Wednesday, 31 August 2011

{Cover Lover} September

Cover Lover is a monthly segment I will be hosting on my blog to see which covers of certain books(released within the certain month) is liked best according to you! Simply look at the covers below and vote for the one you like best!
September's Covers:

 Vote in the sidebar to your left. You will have the entirety of September to vote and the best cover shall be revealed at the beginning of October along with the new covers.

{Waiting On Wednesday} 6: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.
Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.
What are you Waiting on this Wednesday?
Leave a link and I will be sure to check it out!

Monday, 29 August 2011

{Top Ten Tuesday} 3

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists.
This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books That Are On My To Be Read List For the Fall
(fall has passed her so I am going to say for the summer)
(in no particular order)
1. The Hunger Games (yes I know it's terrible that I haven't read the series yet)
2.  Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins 
4. Passion - Lauren Kate
5. City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
6.  Afterlife - Claudia Gray
7. Carrier of The Mark - Leigh Fallon 
8. Fury - Elizabeth Miles
9. Half-Blood -Jennifer Armentrout
10. Silence - Becca Fitzpatrick

Sunday, 28 August 2011

{Cover Crazy}2: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Cover Crazy is hosted by Tawni at The Book WormsStop by and join in on the fun.
This week I am crazy about the cover for:
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other. 
I absolutely love this cover, the thing that really catches my eye is the girl on the cover's eyes. The intensity is just marvelous. The embellishments which were added to the font for the title are also nice and fitting.
What covers are you crazy about this week?

Friday, 26 August 2011

{On My Wishlist} 2

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
Release Date: 4 July 2011

When fourteen-year-old Luce is assaulted on the cliffs near an Alaskan village, she expects to die when she tumbles into the icy water below. Instead, she transforms into a mermaid. Luce is thrilled with her new life—until she discovers the catch.
Wither by Lauren De Stefano
Release Date: 22 March 2011
Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

{Follow Friday} 5

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by ParaJunkee – helping bloggers get out there and meet new bloggers! 

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

Faeries- because Melissa Marr portrays them as scary creatures yet beautiful and if it could be a specific type of fey it would most likely be water fey because I love water.

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {ParajunkeeAlison Can Read} &
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - Jenni Elyse & Caught in the Pages
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog! 
Happy Follow Friday!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

{Waiting on Wednesday}5: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.
What books are you Waiting on this Wednesday?
Leave a link and I'll be sure to check it out! 

{Top Ten Tuesday} 2

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists.
This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books You Loved But Never Wrote A Review For 
(in no particular order)
   These are books that I read before I started this blog and therefore never reviewed them. 

  1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  2. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
  3. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
  4. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
  5. Fallen by Lauren Kate
  6. Need by Carrie Jones
  7. Captivate by Carrie Jones
  8. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  9. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer
  10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare  

Monday, 22 August 2011

{Review} Clarity by Kim Harrington

Release Date:  1 March 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 242
Author: Kim Harrington
Buy the Book: Amazon
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?
My Thoughts:
This book had a really intense start and that really caught be at the beginning of the book and I found this stunning debut to be so refreshing and great as well as addictive.

I am not always a fan of mystery books but loved this book to bits as it also contained romance and paranormal aspects, with that being said I would have liked the book to revolve more around Clare and her gift. However I want more from Harrington and I can only hope that the next book; Perception will perhaps revolve around Clare's gift.

Although this book was short, I still my found myself loving the characters and I really did enjoy Clare as the main character and cannot wait to read about her and all the rest of the characters again. 

The ending of this book was actually a really great way to end things but still leave you wanting more. I felt that the ending ended off the book well and tied up the story and really left me wondering what could happen in the next book seeing as most of the case was solved in this book.

This was a great 2011 debut and I look forward to reading more from Kim Harrington. She sure knows how to blend in romance and mystery with great writing and an exceptional voice. 

{Cover Crazy} 1: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Cover Crazy is hosted by Tawni at The Book WormsStop by and join in on the fun.
This week I am crazy about the cover for:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
This cover is absolutely beautiful and I love how the one side of the background is light and the other is dark. This cover really is different to anything I have ever seen before and I think it just adds more to what sounds like an astonishing novel. 

What covers are you crazy about? 

Thursday, 18 August 2011

{Review} A Beautiful Dark by Joselyn Davies

Release Date:  27 September 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Author: Jocelyn Davies
Buy the Book: Amazon
On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past. In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine. A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.
My Thoughts:
Wow this book was amazing! A stunning novel that is absolutely beautiful written and this book definitely made its way up on my list; I can safely say that it is one of my favorite books of 2011.

Jocelyn Davies stumped me with her absolutely flawless and beautiful voice that she used to tell this astounding story. The way in which she wrote; the words she chose both simple and intricate did not fail to put a smile on my face. The voice present in this book was wonderful and drew me in and I was instantly addicted. I find it hard to explain what it was exactly that made the way in which this book was written so enjoyable for me but all I know is that I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to read more from the great Jocelyn Davies!

The characters; I loved the characters so much, they were well rounded and well thought out. Cassie was really my favorite and I could not get enough of her and her strange sense of humor. I could see certain aspects of myself in her but at the same time I was able to relate to all of the characters on a certain level and that really made them truly believable for me. I did not know what it was about Skye but I loved her as the main character and loved reading from her point of view.

I did not read the blurb on the back of the book and a sad fact about me is that I buy books because of their covers and when I began reading A Beautiful Dark I did not know what I was getting myself into but I was not at all disappointed by it and I loved the feeling that when I was reading it I did not know what paranormal aspects there would be in this extremely riveting world. 

A Beautiful Dark really made me remember why I fell in love with reading and was just so addicted to reading in the first place, so thank you to Jocelyn Davies for this brilliantly exquisite book!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

{Waiting on Wednesday} 4: Fever by Lauren De Stefano

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Fever by Lauren De Stefano
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but they’re still in danger. Outside, they find a world even more disquieting than the one they left behind. Determined to get to Manhattan and to find Rhine’s twin brother Rowan, the two press forward, amidst threats of being captured again . . . or worse. The road they are on is long and perilous—and in a world where young women only live to age 20 and men die at age 25, time is precious. In this 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.

What books are you Waiting on this Wednesday?
Leave a link and I'll be sure to check it out!

{Review} Eve by Anna Carey

Release Date:  4 October 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Author: Anna Carey
Buy the Book: Amazon
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
 My Thoughts:
I was so surprised by this book, I mean it sounded amazing and I really wanted to read it and I was not let down one bit by it! Anna Carey sure has a gift with words and I absolutely loved this book!

Again this was another novel that has made me fall even more in love with the dystopian genre and I cannot wait to read more from Anna Carey. I really liked the concept of this book, but yet there was a tiny thing that annoyed me; when Eve sees men/boys for the first time I wanted to see more feeling perhaps a bit of shock after all it was the first time she had ever gotten to see a male in real life.

With that being said I did absolutely love how intriguing and interesting this world was and how the main character; Eve looks at it from what she knows and using her brain to empower her in a way of sorts.

Within the first 2 pages of this book I instantly loved Eve’s character and appreciated that she was smart and intellectual, I understand you get characters like this in many books but I loved how she was almost at the top of her game, she seemed to be perfect and she was book smart and well when she got to the real world book smartness could only help in certain aspects of life.

I would say you definitely need to read this book, it is a simply stunning novel!