Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year Approaches --- What's your top 5 favorite books of 2011? What are you expecting in 2012?

Well, guys we only have one day left in 2011. Can you believe? So much stuff has happened in my life, probably in yours. Around the world! I read sooo many good books this year. To be honest, I can't even give a exact number as to how many I've read, and that's including books assigned to me from school. But! I do have books that I love, books that I've read more than once over the year. There my top 5 favorite picks of '11.

1. Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels series. [ I have mentioned before I believe that these books are - gold! I love every character, love the dialogue. If I could marry, you'd receive an invitation.]

2. Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson series. [ Now, I know these books aren't exactly new; but I didn't attempt to read them until this year. And, I enjoyed it! By far, Percy is my favorite character. I can't wait for more adventures. Check it out if you haven't already.]

3. Stephanie Perkins - Anna and the French Kiss/ Lola and the Boy Next Door. [ For a good half of 2011, everyone raved about Perkins' Anna & the F.K, so of course I had to check it out. And, I admit though I do have minor issues with the books, mainly my own problem I very much enjoyed this book. Looking forward to her third one coming out next year.]

4. Rachel Hawkins - Hex Hall/Demonglass. [ I'm dying here waiting for the third book - Spellbound. Sophie is my favorite character and who can resist Archer? It's nothing new this plot, but Hawkins makes it work with Sophie and Archer's sarcastic dialogue and pop culture references. It's like she's speaking to my soul. O-O]

5. Suzanne Collins - Hunger Games trilogy. [ EVERYONE whose EVERYONE has to know about these book. I love how the books was all about this effed up society where people find enjoyment watching kids - excuse my language- beat the shit out of each other. I was like, whatttttt? There's hints of romance but it's not the main focus. How often do you find that in a YA Dystopian book? Anyone?


For 2012, there are continuations of books that I'm waiting for. I don't want to go into them here because honestly, it's a bit too much. haha.
Anyway, what's your top 5 books of the year? And, what books are you waiting for in 2012?

I know I haven't been consisten in doing book reviews, but life decided to butt in a few times. I'll try to be more active in the book community in 2012. But, thank you to everyone who decided to follow me here, and all those who take the time to read my reviews. I'll see you guys in the next year...

WHOOOOOO~ *spreads new year joy and passes out milk/cookies* :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Book Review #10 and # 11 [Virals/Seizure by Kathy Reichs]



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Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever. 

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent. 

Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They are Virals.

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I have returned with not one- but two that's right TWO book reviews in one post! Today I'm review a new favorite series of mine "Virals" by Kathy Reichs.  This happens to be Ms. Reichs very first YA book, if your not familiar with her other works; she is the author of the  series  which inspired the hit-TV show "Bones."

Now, let's start with the first of the series- Virals. Here we are introduced to our heroine - Tory Brennan. Tory is a spunky, loyal, independent, and fierce 14- year old. Alongside we have her best friends; Shelton - the techie of the group, Ben - the silent strength and Hiram (or Hi) - the sarcastic funny man. Tory and the gang lives on a secluded island with their parents. Now, one day during their frequent "explorer" missions they stubble upon an experiment being done on an island animal, one that they happen to know. His name is Cooper - half-dog half wolf - Coop becomes and EXTREMELY important character in the story as he is the reason for the gang's biological change. Without prior knowledge the gang becomes infected with an airborne disease that Cooper has. Thus starting their change from normal teenagers to half-human half wolf beings.

Now, you may be asking "Do they turn into wolves?" Well, I wasn't going to say..but I will. The answer is no. Which when you think about it is pretty awesome, because I mean how cliche would that be, right? 

The plot of the story consists around Cooper and the kids discovering and uncovering hidden secrets in their hometown/island. They learn to deal with their newfound abilities by helping each other. In the end, there is a big fight between the Virals and the  "bad guy" where you get to see the gang in action using their half-wolf side. But, we also get to see a solid peek into the foundation within the group as well.

Onto book # 2 - Seizure!



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Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack. But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it. 

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can't believe her luck - buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren't the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals' special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . .

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In book number two the Virals are faced with a serious problem. They are being separated! You can imagine how scary this is for them, considering their change they need each other more than ever. So, of course Tory Brennan is on the case. When they learn about a legend on the island and treasure that is lost. Tory sees it as a chance to not only save her family but the pack as well. Now, to be honest when reading you'd feel as it's a bit far-fetched. But, that's the beauty of it! 

Their are "OMG" moments when the Virals secrets are so damn close to being discovered; we even get a glimpse of the Virals having bumps in the road mainly the boys v.s Tory. But, in the end (thankfully) they come back together as one. No matter what their connected and can never really leave one another. What I was a bit giddy about is we see feelings bubbling over from time to time between Tory and Ben. But, nothing to serious. I really REALLY hope their relationship develops more as the books continue.  

Seizure is a great follow up to Virals - I'm shaking with excitement for the third book in the series "Code" coming soon!

Quote:

Virals“Baravetto was unconscious when we found him," Hi said. "What'd you do to the guy?" 
"Kicked him in the balls, then brained him with a rolling pin. Twice.”


 Seizure"I don't wanna (listen)! You'll start talking, and pretty soon we'll all start nodding, and then the next thing you know, I'm hang gliding off the Eiffel Tower at midnight, being chased by ninja vampires!" 


Rating: 5/5 (for both)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review #9 [Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire]




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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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REVIEW TIME! First I want to say - sorry for being absent. But, you guys know how it is. Life and all that. Anyway, I've come back with a new book review of a new genre! It's Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire.

OMG. OMG. 

^That alone explains my reaction to this book. oh wait and this.... WHAT?

We have our two protagonists. Abby and Travis. AND OH LORD....JUST *HEADS EXPLODES*

I can't or won't rather reveal stuff about these two, because the synopsis up top there, says it all. And, please excuse my language. BUT HOLY SHIT THESE TWO ARE CRAZYYYY. Weird review right? But, trust me on this guys, when I say you will 95% likely feel the exact same way when or if you read this. 
Abby and Travis are such a destructive couple. They go through so much between each other; with all the misunderstandings, not admitting to their own feelings. 
I mean, people there are instances where you have to step back and be like..."Really, now? What the hell?" But, not exactly in a bad way. 

They have a lot of obstacles, though when I say that you may think "Oh, you mean like people coming between them?" 
Well...no not necessarily. The obstacles are created by Abby and Travis themselves. The side characters and best friends to our main - Shepley and America - are really good in helping the two come together. 

I'll be honest the plot of the book is nothing new and has been done a hundred times over. 

BUT! There is just something that keeps you from closing the book, from putting it down (to be honest I think it mostly has to do with Travis..but whatever lol).

If your looking for a hot steamy, UTTERLY frustrating but quite a page turner of a contemporary/chick lit romance. This is your book.
Rating: 5/5



Saturday, November 26, 2011


This Friday's Question:

When You're Not Reading: What occupies your time 
when your nose isn't stuck in a book?

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Mmmm...well. I'm usually doing homework since I'm a student in college or I'm watching television. Sometimes I don't have time to watch my favorite shows so I try to just catch up on recent missed episodes. There are other times when I go with old high school classmates, I mean usually or occasionally we talk to each other on Facebook; and then we try and make plans or something to meet up. I actually did that today. XD. We went to go see Breaking Dawn, even stopped at Barnes and Noble. LOL. I made her buy one of my favorite UF books, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Now, I'll just wait for her thoughts on it.

If I'm not doing any of that ^.....I'm usually sleeping. A human version of a sloth. For real. LOL

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

Just wanted to say Happy Turkey Day to everyone! Enjoy spending time with your families and eating all that good food. I haven't been active as a late, but I'll be back around Saturday..maybe. haha.
But, anyway. Be safe everyone!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wicked Winter Read-a-thon


Here comes another read-a-thon!  
Hosted by: Rebecca @ Kindle Fever, April @ My Shelf Confessions
click here for more info! Let's go go!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book Review #8 [Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins]



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Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
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Yo ho ho! Hey everyone! Here I am with a new review! This time it's Stephanie Perkins' second novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Let's start off with our main characters, shall we? First we have Lola, our spunky plucky oh-so fashionable heroine. Lola is an independent young woman, who loves to express herself through fashion. At let me tell you it's never a dull moment for Lola when it comes to what outfit she wears today. From the wigs to the shoes, it's a show-stopper. Along with her plans to have THE best outfit at her school dance and her bad-boy boyfriend Max, everything in Lola's life is perfect. Until, the Bell twins return!

Now, Lola had history of course with the Bell Twins. But, the one she's most worried about? Cricket Bell.

*GUSHES AND SWOONS* Can I say that I LOVE Cricket? Can I please get a Cricket Bell for Christmas, Santa? Cricket is a gifted inventor, just as creative and innovative as Lola is. He's adorable, thoughtful, sweet, fidgety, imaginative, a bit nerdy...I can go on and on. Basically? Cricket is the man.Throughout the story, we have Lola battling her past feelings for Cricket creeping back in now that he's back with her current connection with Max. Lola is no way perfect, and she makes a lot of mistakes.

Now, if I had to say I only liked Lola when she was with Cricket. I know, I know weird right? But, it's true. Lola at times got me a bit irritated and the only time I could truly stand her even a bit is when she's with Cricket. We have side characters have Lola's parents, Cricket's twin sister andddd two familiar characters from S. Perkins' first book. *hint-wink*

Suffice to say the book is still really good. So, if your a fan of contemporary YA romance, or even of S. Perkins' previous book, the companion to this one - Anna and the French Kiss - you'll enjoy this.


Rating: 3.5/5

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2011 Goodreads Choice Awards

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Goodreads Choice Awards!

You have three chances to vote during the month of November:

Opening Round: October 31 – November 13, 2011
Voting open to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book (the fine print).

Semifinals: November 14 – November 20, 2011
The top 5 write-in votes in each category become official nominees. You can vote for one of the now 20 nominees in each category. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.

Finals: November 21 – November 30, 2011
The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and you have one last chance to vote.

Winners will be announced in December. Thanks for voting! Click here!
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Oh wow. A Goodreads Choice Awards? Cool. My first time participating, I already placed my votes for the opening rounds. You should too, join in!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hunger Games Movieeee!


Okay so I've been on top of this from the beginning. I've had my doubts during casting time, still do. But, it's all said and done.
I'm excited. I really am, and I hope...I HOPE that this movie doesn't suck as bad the Twilight movies do. No offense to you Twi-hards out there, but I mean in all honesty Hunger Games is much better. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  .
Anyhoo, you can count this post as a pre-introduction to the coming book reviews of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins!


This Friday's Question:

Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre? 
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  Twilight was - believe it or not - the very first book I bought. When it came to books I only read them if they were assigned to me in school, never for leisurely pleasure like now. I had never read any young adult books or YA books of a supernatural twist in general. I loved Twilight I did. The idea of it all. Forbidden love. *swoon*. Albeit now I don't so much. Even so, I'm grateful in a way because if it wasn't for the hype of Twilight I often read or heard about I'd probably would have never started my own book blog, let alone leading me to actual like going to the book store. The horror!




Hunger Games! -screams- This series my dear friends is what got me started on - even now- one of my favorite genres. YA dystopian! I, absolutely LOVED the idea of a young adult dystopian book. To be honest, I never heard of it before this book. (I was a serious noobie, please have mercy on my ignorance then.) I was caught up in the world of Panem, the struggles Katniss and the others had to go through. The thought of one normal, average girl inadvertently changing her world.

Another book would be:

Mercy Thompson Series - it got me interested in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance genre. One of my favorite genres and series. (Where's my book # 7 Patricia Briggs?!)



What about you guys? What book got you interested in a new genre?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review #7 [Divergent by Veronica Roth]



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Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.


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'Ello all. How are you? I, come bearing another book review for you! Today it's no other than Divergent by Veronica Roth!

Now, I'm sure you guys have heard of this book. I mean if you haven't..I think someone's been living under a rock. Hmm?



We begin with our female protagonist, Beatrice who lives in dystopia Chicago. In here, everything is separated by valued morals or factions. We have the Cantor- which hold honesty above all. Abnegation - selflessness. Amity- kindness. Erudite- knowledge. And, Dauntless- courage. Beatrice has lived in the Abnegation faction her entire life, but there comes a time in a child's life where they get the choice to stay where they are, or move to another faction. Now, this is a big deal because your choosing to move to another location all on your own at a young age or to stay in your hometown; where your safe and comfortable.

Surprisingly, Beatrice chooses to leave, and goes to Dauntless. She's not alone in leaving as her brother Caleb chooses to leave as well, but goes to Erudite instead. Now, let me briefly explain Dauntless. It is vicious. And, I'm not just saying that. The initiation stage Beatrice (or Tris- she changes her name with her leave) goes through is crazy!  Hand to Hand combat, facing your ultimate fear until you can't no more- just to name a few. 


What I like about Tris (which reminds me of Katniss from "Hunger Games") is that she's nothing special. She's a normal young woman trying to find her path in life. There are moments were she's weak, and there are moments were she is the bravest of them all. She's not easily swayed or taken advantage of.

Love Interest, you say? OF COURSE. His name is Four. Four is similar to what I think of Tris, he's nothing special either. But, when they find each other you begin to see that they start to fill the empty spots in each other, trust each other, and eventually fall for one another. In the faction they live in it's basically you above everyone else. It's hard to trust anyone....you might end up getting a fork in your eye while your sleeping. 


I like Tris and Four, but I'm not sure where I can put them in my "butt-kicking heroine/hero" list. /shrug.  But, their there...somewhere. 

Now, obviously we have the conspiracy plot in the story, and it's up to Tris and Four to save everyone. I can't say anymore than that, without giving away the whole damn plot, u know?

Divergent is a fun read, esp. if your a huge of Hunger Games (like I am), I believe you'll enjoy this book very much. Another reason I think this book is enjoyable is that we don't get some loveline shoved down our throats; that irks me sooo much. Doesn't it irk you? It has love in it, but it focuses more on a transformation of a young girl living a difficult world.


Rating: 4.8/5


Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Arrival!

Hey guys! I'm writing this post from my nook color and is damn difficult. lol. Anyway, I got a new book today, fresh off the shelves! It's Maggie Stiefvater newest book, The Scorpio Races! I have heard so many good reviews about it, but I was still iffy on whether I should get it. But, i got anyway. Haha. I can't wait to get into, so you can be sure to expect a review of it soon!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Review #6 [Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep]







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My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .
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Enter a new book review! I will be reviewing an ongoing series by paranormal author Jennifer Estep. This is something new for Estep, as this will mark her actual first YA novel. Let's start shall we? 
We are introduced to our main girl Gwen Frost. She attends the mystical Mythos Academy. A boarding school for those who descend from ancient mystical beings. Yes, you heard me. There are Valkyries, Amazons, Spartans, etc. Gwen has a power of her own, she's a Gypsy. She has the ability to know a person and/or objects history just by touching it. Can you imagine her life? 
We are with Gwen has she deals with sudden lost in her family. New school, death in the family, not so special power compared to the other students. I'd be a negative Nancy too. But, good enough we don't get a full on teen angst from Gwen. She's strong and she works through it one step at a time.
Along, with Gwen we are introduced to Logan Quinn and Daphne. Logan (lovee him) is a Spartan, while Daphne is a Valkyrie. Even a "special" little guy named Vic, who I have to say even though he has a short appearance he's already my favorite character. Despite, the.....uh bloodthirsty problem he has....yeah.
Anyway, they all become valuable help in solving the mysterious death of a popular student at Mythos. Secrets get exposed, Revenge is sought after and so on and so forth.
Touch of Frost is a good book to read, esp. if your interested in the Greek Myth. I can't wait for the second book Kiss Of Frost!

Quote excerpt: "...this gypsy girl happens to have a grandma who can curse you so bad that your dick will fall off, so watch your step."

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Book Review #5 [Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter]



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Cammie Morgan is back, and it's clear that her life hasn't calmed down since the events of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie's elite spy school, is hosting a visit from the Ethan Frome Academy, a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys' arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school's top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school. Girl sleuths with nice asides on youthful crushes.


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And, were back with another installment of the Gallagher Girl series book #2! 

We return back to Cammie's life after her not so satisfying ending with dear old Josh. But, that doesn't mean the obstacles stop there! A new secret is revealed in book number 2~ Blackthorn Academy! What? What is this school? Is it similar to Cammie's school? Well, the answer is yes....and no. But don't worry! I'm not revealing anything serious, because the secret of this school won't be revealed until later in the series. 


Similar, to the first book Cammie has to deal with boy problems again. I assure you though this guy is WAYYYYY better, trust me. His name is Zach. He's your typical annoying, over confident, arrogant yet charming I-can't-stop-thinking-about-you-and-it-drives-me-crazy type of guy. We find out he's similar to Cammie in more than one ways ;)
Zach drives Cammie up the walls, which drives them closer together. Along with their respective friends, they work together to deal with problems happening in Gallagher Academy. Questions get answered by more questions, which gets Cammie and us as readers questioning certain people's motives.

I mentioned in the review for the first book that the series gets better once you get to the second book, and it's true! Though I have to admit most of that is because of Zach (lol)





Rating: 5/5

Where have I been?!

Hey guys! Oy, it's been awhile since I've written anything here. I've been real busy with papers for school..(you know =_=). But, anyway I will be posting a lot of entries over the weekend just to catch up. And, omg the read-a-thon started so I have to start on that too! Wish me luck!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wanna enter an YA e-pub giveaway?

Well, one of my favorite and first follow blogs (Book, Biscuits, & Tea) is hosting an awesome giveaway! For anyone with an e-reader or a computer (haha). It's a special treat for hitting her 100 follower mark (jealoussss =_=). There's 10 books up for grabs. Want more info? Well just click here and it will send you straight to her page; followed by instructions on how to enter. Good Luck!


Show & Tell: Where do you grab a book and get lost in it? Show us your favorite spot you like to read at.

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Well, when I have a good book or even my NOOK Color, the two places I relax and read them are my bedroom and my living room couch. But, to be really honest I don't really have a steady place. When I read I like quiet or just little nosy; as much as possible, you know? Because then I feel like I can't get into the book, if someone is watching TV while I'm reading. Wait...that's weird. I can have the TV on while I'm reading; it just has to be on mute and I have to be the only one in the room. (lol). 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

W...W...W... Wednesdays



hosted by shouldbereading@wordpress




---• What are you currently reading? 
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. It's really good so far, loving the main character Yelena and her other half Valek. Along with the trials, Yelena has to go through.


---• What did you recently finish reading?
Well, since money has been tight I haven't had a new book in awhile. But, the last book I've read was Never Have I ever by Sara Shepard.


---• What do you think you’ll read next?
I want to read Sweetly by Jackson Pierce. I've heard some good reviews on it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Review #4 [Moon Called by Patricia Briggs]


Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too. 

Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.

She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.

But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself ... and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.



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Okay, let me start off by saying , you will see these types of books on my blog.

What an amazing addition to the Urban Fantansy Genre! Patricia Briggs has officially become one of those authors I'll look out for. She's created an interesting world filled with werewolves, faes, vampires, etc.

Moon Called is about a young skinwalker/shapeshifter named Mercedes Thompson, Mercy for short. Mercy has the ablilty from birth to turn into a coyote at will. Mercy is a strong-willed and independent young woman living on her own, doing her own thing fixing cars. I really like her because it's rare for a YA/UNF female character to be so level-minded, not making stupid decisions left and right all the time. Mercy's not perfect, far from it. But, that just makes me love her even more.

Now, for the boys. Our main guy for this series and Mercy's companion/mate is Adam Hauptman. Adam. ADAM! OMG. He's the alpha of the local werepack. Man, is just...I don't even know. But, I LOVE HIM. Now, of course when it comes to anything Alpha, you have the typical domineering, overprotective, slightly crazy aspect but I mean what else do you expect from a guy who turns into a wolf and also has to look after other homicidal werewolves while controlling yourself. I'd be damn crazy myself! I adore his relationship with Mercy, how we get to see his subtle possessiveness over Mercy when another but familiar wolf comes into the picture.

Other important characters introduced that will show up again in the series is :

Stefan (Mercy's vamp friend) Warren (Adam's third in command) Bran (the head of all weres in America)Samuel (Mercy's old love interest/friend).

What I really liked about what Briggs did is that this book is not over the top. imo of course. We don't have all these unnecessary situations popping everywhere. This was a great start to the series and Mercy/Adam's relationship. It's pretty consistent. And, we also dive into the structures and dynamics of a were-pack, courtesy of Mercy. (she was raised by wolves..literally. XP) This isn't the only book, there are 3 or 4 books already released with more to come.

I totally recommend this book for any of you fellow urban fantasy/shapeshifter/werewolf lovers. I'll leave you with my a quote:

“A werewolf tossed me against a giant packing crate while I was trying to rescue a frightened young girl who'd been kidnapped by an evil witch and a drug lord.” ― Patricia BriggsMoon Called

Rating: 5/5


Monday, October 10, 2011

Non-Book Post

Hey Guys :) This is something new, a "non-book post" where I just discuss something interesting that happened to me.

So, today I went down to Times Square to the MTV studios for a mini-concert. It was of foreign artists from South Korea, more mostly know as KPOP. It's rare for them to come here, and since I'm really into them I HAD to go see them. Overall, I won't make this a long post. So here's the rundown:

- Got on line waited for hours. Feet and Back hurt
- MTV needs to be more organized..

-Was unable to get in studio EVEN THOUGH my name was on the list...(eyeing you MTV..>.>)
-Watched the show from outside on the big screen

-the groups that came were great and VERY adorable. esp. the boys

Highlight of the whole day? I MET HUGH JACKMAN AND HE GAVE A HIGH FIVE. yup, that was good.

p.s  if your intrested in why I like KPOP check this video out: GD&TOP - Knock Out
there are MANY MANY groups, these two are unit duo from one of my favs.
don't knock until you try it! Tell me if you like or not!

Friday, October 7, 2011



To-Be-Read's: How big is your pile? Which book keeps getting pushed down the stack, but you keep meaning to read it?


(my first TGIF post. yay!)
-- To be quite honest, my pile isn't as big as I would like it to be. I have a bookshelf, but my mom takes over the first two shelves; while I have the next two. I have one shelf filled, the other is slowly but surely getting there. The problem is space, I don't have as much as I want in my room. =_= But, I don't know hopefully I'll get there soon. haha.

Joining a Read-a-thon!

So, yea just as the title says. I've decided to join a read-a-thon. I've never done one before so I think it'll be fun.
I got the idea from Vicky @books,biscuits& tea.

It's called the "Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon" created by Hosts: Bex @ Kindle Fever, Amanda @ Letters Inside Out, April @ My Shelf Confessions.   Going from October 21st-Oct23rd


The theme is Halloween of course, and as luck would have it. It's not restricted to just Halloween-themed books. For more info click here. I'm hoping I stick with this well.

Book Review #3 [I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter]

Hey, guys. I'm back and this time with a new book review!


Today I will be reviewing the first book of the Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter.






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The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women lives up to its name. Not only does this exclusive boarding school teach advanced language skills and correct deportment; its students also master the arts of tapping phones, hacking into computers, and spying in public places. At school, second-generation Gallagher Girl Cammie Morgan has impeccable credentials: She is fluent in 14 languages and able to kill an assailant in seven different ways. But recently life has dealt Cammie a card that she never anticipated: She has fallen in love with an ordinary boy who knows nothing about her exotic double life. A truly covert romance.






"I'd Tell You I Love You But..." by Ally Carter is the first book in this action-packed series. It follows the life of Cammie Morgan, a spy in training. Along with her close friends -- kick-ass Bex, genius Liz, and outcast Macey; these four girls are trouble waiting to happen. We are first introduced to the girls and the Gallagher Academy itself. We find out that it's a boarding school for girls in disguise (as it should be..) headed by Rachel Morgan; who happens to be Cammie's mom. We get introduced to interesting teacher characters in the story as well. My favorite, which I'm sure will be yours to if you checked out the book, is Joe Solomon. *swoon* Anytime Joe shows up I fall in love with him even more. Albeit, he is older than the girls (and myself..lol) he still manages to swoon even the toughest. Now, of course I won't go into the actual plot and premise of the story. But, we see our star girl Cammie face on of her toughest challenges as a female spy..her first boyfriend. Josh. He's a sweet and caring boy, but just how will Cammie pull this off without revealing her biggest secret? Trust me, when I say she does a lot. It's quite funny how she goes about this as well. [hint: going through someone's trash can definitely tell you a lot about them] Now, you can just imagine the ups and downs Cammie and her friends go through to make this a successful, shall I say..mission?


This first book is just the stepping stone in the series, and intro as it should be. If your looking for a good feel book with easy going characters, this is the book. I will say this, though as the story goes on and an actual plot comes along IT GETS EVEN BETTER. But....that's a review for another day. XD




Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I've been gone, I know =_=

I promised reviews from my previous post, and I promise they will come. But, as you know life is busy-busy. School started since my last post on this blog and I've been dealing with the new classes. Also, with other life issue things. I've also been trying to come up with a few things to upgrade or spice up my blog a little. They won't be put into effect just yet, but gradually. Anyhoo, a review is coming your way...very soon. :) Until then!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Upcoming Book Reviews


These are the books I will be posting reviews for soon.
1. Gallagher Girls Spy Novel #1-#4 by Ally Carter
2. Heist Society/Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
3. Sister by Rosamund Lupton
4. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels series) by Ilona Andrews
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
-UNTIL THEN-

Future Reading Plans


Hey, guys. Okay so school starts on the Sept 8th for me. Meaning, it’s back to being busy. But, that does not mean I’m giving up on my reading (hardback and e-book). I’ve scanned through goodreads and a couple of book blogs/vlogs I tend to check out to see if there are some books right now worth checking out. And, these are the ones I’ve chose: (though they may change along time..)
1. SWEETLY  by Jackson Pierce
Synopsis:  [SWEETLY is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel and a companion book to SISTERS RED.
Twelve years ago, Gretchen, her twin sister, and her brother went looking for a witch in the forest. They found something. Maybe it was a witch, maybe a monster, they aren’t sure—they were running too fast to tell. Either way, Gretchen’s twin sister was never seen again.
Years later, after being thrown out of their house, Gretchen and Ansel find themselves in Live Oak, South Carolina, a place on the verge of becoming a ghost town. They move in with Sophia Kelly, a young and beautiful chocolatier owner who opens not only her home, but her heart to Gretchen and Ansel.
Yet the witch isn’t gone—it’s here, lurking in the forests of Live Oak, preying on Live Oak girls every year after Sophia Kelly’s infamous chocolate festival. But Gretchen is determined to stop running from witches in the forest, and start fighting back. Alongside Samuel Reynolds, a boy as quick with a gun as he is a sarcastic remark, Gretchen digs deeper into the mystery of not only what the witch is, but how it chooses its victims. Yet the further she investigates, the more she finds herself wondering who the real monster is, and if love can be as deadly as it is beautiful.]
2. THE THIRTEENTH by G.L Twynham
Synopsis: [Imagine starting at the end and finishing back at the beginning. This is the story of a teenage girl called Valerie Saunders who is about to be thrown through time and space. Being bestowed with abilities beyond her wildest nightmares, she discovers that she not only has to deal with turning eighteen, her first job and an unwanted tattoo, but also magical powers and intense urges to fall in love. She envisaged she would spend her life blending into the scenery, not blowing it up! Val has a calling, but which side is dialling her number? ]
3. SHUT OUT by  Kody Keplinger (author of “The DUFF”)
Synopsis : [Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention. Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.]
4. Lola and the Boy Next Door  by Stephanie Perkins (author of  ”Anna and the French Kiss”)
Synopsis : [ Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door]

Okay, so there’s four books. I gave you a summary of them, to get the jist of what exactly I’ll be reading. I still have more I wanna check it out, but I need to sort through first before I add them to the list; which I will be making a separate post of.
-summaries from goodreads-

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