Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 4: Ink

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.

Waiting For:

Expected publication: June 25, 2013
Published By: Harlequin Teen

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Why aren't their a lot of books with Asian Mythology? It's so interesting. The cover's cool, also.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood by: Kendare Blake

Five Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

See, I don't scare easy. But I like scary things. So when I found this book, I immediately started to read it. It picked me up right from the start with Cass hunting a ghost. He's a great narrator.

Anna had a terrible story before she died, and there was a reason why she was evil. It wasn't like she just woke up one day and decided to be bad. She was forced to and kept fighting it. Anna was like two sides of a coin: both a murderer and a victim, like so many real people.

You didn't know the actual villain until the middle of the book. Sure, there was Anna, but she didn't really count since she turned good and all. He was a strange and interesting character.

The plot was well developed. There were very little plot holes. It was fast paced and full of action.

All the characters seemed three-dimensional. They seemed to shape the plot, instead of the plot shaping them. They weren't cliched at all. The ghosts were really interesting.

The writing was great. I never knew it was possible to make something so terrible written well. Everything flowed easily. The word choices were really good.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 3: The Collector

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting For:
The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
By: Victoria Scott
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013
Published By: Entangled Teen
He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.
Why do I always find books I want to read before they even come out?
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Hush, Hush By: Becca Fitzpatrick

2 Stars: Not My Taste

Goodreads Summary:

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)A SACRED OATH

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

So... I didn't like it. Oh, God, now everyone's going to hate me. I wanted to like it. Really. I did. Alright. No one's going to kill me now, got it?

The cover is amazing. It's what made me pick it up in the first place. I just had to have it. But, like so many other books, it was hiding very bad things.

There's a prologue, of course. It's really confusing, though. It's about a guy  named, like, Chauncey, being made to swear an oath of fidelty to a fallen angel. And, no, that's not a spoiler. It tells you in the summary, 'K?

So the story begins with Nora, an average high school student walking in Biology. Is it just me, or is it the science classes with the creeps? She finds out it's Human Reproduction. She meets a guy named Patch, and he creeps her out. In the story, she begins to think that people are out to kill her. She also has strange feelings about a carnival ride, and she almost dies a couple of times. So not so average anymore.

This writing was so schizophrenic. One second, she thought she was safe with Patch. In the very same line, she wondered that maybe she wasn't. What? Make up your mind, Nora! The author was probably like," Should it be all romancy? Or dangerous and dark. Ooh! I'll make it all of the above!" Then, she probably decided to let Nora figure it out. But, Nora, being an idiot, couldn't. And the story was terrible because of the writing and the main character.

If only Nora and the writing were disgusting, I might have given it three stars. But no! Patch was plain creepy. And, yeah, I was expecting an anti-hero who was dangerous and alluring. Patch just ended up weird. He had terrible pick-up lines ("Call me Patch. I mean it. Call me."). He displayed pretty much no feelings of love or affection except to have sex with her. He straight out tells her he wants to kill her. Then, he kisses her.

I didn't like Vee. She kept pushing Nora at guys. She's selfish and ignorant.

The forshadowing was alright. It surprised me at some points.

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Opal Trailer

Here is the amazing trailer of Opal, which is the third book in the Lux series.

The Summary from Goodreads:

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Opal (The third book in the Lux Series)
Available in both print and digital version on December 18, 2012
Barnes and Noble

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #3: Deity

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 teasers from 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!

Teaser From :
By: Jennifer Armentrout

“Do you hear yourself?” I stopped in front of him, hands shaking. “How can you make that decision for other people—for Laadan and Marcus?” “Look,” he said, his hands rising into the air. “Get mad at me. Hit me. It doesn’t change anything.” I moved toward him, to push him but not actually hit him. “You can’t—” He caught both my wrists and hauled me into his lap, switching my wrists to one hand. He sighed. “I didn’t mean for you to actually hit me.” Too stunned to respond, I just stared at him. Our heads were only inches apart. My legs tangled with his, and then he reached up with his free hand, smoothing the mess of hair back from my face. My breath caught as my heart sped up. Our gazes locked, and his eyes turned to quicksilver.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Mila 2.0

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting For:
Mila 2.0
By:Debra Driza
Expected publication: March 12th 2013
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel
This looks so amazing right now. I heard it's like Bourne Identity, except for the part where she's a girl. And the cover is gorgeus, too. This is totally on my TBR list.

And yes. I know its Thursday.
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Teaser Tuesday #2 : Hush, Hush

Yes. I know it is Thursday. But its been a week since I've last updated my blog. So, just pretend its a Tuesday.

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 teasers from 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!
Teaser From:
 Hush, Hush
By: Becca Fitzpatrick

“He was the worst kind of wrong. He was so wrong it felt right, and that made me feel completely out of control.”  
I just began reading this book and I've heard so many good things about it.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pure By:Jennifer L. Armentrout

Five Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

There is need. And then there is Fate
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.
When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude or killing her.
When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

Pure has everything a book needs: action, suspense, romance, and comedy. It left me craving for more.

I still love Alex. She's a greatcharacter, and, like I said in my review of Half-Blood, she's not perfect. Even if she's not, Alex doesn't deserve all the pain she's gotten. But she's strong all the way through.

I found out more about Seth. Well, sort of. He's still a mystery, but I really like him. He and Alex have a special sort of connection. I like all the sides of him. Also, Seth was there for Alex when Aiden wasn't.

Speaking of Aiden, I got angry at him, sometimes. However, he's the sort of guy you can't stay angry at. He's an admirable character and I like the lengths he takes to make sure the things- or ones- he loves stays safe.

The plot of the story was a definite page turner. It was so fast-paced and action-packed.There are also so many twists and shockers. I think my jaw dropped at least twenty times. There's also a lot of heat between the characters.

I can't say to much, or it will spoil everything, but I think this book was better than the first. Now, I'm off to the next book.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #1: Sweet Peril

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting for:
Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)
By: Wendy Higgins
 Expected Release Date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

**Review for Sweet Evil to come soon***

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Onyx By: Jennifer Armentrout

Five Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

If Obsidian was great, Onyx was breath-taking. It was more intense, more brutal, and more surprising.

Onyx was funny. There's witty banter between Katy and Daemon. And it's better that Obsidian's.

Katy is witty and feisty. She lives up to the nick-name, Kitten. She's fierce and protective. Sadly, not everyone can be perfect. This was one my favorite aspects of this novel. If you don't give someone flaws, you can't relate to them. Therefore, you dislike them. She made some big mistakes, but doesn't ignore them. They shape her into a better person. Katy was always strong, but she's a fighter, now.

We've all seen Daemon's protective and charming side. But now, Jennifer shows a new part of him. It's a sweet, sweet side of him that not a lot of people have seen before.

Blake Saunders is the new guy. He's mysterious with secrets. Lots of them. I didn't like him at all. Well, at first, I sort of liked him. But then, when the secrets got out, I hated him. I can't say anything without spoilers.

The plot was well developed. It placed everything perfectly. We don't get a filler novel, like so many books.

And the ending. Talk about a cliffhanger!

The wait for Opal will kill me. If its even half of Onyx, I'll love it.

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