Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The One That I Want by: Jennifer Echols


Synopsis: Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.

Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?

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Thoughts: Jennifer Echols has this way of taking twisted and tangled relationships and writing a beautiful story around them. I always enjoy everything her books have to offer and I always enjoy the endings. The One That I Want is no different.

Gemma has lost 50lbs and made the majorette, but her "best friend" Addison made it too. Addison is nothing but an attention getter and things always have to go her way. While at majorette camp two super hotties from their rival school start to flirt with them. Max is the star kicker and Carter is the star quarterback... what luck huh? Gemma wants Max, but after the four of them hang out, Max chooses Addison. Still, Gemma can't seem to help but think that Max wants her back. So what's a girl to do when you want your best friends boyfriend?

I really love how Jennifer made unique quirks to her main characters. Our protagonist, Gemma, has lost 50lbs (WISH I could do that...), she has purple streaked in her hair, and she dresses however she wants. It absolutely killed me to watch her relationship with Addison. That girl is a flat out witch. She is not what I would consider a friend, and I'm honestly not sure why Gemma put up with it for so long. Then there is Max. Max is not your typical love interest, just like Gemma isn't your typical main character. Max is Asian, he's a football kicker, and he says all the wrong things to girls.

I absolutely loved watching Gemma and Max stumble through this story together. I was so happy with the ending for everything. I loved how the majorette aspect ended. I loved how the family aspect with Gemma and her mom ended. I loved how the friendships ended. And mostly I loved how the overall story ended.

If you're looking for a quick, romantic, yet tangled story... this is for you! Or if you're just a fan of Jennifer Echols, as I am, I say definitely pick the one up! :)

- 5 out of 5 splatters -

Monday, January 30, 2012

Music Monday #48 ♫

Hey everyone! So I haven't done one of these in a while... so here's a few songs I've been jamming to lately :)

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1) Foster The People - Life On The Nickel

- This happens to be my favorite song by them! I just love it.



2) Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know

-  I love the feel of this song. The lyrics. The way it's sung. Overall, amazing song.


3) Lady Gaga - Heavy Metal Lover

- Okay, so I'm not a super huge Lady Gaga fan, but I LOVE this song. It always plays at Express when I work... and I cannot help but jam to it :)


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So what do ya think? Comments? Suggestions? Love notes?!
PS. If you want to see more of what I'm listening to check out my hash tag on twitter: #JenasPlaylist! :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #20

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. Where you can share the books you received for the week!





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Bought
1) Forbidden by: Syrie James and Ryan James
2) The One That I want by: Jennifer Echols
3) Dirty Blood by: Heather Hildenbrand
4) Cold Blood by: Heather Hildenbrand

For Review
5) Spellcaster by: Cara Lynn Shultz

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I'm actually super, super excited to read all of these! I loved Spellbound, so I'm sure I'll love Spellcaster! And the Dirty Blood series, I just saw and it seems to have fab reviews! Cannot wait to read them all! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Spellbound by: Cara Lynn Shultz

Synopsis: What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?


Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.


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Thoughts: I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this one. I even had the option of reading it ahead of time way back when, and never got around to it. Big mistake. I absolutely loved this book from the very beginning. And, it really boggles me that this book has such mixed reviews because I think it's a completely magical and romantic story.

We start off with Emma, who just moved to New York to live with her Aunt after a not so great home experience. She soon realizes she's attending Vincent Academy, which is an Upper East Side we-are-all-rich-and-we-know-it-type of prep school. And everyone may not be as welcoming as she thought. No worries though because she has her freshman cousin Ashley, and well, the school's richest and sexiest boy, Brendan Salinger, is showing interest in her. But, then he decides to completely ignore her and Emma starts to have strange dreams. Could Brendan and the dream be linked? Is Emma really in danger now?

Okay, (forgive me) I actually get to rant for once because I read this book so late that I've had the privilege of reading other people's reviews. It kind-of bothers me that people are knocking stars off for the "star-crossed lovers, insta-love, predictable" thing going on. Well, I mean, did you read the synopsis? It says "The One" right in it. If you're not a fan of those... why did you bother reading the book? Guess what... YES, it's a LOVE story. YES, it's about witches. Yes, it's kind-of predictable... but so what?! Just because you think it's predictable, how does that make it not enjoyable? But, every one is entitled to their own opinions. And for what the story is meant to be about... I think Cara Lynn Shultz did a lovely job of weaving it all together.

Honestly, I think the book has a fantastic protagonist and antagonist. Speaking of, I was actually extremely happy with the drama and the antagonist. Also, I love the setting. The fact that it's the Upper East Side, the park, the concert bar, the hangouts... they're awesome. I thought the plot was well executed. There are even a lot of comical lines thrown in!

And, lets face it. Brendan Salinger is HOT. Like smoking green eyes, dark hair, disheveled, music-loving, rich, and completely a hero HOT. I loved this boy as soon as he made fun of the prep school's "wicked witch" so to say. There's a lot to love about this boy, and I can't wait to read more about him in Spellcaster.

Overall, I think this book is a modern fairy-tale with thrills, laughs, and magic. If the book sounds appealing to you, read it! I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to read Spellcaster.

 - 5 out of 5 splatters -

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Layout/Domain


Hey everyone!! SO CHECK IT OUT!!!!

1) I have a new layout!!! I'm so excited to share it!! The AMAZING Katie from KD Designs did it! Isn't it AMAZEBALLS?!!? I love it and I'd love for you to tell me your thoughts in the comments! Or e-mail me! :) I cannot thank Katie enough, I think she did an amazing job! :)

Want to find Katie?! Stalk her here:


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2) I bought my domain!!! So officially my new website is now: www.shortie-says.com. How exciting is that?! *happy dance* Now, my old link will still direct you here, so no worries! But now if you want to type my URL anywhere you no long have to type blogger! Whoo! :)

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3) Along with my new blog design, I also have a new button! If you'd like to keep the old one... awesome, I don't mind, keep it! If you'd like to switch it the new one, that's awesome too! They will both direct you to my site, the only different is the new button matches my new blog design! So you can choose whichever you like better!

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4) I now have embedded comments! Go use em! ;)

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5) I never did a giveaway when I hit 1k followers. BUT, now I am 1,200!!! That is FREAKEN AWESOME. So, expect a giveaway coming up sometime soon! :)

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SOOOOOO... What do ya think?! :)

Photography Friday #37


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

YA Giveaway Hop


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I'm going to make it nice and simple! One person will win one YA book of their choice! :)

- The giveaway will end January 31st @ 11:59pm EST.
- International
- Winner will be chosen randomly
- If you have any other questions please see my Giveaway Policy.
 
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Good luck!

Pretty Crooked by: Elisa Ludwig

Synopsis: Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?


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Thoughts:  After reading Pretty Crooked, I had one of those sighs of happiness. It's a lot different than the YA books I've been reading lately. It's unique, fun, real, and a quick read that I'm sure every reader is going to enjoy. I absolutely loved this book!


We start off with Willa, and her young single mom, who have just moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona. Willa and her mom move a lot... and this time Willa is pretty sure its permanent. She also gets to attend Valley Prep, which is an expensive school. By luck, Willa ends up fitting right in with VP's royalty... The Glitterati, the three most popular girls in the school. But being apart of the Glitterati isn't all is cracked up to be. So Willa creates a plan to steal from the rich and give to the poor. With the help of Tre and a friendship with the sexy Aidan, she seems to be liking her new plan. But all good things, don't last forever.


You know, I have to applaud Elisa Ludwig for this one. It's a book about stealing. About family relationships. About fitting in. About good morals. And she completely flips the story on us from the beginning. I feel like in YA nowadays we get so used to the protag being this girl who doesn't fit in, but has a lovely family, falls for the popular boy and boom magic happens! But with Pretty Crooked, you get the completely opposite.

Enter Willa. She bikes, she's got blonde hair & blue eyes, she's pretty, she fits right in with the popular crowd, all she has is a young single mom, and the hottest guy in school... she doesn't make it easy for him. I absolutely adored Willa. Her heart always seemed in the right place and I absolutely loved her story.


I also love how with the family aspect, we actually get to see a lot of Willa's mom. It's actually a decent size of the story. And I have so many questions about it and I'm excited to see what happens with her mom in Pretty Sly. With the Glitterati, these are the girls you love to hate... minus one of them. They are the girls who make a high school experience a living hell and not only do you get to just see it happening, they are actually Willa's friends which I thought made the story much more interesting.


Finally Aidan. I loved him from the moment he entered the story. Even though he has these gorgeous green-gray eyes, blond hair, and an amazing face, you can feel the slight rebel in him. The fact that he's in a place that he doesn't want to be. I loved his persistence with Willa, his adorable flirting, the fact that he loves coffee and is good with animals. SO PERFECT. I was rooting for him and Willa the whole story. I cannot wait to find out more about Aidan and to see what happens in the next book.


Honestly, I think this book has something everyone can relate to. I think Elida Ludwig did a beautiful job of turning a stealing aspect into an amazing story. And, even though we're left with a lot of questions, I believe everyone will be happy with how the book ended... I know I absolutely adored the ending! I cannot wait to read Pretty Sly... it cannot come fast enough!


- 5 out of 5 stars -

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #23


Title: The Vicious Deep
Author:

Expected Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: When an unnatural riptide sweeps lifeguard Tristan Hart out to sea for three days and then dumps him back on the shore of Coney Island, it’s the start of the Sea Court claiming its own. Suddenly, Tristan’s girlfriend dramas and swimming championship seem like distant worries as he discovers the truth: he’s a Merman. Now Tristan must fight for his life, the lives of his friends, and his humanity (if he still wants it), while competing in a race for a throne as ancient as the gods.

Seductive, duplicitous, and with an agenda of their own, these are not the mermaids you know.


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This happens to be another one of those books that I really, REALLY want. Gosh I love anything to di with Merman/Mermaids. I love water. I ADORE the name Tristan... it has always been a favorite of mine. And this book just sounds wicked amazing. Cannot wait!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Winners: The Iron Sword

You want to know the two winners right?! Right?!! ...



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1. The Winner of a Signed Hard Copy is...

Jessirae @ Words, pages and books

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2. The Winner of an eBook copy (Which can be signed through Kindlegraph) is...

Kimberley Sanches

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Congrats Girls!! I have passed along both of your e-mails to Jocelyn and she will be in contact as soon as she can. I hope you both enjoy the story as much as I did! :)

To everyone else, Thank you SOOO much for entering! I hope the rest of you will check out the book as well!
 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #37

So I'm currently reading Halflings and I'm enjoying it so far!! So here's a quick teaser for you all! :)


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Slipping behind her, he caught her weight. He noticed her scent as he lowered her gently -- clean and alive like flowers sprinkled on the wind. Her fear blended with and only intensified the sweet smell. Strands of hair pressed against her forehead where her helmet held them in place, trapped like butterflies under glass. Before he had her all the way to the ground, he unfastened the strap beneath her chin, needing to see all of her features.
A blanket of silky, dark hair covered his legs once he knelt down. A breeze blew across her, setting the butterflies free and allowing long strands to dance slowly in the current of air. Her eyes fluttered open, dark lashes framing irises of warm honey.
"I know you," she whispered then passed out again.
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Hope you liked! :)

Brightest Kind Of Darkness by: P.T. Michelle

Synopsis: Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.


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Thoughts:  I was absolutely blown away by the  uniqueness and thrills of Brightest Kind Of Darkness. It was one of those books where I couldn't put it down until I finished (cough 4am cough).

We start off with Nara Collins who every night dreams her entire next day. So that makes her the best soccer goalie, get great grades, and avoid things she may not want to see. Pretty neat, eh? It would be... until she dreams a bomb threat at her high school and she knows she must intervene. But, after that her dreams start disappearing and her friends are starting to get hurt. While struggling with that, loner boy, Ethan Harris actually starts to talk to her. Ethan and Nara mysteriously start to become completely drawn to each other and they may just be the key to each others darkness.

After reading a book like this, sometimes I really wonder... why is this book an indie? Did the author decide to just be indie, did companies really not want to pick up this wonderful story? Whatever the answer, Brightest Kind Of Darkness is a brilliant read. I absolutely love the way she matched our two main characters with their unique abilities. The darkness of the story. The raw and real every day things that happen through out the story. Mean high school teens, friends, cheating, parties, special abilities, family issues, romance... it's all so perfectly weaved.

I live for troubled boys. I swear I do. It's like hardwired into my brain. I absolutely adore boys who have such turmoil, who had a dark past, the ones who under all of that torture is a huge heart. I loved them way too much. I just want to take them and hold them and love them. And Ethan is one of those boys. With his bright blue eyes, mysterious ways, kind heart, and dark past. I loved getting to know him. I loved watching him and Nara together, trying to piece together their own puzzle.

I also love the little animal aspect thrown in. I adore animals to the core. And tattoos, mmm I've been on a tattoo kick lately, so reading about them makes me kind of excited. Especially when they're on a sexy, blue eyed-boy ;).

Brightest Kind Of Darkness is an entrancing read, that will have you begging to know what comes next in the story. I know I cannot wait for book2!

- 5 out of 5 stars -

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #19

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. Where you can share the books you received for the week!



Bought
1) Try Not To Breathe - Jennifer R. Hubbard

Borrowed from the lovely Wanda from GCR.
2) Spellbound by: Cara Lynn Shultz


For Review
3) Goddess Interrupted by: Aimee Carter

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I already read Spellbound and absolutely LOVED it. I don't know why I waited so long to read that book! And, I cannot wait to read the other two! :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Photography Friday #36

I absolutely adore every picture in this week's post. <3

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Volition by: Shawn Kirsten Maravel

Synopsis: Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she's happy to say that she's content.

When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life might be missing something.

No sooner does she let go of her inhibitions does she find herself waking up in a dark hotel room in the presence of Joel, a man who carries mystery in his eyes and familiarity in his smile. Against reason Charlotte decides to trust him based solely on one thing. Somehow, she is sure that she knows him.

In a race against time to find answers and to solve the crime committed against her Charlotte finds herself falling for him. However, with nothing but mystery surrounding him she can't even be sure that he's the hero at all. While knowing all of the right things to say he still manages to tell her nothing. As a battle is waged over the innocence of her cryptic stranger, Charlotte discovers that much greater danger awaits her. And the mysteries behind who and what Joel is will lead Charlotte to discover that heaven and earth are not so far apart.


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Thoughts: Volition is romantic, exciting, and full of brilliant morals. I went into it not really sure what to expect, and I ended up loving the story as it was revealed.

We start off with Charlotte, who is what you would call the all around good girl. She works her butt off, attends college, lives with her friends, while not getting into anything "bad".  Her friends finally convince her to let it all go for once and go out clubbing. Realizing it may be exactly what she needs, Charlotte goes. But everything seems to fall down hill from there. Charlotte gets drugged and ends up in a hotel room with a mysterious guy named Joel. He saved her, and he asks her to trust him... but Charlotte isn't so sure. So when Joel starts showing up more in her life, she believe that he did really save her, but if that's true, then that means that someone else is after her.

One of the things that I absolutely loved about this story was even though it has it's paranormal side to it, it is SO real. Real college life. Real work life. Real hardships. Real friends. And I absolutely loved that fact. The main character is 23, attending college and working her butt off, and I can completely relate to that.

I also really enjoyed all the characters. I loved Charlotte's hard-working personality. Her strength in everything that she's thrown into in such a short time. The fact that she's always been capable of handling herself. Charlotte's roommates Emily and Tara also made the story what it was. They're both beautiful and outgoing, yet they're the type of friends you'd always want to have around you. On the work side, I have to admit I loved Heather! I thought she was so funny yet understanding when she needed to be. Another character I found myself liking was Alex. I know, I know... but there was something about him I was definitely drawn to. Finally, Joel. I loved Joel. Not only is he sexy as heck with bright green eyes. His soul purpose is protecting Charlotte, and he always does it in the sweetest ways. You cannot help but fall for him. I loved watching Joel and Charlotte become closer.

Overall, this book was a quick, charming, yet intense read. I have to admit the ending was a jaw-dropper. I honestly didn't see it coming at all. And, I absolutely love being pleasantly surprised like that! Cannot wait to read Severance!

- 4 out of 5 stars -

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #22

Title: Sweet Evil
Author:

Expected Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Anna, a tender-hearted southern girl, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip forces Anna and Kai to face the reality that hope and love are not options for their kind. When it's time for Anna to confront her demons, will she choose to embrace her halo or her horns?


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This is one of those books where I am dying to read. Where I'm counting down the minutes until I can get it in my hands. The cover is stunning. The synopsis sounds thrilling. The book itself sounds like it'll be an amazing adventure. I cannot wait to read this one!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #36

So I recently posted my review for Fever by: Lauren DeStefano. And she of course blew me away again. (You can find my review here!) So this week, here's a nice little teaser from the book! Enjoy!


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Now I feel the full weight of him. And it's making me greedy, making me tilt my head so that his kisses to neck reach my lips, and making me take him with me as I lean back into the pillows that clatter with beads. A gemstone button is pressing into my back.
The smoke of incense is alive. It traces the length of us. The heady perfume of it makes my eyes water, and I feel strange. Weary and flushed.
"Wait," I say when Gabriel slides the strap of my slip down my shoulder. "Doesn't this feel weird to you?"
"Weird?" He kisses me.
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If you loved Wither be sure to pick up Fever when it releases so you can catch the chemical garden sickness too =P

Monday, January 16, 2012

Giveaway: The Iron Sword by: Jocelyn Fox


Hey lovelies! So, I recently finished a book called The Iron Sword by: Jocelyn Fox. And let me tell you, it blew me away! If you'd like to read my review you can find it HERE! Of course, I want to spread the word about it and I really hope more people become eager to read it because this book deserves to be read! Enough with my rambling... because Jocelyn is awesome she'll be giving away copies of her book!



Yes, I said copies. Here's what's up for grabs:

- A signed copy of The Iron Sword
- An ebook copy of The Iron Sword (which can also be signed by Kindlegraph)


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So, yes there will be two winners!
- The giveaway will end January 23rd @ 11:59pm EST.
- International
- Winners will be chosen randomly
- If you have any other questions please see my Giveaway Policy.
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Good luck! :)

The Iron Sword by: Jocelyn Fox

Snyopsis: When college student Tess O'Connor is invited to spend Thanksgiving in Texas with her best friend and roommate, Molly Jackson, she doesn't anticipate more than a quiet holiday in the middle of nowhere. But after an unexpected visitor appears to her in a dream, Tess discovers that Molly has been living a lie, hiding an unbelievable secret for years.

Queen Mab, the monarch of Night and Winter, summons Molly to the Unseelie Court of the Sidhe and a dangerous, handsome stranger appears at the Jacksons’ remote cabin to collect her. The Sidhe seek the Iron Sword, a legendary blade powerful enough to defeat the great evil awakening in their world. They believe Molly is the key to finding the Sword, foretold by an ancient prophesy to bring them victory against the rising forces of Shadow. Even though she is a mortal among the Fae, Tess refuses to leave her best friend to face the rising darkness alone. As she plunges deeper into the intrigues of the Unseelie Court, Tess realizes that the Fae are as deadly as they are beautiful, and her adventure in Faeortalam becomes a battle for Molly’s survival…and her own.

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Thoughts:  The Iron Sword is an unforgettable ride full of magic, laughs, strength, and adventure. I could not put this book down! I only got 2 hours of sleep because I couldn't stop reading this one!

We start off with college best friends Tess and Molly, who are spending Thanksgiving in Texas with Molly's family. Everything seems to be relaxing until Molly is summoned to the Unseelie court by Queen Mab herself.  The Sidhe believe that Molly is the key to a prophesy in finding the iron sword and defeating an evil destroying their world. So when a sexy knight named Finnead comes to collect Molly, Tess insists on going with to help protect Molly. Little does Tess know how dangerous the world of the Sidhe can be and strong she might actually be.

I've always loved reading about the Fae... or in this case Sidhe. There's just a beauty to them and their world that I seem to fall in love with every time. And Jocelyn, has completely reeled me in with her enticing story. She creates a world, characters, and creatures you cannot help but enjoy.  Though I admit, I absolutely adored the romance in this book, there was so much more to this story. It wasn't focused around love, but more about strength, duty, and believing in yourself.

Tess O'Connor throws herself into a world with nothing but trying to protect her best friend. I love her determination and her strength through out the whole story. Tess is thrown into a whole new world, she accepts it an ultimately finds herself. She always seems to have this confidence to her, that makes you want to be like her. Except, when it comes to the swoon-worth Finnead of course... then the confidence may hide. Finnead... oh man. You sexy dark haired, blue eyed, strong, protective boy you. I found myself easily falling for this boy. A knight + a motorcycle... hellllllo! Even when nothing yet had happened, I'd feel Tess's jealousy or longing right along with her.  He's a knight, and you can easily see his strength and power he has. But, unlike the other knights, Finnead has a softness. And, I found his little jealous or self-sacrificing moments so adorable. I was rooting for Tess and Finnead throughout the whole magical story.

Not only those two, but I found myself loving all the characters in some way. Ramel has this easy confidence and sexiness to him. You cannot help but smile when he's around. I also loved Wisp and all the glows. There's also Molly, Vell, Emery, and others you meet along the way that make this fantastic story what it is.

As soon as The Iron Sword jumped into the action, it took a hold of me and pulled me into the adventure. As I stated before, I couldn't put this one down. It was addictive, fun, and thrilling. There were parts I laughed, parts I held my breathe, parts I was swooning over, parts with angst, and parts with sadness as well as happiness. This book has so much to offer, and I really hope more of the world reads it. My only complaint (and because I'm a cover freak) is, shouldn't the model on the cover be blonde? Or maybe it's supposed to be Molly? I don't know... but I do know that I am dying to read the next one. I cannot wait to follow Tess, Finnead, and crew as their journey continues on.

- 5 out of 5 stars -

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fever by: Lauren DeStefano

Synopsis: Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.


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Thoughts: Fever is gruesome. Addictive. Enticing. Dark. And overall, yet another stunner from Lauren DeStefano.

Fever starts off just where Wither left us. Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion and are now on their own. But, not for long. They fall into the unfortunate arms of Madame Soleski and her "carnival". Rhine and Gabriel are quickly introduced the world of "selling" girls, drugs, and danger and are getting dragged down when all they've wanted was freedom. Rhine and Gabriel are determined to get to Manhattan though. And, Rhine will stop at nothing to find Rowan. But, their world is still a dark and twisted one. And headmaster Vaughn is still lurking on their tails.

Most of the time you get nervous when reading a second book in a series. Because most of the time you're afraid... will it be just as amazing? Will it fall short? Will it just be a filler until the next book? Honestly, I had absolutely no doubt in my mind going into Fever that Lauren DeStefano would blow me away again. This series is unlike anything I've ever read. It's so unique. It twists its deadly claws into my brain and hasn't let go yet. Drugs. Realism. Sex. Determination. Darkness. Love. At times, laughs. There's nothing about these books I don't love... except maybe Cecily. For some reason... I still don't like that girl.

While we still encounter characters from Wither we fell in love with, like Linden who I still have a soft spot for, we are also introduced to new characters. I have to admit the first one that comes to mind is Silas. I don't know why... but there's something about him I was immediately drawn too. His blonde curls, his seductive ways, they way he has this tough exterior but a maybe softer interior. I loved him a lot, and I hope we get to see him again in a future book. I also loved Lilac, I think she portrayed a kind of meaningful lesson. She was also, so strong and determined... just as Rhine is.

Rhine. There is hardly a perfect way to describe her. She goes through so many emotions... emotions that she doesn't always show. Does she have tremendous strength? Hell yes. Is she completely determined to find her brother, her freedom, and her own life with, possibly, Gabriel? Yes of course she is. Rhine's issue, which may not necessarily be bad, is that she can't always admit when she's feeling sick, exhausted, or lost. Regardless, I adore her. I think she's dazzling and completely capable of taking her life into her own hands. But, it doesn't hurt to have something with you along the way. Cue Gabriel. I don't think I'll ever get tired of Gabriel. He has this tenderness to him that you cannot find anywhere else. He has his own strength in him and I adored watching him overcome everything he has in Wither and now in Fever. I am so, so rooting for these two.

This series is the type of series I like to curl up on my couch during a thunderstorm and read. Wither and Fever just have that feel to it. It's the type of story that's devastatingly beautiful and I absolutely love it. The ending of Fever leaves us with so many questions. Not enough to throw you over the edge screaming holy cliff hanger! But, just enough that you'll want book3 immediately. I just cannot get enough of this series! Of these AMAZINGLY STUNNING covers. Cannot get enough of Gabriel or of Rhine. Am desperately awaiting book3!

- 5 out of 5 stars -

In My Mailbox #18

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. Where you can share the books you received for the week!

I haven't done one of these in a little bit, but here's the books I got lately! (that I can remember ha!)


 


Bought
1) A Million Suns - Beth Revis
2) Accordance (Significance #2) - Shelly Crane
3) Never To Sleep - Rachel Vincent
4) The Vincent Boys - Abbi Glines
5) Blood Will Tell (Warriors Of Ankh #1) - Samantha Young
6) Whirl - Emma Raveling
7) Perigee Moon - Tara Fuller


For Review
8) Stolen Away - Alyxandra Harvey (Review)
9) Halflings - Heather Burch
10) Lies Beneath - Anne Greenwood Brown
11) Brightest Kind Of Darkness - P.T. Michelle
12) The Iron Sword - Jocelyn Fox
13) Volition - Shawn Kirsten Maravel
14) Severance - Shawn Kirsten Maravel

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I've already read a few and they were marvelous! Cannot wait to read them all!! What did you get? :)