31 October 2011

Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Book: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Pages: 453
Publisher: HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Borrowed
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

First there are nightmares.

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.

Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Dear Courtney,

I think I have an author crush on you... I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU (in the way one loves an author).

Now, before you think I'm a stalker and call the cops, please read my reasons as to why I'm so in love with you:

29 October 2011

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 391
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Bought
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. 

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. 

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
You know, when I hear the words, "Hush, hush", I think of peace, tranquility, soft whispers, all that good stuff. This title is MISLEADING. Hush, Hush was everything BUT those things! (Well, maybe except for those soft, sensual whispers from Patch...)

27 October 2011

Follow Friday [10/27/11]

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Oh gosh. Lord knows I haven't done one of these in forever! Well, I guess better late than never. :)

This week's question:

Q:  If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

25 October 2011

23 October 2011

In My Mailbox [10/23/11]

This week, in my mailbox, I got:

For Review (Thank you Netgalley!) --

Dearly, Departed  by Lia Habel
I'm already starting DD! I'm 11% done... 
Between the Sea and Sky  by Jaclyn Dolamore
This cover looks so pretty it's ridiculous. ♥

For promoting and distributing and such --

Dark Eden swag pack (!!)

I didn't even know I was going to get this in the mail, talk about awesome sauce! The swag pack contained the following: one bookmark, 10 Fear Test CDs, one shirt, and this thing that looks like a necklace to hold your keys (I can't think of the name off the top of my head, sorry!)
What did you guys get in your mailbox?

20 October 2011

Review: Beautiful by Amy Reed

Book: Beautiful by Amy Reed
Pages: 232
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Borrowed
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie’s chance to stop being invisible and become the kind of girl who’s worth noticing.

Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined…one moment, one choice, changes everything.

Cassie’s new existence both thrills and terrifies her. Swept into a world of illicit parties and social landmines, she sheds her virginity, embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, and floats through it all, knowing that she is now called beautiful. She ignores the dangers of her fast-paced life…but she can’t sidestep the secrets and the cruelty.

Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.

I read Clean by Amy Reed and I loved it. For some reason, I couldn't get into this book unlike I had with Clean, but nonetheless, it was still great.

17 October 2011

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Book: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Pages: 470
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: ARC won (long ago) and signed
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing. 

Before I Fall is beautiful, gritty, and powerful.

15 October 2011

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Book: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Pages: 342
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC (Thanks to Michael!)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.
Carrier of the Mark was an enjoyable, although predictable, read for me with its refreshing mythology that makes it stand out in the sea of angels, vampires, werewolves, etc.

12 October 2011

Waiting on Wednesday [10/12/11]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine.

So this week, I was waiting for... 

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?

09 October 2011

In My Mailbox [10/9/11]

Hosted by The Story Siren

This week, I got...

For Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Trade: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
What did you guys get in your mailbox?

08 October 2011

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages: 281
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: Bought
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. 

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. 
Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Vampire Academy much, Jennifer? Really?

05 October 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Book: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Pages: 452
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

 A very vague, yet intriguing summary as well as this gorgeous cover, just who the hell is Mara Dyer?

02 October 2011

In My Mailbox [10/2/11]

Hosted by The Story Siren.

For Review:
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman (Thank you, Michael!)
Going Underground by Susan Vaught (Total surprise, thanks to Kate!)
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Yay! Thank you Tara!)
Halo and Hades by Alexandra Adornetto (Once again, many thanks to Tara!)

Bought on Kindle: [Not pictured]
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Got this for $3.99 on Kindle. Good deal, I believe. WOO HOO!)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (I think I have the Hype curse or something... All the books people rave and love are the ones I don't rave and love. ::sad face:: I really wished that I liked this more. Poo. Review coming soon.)

Borrowed: [Not pictured]
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Read, loved, and reviewed!)

What did you guys get in your mailbox?

01 October 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Book: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Pages: 476
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Source: Library
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

So, I must admit, I'm not much of a fan of The Mortal Instruments series... *Ducks behind a gigantic rock for cover against the crazy fan attacks* I did like the first book, but I lost interest midway into the second book about a year ago. However, a certain book called Clockwork Angel managed to catch my eye at the library lately, and just for the heck of it, I rented it to see if my interest in the Shadowhunters could be rekindled.