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Plague


Title:Plauge
Author:Michael Grant
pages:497
Publication date:April 5







Review:
There are just some series that are dragged on to long; I don’t know what the author is thinking. But in this case it’s not true; I could keep reading and reading the gone series forever.
Each book has more suspense, action, and thrill in it. I can’t get enough of it. Plague has giving us more to ponder on, each book new mysteries arise. While I’m reading I have so many questions in my mind, and sometimes while I’m reading the Gone series, I just want to punch something.
At the beginning I had mixed feelings about Albert, he is selfish, manipulative and controlling, but very well organized. He tells Sam to go out to find more drinking water, so Same, Dekka, computer Jack , and Brittany go off to find some sufficient drinking water for everyone, meanwhile Edilio is the new leader of the FAYZ and everything is going fine until kids all over start getting the flu, not just the flu, it’s the plague.
Kids start having insects growing inside of them and ripping out of their body, and soon Drake escapes and has an insect army that’s indestructible.  Things get out of hand. Everyone is dying around them, everyone is worrying. I really wish someone would end Drake, I wish it were possible. He’s indestructible and he doesn’t care who he kills. He is out for murder!
While Caine and Diana are somewhere secluded, where no one dares go, they have food, water and comfort. Everything they need. Until Caine is needed in the FAYZ, he wants to be the ruler, her wants to be the king.
I really liked how there was parts with little Pete. I didn’t exactly know what was going on the whole time but man is he messed up. So much power in such a little boy and it’s not all good power either. I have wanted to know what was up with Little Pete since the beginning, Astrid had her hands full and she was so stressed all the time.
I was kind of disappointed with the whole Sam and Astrid part of the story.  There wasn’t much of them together in this one, but I hope everything works out. I’m so excited yet mad that I have to wait till 2012 to read Fear, the fifth book in the Gone series.
Again were left with a cliffhanger, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.
4/5 stars

The lipstick laws


Title:The lipstick laws
Author:Amy Holder
pages:240
publication date:April 4 2011
publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt







Review:
The lipstick laws is the typical mean girl’s story, in fact it’s a stereotype of what high school is actually like. Even though it’s not as original as some books, I still loved it.

We have the “Queen bee” Britney Taylor, the unpopular April Bowers and the ever so cute and adorable Mathew Brentwood. April bowers is the girl that nobody sees, she’s invisible to her peers. Then one day in dreaded gym she has to partner up With Britney, the she-devil. They both don’t want to be gym partners but have no choice.

Britney never acknowledged April but soon Brittany is being welcoming and wanting April to join their secret group “The lipstick laws” April didn’t want to be part of it at all, but then they warmed up to her and she agreed to join.

Because April was hanging out with Brittany and her followers she became popular. She was no longer invisible; she would finally be able to get up the courage to ask out Mathew without complete humiliation. But of course Britney tries to steal Mathew away from her, and it worked, so she thought……..

April breaks one too many rules and is kicked out of “The lipstick laws” she then finds a couple of girls who were dumped from “The lipstick laws” group and joins an anti-group. They make plans to get even with Brittany and it all doesn’t go as they thought it would.

April learns it’s not always good to get even. Thankfully she didn’t act stupid and do it.

This book reminded me of something that I read before, but I still loved it! I can never get enough of reading rocky romances, mean girls and an overruling Queen bee.

Overall, beautiful cover, it was such a funny witty story, a fine break from the paranormal dystopian books that I’m always reading.

4/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday #6




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This week's book I cant wait for is.........


Title:Forever
Author:Maggie Stiefvater
publicatin date:July 12 2011








Summary:
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater

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


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Invincible


Title:Invincible
Author:Sherrilyn Kenyon
pages:420
Publication date: March 22 2011


Summary:
Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse...

Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them...



Review:

Invincible didn’t satisfy me as much as Infinity did. I felt like it was lacking something, maybe it was because I didn’t think there was as much action in it as the first one in the series.
I didn’t hate this book though, the book flew by in hours and I was hoping for some awesome twists, and there were some. The only thing about ending with a cliffhanger is I didn’t remember what happened at the end of Infinity.
It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be in Nick’s shoes. He is only 14, his life is out of control and his life was a mess. In the last book he helped take down an army of brain eating zombies, which just so happened to be the football team at his school, and in Invincible he is trying to solve the mystery of his evil coach. There was a lot of mystery, and sometimes I was in suspense waiting for something to happen.
I still can’t get over the fact that he’s only 14, I think the author should have made him to be at least 16 or 17. I don’t know how he could get around all the supernatural parts of his life and still go to school as a regular kid and not tell him mom what’s going on. I would be super tired all the time.
I loved Nick’s charming, sarcastic, witty personality along with the close relationship that him and his mom have, All in all a great book to read.
I would advise reading Infinity first though; otherwise you will have no idea what’s going on. I also heard that the characters from the chronicles of Nick series are also in another series she wrote, the Dark Hunter series. I will definitely have to check those out!
I can’t wait to see what she has planned in the third book in the series (Infamous) coming out February of 2012.
3/5 stars

what's coming out in May?


Title:i'm not her
Author:Janet Gurtler
Publication date:May 1st



Title:Are you going to kiss me now?
Author:Sloane Tanen
Publication date:May 1st

book#5
Title:Dead is not an option
Author:marlena Perez
Publication date:May 2nd



Title: Exposure
Author:therese fowler
Publication date:May 3rd


Title:So much closer
Author:Susane Colasanti
publication date:May 3rd





book #3
Title:We'll always have summer
Author:Jenny Han
Publication date: May 3rd


Title:moonglass
Author:Jessi Kirby
Publication date:May 3rd





book #3
Title:Illusions
Author:Aprilynne Pike
Publication date: May 8th


Title:But I love him
Author:Amanda Grace & Mandy Hubbard
Publication date:May 8th


Title:What happened to goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publication date:May 10th

book #2

Title:Nocturne
Author:Christine Johnson
Publication date:May 10th



Title:The sweetest thing
Aauthor: Christina Mandelski
Publication date: May 10th


Title:The lucky kind
Author:Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publication date:May 10th


Title:Beetween Here and Forever
Author:Elizabeth Scott
publication date:May 24



What book are you most excited for this month?

Teaser Tuesday #5


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!


my teaser-



title:Plague
author:Michael Grant





It was all a macabre joke. The FAYZ: full of sound and fury and signifying nothing but death and despaire. Why cling to this life?


page 365 of Plague

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Spellbound


Title:Spellbound
author:Cara Lynn Schultz
publisher:Harlequin teen
pages:284
publication date:June 21 2011

Summary:What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams. Visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.


Review:
This book had me on the edge of my seat waiting for what comes next, and with the sweet romance mixed in I was hooked.
We first start with the main character of the story, Emma. Emma has had a horrible life, her mother and twin brother Ethan is dead, her step father almost killed her by drunk driving, and she has been having these crazy nightmares that make no sense. After the accident she moves in with her kind of rich aunt that lives in New York, once there she goes to this fancy school in New York. She doesn’t like to be the main attention. She likes to stay hidden. She didn’t want to get close to someone in fear of losing another person that’s close with her, she couldn’t bear it.
Unfortunately for her, she doesn’t get what she wants; life takes another course for her life.
At this school she meets a handsome boy, Brandon. Immediately after locking eyes she gets this strange feeling. She knows she has seen him before, but she would remember meeting someone like him.
Emma was going to hang out with her friends for the night, but no one told her that Brandon was going to be there. They immediately connected, she felt like she knew for ages.  After that night there was no turning back. Brandon and Emma had chemistry and it wasn’t too long before she put two and two together.
There are a couple of characters that I wish I could have slapped, hard. Anthony is big bad and tough, what kind of guy would want to even hit a girl, much less beat her up. I got so frustrated with the whole Anthony thing. And then there was the mean girl, there always has to be a mean girl.
Needless to say I was on a rollercoaster of emotions through this book. I thought it was sweet, and romantic, with some tense scenes.
There was some love and some hate, friendships, romance, soul mates, and Emma battling her past life. One great thing is, this is a standalone book, there was no cliffhanger, nor do we have to wait another year for the next book to come out! All in all this is definitely a book to check out.  The ultimate question is, do you believe in soul mates? Do you think that there’s someone out there destined to be with you forever? What do you think?

Miles from ordinary


title :miles from ordinary
author: Carol Lynch Williams
pages:197
publication date:March 15 2011

summary:Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control....



Review:
The cover really sucked me into this book; unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this book at all. Not only was this book creepy, I got annoyed at Lacey.

I don’t mind the creepiness at all. In fact I enjoy a few creepy books once in awhile, but this book did not hold my attention at all. The mother has a problem. I don’t know why Lacey didn’t tell anyone about it. She was very strong to be able to take care of her mom like that. She was mental.
Ever since Lacy’s mom found her dad hanging in the closet she has never gotten over it. Now after he has been dead for a couple of years, her mom still swears that she sees him and communicated with him.

Lacy’s aunt used to live in the house with them, until her mom kicked her out because her aunt was telling her mom that she could not see their dad, he was dead. Lacy and her aunt were very close, until her mom got a restraining order on her and Lacy never saw her aunt again. Although she could have called her any time she wanted, she never did. That’s what annoyed me. She could have kept in contact with her aunt. But instead never did, then when there was an emergency and she needed someone she called her aunt.

Obviously the family is messed up. What a life to live.

Thankfully this story was short; there were some parts where I was a little confused. Although I liked some parts of this book, I just couldn’t get into it. Sorry for all the rambling, this review is probably confusing. Carol Lynch Williams disappointed me this time. I loved her other book, The chosen one

2/5 stars

Entwined


title:Entwined
Author:Heather dixon
pages:472
publication date:March 29 2011







summary:Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.



Review:

I absolutely adored Entwined, I’m not a fairytale type of girl but this book had me turning the pages wanting more. First off, I would just like to say that I love the cover; it’s so beautiful, I’m sure most of us have fantasized about wearing a beautiful gown like this. I feel this cover really represents the book well.

For the first quarter of the book I was enraged about how their dad was treating them. He was so distant, not communicating with the girls, all twelve of the girls felt that their father didn’t love them. They never even called him “dad” or “father”, instead they called him “Sir, or King”. After their mom died the king acted even more distant, having to go off to war, the girls all had to take care of themselves.

All twelve of the girls loved to dance, it was there life, and there was nothing else worth living for than dancing. After their mother’s death, the whole castle had to go into mourning, they had to put black curtains up on all of the curtains, they couldn’t dance, go outside, or have any fun, and they had to wear black dresses for a whole year. If I would have to do that I would be depressed. They couldn’t even use any clocks.

While there father was off at war, Azalea found a magic passage hidden in her wall. A couple of years ago the whole castle was magic. But most of it was gone, including the person responsible for all the magic. The moment Azalea walks into the passage and into a magical forest, in it was the keeper, trapped inside of the castle forever, unless someone were to destroy the one piece of silver that would release him.

All eleven of Azalea’s sister entered the magical passage with her; the keeper promised them they could dance here every night if they wanted to. They immediately accepted, they needed to practice somewhere private so that no one would catch them dancing in the year of mourning.

They came back every night. I had a suspicious feeling that the keeper was no good. I felt like there was something very creepy about him.

This book held a very sweet romance, not just with one of the sisters, but with 3 of them. I felt like half way through the book it kept getting better and better each page, I wasn’t expecting some of the twists. Of course the romance was predictable, I love reading a book where someone loves each other, but the both of them don’t see the hints that the other one likes them to, and you’re sitting there trying to somehow communicate with the character, telling them to open there eyes and see the signs.

I’m very glad this wasn’t part of a series; I probably would have died waiting for the rest one. Especially if it would have ended with a cliffhanger, then I totally forget about what the book was about by the time the next one comes out. I hope to get as many people to read this as possible. You won’t be disappointed!

5/5 stars

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Waiting on Wednesday #5




waiting on wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the spine






This week's book I cant wait for is:


Lola and the boy next door
by:Stephanie Perkins
publicatin date:September 29th 2011


Summary:In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, 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 move back into the house next door.

When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—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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Angelfire


Title:Angelfire
Author:Courtney Allison Moulton
pages:453
publication date:february 15th 2011



Review:I did not know what to expect when I first started reading Angelfire.

I read pretty many paranormal Angel books before, and I have to say I never read anything like this one before.

Angelfire was packed with, action, adventure, lots of battle scenes and romance. I liked how the girl wasn’t perfect, she had flaws. Too many books portray the hero to be perfect and flawless but it wasn’t the case with Angelfire.

This whole book was good vs. Evil, The twists and turns were totally unexpected and exciting, I read each page on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next, obviously she wouldn’t die since this is only the first in the series but it could happen.

The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking how can she go to school, come home and act normal to everyone she knows, when she’s secretly meeting up with Will and fights Demons, how does she get any sleep, I would be totally freaking out, especially since it caused a lot of destruction to not only her, but her car. She had to lie to her parents and friends. They must be so dense to actually believe half the stuff she tells them.

Then there was Will. *sigh* , I couldn’t get enough of Will, he was hot, strong and above all that he’s Ellie’s guardian Angel, and although there was a lot of tension and attraction between the both of them, Will still fought the urge to be with her, just to do what’s right. Even though he is only meant to protect her I still think he should have caved and just been with her.

Now of course the book ends with a cliffhanger, and like many other books I have to wait till 2012 to read the next book in the series, I can’t wait to read what happens next!

4/5 stars

Overprotected


title: Overprotected
author: Jennifer Laurens
pages: 243
publication date:April 29th 2011


Summary:
Ashlyn:A lonely society princess living in New York City.

Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.

Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.

Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.

Daddy was wrong.


Review:
I have been waiting a whole year at least to read this book, and finally I have been able to buy it!!
I’d like to say it was all I imagined and beyond. But I think I got myself a little to hyped up for it, I still loved this book to death though.
I felt very sad for Ashlyn; her parents were controlling her life. They picked out her college; her dad didn’t want her to date at all. Her parents hired “companions” for her, another word for a bodyguard.
Ashlyn was almost 18 and she didn’t need someone protecting her 24/7. No one has tried to kidnap her again, it only happened one time when she was younger. Now she’s almost 18 and her dad won’t let her have any friends her dad wouldn’t approve of. He takes her cell phone, making sure she’s not talking to anyone other than her best friend.  Talk about being a paranoid parent.
Just reading about her dad made me want to take this book and chuck it out the window. At least he wasn’t physically abusive to her, but the way he treated her was a form of abuse in a way.
Whenever there was a scene with Ashlyn and Colin I couldn’t help thinking about how perfect they are for each other. Although at first it really annoyed me that right away Ashlyn had feelings for Colin even though she hated him ever since she was little, I mean she just looked at him for the first time in years and it was an instant attraction. She didn’t even hate him for that long after they reunited.
Don’t even get me started with Stuart, I liked him even less than Ashlyn, I knew there was a creepy stalker vibe about him! Oh what people don’t do for “love.”
This book had me cringing, being on the brink of tears but happy at other times. I wanted to know what was next after each page, I couldn’t get enough, I was sad to see the book over but I felt satisfied.
The cover was absolutely perfect for the book; it captured exactly what the book was about.  I look forward to reading more of Jennifer Laurens books!
4/5 stars

Where I belong


Title: Where I belong
author: Gwendolyn Heasley
pages:289
publication date:february 8 2011

summary: Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .

When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.



Review:
I absolutely hated snobby Corinne so much, she didn’t appreciate anything. But I totally understand her point though, going from being rich and being able to go shopping anytime she wanted, to going to a very small town in Texas with nothing.
Still she should respect people more.
I have to admit, I thought I was going to like this book a lot more than I did. I saw the cute cover and immediately was drawn in.
Although being in recession really taught Corinne a great lesson. Not only did she not respect her parents she didn’t respect herself. Her and her brother (Tripp) both left their lives in New York behind. Corinne has a hard time adjusting to her small house, living with her grandparents, no malls, and a little school where she meets some interesting people.
She learns what friendship, gratitude and love really is.
At the end of the book, she finally makes up her mind about the boy that she actually likes, and then she finds out she is going back to New York. It kind of made me frustrated because that’s how it ended and it never told us what happened next. Did they stay in touch?
This story was a great story about accepting the tough situations we face in life. It was a light and fast paced book. So if you’re in the mood to make some tea and cozy up with your favorite blanket, this is the book for you. I hope to see more from this author
4/5 stars

Steel


Title- Steel
author- Carrie Vaughn
Publication date- March 1st 2011
pages-287
summary-
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.



Review:
Steel is a quick and entertaining read.

Jill the main character in the story is obsessed with fencing. She loves the sport and she’s very dedicated to it. She loses herself in it. That’s why when Jill losses a competition she is very upset with herself. She thought she was better than that. While she is moping around her family then goes on vacation. While she’s there, her life changes forever.

Jill finds a broken rusted sword that washed up from shore; she pockets it and cleans it so it would sparkle. It never left her side. But while she’s out on a boat she falls overboard and finds herself in a whole other century. She’s living with real life pirates. They take her in and welcome her aboard. They all become a family. But she is desperately trying to find her own way back home.

While she’s on the ship she has to go under many battles from other ships and learns to fight with a real sword.
The sword she found lying on the beach is magical. One of the pirate ships is looking for the other half of the sword that Jill has. Once it becomes one it holds great power.

The one thing that annoyed me was the romance spectra of the story. I was expecting more of it. There were hints here and there that they were attracted to each other but I really didn’t see it till the end of the book.
Carrie Vaughn has a type of writing that I love but don’t like at the same time. It’s hard to explain. I absolutely love her work but while I’m reading I get a little bored. Yet by the time its finished I give it 4 stars.
This book was fun and enjoyable; it had time travel, pirates and some action in it! There aren’t many good girl pirate stories. This is a must read!

4/5 stars

Teaser tuesday #4


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!


my teaser-


Title: Invincible
author:sherrilyn kenyon



"That's the trick. People deceive and they lie. The more you have, the more they scheme to take and the more often they try."


page 217 of invincible


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Desires of the Dead


Desires of the dead is one of my many favorite series. It’s a little bit eerie but I love it.

Violet has had a special power, ever since she was little she would feel an echo that would lead her to find a dead animal, as she has grown up, the echo has showed her more than just dead animals. The echo has pointed her to dead body’s who aren’t at peace. In the beginning of Desires of the dead she felt a pull to a body that was trapped inside a shipping container.

She makes an anonymous call to the police telling them her that she heard something inside the huge container and she left the scene, knowing that the police would find it. A couple days later she gets a mysterious call from a lady named Sarah Priest, who wanted to talk to Violet. Sarah was curious as to how Violet found the body but Violet wouldn’t tell her a thing.

Throughout this whole book, I thought there was going to be some huge twist in the plot, I kept waiting and waiting and none came. I was a little disappointed at the lack of mystery. It was pretty easy for me to figure out what was going on. I wasn’t totally sure but at parts it was pretty predictable.

I absolutely love Jay, he’s sweet and totally in love with Violet, no matter how many girls try to flirt with him. He is totally dedicated to Violet and nothing came between them. Although I was hoping for Jay to stray a little towards some girl, or Violet to somehow have something with Rafe, nothing happened. Although I am very curious as to what is up with Rafe. *sigh* I guess I’ll just have to wait for the next book.

I wish I could have given this book more stars, it was that good. Now I have to wait a whole year to find out what happens next. No more Rafe for a year. I hope something happens between them in the next book. Anyways, I strongly suggest reading this series. You won’t regret it!

5/5 stars

The Iron Queen


“The Iron Queen” is third book in the Iron Fey series, and boy was it a good one!

Throughout the whole series Meghan has gotten stronger and stronger, when I first started the series I used to think of her as weak and whiny. Now I can say that she has grown into a warrior. She definitely showed off her strength and power in the Iron Queen.

A couple of things that did annoy me in this book were Ash’s moods. Don’t get me wrong I am team Ash all the way, but it was like, one moment he was all love and rainbows and then the next second he was icy and guarded of all his feelings, throwing a pity party for himself.

I was very disappointed with the ending. I don’t want to give anything away but it was just frustrating. I now have to wait till November to see what happens next. “The Iron Knight” is also in Ash’s perspective. We can all get to know him just a little bit better in this one.

For some reason it took me forever to get done with book and I don’t know why because I love this whole series, I found out that 2012 that Julie kagawa is coming out with a new series. I don’t know if I’m going to like it since I’m so used to reading about fairies, but I’m going to give it a try.

Anyways Meghan sacrificed a lot in this book, if I were her I don’t think I would be able to do half the things she did. While I was reading it, I kept thinking about myself in her position. I wouldn’t be that strong. She not only had to defeat the Iron king once before but she has to defeat the false Iron King.

Overall this book was very exciting and had a lot of action in it! I can’t wait for the next one in the series, coming out in November.


4/5 stars

Cloaked



I really liked how Alex Flinn modernized a whole bunch of little fairytales and stuck them together to make a great modern fairytale. Although I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, it was still enjoyable.

Johnny works at his family’s shoe repair shop in a hotel, working long hard hours to help pay all the bills. One day, the princess of Aloria comes and stays at the hotel where Johnny works. She comes find Johnny and makes a proposal. She wants him to go on a quest to find her lost brother who was turned into a frog. The princess gave him a magic cloak and a pair of earbuds so he can talk to animals who were once humans.

That convinced Johnny that this wasn’t a game, it was real. He accepts the quest only because she offered him lots of money, money he could give to his mom to pay the bills. She also said that if he came back with her brother, she would marry him.

Johnny goes on a quest running into many problems along the way, testing his strength and courage.

This book is fast paced and action packed, although this book was kind of predictable it was still a good read. Cloaked had my attention throughout the entire book but I didn’t love the book as much as I thought it was going to.

I didn’t know half of the fairytales mentioned in this book but that’s what made it better. The fairytales that have been included in this book is: “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, “ The Frog Prince”, “ The Six Swans”, “The Golden Bird”, “The Valiant tailor”, “The Salad” and “The Fisherman and His Wife.”

If you’re in the mood for a light read, I would suggest reading “Cloaked.” You will not be disappointed. I hope that Alex Flinn comes out with some more modernized fairytales!

3/5 stars

Delirium review


Laurel Oliver is a talented author who has written an emotional book about love, or rather lack of.

While I was reading this book I became very frustrated, I could not imagine a world with Love, Thankfully Lauren wrote a book that I could wrap my mind around. The book started out talking about the book of shhh and what it was. Then the next chapter started her life story, starting with her mom’s funeral. Everyone in the world was cured of love. Everyone got the procedure that would cure them of the disease of Love. Lena was counting down the days till her procedure. She didn’t want to go crazy, like her mom used to be.

Lena’s mom never believed in the cure. She believes in Love and wanted to keep her emotions. She didn’t want to walk around like all those other emotionless robots. Lena was told that her mom had committed suicide, jumping off a cliff to her death. Ever since then Lena has gone through so much. She loved and missed her mom, no matter how crazy her mom was for not accepting the cure.

Lena’s best friend Hana has always been the risk taker, never one for going by the rules. When they went for their evaluation before the procedure, Lena messed up big time. She said crazy things that the judges were appalled at the answers she gave them. Even though her aunt made her go over the answers. Thankfully some kind of prank disrupted the meeting and she was able to do a redo of her meeting another time.

Lena then meets Alex. A boy she thought was cured, so she didn’t need to worry about falling in Love. Before she knew it she bumped into him multiple times and they started meeting up together secretly. Lena starts feeling something for Alex and her fa├žade crumbles away. Not only does Love Alex, Alex loves her back. She doesn’t want to be crazy like her mom, she doesn’t want the disease.

What was frustrating was that Lena had feelings for Alex, yet she denied it. All throughout the book she kept creeping around her feelings, hoping they would go away. But they never did.

By the end of the book I was sitting on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. I didn’t expect the ending at all. So many twists and turns.

I really want to review more of the book but it would give to much of it away. To many spoilers.

Although the first 150 pages were kind of slow, it was good to be able to see her story, to feel the emotions of why she was the way she was. This story kind of reminded me of Matched in a way and I loved it. I’m a huge fan of Lauren Oliver and now I’m mad that I have to wait a whole year to read Pandemonium.

All I can say is that, if you haven’t read Delirium yet, you have to. No one should go without reading this book!

5/5 stars

Author interview and giveaway with Maria V. Snyder


Author:Maria V. Snyer
book/series:
The poison study series
The storm glass series
Inside Out series
and her new book coming out in 2012-The touch of power



Bio:
When I was 12, I learned about meteorologists and decided to become one. My visions of chasing tornados didn’t pan out since I was bad at forecasting. Let’s face it, I’m a daydreamer—always have been. I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist. It’s never a good idea to get caught idle, so I wrote my daydreams down. My first novel was Poison Study and it was published in 2005! I caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed. Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass). The environmentalist in me comes out in Inside Out. Trella’s world is contained and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world! I love my new job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn to pick locks, take glass blowing classes and get a tour of a maximum security prison and call it work? I’ll give you a hint—not working as a meteorologist :)



Interview:
What made you decide to start writing Inside Out?


A: I dreamt the story - the whole thing, characters, plot, twists..it was the first time and last time that has ever happened (wish I could remember what I ate for dinner that night!). I really liked Trella and wanted to tell her story, so I wrote about 7 chapters and my publisher loved it and bought the story for their new YA line.

How long did it take you to write Inside out and Outside In?

A: It took me about 4 months to write the first draft and then another 2 months for revisions and edits - so a year total for both.

After you were done writing Inside out, did you already have the story made out for the second one?

A: No. I discover a story as I write so after the first book, I knew I wanted to focus on how everyone was adjusting to the changes or how they weren't :) and as I worked on it, the story unfolded. The second book was harder to write because I didn't dream the entire story and had to figure it out!

I know these books are about the future, and I was wondering what went on in your mind when you thought about writing about the future? Do you think the future is going is going to be like this?


A: Actually, I'm not sure if they are about our future - they could be about our past (ever wonder why the industrial revolution happened so fast??) or it could be about another race of people on their way here ;) Trella's people haven't told me their history....yet :)

Where's your favorite place to write?


A: In my office at home - although I wrote my latest project in our rec room downstairs on my laptop - it was away from the internet and all the piles of stuff I needed to do that kept distracting me.

How many hours a day do you write?

A: I try to write 5 hours a day and my goal is about 1500 words - but when a deadline is looming, I'll write up to 10 hours a day and around 3000 - 4000 words.

Would you compare Trella to yourself at all?

A: A little bit. She's very independent and able to take care of herself and that is from me, but otherwise, she's braver and more cynical than I am, and I'm more trusting than she is.

For future authors who want to write novels themselves,what advice would you give them?

A: Persistence is my biggest advice to all aspiring writers. Keep writing, keep submitting, keep writing and keep submitting. Don't give up...ever :) I do have a number of writing advice articles and tips on my website that you may find useful. Here's the link:http://www.mariavsnyder.com/advice.php


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Waiting on Wednesday #4


waiting on wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the spine






This weeks book I cant wait for is.....

Beetween Here and Forever
by:Elizabeth Scott
publication date: May 24


Summary: Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...


Put the link to your WOW below!

Teaser Tuesday #3


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!

My teaser-


Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa


"Yeah good luck with that, socket-head." puck sneered,and I was too tired ot argue

page 234 of The Iron Queen

give me the link to your teaser tuesday in the comments below!

Timeless


Let’s see. What do I say about a book so amazing. I can’t put this book into words it was just so incredible. Imagine being able to time travel. *sigh*

Michele has been having dreams about this boy that has the most beautiful sapphire eyes. She is attracted to him, but never saw him in her entire life. In the same dreams she has been having since she was a little kid.
This book was filled with so many twists and mystery, I couldn’t keep my eyes from flying over every word, soaking it all it. Let’s start at the beginning.

Michele and her mom are like best friends, there very close. One day at school a police officer arrives at her school telling her the most tragic words she could ever hear. Her mom was in a car accident and is dead. Michele was devastated. She was an orphan. Her dad was never part of her life because her grandparents hated him. So her mom tells her.
In the will the next guardians are her grandparents who she never met. She flies to New York and goes to live with her very wealthy grandparents. Her stuff was packed and sent to the new house (mansion) that she is now living in. She finds an unfamiliar box that holds her moms stuff. The stuff she held in a safe in a bank. In the box of stuff she finds a key.
The key seems to be moving. She founds out the key opens up the locked drawer on the bottom of her desk. It opens up to be one of her ancestor’s diaries. It opens up and she is immediately sucked into the diary. She is in the year 1910. There she sees Philip Walker, the boy from her dreams. They lock eyes and both of them recognize each other but have never seen each other before.

This book tells a story of Michele’s romance with a boy from the past and unraveling the mystery of who her dad really is.

The book ended so dumb. It was such a cliffhanger and I hope that I can travel to the future to receive the second book. The time keeper, which comes out in 2012

5/5 stars

Exposed



Exposed is a raw emotional book written in verse, I had no idea what this book was about when I first started reading it. I was drawn in by the cover of the book.

Liz and her best friend Kate have a sleepover and they end up in a fight. The next day Kate won’t talk to Liz or even go near her. She has no idea why. The fight wasn’t that bad and she apologized. Finally Kate tells Liz why she doesn’t want to be friends anymore, Kate has accused her brother of committing an awful crime, that she knew didn’t happen. She confronts her brother, asking him for the truth, he tells a totally different story, whose story does she believe?

Liz loves photography; she hides behind her camera all hours of the day shooting brilliant pictures. But when her brother is accused of a crime, she loses her photography eye. There’s no longer any emotion in her pictures.

If this book wasn’t written in verse I don’t think I would have liked it that much, it was a quick emotional read that left me wondering, and the book got to the point of the emotional stress that Liz was trying to deal with.

I recommend this book anyone and everyone. Although this is a hard subject to read about or even write, this book is extraordinary.

4/5 stars

Reviews by title

A
Angel
Across the Universe
Afterlife
Angelfire
Abithica
Awaken
A Map of the Known World
Abandon
Ashes,Ashes
Awake at Dawn
A Million Suns


B
Babe in Boyland
Blessed
Bumped
Between here and Forever
But I Love Him
Born at Midnight
Bitter End
Between the Lines
Blood Red Road
Bold

C
Cryer's Cross
Cloaked
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
Clean


D
Dark Moon
Delirium
Desires of the Dead
Demonglass
Die for Me
Divergent
Ditched: A Love Story
Dark Souls
Dont't Breathe a Word
Death's Academy


E
Exposed
Entwined
Everblue
Eve

F
Fins are Forever
Forever
Forgotten
Flyaway
Fangirl Forever

G
Glow


H
He's So Not Worth It
Hereafter
Happy Birthday to Me


I
Invinvible
Imaginary Girls


J


K


L
Love Story
Life,After

M
May
Miles from ordinary
Moonglass
My Life Undecided
Magic Within
N
Nia
Nevermore

O
Once in a Full Moon
Overprotected
Outside In

P
Playing Hurt
Possession
Pretty Bad Things
Pure
Pregnant Pause
Patchwork Reality
Q
Queen of the Dead

R
Red Riding Hood
Red Glove
Ripple
Redheart


S
So Much Closer
Stay
Steel
Spellbound
Sixteenth Summer
Shine
Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensionsal Holes
She's So Dead to Us
Sometimes It Happens
Sharks& Boys
Sweetly
Shut Out
Starcrossed
Silver Knight

T
The Locket
The Chaos
Timeless
The Iron Queen
The Lipstick laws
The Darlings Are Forever
The Summer Before Boys
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester
The Last Little Blue Envelope
The Frenzy
Through Her Eyes
The Vampire Stalker
The Secret Ingredient
The Teashop Girls
The Near Witch
Trial by Fire
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills
Then I Met My Sister
The Scorpio Races
Temptation

U


V


W
Where I Belong
We'll Always Have Summer
What Happened to Goodbye
Will Work for Prom Dress
Wondrous Strange
Wizard of Time
Wonderstruck
Want to go Private


X


Y


Z

Organization

Click on any title to view my reviews of 2011 books
reviews by title

Red Riding Hood



I honestly didn’t want to read this book that much. I was going to return it to the library instead of reading it. But boy am I glad I didn’t return it. I couldn’t stop reading it until the end. My mom called me for dinner and I said just a minute. Half an hour later I was still reading.

I saw the commercial for the movie and I was like really??? A type of horror movie from a little kid’s story book. I really want to see the movie now.

Valerie family is forcing her to marry Henry, but Valerie doesn’t want to marry Henry. Every other girl would love a chance to marry Henry but Valerie doesn’t care. She’s in love with Peter, who she hasn’t seen for over ten years. They were childhood best friends and one day Peter was forced to leave because her father had “committed murder”.

Ten year later Peter shows up in town, Valerie and her friends are surprised at how handsome he has gotten. Then one night Claude found Lucie (Valerie’s sister) body lying near a field. Killed by the wolf. Soon the whole town is scared, wondering whose little girl the wolf is going to kill next.

As Peter and Valerie get closer and closer there attraction towards each other gets stronger. Henry finds saw them kissing and he has broken off the engagement. Henry does love Valerie very much. He was sad to let her go but he didn’t want to see her sad when they were together. I liked Henry I wished that somehow it worked out between them but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

Still trying to figure out who the wolf is the whole town doesn’t know what to do. After Lucie dies some of the men from town go up to kill the werewolf once and for all. Henry’s dad dies and they want revenge finally they kill the beast. Or what they thought it was. More of the town died and the whole town was speechless not knowing who it was. Finally the wolf traps Valerie and her friend in a corner. Valerie can understand exactly what the wolf was saying. No one else can hear the wolf. They assume Valerie is a witch and they put her into a jail. They’re going to use her as bait to capture the wolf.

I don’t want to say anymore as to ruin the book but I do want to say that everyone should read this book. The ending doesn’t give you a clue of who the wolf but if you go to this website to read the final chapter and find out who the wolf really is.

5/5 stars

May


I don’t read many books about historical fiction but I loved this book. May is book #2 in the daughters of the sea book. I didn’t really enjoy the first one in the series but I absolutely loved this one.

May is growing up in the 1800’s as the lighthouse daughter. The book starts out with the father finding May out in the sea and bringing her back to his wife.( By the title of series you pretty much tell that it’s a mermaid tale)

May has wanted to go swimming ever since she was little but her parents forbid it. Until one day she found out why her dad said no. She grew a tail in the water. Throughout the whole book you saw her feeling lost and empty there was something missing. She found her missing sister and the felt better but not complete. They are still missing a sister. There are three of them.

The characters in this book felt so real. I loved the relationship between her and her father even after she found out he wasn’t her real father. I was horrified at how the mother (Zeeba) acted throughout this whole book. I felt like punching her and telling her to suck it up.

Then there was Rudd, he was such a creep and then near the end of the book I found out what he was really after. He made me so aggravated. Then the relationship between May and Hugh was so romantic.

I finished May in a couple of hours and I didn’t want to finish reading it. I wanted to know what happened after the book ended. Now I can’t wait to read the third book in the series. I hope I find out when it comes out soon.

5/5 stars

Overprotected book trailer :)


I can not wait to read this !!!!!

Waiting on Wednesday #3


waiting on wednesday is a weekly event hosted by breaking the spine


This week's book I cant wait to read is:
Fins are Forever
by:Tera Lynn Childs
publication date: July 1st


Book #2
Summary:On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams?


Tell me in the comments below if you have read the first one in the series and leave you WOW link, I'll go check it out :)

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