Thursday, August 30, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Source: Review Copy
Published: first published September 27th 2011
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When Jo finds a lone glass slipper on the night of the royal ball, she realises that there is more to the seemingly ordinary object than meets the eye. Searching for its owner, she is led to the palace where the princess sets her on a journey that thrusts her into an unexpected world of magic and illusions. It soon becomes clear that there is a lot more to her mission as she discovers startling secrets about her past and struggles to embrace her destiny.
My thoughts on The Other Slipper:
Kenechi, I thank you very much for surprising me with such a great book!
Stependous retelling of what happens after Cinderella is found to be the wearer of the glass slipper. Except it's not about Cinderella. Oh no. It's about an awkward gawky girl named Jo. Where Jo lives everyone is short, so Jo and her family literally stick out like sore thumbs, which only resorts in making Jo even more awkward and clumsy. Even though she has no friends other then her cousin and brothers and even though she's clumsy and tends to knock over things she tries. Personally, I'm short (only 5ft tall ) and not in the least bit clumsy but I really felt I could relate to Jo. I think I would have felt the same if I was charged with the return of this powerful object. Return it and get back home as quickly as possible.
When I first started the book and I got to the point where the Fairy Godmother tells Jo that she must be the one to return the slippers back to it's owner I thought I knew where this story was going but as I kept reading I noticed that no I didn't. There was great adventure interlaced perfectly with magic, cocky riding companions (at last if you ask Jo ), and mystery. There was an equal share of them all and for that I am grateful (too much of one thing is never good unless it's the main point). I was never bored or felt the need to put it down even once, which is a good thing because I can get bored very easily and very quickly.
Favorite part without spoilers? When she finally finds out who the slippers really belong to. I can just imagine her expression throughout this discovery and it makes me laugh.
Overall, would I recommend The Other Slipper? Yes I would! This is the kind of book that is perfect for everyone. Even more perfect for young girls. I am more then excited to read the sequel. Because there will be a sequel....right? Right?!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
When a strange wolf's teeth slash Cheyenne's ankle to the bone, her old life ends, and she becomes the
Yet as the line between human and beast blurs, so too does the distinction between hunter and hunted . . .
One thing I did like? The way the transformation is described. Very vivid and I could just imagine seeing it in real life how stunning it would be.
Would I recommend this book? No. Finished it because I hate not finishing books but not a book I would ever pick up again. *Rated M for mature scenes*
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Source: Review Copy
Format: Paperback, 250 pages
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Only 18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to Los Angeles to replace another angel whose "assignment" was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley's celebrity crush in life.
While exposed to Cannon's selfish, judgmental behavior and his reckless, rock-and-roll lifestyle, Ashley is far from meeting the requirements of a true guardian angel. She misses her family and friends. Will she ever be able to accept her own death? What will she do when she jeopardizes her position as an angel and Cannon's physical safety by falling in love with him?
My Thoughts on Amateur Angel:
Amateur Angel is exactly what I expected which can be both a good and a bad thing depending on who your talking to.
Predictability can either ways. For me it both ways. It was good in the sense that I would never get annoyed by how little I knew and bad in the sense that I knew wayyy to much as far as how the story would pan out.
Ahley is a pretty cool character who accidentally becomes a guardian angel right ning with her her sense of what is right and wrong.She is the typical teenager who has the typical crush on the super famous rock star. She could be one of those high school friends I talk to in homeroom in high school but never really kept in contact with. Cannon is also pretty typical except for his volunteering. boy rock star who happens to be unhappy even thoug hhe has everything he could ever want. I did feel bad for him because he IS so unhappy with everything he has.
I would have loved a a little more action (the kind where his life might be in danger and she has to qickly learn how to save it) and a little less her knocking things over but it was funny nonetheless. Most hilarious part that had my jaw hurting? When Cannon takes a girl back to his house and the girl thinks something bit her! Now I can't say more then that or I'll spoil it but trust me it is funny!
Would I recommend this book to you? Sure. I mean this is only my humble opinion on this book, who knows it might turn out to be your favorite!
*Rated M for 18+)
Author: Trisha Leigh
Source: Review Copy
Format: Paperback, 388 pages
Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.
The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes.
Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.
It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.
And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Source: I own a copy.
Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. That is, until he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth. Assigned as Watchers while they await their decision of which angelic order to serve, the three assume the bodies of teenagers and experience life as human.
The sensations are overwhelming as the angels experience a host of human emotions—rage, terror, love—and come ever closer to breaking one of the unbreakable rules—never fall in love.
But being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia; a peace Azza seems bent on destroying.
Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces and Azza, and fighting against his rising emotional attachment to Demi, Mikayel must now decide how much he is willing to sacrifice for his new found love—a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.
I was very intrigued by this book mainly because the first in this series, Lacrimosa was just coming out and I had read so many good things by it. It's a good lesson on their history. That being said I definitely sympathized with Mikayel and Demi. Love as strong as that is impossible to ignore let alone give up!
Really enjoyed it and am excited to read the rest in the series!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Author: Richelle Mead
Source: I own a copy.
The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?
Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
This was a very emotional book for me. I mean Rose is off to hunt for Dimitri to kill him. I mean would any of us be able to do that? Kill the person we love? Nope. There were so many parts of this book that had me on the verge of tears.
I loved when she meets Dimitiri's family. His grandmum was a kick!
I can't tell you enough to read this series if you haven't already. It is a fabulous vampire series. I am more then confident that you will not be disappointed. And no the vamps don't sparkle. :D
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Author: Chelsea Cameron
Published: February 11th 2012 by Createspace
Source: Blog Tour Review Copy
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Goodreads Synopsis of Nocturnal:
Seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan's mother is dying. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that her greatest solace comes from someone who's already dead.
Peter Hart saves her one night in a graveyard from an attacker just as strange as he is, and now Ava can't stop thinking about him. She wants to see him again – even after he warns her he's dangerous, and she begins to realize what he is. Her best friends don't know anything about death, but Peter does, intimately. He's waiting for her the next night she comes to the cemetery, and the next...
But their growing bond comes up against a promise Peter made a long time ago, a promise that could destroy them both. Now Ava has to decide just what she's willing to give up to hold onto the one thing that could last forever.
My Thoughts on Nocturnal:
Never have I read a book quite like Nocturnal. From beginning to end it definitely was not what I expected.
Ava and Peter are two characters that are truly unique. Ava is a strong high school student that has had to deal with a Cancer sick mother for a few years now. She is trying to deal with the loss that her mother is alsmost guaranteed to make in about six months. The schock of it all is what leads her to meet our mysterious Peter. Peter is a unique creature. He is a different sort of vampire that actually needs the sun! :O right!? He has killed others before but something about Ava stops him from killing her (although he very much wants to). I couldn't exactly empathize with Ava or Peter because I have been blessed enough to have never lost anyone the way Peter has or see someone slowly dying as Ava has with her mother but I can sympathize with them both. Their struggles and loss pull emotions from you that you have not even remembered you had (they sure did me).
I like the uniquness that was Peter, who as I said wasn't your typical vampire but something else completely. It was written in such a great way that I sometimes don't see from Indie Authors. When I imagined Ava and Peter and all the other characters I could see them clearly as if they were standing in front of me. Appreciated very much the fact that Peter when he spoke I could almost here his early century way of speaking.
The first third part of the book (up to 33% because I took note) was concentrated on the fact that her mother is sick. Peter is mentioned about a handful of times (give or take a few) which thouroughly confused me because I sincerly thought this book was about Peter and Ava. After that it was all about Ava and Peter. Confusing.
Overall, I would not mind reading on in the series to see what happens to these intriguing characters. I liked the book but it did not make my top favorites.
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I've Rated Nocturnal:(3/5)
Goodreads Synopsis of Nightmare:
Ava-Claire Sullivan's first mistake was becoming vampire Peter Mackintire's personal blood bank. Her second mistake was falling in love with him.
Now it's Ava's job to make sure he never loves her in return. A pact Peter made nearly a hundred years ago means loving someone will kill him. If she can figure out how to free him from his promise, it might kill her, make her immortal, or lead to the love she wants so badly.
But if she doesn't, at best, her heart will break…and at worst, Peter will die.
My Thoughts on Nightmare:
In this sequel to Nocturnal we see that Peter and Ava are trying their hardest not to fall in love with each other because it is life or death for Peter if he does. Thats a hard thing not to do. Not fall in love? It's like trying to keep a chocoholic from eating in chocolate!
In this instance I can sympathize with Ava because Peter continues to be great. He is there whenh she most needs him to help deal with the saddness that comes about when she thinks about losing her mother or when Iven shows up to wreak havoc. We can see her trying to take advantage of the time she has with her mum during the day and at night learns about Peter. I wouldn't say she's given up on her mother but she's more resolved about her mother going away. With Peter she is stubbornly trying to find a way for him to be released from Di's promise and bind. True love always has to find a way am I right.
The ending I did not expect! Good going Chelsea, you have surprised me and I am almost never surprised with endings! No I can't tell you what happens but I do suggest you read it. This ending I have to admit has me much more anxious to continue the series then the first did. I'd like to guess as to what will happen in the third book I have a strong feeling that I'll be proved wrong.
The writing is still beautiful. The issues with her mother and Peter are evenly balanced out, one is does not take over a third of the book as I noted in the first book, for which I am incredibly happy. A happy balance.
Overall, I say read it!! The series has gotten a whole lot better because of this book!
I've Rated Nightmare: (4/5)
Ava: All it took was a little blood. Fair trade, really.
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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA writer from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
She has two books out now, Nocturnal and Nightmare, the first and second books in the Noctalis Chronicles about a girl with a dying mother who meets an immortal boy. The third book, Numb will be out this August, and the fourth in the winter. Her other book, Whisper, about a girl who is alive, a boy who isn't and the complications that go along with their relationship, released June 16 and is the first in a trilogy. Follow her on Twitter: @chel_c_cam, her blog, or on Facebook.
Monday, August 13, 2012
I can;t help but stop whatever I am doing (except driving) when I hear this song and jam because it's sooooo darn catchy!
What are your thoughts on this song?
Saturday, August 11, 2012
There are some books that instantly hook you. I haven't had that in a while. When a series finally hooked me from the very first page one tends to get excited! The Vampire Academy did that for me. The story line is unique, the characters vivid and colorful and there is nothing better then a kick butt heroine!
Thank you Erin from http://jumpintobooks.blogspot.com/?m=1 for having your Frostbite giveaway!
Be sure to check out her blog! It's incredible!
Monday, August 6, 2012
In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.
After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.
Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.
At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.
When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.
In their world, someone must die.
My Thought on The Moon Dwellers:
I received Moon Dwellers in exchange for an honest review.
Mind you this is the first book I've read by this author. For being the first it certainly lived up to expectations I'd had. I could not and would not put this book down. That's how incredible it was!
The characters are stupendous, especially Adele! A take charge, bum kicking, sarcastic heroine who reminds me of me in some aspects. One thing I really liked about Adele was that while she did wallow in her misery for a while she did get out of that funk and went and rescued her sister and dad. That shows not only courage but love. Tristan was get interesting for me because he wasn't the typical bad boy who knows how to do everything for himself. He was a son of a king where his best friend was his servant. True he could fight but other then that he was too much a kings son to really be able to do anything else other then witness first hand all the things his father was doing to the dwellers. Which is when he became my hero. He saw the new his father was making and decided to help change that. That is when my respect for him grew in leaps and bounds. I have to give him
The one thing that really stuck with me was their determination. Adele was determined to make her situation better, Tristan was determined to leave his father behind. It's probably going to sound corny but that really stood out for me. Determination is something we should all have.
The living underground with the sort of three cities ruled by one man who only rules with blackmail and false promises intrigued me. I've read a ton of books and I have never come across a book like this. Democracy is only an illusion in these three cities. They say that a person who doesn't want to be a ruler is usually the best option and in this case is... well let's just say that I'm very excited to see how this saying pans out.
Favorite part? Hmmm... without spoilers it's going to be hard but here goes: the part where Tristan and Roc (his best and only friend/man servant) meet a very cannibalistic old woman. Did that pique your interest? There was only one part I didn't like. Tristan having never met Adele before goes after her. With just one look feels something so strong that he decides to go look for her. Maybe, it's just me not believing in love at first sight sort of instances but that part to me wasn't believeable.
Overall, I would most definitely recommend The Moon Dwellers to you. I, myself, am excited for September which is when book two is supposed to come out. I really want to see what happens with Tristan. Does he help in the uprising? What about Adele? Does she find her mother??
I Rated The Moon Dwellers (4/5)