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Monday, July 30, 2012

2012 Challenge Progress: July

At the end of each month, I'll make a post showing what books I read for what challenge, along with a link to the review.

I'm basically done with all of the challenges, but I'm still going to keep track of the "extras" that I read.

So here is my progress for July...




Sunday, July 29, 2012

Showcase Sunday [36]

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to show off our newest books and book related goods!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

[Review] Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer

Title: Night of the Purple Moon
Author: Scott Cramer
Pages: 260 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: March 25, 2012

Space germs wipe out virtually everyone who has passed through puberty.

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon. But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence.


Night of the Purple Moon is a very pleasant surprise. I love the idea of seeing a comet, and then having purple sunsets and moons for the weeks following. Of course, not if it would kill me and all of the other adults and older teens in the world! Which is exactly what happens in the novel. Excitement and wonder over the breathtaking sky turned into fear and the struggle to survive in just a matter of hours. The kids of Castine Island must come together and work together in order to ensure their survival, but what about when the older teens hit puberty and become susceptible to the virus in the space dust?

I really admired Abby. She stood up and took the leadership role after finding her father dead in the yard. She not only took cae of her younger siblings, but she helped gather up all of the survivors. I was amazed how she put her fear and uncertainty aside to be strong for the younger kids around her. Even when things seemed completely hopeless, Abby never once gave up.

The author did an amazing job of creating a realistic society of adolescents. They have chores, classes and meetings which every takes part in. Except for three rogues who are taking advantage of the adultless world to do things they'd otherwise not be allowed to do. This of course creates conflict on the island, since they are not helping, and actually putting everyone else at risk. There's also one girl who is so terrified of the space germs that she goes to extremes to keep her body from entering puberty. It's heartbreaking to watch her.

I read this book in one go. It's fast paced, while not action packed, it still held my attention until the very last page. I was rooting for Abby and Jordan the entire time! They're so young but took on an amazing task, and I desperately wanted them to succeed. The ending is a bit open ended, but it definitely leaves the reader with a feeling of hope.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Feature & Follow [2]


Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

Yeah, I love Shakespeare. For my senior year I had actually registered for the Shakespeare English class, but when I saw who the teacher was I immediately switched out. I still got to read Hamlet though. :)



This one was for a college class I took a few years ago, Intro to Gender Studies. It was amazing! I highly recommend it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

[Review] Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5) by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Unbound
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5
Author: J.R. Ward
Pages: 528 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: September 25, 2007

The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that does not include her...


I was pretty excited to get to Vishous' book, since I wanted to see what goes on in that penthouse of his. It was also interesting to watch him deal (or not) with his feelings toward Butch and his recent mating to Marissa. He wants to be away from the happy couple, but he also can't bare to be away from Butch, so he throws his frustrations into sex with one of his subs. We unfortunately don't get the details, but the aftermath was a bit messy. Aside from his confusion about Butch, Vishous is approaching his 303rd birthday. He gets two huge surprises. First, he meets his mother! Second, he learns his "destiny." He wants nothing to do with either.

What he does want is Jane. She's the surgeon who saved his life after he was shot in the chest while fighting a lesser. I wanted them to get together so badly! Not because I particularly liked Jane (she's a little on the bland side, Plain Jane?), but because V needs someone! As always, what unfolds is an incredibly sexy love story, but this one is also heartbreaking. Unfortunately, I found the conclusion to be quite bizarre. I'm still not sure if I'm happy about it or annoyed. It just felt forced and out of place.

Of course, we've also got some side stories going on which I found equally interesting and entertaining. I've already made my love for John Matthew known in previous reviews, and Lover Unbound is no different. Poor John is nervous that his transition won't come soon, and that he's being left behind. There's also the issue of Lash returning to class...post-transition! I was nervous for John myself! But his two friends, Qhuinn and Blay, have his back. I absolutely adored the devotion those two show toward John. I am most definitely looking forward to John's book.

Then there's Phury. He's also got a case of wanting someone you can't have piled on top of the need to keep an eye on his twin. Phury needs to let loose and live a little. For himself. He's not doing Zsadist any good by torturing himself. He's taking selflessness to the extreme and it's not healthy at all. Finally, we've got Cormia, one of the Chosen. I loved getting to peek into the Other Side to see what it's like. I absolutely love the world Ward has created for her vampires, so any glimpse into their secret world and history is fantastic!

While it's definitely not my favorite of the series so far, Lover Unbound was still a great read. There's a lot of emotion running through each of the storylines, and I'm eager to see where they all go.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [17]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It's so we can show what pre-published books we're anticipating! So what title am I featuring this week...







Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [19]

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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 teasers!

Monday, July 23, 2012

[Review] Entangled (Spellbound, #1) by Nikki Jefford

Title: Entangled
Series: Spellbound, #1
Author: Nikki Jefford
Pages: 281 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Nikki Jefford
Release Date: February 20, 2012

A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong

Two months after dying, Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. As a witch, can anyone blame her mother for attempting to bring her daughter back to life? Now Gray is stuck sharing her sister’s body in twenty-four-hour shifts.

Raj McKenna is rumored to meddle in the black arts, not to mention he’s after Gray’s invisibility spell, and worse—her heart. But Raj might be the only one powerful enough to save Gray from fading away forever.

The race is on for Gray to find a way back inside her own body before Charlene purges her from existence.


A GoodReads friend recommended this to me, and I immediately added it to my to-read. Not only do I just love paranormal books in general, but the premise reminded me of The Host which is one of my all time favorites. But instead of aliens taking over human bodies, Graylee, a witch, dies and wakes up in her identical twin's body after a spell gone wrong. Of course, Graylee doesn't know this at first and has quite an interesting day at school. It isn't until her mother returns home that they realize Charlene is gone, but only kind of, since that's her body with Graylee in it. Then another interesting twist: each twin is conscious for 24 hours at a time, so they alternate their use of the body!

While I loved the premise and thought the book was fun, it was only okay for me. I absolutely hated Charlene. She's a terrible person, an awful sister, and a wicked witch! She was also annoying and selfish, and I just couldn't understand her motives for anything that she did. Graylee and Charlene couldn't be anymore different, so sharing a body took sibling rivalry to a whole new level!

I did love how this one has an alternating POV. While the story focuses on Graylee, she's not always present, so when Charlene is in charge of the body, we actually switch over to Raj's POV. It's obvious from the beginning that these two are going to become a couple, despite being quite hostile toward each other at the start of the novel. But how can they possible start a relationship when Graylee doesn't even have her own body?! Well, you'll just have to read and find out!

There's a few unanswered questions at the end, but I won't mention them here, since I don't want to spoil anything. I did like Entangled enough to want to read the second book, so hopefully my questions will be answered there. Overall, this was a fun, quick read. It didn't wow me and fell short of my expectations, but it was still very enjoyable.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Showcase Sunday [35]

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to show off our newest books and book related goods!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

[Review] Unraveling (Unraveling, #1) by Elizabeth Norris

Title: Unraveling
Series: Unraveling, #1
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Pages: 445 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 24, 2012

Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, Janelle knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her reincarnation, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI-agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.


While I do enjoy Dystopian novels, it was refreshing to read a YA Sci-Fi that takes place before the fall of society. It took a little while for me to get into, since it seemed like nothing much was happening other than Janelle snooping in her father's files, complaining about her classes, and sniffing Ben. He smells like mint, soap, and gasoline, BTW. Then the horribly burned bodies start turning up, and even the FBI can't identify who these people are. There's also a mysterious machine with a countdown. Is it a bomb? a virus dispenser? something else we can't even imagine?

I did love Janelle! She's smart, confident, knows what she wants, and isn't willing to just sit around while life passes her by. She might be a little full of herself at times, but she's not conceited or cocky. At home she's always taking care of everyone else, so I think she deserves to be a little selfish. I would trust this girl to handle the end of the world. She's not whiny, boy crazed, or incompetent. If she doesn't know something, she's willing to do anything in order to find out. Even impersonate an FBI agent and wave a (unloaded) gun!

I also liked seeing her relationship with her parents. All too often, the parents seem to missing from YA novels, but Janelle's are very much present. She loves her father fiercely, and he's a bit of a dork when he's not over working himself. As for her mother, well, she's bipolar and spends much of the book in her down state. Janelle loves her mother, too, but it's harder. She acts more like the parent, since her mother often can't even get out of bed. Jared, Janelle's younger brother, also plays a major role. It was nice to see a teen boy who obviously respects his sister.

There is one minor thing that nagged at me for most of the book. It's not a huge deal, or anything even important at all, but I have a tendency to latch onto inconsistencies that I notice. Each time Janelle mentions using her cell phone I wanted to scream, "How are you using it if you shattered it on page 151?!?!" It's true, she does, but as soon as page 163 she's already checking her texts again. Like I said, it's not even important, but it definitely stood out to me.

Anyway, I never figured out the big mystery that's taking place in San Diego. I had one theory but it was just a passing thought. It happened to be partially correct though, but not in the way I was thinking. This made for an engaging read. The pacing was a bit on the slow side, especially in the beginning, but things definitely pick up in the last third.

Unraveling is another winner of a debut, and a great start to what appears to be a promising series (although I was disappointed when I found out this wasn't a standalone). It's a little on the long side, but I think it's well worth a read.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Feature & Follow #106 [1]

 
I shall be participating whenever I don't have a Freebie to post about!

Q: Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

I have Book #1 on my shelf, and #2-4 are in the mail, so of course I need to get the last two!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

[Review] Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Title: Rot & Ruin
Series: Benny Imura, #1
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Pages: 464 (Paperback)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: September 14, 2010

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.


Benny Imura: 15 years old, zombie attack survivor, has a strong aversion to demanding physical labor, and all around typical teenage boy. He puts on this show of hating his older brother, Tom, who saved him from the zombies as a baby rather than helping their mother. But really Benny is dying to know about the zombies and what it's like out in the Rot and Ruin, since the kids are generally kept in the dark about anything zombie related. To remedy this, Tom has Benny join the "family business" of bounty hunting, and it's nothing like Benny was expecting.

I'm pretty new to the zombie genre, so I don't have much to compare this one to, but I must say I really enjoyed it. It was really interesting, and I was never expecting, to sympathize with the zombies. What's happening out in the Rot & Ruin is not pretty, but it's not the living being eaten by the living dead. The living are the ones torturing the zombies. There's one scene in particular that was extremely disturbing. It felt all too real, like what might happen if this book was real life. It's easy to imagine people behaving this way toward animals and even other people. Just disgusting.

The story of the legendary wild child, man killer, The Lost Girl, was completely and utterly fascinating! I was just as captivated by her as Benny. She ends up being a major driving force to the plot as Tom and Benny head out to the great Rot and Ruin for a second time. But this time it's not for a crash course on bounty hunting. This time lives are at stake. I absolutely could not put this down once the story really got going. There's plenty of action, suspense, mystery, and a little romance. Everything that makes up a truly intriguing read.

Mixed into the story are tons of little details that added a whole lot to my enjoyment of the story. First there's the Zombie Cards, which are basically trading cards featuring famous zombies and bounty hunters. Of course, there's more to them than that. There's also the "science" of the zombies. No one really knows what is causing the dead to reanimate or why they behave they do, but a lot of random facts have been collected about them which I found really interesting. Then there's "the Children," a group of religious people who live out in the Rot and Ruin among the zombies. They do not believe in killing these "children of Lazarus" because they are thought to be who God intended to inherit the earth. I'm always fascinated at how religion appears in disastrous times, and the author did a great job creating this group for the story. Let's not forget Gameland, but I'll let you find out about that retched place on your own.

This was a surprisingly thought provoking novel. It really makes you consider who really is the monster. What if it was your family or friends that were transformed into zombies? How would you feel to have someone hunting them just because they had the misfortune to turn? These are the same questions Tom uses to get Benny to understand what his job is all about, and they're very effective. The author has written a seriously compelling novel, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to try out the zombie genre or for a great read in general.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday [6]


Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. It's where we get to share books that have been on our wishlists forever or are newly added. I'll be alternating this with Waiting on Wednesday. My Amazon Wishlist is overflowing, so what title am I featuring this week...




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [18]

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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 teasers!

Monday, July 16, 2012

[Review] The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

Title: The Story of Us
Author: Deb Caletti
Pages: 389 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 12, 2012

Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend—but she’s picked a bad week to sort out her love life. For one thing, her mother’s romance is taking center stage: After jilting two previous fianc├ęs, her mom is finally marrying Dan Jax, whom Cricket loves. But as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities at a guesthouse whose hippie owners have a sweet, sexy son—Ash—complications arise:

Cricket’s future stepsisters make it clear they’re not happy about the marriage. An old friend decides this is the week to declare his love for Cricket. Grandpa chooses to reveal a big secret at a family gathering. Dan’s ex-wife shows up. And even the dogs—Cricket’s old, ill Jupiter and Dan’s young, lively Cruiser—seem to be declaring war.

While Cricket fears that Dan is in danger of becoming ditched husband-to-be number three, she’s also alarmed by her own desires. Because even though her boyfriend looms large in her mind, Ash is right in front of her....


This was my first novel by Deb Caletti, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Immediately, I noticed her writing style. It made Cricket's narrative very conversational and easy to get into. I also liked how there were letters to her boyfriend, Janssen, interspersed. It made their story feel more intimate, and hooked me. While much of the story does focus on Cricket and Janssen's relationship, I wouldn't call this a romance. It's more of how Cricket comes to terms with past decisions, handling her current situation, and dealing with change in general.

The author created a fantastic cast of characters! Cricket, her brother, her mother, her mother's fiance, his daughters, her aunt, her grandparents, two nerds, and two dogs are spending the week together at an inn before the wedding. Each of these characters were distinct and felt like someone you could know in real life. The pot smoking inn keeper, the zany sisters, the high maintenance step siblings, the wild puppy, and the sweet old dog. Yes, even the dogs were jam packed of personality! In fact, little Jupiter plays a major role in Cricket's story. I would even argue that she was the most important character in the book.

I do think my favorite part of this book was the letters. They always started out with some lighthearted dog humor, then evolved into a surprisingly deep comparison of dog and human behavior and relationships. This is also where we learn about Cricket's past, such as her abusive father, mom's ex-fiances and, of course, meeting Janssen. However, my one complaint is that Cricket constantly brings up this bad thing she did to Janssen. It took her 335 pages to finally spit it out! After being annoyed that she kept bringing it up without actually saying what she did, I was relieved that it wasn't something stupid or cliched. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it's something that hit close to home for me.

The Story of Us is a wonderful book full of heart. It has the right combination of seriousness and hilarity. I was not expecting to cry near the end. I started suspecting something, but never thought it would happen. Of course, it did and the tears came rolling. I will most definitely be checking out more of Caletti's work if this is any indication of her mastery of the YA contemporary genre.

"We'd all arrived believing some things and left knowing others. ( ARC pg 377)"

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Showcase Sunday [34]

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to show off our newest books and book related goods!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

[18+ Review] The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden

Title: The Theory of Attraction
Author: Delphine Dryden
Pages: 136 (ebook)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: July 9, 2012
I received an ARC from NetGalley.

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons”.

Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…


If you're looking for a quick, smoking hot read with the sexiest rocket scientist known to man, The Theory of Attraction is the book for you! Wow! Professor Ivan Reynolds may not be the most sociable or charming person around, but get him into the bed room and he's beyond confident and in control. His neighbor Camilla may be able to set her clock by Ivan's predictable daily routine, but she has no idea about his secret, BDSM lifestyle until they begin private lessons on proper social behavior.

One thing that I did not like about this book (aside from it being too short, I wanted more Professor!) was how Ivan called Cami a "slut" during their sexcapades. He only says it twice, but I felt like it was unnecessary and uncalled for. As a Dom, I was expecting him to be a bit, well dominant, but also respectful and caring, since BDSM requires trust. I don't think I would feel very respected or cared for if I was being called a slut while willingly submitting to my partner. Other than that, this is a very enjoyable, sweet, and ultra steamy read.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Freebie Friday [13]


So, what freebie would I like to share with you today...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

[Review] Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

Title: Gone, Gone, Gone
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Pages: 288 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 17, 2012

In the wake of the post-9/11 sniper shootings, fragile love finds a stronghold in this intense, romantic novel from the author of Break and Invincible Summer.

It's a year after 9/11. Sniper shootings throughout the D.C. area have everyone on edge and trying to make sense of these random acts of violence. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives. Craig’s crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him...and if he’ll do it again...and if kissing Lio will help him finally get over his ex-boyfriend, Cody. Lio feels most alive when he's with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable...and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk.

This intense, romantic novel from the author of Break and Invincible Summer is a poignant look at what it is to feel needed, connected, and alive.


I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one. The 9/11 setting didn't appeal to me, but I wanted to read more LGBT books, and I had heard good things about this one. Well, starting off it was not what I was expecting at all! Gone, Gone, Gone begins when 15 year old Craig wakes up to find all 14 of his pets gone. Yep, every last animal has left the house after a burglary, which Craig managed to sleep through. It then goes on to follow Craig and his friend Lio as they search for the missing critters. And then, the shootings start.

I really liked the contrast between the two POVs. Craig's chapters are longer, wordy, and sometimes rambling. This is part of his personality though; he's a talker, so it works quite well. Lio, on the other hand, has shorter chapters that get right to the point. He's not one to use many words, and it's something that drives Craig crazy. We also learn more about each boy in the others chapters rather than from his own. That was a very interesting way to get to know to them, and it felt more natural.

Like I said, the immediate post 9/11 setting didn't interest me. While I do admit it was interesting to see how two very different boys dealt with the aftermath, I just couldn't connect. It may seem heartless, or unpatriotic, or whatever word you want to stick there, but I wasn't effected by the events of 9/11. That just made it hard to identify with what they were going through. The sniper shootings had these boys terrified, and they both managed in their own ways. Both of them are also super messed up from other past events, and it was nice to see them trying to move past their pasts.

I did love seeing Craig and Lio's relationship change and develop through both of their eyes. I wanted to grab them both and yell "Just tell him you like him!" Boys! I also really enjoyed Craig's hunt for his lost animals, even in the face of danger. He is so devoted to his pets, giving them all of his love and attention rather than to friends or family. I have pretty mixed feelings on this book over all. It's good, but it just wasn't for me. There's an amazing amount of depth as Craig and Lio work through their various issues, so I would recommend this to fans of YA contemporary and LGBT fiction.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [16]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It's so we can show what pre-published books we're anticipating! So what title am I featuring this week...







Tuesday, July 10, 2012

[Giveaway] Join the fun and enter to win a YA book!

Are you over 16 years old? Do you read Young Adult fiction? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then we want you to join us over at Rated YA-MA! It's a GoodReads group for adults who love YA. We're approaching our 1 Year Anniversary, so what better way to celebrate than with a membership drive and a giveaway!

How it Works:
1. Join Rated YA-MA!
2. Head over to this thread and tell them Angie sent you! I'll get entered into the book giveaway for each member I recruit.
3. Get entered into the book giveaway yourself just for joining!
4. Start recruiting more members for more chances to win!
Easy!

This is my favorite group on GoodReads. We do monthly group reads, seasonal challenges, and traveling books! Everyone is nice and welcoming, so don't be scared to jump in!


Monday, July 9, 2012

[Review] Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath, #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown

Title: Lies Beneath
Series: Lies Beneath, #1
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Pages: 303 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 12, 2012
I received an ARC from NetGalley.

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him


"I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that.."

Great first line! I was immediately hooked by the premise of killer mermaids. They feed on human emotion, which was very interesting and felt truer to mermaid myth than the singing, dancing Disney interpretation (I do love Disney though!). They're able to detect what kind of emotions are present by looking at the person's aura. Mermaids don't feel their own positive emotions, so they must siphon it from their victims. Calder isn't like his sisters though. He doesn't always kill, even when he needs to. In fact, he wants to break away from the group and from the scrutiny of one of his sisters. However, he can't do that until they complete their revenge plot. Calder is a crucial piece to their plan, since he needs to get close to the daughter of their target.

There's no insta-love here! In fact, Lily tells Calder that he's a creep. He's always lingering and trying to get close even though they just met, so of course being creeped out is the proper response! Bella Swan, take notes! Stalking is not sexy, even if the stalker is! But they do develop a starcrossed romance eventually. I can't pinpoint when it happens though. One moment Lily says Calder makes her nervous, and the next she's going off alone with him. I must say I found their relationship boring. It wasn't sweet or steamy. It was just...there. I almost would have preferred that there was no romance at all, since it was barely developed.

While I wasn't overly impressed with Lies Beneath, I do think it may have redeemed the mermaid genre for me. The darkness of the mermaids definitely intrigued me, even though the story was predictable. The mystery plot wasn't very mysterious, since we basically get told everything we need to know right at the beginning. There were a couple of surprises I wasn't expecting though. I also enjoyed that we had a male narrator, and the writing was easy and flowed well. I do think this could have worked well as a standalone if the ending had been a little neater. I'm not sure if I'll read the following books or not. Mermaids may be in the same "take it or leave it" category as Angels for me.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Showcase Sunday [33]

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to show off our newest books and book related goods!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

[Review] Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) by Jodi Meadows

Title: Incarnate
Series: Newsoul, #1
Author: Jodi Meadows
Pages: 374 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: January 31, 2012

New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Heart

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life


Jodi Meadows has created an utterly unique, fascinating, and captivating world in Incarnate. It's magical, yet scientific, and I couldn't help but be drawn into it. There are exactly 1 million souls which have been reborn into new bodies over the past 5,000 years. That is until Ana is born. Her birth was suppose to signify the return of a soul named Ciana, but instead a new soul emerged. What happened to Ciana? Where did Ana come from? It's one big mystery, and the citizens of Heart do not like it one bit. Ana has been isolated from society her entire life, with only her cruel mother for company. Finally, on her 18th birthday, Ana sets out on her own in order to discover where she came from and if there might be more newsouls out there.

Dragons! There are dragons flying around in Range! They might be vicious, destructive creatures, but they're still awesome. This world is packed with supposedly mythical creatures: unicorns, trolls, griffin, and centaurs. We never get to see any of these, but they are mentioned. However, there's a few run ins with the ever dangerous sylphs. All of these fantastical creatures had me wondering where and when this book takes place. Is it the distant future on Earth? The present of another planet? An alternate reality? There's such an interesting mix of ancient creatures and modern technology (laser pistols!) that it's hard to imagine where we are in time and space. That doesn't distract from the story though. In fact, I think it adds another fun layer to everything.

I know I've only raved about the world so far, and not the story, but I was majorly impressed with the world presented here. There's enough detail to be able to picture it and understand how it works, but still enough mystery to want to learn more. I do think it overshadowed the actual plot and characters though.

Incarnate is an impressive and magical debut. The imaginative subject of reincarnation most definitely makes this stand out from everything else being published today. While the story make take the back seat to the world building, it was still a wonderful read. I'm eager to know what comes next for Ana and Sam, and to find out more about the city of Heart and Souls Night.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Freebie Friday [12]


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

[Review] If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5) by Rachel Vincent

Title: If I Die
Series: Soul Screamers, #5
Author: Rachel Vincent
Pages: 342 (Paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 27, 2011

The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life. Anything.


Kaylee is on the list. You know that list the Reaper's get so they know who to collect? Yeah, that list! It looks like she's going to be wailing for herself fairy soon. Is that even possible?! Either way, Kaylee is on a roller coaster of emotions, and I found myself worrying right there with her.

Knowing when you're going to die is definitely going to mess with your head and emotions. What would you do if you know you'd die in six days? Kaylee is dealing with the news the only way she can: throw herself into some crazy missions! First, she's investigating the sexy new math teacher, Mr. Beck. He's not human, but what is he? Did he knock up her classmate who nearly bled to death while miscarrying? Second, she can't die a virgin!

Sex plays a very prominent role in If I Die, which was a bit surprising. There's nothing explicit, but the topic does come up quite a bit. I do think the subject of Kaylee being unsure about wanting to lose her virginity was handled very well though. Then of course there's the whole student/teacher relationship plot going on, which is going to be a hot topic no matter how it plays out.

I almost gave this one 5 stars, but I can't. I think the ending was a little too convenient. I was just hoping for more. I was shocked at some of the events in the last chapter, but then they were resolved too neatly, taking away from that initial punch to my gut. Sure, happy endings are great, but leaving at least ONE thing messed up could have pushed this one to mind blowing. It's definitely the best of the series so far though.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

[Cover Reveal + Giveaway] ReAwakened (Angel Creek, #2) by Ada Adams

“ReAwakened” Theme: Blood
Title: ReAwakened
Series: Angel Creek, #2
Author: Ada Adams
Cover Designer: Juliana Kolesova
Release Date: Fall, 2012


Giveaway!:

One lucky commenter can win an ARC of ReAwakened! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by July 9 with your e-mail address. Easy, right?!









Live Chat:

The awesome author will also be holding an hour long (spoiler free!) live chat on Twitter July 5 at 5PM EST. If you can't make it, you can still leave questions for Ada before then! Use #ReVampedChat to join in the fun!


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Wishlist Wednesday [5]


Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. It's where we get to share books that have been on our wishlists forever or are newly added. I'll be alternating this with Waiting on Wednesday. My Amazon Wishlist is overflowing, so what title am I featuring this week...




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [17]

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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 teasers!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Showcase Sunday [32]

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to show off our newest books and book related goods!