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Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

 The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Released
Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Paperback (386 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Iron Fey #4
Genre: Paranormal
Author Website: www.juliekagawa.com
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
Description:Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.


To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Book Trailer:
Currently, there is not one available.

Memorable Quotes:

"I was in love. With a human.I smiled bitterly at the thought. The old Ash, if faced with such a suggestion, woul've either laughed scornfully or removed the offender's head from his neck."

"Do not be deceived by the the politeness of the fey. Fey are almost always polite. This does not mean they will not happily remove your head."

"Does a crow become a salmon simply because it wishes to? You do not know the first thing about mortality, prince-who-is-not. Why would you want to become like them? "Because, " Grimalkin answered before I could say anything, "he is in love."

"Be careful, boy. In some tales, the hero gets eaten by the monster after all."

My Musings: I was very lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book for my Kindle through Net Galley. After finishing it, this is what I thought:

WOW. Just simply wow. I could not ask for a better way to end this series. I was hestitant at first, since we are soooo used to understanding everything from Meghan's POV, but I loved stepping into Ash's head.For any doubters out there, this book needed to be in Ash's POV. It was essential in order to bring this story to a well deserve closing.

HUMOR: I love Puck and Grim's crazy sense of humor. They had me laughing out loud with their short quips and their arguing banter. Julie didn't fail to deliver a good time from start to finish.

ROMANCE: I just love diving into a good romance, and following Meghan and Ash's journey had me going through many emotions. Their love gets tested right to the very end.

ADVENTURE: Puck and Ash always seem to find themselves in the most dangerous places with unlikely allies. The battle the most dangerous creatures, drudge through impossible terrain, and tolerate Grim's arrogant attitude. How do they do it???

BACKSTORY: This book gave some serious necessary backstory. In the past books I was disappointed in the lack of information about Ariella, and wished for more details on who she is and how Ash got to know her. Worry not. All of my thoughts, concerns, and questions have been answered. You will get the chance to really understand who she is and why Ash fell in love with her in the first place.

THE ENDING: I just love an ending that keeps me satisfied. It can be agrivating when you come across an ending that has been slapped together and not thought through properly. Plausible is the key.

And on an endpoint....I believe this is the best faery series I have read in a while. It definitely beats out Wicked Lovely (which I'm a huge fan of). If you have not read the first in this series, then you better get stepping, because you are missing out on a great story!!!!

Cover Art: Hottness!!! The model on the first three books is beautiful, but nothing beats a sexy guy giving his bad boy face :)

Reading Order:
The Iron King
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
The Iron Knight

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (34)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand


Description: For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.


Release Date: January 24, 2012

Why WOW? I fell in love with the first book in the series "Unearthly". How could I not pick up the next one in this amazing trilogy?? Cynthia Hand writes with such simple elegance and amazing characters. I just love angels. Team Tucker all the way!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays- (34)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
"Numair waited, one hand extended to her. Steeling herself, she reached again and placed her hand in his. Roughly he pulled her into an enveloping hug, arms encircling and lifting her off her feet Nose buried in his hsirt, she breathed his unique smell, one of spices, soap, and clean clothes. No one would think to copy that, she realized, and began to cry."
-"Emperor Mage" by Tamora Pierce

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (33)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: Darker Still by Leanne Renee Hieber


Description: The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

Release Date: November 1, 2011

Why WOW? Pride and Prejudice?!?!? I'm there!!! I have always been a fan of the classics and if this book gives me the chance to experience them all at the same time then I am sold!!!! Can't wait :)



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays- (33)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
"Now to find Tristan, if he survived the excitement. I hope he did. I have some things to say to him, and none of them are 'Goddess bless'."

-"Wolf-Speaker" by Tamora Pierce



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (32)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: Crossed by Ally Condie


Description: The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
 
Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Release Date: November 1, 2011

Why WOW? I love dystopian books!!!! I really enjoyed Ally's first book in the series "Matched", and I am eager to continue Cassia's journey in her topsy-turvy world. Plus, I love me some romance.

Teaser Tuesdays- (32)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
"Does your ma know you're this silly?" she demanded tartly.
He nodded, comically sad. "The few gray hairs she has on her head are my doing. But" — with an exaggerated change of mood — "I send her plenty of money, so she can pay to have them dyed!"
"I hope she beat you as a child," Onua grumbled


-"Wild Magic" by Tamora Pierce




Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (31)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare


Description: In Clockwork Prince, with Mortmain vanished and the clock counting down on how long Charlotte can keep control of the Institute away from Benedict Lightwood, Will, Jem and Tessa must dig into Mortmain’s past to predict what he will do in the future, But secrets about Mortmain aren’t all they find buried — Tessa begins to uncover the truth about her own birth, and the ghosts of Will’s past return to haunt him. As Tessa grows closer to Jem, and Will is driven further toward the brink of madness by jealousy and guilt, will they discover the truth in time to halt the next phase of Mortmain’s evil plan.

Release Date: December 6, 2011

Why WOW? I just love all of Cassandra's books. Some people don't care for her descriptive writing style, but I love it. I'm in love with her mortal instruments series, and its nice to get a history of where the shadowhunters come from. Plus, I want to learn more about Will's tortured past, since Clockwork Angel left everything in a cloud of mystery. The cover is amazing, yet again. I can't believe I have to wait til December to dive back into the series. Team WILL all the way :)

Teaser Tuesdays- (31)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
"I saw a flash of the future when I touched this...creature's hand. She has it in her to destroy us."

-pg. 72 "Angel Burn" L.A. Weatherly








Monday, May 30, 2011

Book Review: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Released Date: September 7, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: Hardcover (407 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Immortal Beloved #1
Genre: Paranormal
Author Website: http://catetiernan.org/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

Description:Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.
 
Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.

Book Trailer:


Memorable Quotes:

"Being good is something that one must choose over and over again, every day, throughout the day, for the rest of one’s life."

"I-just want you. I want you so bad, all the time. I know i shouldn't, I know I can't, I know it's wrong...but even when you're pissing me off, when you're reminding me of pain and despair and torture--its there, the wanting. I'm tired of fighting it. I fight so many things, all the time, every day. I don't want to fight this. Not anymore."

"Yes. Reyn is our resident horse master. He has an excellent seat."
I grinned. "I've noticed."


My Musings: I picked up this book during the final closing days at Borders. It was one of the few young adult books left over and I never heard of it. Looking at the back, the synopsis captured my attention with an original story of immortals, who go to a place equivalent to a rehab center for wayward immortals. If that is not enough originality to capture your attention then I don't know what is. I am really glad that I picked it up. The book is amazing.

Cover Art: I love the different use of colors on the cover. It really make the woman in the background standout.

Reading Order:
Immortal Beloved
Darkness Falls
Immortal Light

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (30)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick


Description: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

Release Date: October 4, 2011

Why WOW? Really? Do I really need to answer this question? Angels. And not just any angels. Fallen angels. Fallen SEXY angels. One in particuliar name Patch. Also, this is the final book in the hush, hush trilogy. It all comes to an end here :) *squeal. I can't wait.

Teaser Tuesdays- (30)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
"She threw her arms around his neck and clung to him. His lips were soft and yielding against hers, and the taste of him mixed with the faint metallic flavor of the blood in her mouth."

-pg. 16 "Crusade" by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie






Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Review: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Released Date: July 5, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: Hardcover (416 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Author Website: http://www.chevystevens.com/
Overall Rating: (4 out of 5 stars)

Description: From the acclaimed author of STILL MISSING comes a psychological thriller about one woman’s search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers.

All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara’s home life was not ideal. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and find closure.

But some questions are better left unanswered.

After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother—only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her.

What if murder is in your blood?

Never Knowing is a complex and compelling portrayal of one woman’s quest to understand herself, her origins, and her family. That is, if she can survive…


Book Trailer:
Currently, there is not a book trailer available.

Memorable Quotes:

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My Musings:

Cover Art:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (29)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: Dearly Departed by Lia Habel


Description: As far as romantic pairings go in the year 2195, you don't get much more unlikely than an upper-class schoolgirl and a poor miner from enemy tribes. Filter in the fact that he's a zombie, and you're definitely talking about star-crossed love.

Dearly, Departed is a cyber-Victorian/steampunk romance that takes place in the shadow of a new ice age. Nora Dearly, a mouthy teenage girl and apparent orphan, leaves school for Christmas - only to be dragged into the night by the living dead. Luckily for her, though, the good ones got to her first. From her reanimated rescuers she learns not only that zombies are roaming the countryside, but that her father is one - and that he's in terrible trouble. She also meets Captain Bram Griswold, a noble, strong, and rather sweet undead boy for whom she starts to fall.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Pamela Roe, is just trying to carry on with life as best she can in the wake of Nora's disappearance - when she ends up killing an evil zombie in self-defense. Pam is galvanized into action, and ends up leading a group of survivors as the city of New London is thronged by the ravenous dead.

Upon hearing of Pamela's plight, Nora and Bram set out to rescue her friends, find her missing father, and maybe just save what's left of the world.


Release Date: October 18, 2011

Why WOW? Upper class Victorian girl + poor miner zombie boy = romantic pairing ?? Well, duh, of course I have to read this. If this doesn't scream original, I don't know what is. This is one of those stories where you need to find out how it turns out: good or bad. Plus, this book has such a gorgeous cover!!! I can't resist.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays- (29)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

"This isn't a game for me. I love you, Ivy, and one day you're going to believe me."

-"Kissed by an Angel" by Elizabeth Chandler







Monday, May 16, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Released Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: Hardcover (358 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Divergent #1
Genre: Dystopian
Author Website: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
Description: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Book Trailer:



Memorable Quotes:

"I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."

"A brave man acknowledges the strength of others."

"Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up. I've seen it. It's fascinating." He releases me but doesn't pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. "Sometimes I just...want to see it again. Want to see you awake."

"Scrubbing the floor when no one else wanted to was something that my mother would have done. If I can't be with her, the least I can do is act like her sometimes."

My Musings: Let me just say it has been awhile since I have fully connected with a book inside and out. This book has all the elements of greatness: danger, romance, comedy, and action. There is never a dull moment in any portion of the story. I finished the book in one day because I could not put it down for the life of me.

I know alot of people have been comparing this series to The Hunger Games, but I think the main reason is that there are many different dystopians that are trying to compete with it and have failed. Well, let me tell you this that I believe Divergent is rival for that series. It carries very dark themes that make you sit back and have real hard look on our society.

Beatrice is such a likeable character. She is very unsure about herself in the beginning, but her growth throughout the book keeps you wanting to learn more about her.

Peter, who is the main antagonist, is such a little prick. There were moments where I just wanted to jump right into the book and strangle him. Veronica did a fantastic job making such a crazy villian like him.

The romance is just purely perfect. I don't want to give it away about who she falls for, but the development of the relationship is beautiful. This may sound cheesy, but it slowly blossoms into something beautiful, amazing, and can stand the testament of time.

Overall, I think this book is wonderful. It is always awesome to see an author not araid to touch upon dark themes like rape, war and gore. I only wish I didn't have to wait a whole year to read the next installment. I need to know what happens next!!!!!!

Cover Art: Love the cover, but it would have been nice if there was people on it.

Reading Order:
Divergent
Untitled #2
Untitled #3

Sunday, May 15, 2011

In My Mailbox- (2)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link:
In My Mailbox

Here's what I picked up this week.



Goodreads:
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Barnes and Noble:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Forever Book Trailer

Hey guys!!! I am very excited to share with you the book trailer for Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, and I am super excited for its release on July 12, 2011. Here is a refresher on what the cover looks like:

Description: In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

You can purchase autograph copy of the book here.

Book Trailer:


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (28)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young


Description: Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

There have been others before who’ve felt the Need, but they’re gone—erased from the memories of everyone whose lives they had touched. It's as though they never existed. This is the fate that awaits Charlotte. But the last thing Charlotte wants to do is disappear, to be Forgotten. She wants to stay with her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. She wishes she could just ignore the Need, but she can’t. And as everyone important in her life begins to slowly forget her, she has to decide if she’ll fight the Need in order to remain herself—no matter how dark the consequences.


Release Date: June 21. 2011

Why Wow? Angels!!!! Do I need to say more?? I heard alot of great things about this book, so I am super excited for this one to come out. I hope it lives up to the hype and doesn't dissappoint like some other angels books out in the market. BTW....the cover is gorgeous.

Teaser Tuesdays- (28)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
"For a few minutes we kiss, deep in the chasm, with the roar of water all around us. And we rise, hand in hand, I realize that if we both chosen differently, we might have ended up doing the same thing, in a safer place, in gray clothes instead of black ones."

-pg. 338 "Divergent" by Veronica Roth





Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Released Date: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Paperback (358 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Iron Fey #3
Genre: Fantasy
Author Website: http://www.juliekagawa.com/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

Description:   My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
 
This time, there will be no turning back.

Book Trailer:


Memorable Quotes:

"You are my heart, my life, my entire existence."

"I wished that, for once, faery tales – real faery tales, not Disney fairy tales – would have a happy ending."

"My, aren't we bossy today. Give a girl an army and it goes straight to her head."

"I have always loved you, princess" Robin Goodfellow promised, his green eyes shining in the darkness. "I always will. And I'll take whatever you can give me."

My Musings: Wow!!! This book had moments that I was not expecting. The ending completely blew my mind away. Thank God for two more books in the series. There are somethings that need to be addressed and settled.

Cover Art: Pink! Pink! And more Pink!!! Did I mention pink? I just love the vibrant colors that all the covers in this series has. Again, the model just looks stunning on this cover.

Meghan has developed so much from the first book.

Reading Order:
The Iron King
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
The Iron Knight
Untitled #5

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday- (27)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this event is to get bloggers to spotlight and share the books they are anticipating on coming out.

On my wishlist this Wednesday is: The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen


Description: What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?
Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

Release Date: June 1, 2011

Why WOW? I am so excited for this book, even though its another vampire novel. I been trying to distance myself from vampire books, but when I read the premise for this one I couldn't resist. Who wouldn't want their favorite character to be a real breathing live person?? I know I would!!!

Book Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Released Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Paperback (359 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Iron Fey #2
Genre: Fantasy
Author Website: http://www.juliekagawa.com/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

Description: Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Book Trailer:


Memorable Quotes:

"If you are going to do that, would you mind not jostling the bed so much?' came a sarcastic voice near the head board. 'Perhaps you could roll around on the floor."

"How is Oberon these days? Still being henpecked by that basilisk of a wife?"


"From the moment you stepped into the nevernever, you've been my undoing. I should never have agreed to that contract."

"..we could've had something perfect, but it just wasn't meant to be."

My Musings: Another masterpiece by Julie Kagawa. I just gush in ecstasy over her amazing writing. It is very fluid and easy to get into. I hope to one day meet her. To me laughter is a key to a good book in my opinion, and she delivers that to me with each book that I read.

Lets first start out that I love Meghan Chase. She is definitely a herione to look up to. Being a victim is not in the cards for her and I love the passion she haves for the ones that she loves. It was fun to see her in this book in new environments, such as, the Winter Court (a.k.a. Unseelie Court) which is vastly different than the Summer Court (a.k.a. Seelie Court). We can an upclose and personal view of Mab the Unseelie Queen and her horrible personality (which is quite fun).

Fans of the Meghan-Ash-Puck love triangle will not be disappointed in this book. There are alot of sweet and heart breaking moments for the two leading men. It is only at the end will there be some kind of conclusion (*wink *wink).

The Iron Fey continue to play a pivotle role in the growing war between the courts, but some are not as bad as you think. Alliances will change with many surprises.

I can't wait to read the next one, which is patiently sitting in my bookshelf ready to be dived into. Until, next time...Happy Reading!!!!

Cover Art: This series has the most beautiful covers. It also helps that this one is in purple, which such a pretty color. I love how they kept the same model as the first, and she really makes the front shine!!!

Reading Order:
The Iron King
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
The Iron Knight
Untitled #5

Teaser Tuesdays- (27)

Hey guys its another wonderful Tuesday...if you don't know what Teaser Tuesday is about here is a refresher:

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
"If you want me to attend classes as a student, I can do that. If you want to move to a large city to pursue your dreams, I will follow. And if, someday, you wish to be married in a white gown and make this official in human eyes, I am willing to do that, too."

-pg. 14 "The Iron Queen" by Julie Kagawa


Monday, May 2, 2011

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Released Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: Hardcover (441 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Delirium #1
Genre: Dystopian
Author Website: http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/
Overall Rating: (4 out of 5 stars)

Description: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.


Book Trailer:


Memorable Quotes:

"I love you. Remember. They cannot take it."

"You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes."

"I'd rather die my way than live yours."

"The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well.
- Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh"


My Musings: I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book. Ever since The Hunger Games has been released, there seems to be an influx of dystopian romances being released. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the book (cuz nothing beats The Hunger Games), but I was willing to try this out. I was not disappointed.

Who would have ever thought that LOVE can be a disease you can cure with a procedure?? Apparently, in this book it can. The characters are really easy going and easy to love. Alex, the love interest, is very adorable, and the best friend Hanna kind of reminds me of my outgoing personality. It was easy for me to feel sorry for Lena, who has struggled so much in this crazy judgemental society. She is almost an outcast in a way to the rest of the town. It is through her relationships with Alex and Hanna that truly keep you going.

The only reason I gave this book a 4/5 stars was because of Lena. There were several moments in the story where I just wanted to strangle her. She kept saying she was too scared to do a particular thing, and the next scene she goes ahead and does it. Just make up your mind. Its ok to be scared but gets some courage and do something about it.

Overall, I am really happy with the story. The writing styles is smooth, and the ending left you wanting more. I love cliffhangers!!!

Cover Art: This an amazing cover. First of all, it is in my favorite color: TEAL!!! If you have the hardcover addition, when you remove the flap, you can see the full view of the girl's face on the otherside. The picture is gorgeous.

Reading Order:
Delirium
Pandemonium
Requiem

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