next to me, Derek sprang - so fast, I didn't see it coming. He grabbed Webster by the shoulders and hauled him in one swift movement up against the wall where he shoved his forearm hard against Webster's throat. Webster struggled to push his arm away, but Derek was too strong and too angry. Webster's feeble flailing at him - hampered by the small video camera he was gripping in his fist - barely even seemed to register.

'Don't you ever call her your love,' Derek growled. 'You got that?'"

Hope you enjoyed! :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Music Monday ♫

I just really like this song. It's very chill. Enjoy :)

Oceanship - Hotblack


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Photography Friday (On a Sunday)

Hey guys! Sorry I've been at the beach! And I missed photography friday, which is probably one of my favorite posts of the week! So here it is a little late! + I made it longer since I'm late. :)

I adore this one <3

For Brooke :) !

Like, not like, pretty, ugly? Favorites? :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Splash Into Summer - Blog Hop Giveaway!

Recently, I went to see Jeri Smith-Ready and she is SO AWESOME. She's so relaxed, so nice, and SOOOOO awesome to her readers/fans. I loved hanging out with her and all the other awesome bloggers there!

Since I recently met her and I ADORE her books Shade & Shift..... you know what that means right?! WELL guess what! You didn't guess it all... There's going to be THREE winners. Yep Three!!!!! :)

1) A signed copy of SHIFT
2) A signed copy of SHADE
3) $15 iTunes card
4) Signed Swag

Second & Third Place Winners:
1) Copy of SHADE
2) Signed Swag!

*There will be three winners! And the giveaway will last from May 25 - May 31st. The contest will close May 31st @ Midnight and i'll pick a winner on June 1st.

Just fill out THIS FORM.

- There are no requirements.
- If you want extra entries there are ways to earn them!
- Open to US & Canada only (sorry!)
- You must be 13 years or older.
- Winners will be chosen randomly.

Goodluck everyone! :)

And make sure you check out all the other AWESOME giveaways going on! :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Just finished HOURGLASS by: Myra McEntire and it was fantastic. Every one should pre-order this one or go buy it on June 14th!! :)

"You distracted yet?" Kaleb asked.

I was at a complete loss for words. I didn't protest when he leaned forward at a snail's pace, a breath away from touching his lips to mine. In that second I closed my eyes.

And saw Michael's face.

Hope ya enjoyed! :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Music Monday ♫

I love this band. So...

You Me At Six - Fireworks

Remember when, you were my boat
and I was your sea
together we'd float, so delicately

Cuz I don't know, who I am when you're
running circles in my head
And I don't know, just who you are
When you're sleeping in someone else's bed


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Defiance by: Lili St. Crow

Synopsis: The heart-stopping fourth novel in New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels series.

Now that sixteen-year-old Dru's worst fears have come true and Sergej has kidnapped her best friend Graves, she'll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring him back in one piece.
That is, if she can put all of Christophe's training to good use, defeat her mother's traitor, Anna, once and for all, and manage to survive another day . .

Thoughts: These books just keep getting better and more kick-ass as they go along!

Defiance starts off right where Jealousy left off, Dru is now the head of the council and working her butt off training so that she can rescue her best friend ever, Graves. Dru seems to be getting used to things at the Schola Prima and there even seems to be no attacks. While trying her best to train, learn about being a svetocha, taking care of her new pal Ash, and fighting with her feelings for Christophe, Dru still can't seem to trust everyone. When things take a turn for the worst, Dru will risk everything to save the one person she knows she cares about.

I love the fighting and action in this book. I thought in Jealousy it was awesome, but in Defiance it was even better. I adored the training scene between Christophe and Dru... mmm yes! A lot of characters seem to turn around in this installment as well and it was really intriguing to watch. Speaking of characters... man I still LOVE bobby shanks! I hope he has an even bigger role in Reckoning.

Boy wise Christophe v. Graves... they each seemed to get half the book. Perfectly split to please each side. I'm still rooting for Christophe all the way and Dru owes him a big apology! And he best get it! Blue eyed sexy protective boy you. But hey, if Dru doesn't want you Christophe I will take you... my number is.... just kidding. ;)

Dru has finally matured and grown in Defiance, her only issue is she still has no trust for anyone. She doesn't really depend on anyone but herself and that seems to be her downfall. And I'm really HOPING we find out her full name in Reckoning!!!

If you couldn't tell, I cannot wait for Reckoning. I'm dying to see how Dru ends up. Which boy, if any, she will chose. Just chose Shanks and end the battle. HAH kidding. I'm Team Christophe. I can't wait to find out her name (hoping!). Also, how sergej and anna will end up... and of course how Dru will be now that she's bloomed. Bring on the Reckoning! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

I'm current reading Wolfsbane by: Andrea Cremer and I'm loving it. I think it's better than the first! :) Enjoy!

"Welcome home, Calla.

My mind reeled as her body crashed into mine and we rolled through the snow. I twisted away, jumping to the side as her jaws snapped at my shoulder.

Stop! What are you doing?

She didn't answer but lunged at me again, her eyes filled with bloodlust."

Have a good tuesday everyone! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wither Winner REDO

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, spread the word, and thank you for just being you! :)

UPDATE: So, the first winner never responded... So I chose a new one.

The Winner Is...
26. Wendy

Congratulations! I have e-mailed you and you have 2 days to respond, if you do not respond by WEDNESDAY, I will chose a new winner!

Thank you so much to everyone to entered!

Music Monday ♫

I'm in love with 3Oh!3 and I can't wait to see them July. So two songs from them this week.

1) Rich Man

I got 200 seconds and I'm ready to go. ♫

2) Don't Dance

She's as dark as the blood pulsing under her skin. ♫


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jealousy by: Lili St. Crow

Synopsis: It's a good thing Dru Anderson is fast. Because the sucker chasing her isn't slowing down—and he won't rest until he has tasted her blood and silenced her heart . . .

Dru's best friend, Graves, and her strange and handsome savior, Christophe, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru's heart get in the way of her survival?

Thoughts: The best in the series so far, BY FAR. I loved every part of this installment. It was face-paced, action-packed, romanced up, fierce, and kick-ass.

We start off where we left off in Betrayals. Dru is at the Schola Prima, with her pals Shanks and Dibs and her maybe more than a friend Graves. Things are very different at this new school then they were at the reform school, but there is still a traitor and still someone out to get her. With her new classes and new bodyguards, Dru is trying to come to grips with being a Svetocha. Also, not to mention she's trying to figure out who's trying to kill her, how to help Ash, and if she has feelings for Graves or Christophe...maybe both.

Things definitely heat up in this installment. So many more secrets are spilled, Dru matures and learns, and finally, finally the romance picks up. I still love Ash's role and really hope more becomes of him in the next two installments. I also think the story line in the third book moves so much smoother than the first two. I'm not sure why, I just enjoyed reading Jealousy much more than the others so far. The action flowed perfectly in this one, not too much and too little. We actually got to see some classes and fights and how Dru enjoyed them. And finally, we got to see some romance. Between both boys. I think Graves just seems so hot and cold to me though.

That being said, I'm a Christophe girl. Yes, at first I was like wait you liked her mom too... that's messed the eff up. But, as I read it seemed as if it went one way. It seems as if her mother was never in love with him and it seemed, at least to me, that Christophe was in lust with her... where as he seems in love and vulnerable with Dru. Whatever though, I'm team Christophe all the way. Lightning blue eyes, strong and protective, and I mean HEELLLLOOO *spoiler* he took bullets for her and put himself in pain for her! So yes, I love you Christophe, call me any time. ;)

Anywho, I loved Jealousy and I can't wait to start the next one. PS. Still wondering what Dru's name is short for. Hmmm. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wither Giveaway Winner

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, spread the word, and thank you for just being you! :)

The Winner Is...
41. Melannie

Congratulations! I have e-mailed you and you have 2 days to respond, if you do not respond by Monday, I will chose a new winner!

Thank you so much to everyone to entered!

Photography Friday


>> HAH!

>> I want those shoes SO bad. Def considering making my own.

>>> Owl City :)

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Betrayals by: Lili St. Crow

Synopsis: She’s no angel . . .
Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England School for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem— she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?

Thoughts: The quick paced danger doesn't stop in this sequel to Strange Angels. Dru is still a kick-ass chick and fighting for her life.

We start off right where we left off in Strange Angels. Dru has been taking to a Schola in hopes of being kept safe, but she has a new mission which is to help Christophe figure out who is Betraying the Order. The school is refusing to teach or train her, and she feels as if everyone, but Graves, could be lying to her. In a school filled with Wulfen and Djamphir, the danger has only just begun for Dru.

In this second installment, Dru is in constant shuggle with a few things. She's unsure who to trust, she hates seeing the Wulfen treated like low-class, she's starting to feel the effects of being svetocha, and she's starting to feel her heart being pulled in two directions. Dru is constantly faced with danger and it never let's up in Betrayals.

The boys are back in full as well. With new additions :)! Christophe is still the blue-eyed savior and protector, while Graves is still Dru's safe spot and her best friend. Also she's gets a gang of Wulfen, whom I love! I really liked shanks and dibs. I thought their characters were fabulous additions to the series! I also really like Ash, can't wait to read more about him.

I'm so happy the romance is finally starting to pick up. Not that the book needs it, believe me the action will keep your eyes glued to the page. But, I'm a girl that likes some smut and finally in Betrayals, Dru is starting to struggle with her heart and her two boys.

Overall good book, and now I'll be moving onto Jealously!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Strange Angels by: Lili St. Crow

Synopsis: Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Thoughts: A thrilling story. A whirl-wind of emotions. And one tough chick.

Dru Anderson has grown up tough. With her mom dying when she was five, she has traveled with her dad hunting things that shouldn't be real. Dru has what her grandmother calls "the touch" and Dru seems to be able to sense things that are happening. After something goes horrible wrong with her dad, Dru befriends Graves and Christophe in hopes finding out more about herself and well, keeping herself and her friends alive.

This story was anything but rainbows and butterflies. It was raw, tough, and thrilling. There's constant action, always something lurking around the corner. Dru is so tough, she knows how to fight and shoot a gun, yet at the same time she's not afraid to cry.

Along with Dru we have her only friend Graves, who she tried to constantly push away, and yet he stuck by her. He's a sweetheart, with bright green eyes that glow against half-asian skin. And we all know I have a weakness for green eyes :). Along with Graves we have another snack named Christophe, who is strong, cocky, and sexy, with bright sky blue eyes. I love the focus on the eyes, it's one of my favorite features.

I loved the story and the character and am excited to find out more about Dru and her friends in Betrayals.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

This week it's from the lovely Illusions by: Aprilynne Pike. Which you can read my review for HERE. This week I went smutty... enjoy ;)

"I'm not asking for forever," Tamani said. "Yet. I'm just asking for a moment."

She had no arguments. Well, there were little ones. Ones that didn't matter, couldn't matter when Tamani's hands were tight against her back, caressing her shoulders, his lips a breath away from hers.

Laurel leaned forward and closed the gap.

One of my favorite parts of the book :D Hope ya enjoyed!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Music Monday ♫

Obsessed with these two songs lately!

Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

I've basically been dancing around to this one non-stop.

Boy you got my heart beat runnin away,
Beatin' like a drum and it's comin your way.
Can't you hear that boom ba boom ba boom boom,
Baby that super bass.

Adele - Set Fire To The Rain

Love this song. Love her.

Enjoy! :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Illusions by: Aprilynne Pike

Synopsis: Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

Thoughts: I absolutely adored Wings and Spells. Illusions was no different. It was a fast-paced journey I couldn't put down and I loved it. I have to say, Illusions, had a slightly different feel than the first two. For me at least!

Illusions picks up with Laurel beginning her senior year with David, whom she thought she finally made her love choice. But, dun dun dun out of the blue, Tamani returns in all his hot, sexy glory and informs Laurel that something has been going on and she needs protecting once again. With trolls disappearing, Klea returning with a mysterious young girl named Yuki, Laurel having love issues, and trying to deciding where she'll end up in life... Illusions is surely a story you don't want to miss!

Let me start by saying, I'm still Team Tamani! In the first book, I loved them both. In the second, I started to move towards Tam, and well! I'm still Team Tamani all the way!! David is a sweet heart I do like him, I just like Laurel with Tamani more. Plus, I have a feeling Chelsea and David may end up together!

With Illusions, its not so much faerie as it is development. We see huge struggles in Laurel... She's fighting her emotions constantly on which boy she should chose and if she should return to Avalon or stay on earth. This was such a tough book for Laurel, and man when Tamani was with Yuki, I found myself getting jealous, I wanted to slap the smile off her face too! I also really hope we see more Avalon in book four, I missed it!

There so many great quotes in this story. And I totally relate when Laurels mom tells her "There are many different kinds of love." Just because someone has been there for you, doesn't mean you're in love with them and I can so relate, man can I. It's these types of books I love, when I relate to the situations. They make you stop and think "waaaiiit a second". Just because it's a fictional book doesn't mean it can't help you in real life.

Overall, fantastic book in the series and I am DYING for book four! Oh heck how Illusions ended!!! Like What?!! I need book four like two days ago! And final words... Team Tamani!! :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jennifer Laurens Giveaway WINNER!

Sometimes, it's really awkward to watch yourself back on a video haha! And you can tell I'm super tired. But a HUGE thank you to JENNIFER LAURENS, everyone who entered, and my new followers! Could have never done it with out you all! :)

The winner is....

58. Tiffany Drew

Congratulations! I have e-mailed you and you have 2 days to respond, if you do not respond by Monday, I will chose a new winner!

Thank you so much to everyone to entered!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wither Giveaway!

So recently I went to NYC to see Lauren DeStefano, Cassie Clare, and Holly Black. Well, I loved Wither SO much that I bought two copies at the signing, and one i'm giving away to some lucky winner! :)

- You can read my review of WITHER here.
- You can read my post on the NYC signing here.

Isn't that cover GORGEOUS?! I think I die a little every time I see it. I cannot wait to see the cover of FEVER. =D

So one will winner will win...
1) A signed copy of WITHER by Lauren DeStefano
2) A sample of FEVER (Book 2)
3) Wither candy!

*There will be one winner! And the giveaway will last for one week. The contest will close May 12th @ Midnight and i'll pick a winner on May 13th.

- There are no requirements.
- If you want extra entries there are ways to earn them!
- Open to US only (sorry!)
- You must be 13 years or older. (I really stress this one for this giveaway. It's not a requirement, because I would never tell someone they can't read something, but there is sex in this book.)
- Winner will be chosen randomly.

Just fill out THIS FORM

And GOODLUCK everyone :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lauren DeStefano, Cassie Clare, and Holly Black @ Books of Wonder in NYC

Last night I went to see Lauren DeStefano (for the first time), Cassie Clare (for the third time), and Holly Black (for the second time) at Books Of Wonder in NYC. It was my first time in NYC and I loved it! Don't think I could ever live there, but I loved being there! :D

I also got to hang out and meet some awesome fellow bloggers! JL from An Avid Reader’s Musings, Damaris, Wanda, and Emma from Good Choice Reading, and Rachel from Book Shelf Lust. They're all AWESOME so if you haven't stalked their sites, tweeted at them, or anything... you should def consider it!

All three of these authors answered so many questions. One of my favorites was something along the lines of "If Chairman Meow and Church were in a closet 'getting it on' and Alec walked in what would happen?" *mad bursts of laughter* I forget which one, but Cassie informed us one of them is fixed. Hah! Cassie also mentioned one of the hardest scenes for her to write was at the end of Clockwork Prince, and man I hope that scene is Jem because well... TEAM WILL ALL THE WAY!

During the signing, Cassie recognized me from Twitter which I thought was pretty dang cool! Said, I looked like my picture.. I think that's a good thing! I was happy :) hah. It could have also been because I've met her three times. Either way, I was stoked and I always have a great time at her signings! :)

Also, Lauren DeStefano is SO nice, like incredibly super nice! I adored Wither (if you have not read it GO READ IT! I will be giving away a copy as well!) I cannot wait for the sequel, which revealed today is called FEVER. Isn't that just awesomely perfect?! At the signing she also gave away a sample/preview to book 2 and I will be giving away one of those as well! I just have to mention I am IN LOVE with the cover of Wither and cannot wait to see how beautiful the cover of FEVER will be.

And as always Holly Black was incredibly funny and apparently one of her favorite scenes she's written is a speech in Black Heart, so can't wait to read that! Speaking of Black Heart, at the signing she gave away a sample/preview for BLACK HEART, and let me tell you... OH MAN I CANNOT WAIT. I needs that book like yesterday! So if you haven't read White Cat or Red Glove, well get up and go buy them!!

Review of Wither
Review of Red Glove

So now, I'm going to post of bunch of pictures from my NY adventure! Enjoy :)

6th Street!

JL, Me, and Dee!

The Crowd!
Lauren, Cassie, and Holly!

Okay, I thought they were adorable! :)

Lauren, Cassie, Holly

On the way out we spotted Josh Dibble AKA Jace!
(Photo by: Rachel @ Book Shelf Lust)

Same bracelet I got! Giver of dreams & nightmares! oh my!
(Photo by: Rachel @ Book Shelf Lust)

Had the greatest drinks & food there after the signing!

NY Night Life.

Books bought @ B&N on 17th street!

All the goodies from the signing!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

This week's Teaser Tuesday will be from "Hereafter" by: Tara Hudson. I really enjoyed this book, review will be up soon! I picked a semi-sweet one this week. Enjoy :)

A drop of liquid fell from my chin and hit the page, darkening into a round little spot on the girl's neck. I wiped at my cheek, reflexively knowing the droplet was a tear - my tear.

"That's me in the picture, isn't it?"

I couldn't even look at Joshua, couldn't pull my eyes away from the picture as I spoke. I whispered, as if a loud noise might break the spell that had fallen over us. Nothing but silence answered me. Then--

"Told you you're beautiful."

Hope ya enjoyed :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Music Monday ♫

Two songs this week! Both i'm in love with lately :) Enjoy!

The Script - We Cry

T-Pain ft. Chris Brown - Best Love Song
Basically been riding around in my car jamming to this one! :)

What ya think ?!