Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: I'm trying to get myself together so I can write this review, because well . . . Wow! This book is fantastic. Angelfall is so unlike anything I've ever read that I'm having a hard time trying to describe how much I enjoyed it. Susan Ee is such a talented author. Throughout the entire book, I was able to picture everything perfectly. You know those books that are so clear and vivid and it feels like you're watching a movie? Yeah, this was like that.

Now the cover! The cover is just beautiful, but don't let it fool you. Sure the cover does make it look dark, but the angel wings make it look a lot lighter than it actually is. Angelfall is definitely dark, creepy, and intense, but it is sure worth the read.

Action & Plot! Okay, so in the beginning of the book, Penryn, her little sister, and her mother try to escape their apartment building, and while on the streets, stumble across angels. Well, they don't actually stumble across them, Penryn and her family just see the angels within the vicinity, and hide. Penryn witnesses Raffe getting his wings sliced off. When one of the angels notices Penryn's family, Penryn tries to help out Raffs by giving him back his angel sword. And for punishing Penryn for doing that, the angels take her sister. Now, like I said before, this book is intense. There are fight scenes, chase scenes, scenes with creepy crawlers, and scenes with a hot angel that lost his wings. Angelfall is one action-packed, fast-paced novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The romance! The romance between Raffe and Penryn was both equally frustrating and almost-there adorable. I shipped them the second she slammed him into a wall (in her defense, he was trying to choke her). Ha, interested now? You should be. Anyways, back to talking about the romance. Most of the time, I felt bad for Penryn because she was just so confused when it came to their "relationship". Raffe is the kind of mixed signals. One second he would be protecting her and comforting her, and the next he would be telling her that he doesn't even like her. Then again, he's been against angels mixing with humans forever, so I guess I get why he's so hot and cold.

Character Discussions!

Penryn: Penryn has quickly become one of my favorite female characters of all time. She is so funny and snarky and sarcastic. And she definitely kicks some serious butt throughout the book. The way she would stop at nothing to save her little sister really touched my heart. Penryn is such a strong character and I'm really excited to see more of her in the next book.

Raffe: I LOVED this guy! When I first started this book, I never expected an angel to be as sarcastic and snippy the way Raffe was. But I was so happy that he was unlike what i expected. Like many other guys in YA books, Raffe hides his feelings for Penryn from her. I hope he'll be a little more open with her in the next book.

Paige: This little girl just broke my heart. She was just so adorable and sweet and I just loved her.

Mom: This is Paige and Penryn's mom and I loved her. Susan Ee is brilliant for making the mom psychotic. It was the highlight of the book; it made situations pretty funny. Some situations. Not all.

My Randomness Moment: I love how the mom was the head thug at the angel hotel. It was so funny to read about her and her cattle prod. All the other thugs are like, "No! Please don't hit me with your cattle prod!"


"We now play a permanent game of I-am-crazier-and-scarier-than-you."

"Big words from a guy who's trussed up like a turkey. What are you going to do, wobble over here like an upside-down turtle to snap me in half?"

"Just my own personal demon, Mom. Don't worry. He's just a little weakling."

"When I was little, I always thought I'd be Cinderella, but I guess this makes me the wicked witch.
But then again, Cinderella didn't live in a post-apocalyptic world invaded by avenging angels."

"As an experiment, I call him all kinds of names in my head. When he doesn't respond, I come up with random images in my head to see if I can get him to give me a funny look."

"Anybody who ties you to a chair at gunpoint is a bad guy. Do I really need to explain this?"

""My friends call me Wrath," says Raffe. "My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What's your name, soldier boy?""

"What, and miss the fun of rattling their tiny little brains wondering what happened?"

"I have more than a few "eww" moments during the day."

"She turns back to Raffe, her face melting into a radiant smile. She puts her hand on his arm as he's about to take off his pants.
And that's all the excuse I need.
I grab a sudsy shirt out of the gray water and throw it at her.
It makes a plopping noise when it lands on her face, wrapping around her hair. Her perfect hair clumps into a stringy mass, and her mascara smears as the cloth slides wetly down her blouse. She emits a high-pitched squeal that turns every head within earshot.
"Oh, I'm sorry," I say in a sugary voice. "Did you not like that? I thought that's what you wanted. I mean, why else would you be getting all grabby with my man?""

"A little weird? That was freakin' Bizarroville."

""Not that . . . you didn't look right before. I mean, you always look . . . magnificent." Magnificent? I almost roll my eyes. What a dope. I don't know why I said that."

"One of the guards eyes us as though his Spidey sense is sending alarm signals about us."

"When a man in purple and screaming pink stares at you, you know it's time to change your appearance."

"My mother opens her arms wide as she walks toward me. Her cattle prod dangles from her wrist like an oversized charm bracelet for the insane."

"She's had a lot of practice sneaking around in the dark, avoiding Things-That-Chase-Her."

Did I like this book? Loved!
Would I reread it? Hell to the yes.
Would I recommend it? Go buy this now!

--What did you think of this review?! :D

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A to Z Book Blogger Survey

Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner created this awesome bookish survey. I've been seeing a lot of people completing this survey, so I thought I'd join in on the fun and participate, too!

Author You've Read the Most Books From:

Definitely Jennifer L. Armentrout! She's my favorite author, I seriously love her. I've read almost every book she's ever published. Altogether I've read 14 of her books and I'm excited to read more!

Best Sequel Ever:

Either Scarlet by Marissa Meyer or Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Hmmmmm . . . Can I pick both?

Currently Reading:

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare! Yes, people, I'm finally reading it!!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Hmmmmm . . . I don't really drink anything while reading, but if I had to choose, it would have to be water. I'm not normally a spiller, but better safe than sorry with me.

E-reader or Physical Book:

Physical books all the way! I'll occasionally read on my Nook, but I prefer to have the actual book in my hands!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:

Oh. Well, I'm in high school at the moment and I don't know if I would actually date them, but if I have to choose I'd say Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

Oh, this is too hard! Okay, let's see. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I didn't really want to read this at first, because, well, I didn't think I would like it. But then my friend Hailey bought it, and let me borrow it, and then BAM! Insta-love! So, yeah. Cinder. Cinder. Cindeeeerrrr.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins. The first two books that are currently out are Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril. I don't think many people know about these books and that's a shame, because they're both really good.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

Starting this blog, for sure. Without Escape Reality Through Books, I most definitely would not have read so many amazing books.

Just Finished:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

Kinds of Books You Won't Read:

Nonfiction books. Unless they're for school, of course. That's the only exception.

Longest Book You've Read:

Probably Breaking Dawn with 756 pages! Go me!

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

All of Jennifer Armentrout's books! That girl knows how to get to the feels!

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have 3 bookcases! One big one next to my window, another next to my closet which has my TV on top of it, and one behind my bed!

One Book You've Read Multiple Times:

Probably Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. I've read that baby, like, 5 times because I can't get enough of it.

Preferred Place to Read:

My couch! It's just so comfy!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

"A sliver of hope sneaks past my walls and I slam every opening shut. Emotion is evil. People who make me feel are worse. I take comfort in the stone inside of me. If I don't feel, I don't hurt."
~Dare You To by Katie McGarry

I'm not sure why, but I really do love this quote.

Reading Regret:

Hmmmm . . . I don't think I have any reading regrets. The only thing I can think of is having so many book in my TBR pile and knowing that I probably won't be able to read them all.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I really want to finish the Soul Screamers series! I have all the book waiting for me on my shelf just begging me to read them! Tod. Enough said.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

You want me to choose? Le sigh. Okay, here we go. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love absolutely everything she writes and . . . She's just awesome! I have a huge fangirl moment whenever I get my hands on one of her books.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I can't decide between Cress by Marissa Meyer and Let the Storms Break by Shannon Messenger. I need both of these, like, yesterday.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I don't do this anymore, but I used to dog-ear the pages in my books all the time. Now I can't do that anymore because I get anxiety over it! I'm hurting the books!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

What? Alright, here we go. *counts* And it is . . . Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Seriously, no lie. That's what it is.

Your latest book purchase:

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Dualed by Elsie Chapman. I'm really excited to start both of these soon!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I stayed up until probably 3 a.m. finishing this. And it was worth it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting. The setting I chose is School Settings!

1. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

5. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

6. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

7. Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

8. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

9. The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

---Happy Top Ten Tuesday!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Weekend Reads!

Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads is a brand new meme hosted by Alexis at Escape Reality Through Books and Liana at Bookaholic-ness! 

The guidelines are simple: Just grab our button and put it on a new blog post. Then, show us what you're reading and tell us what your goal is (how many pages) for the weekend! (This weekend, I'm reading: -insert book title/picture here-, and my goal is-- # of pages) And the last step: join the linky list, so others can have a link to your blog post!

This weekend I am reading:
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

My goal for this weekend is: 
Hopefully at least 500 pages! (Hmmmm . . . maybe more!)

Weekend Reads meme

Thanks so much for participating and getting this meme started. Please spread the word!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8

My Review: Kody Keplinger has quickly become one of my automatic buy authors. I love her writing style and her hilarious characters. This book has definitely become one of my favorite summer reads.

Okay so this is one of those times where I'm not too crazy about the cover. Don't get wrong, I don't hate it. I don't like it or hate it. I don't know what it is with Kody Keplinger's books and all the close of the girls.

Plot! Okay, so Whitley's just graduated from high school and she's spending the summer with her dad. But then she finds out that everything is changing. Her dad is engaged and the fiancée's kid happens to be the one-night stand from that graduation party. So, like it says above, Whitley parties hard. And eventually, she realizes all the great things she has in this new life. Like, an awesome best friend, an adorable little stepsister, and a hot new--to-be--stepbrother.


Whitley: I was super annoyed with her during the entire first half of the book. I'll admit, at times she had me laughing with her snarkiness, but other than that, no. She goes through a lot of character development, and I'm so glad she did, because otherwise I don't think I would've liked the book as much. By the end of the book, she's still her snarky, cynical self, but she's a lot better about it.

Nathan: He was just so darn cute! Okay, maybe cute isn't the right word. Sexy, smoking hot, gorgeous, sizzling . . . Okay, okay. I'm done. You get my point anyway. Nathan's one of those really hot nerdy guys who sleeps on Star Wars sheets and is definitely not ashamed about it.

Harrison: Oh God, this guy was my favorite character throughout the entire book! He was hilarious and had me laughing every time he was in a scene. I would love this guy as my best friend. It doesn't hurt that he's smokin' hot either.

Bailey: She was so cute! Just that adorable little sister you can never say no to.

My Randomness Moment: I loved that Nathan had a Darth Vader bobblehead in this room! It was so funny and just shows how nerdy he is! I want a Darth Vader bobblehead. Hmmmm . . . I wonder if that shows how nerdy I am.

My Favorite Quotes:

"She could bitch to a houseplant just as well as she could to me."

"It was like a bad made-for-TV movie. Poor little widow meets successful local celebrity. Then it's all flowers and sunshine in suburbia. Ew."

"Of course I'm not comfortable, you Stepford Wife. This is, like, my worst nightmare."

"What the hell? Okay. It was time for a subject change."

"If her man was eye-raping teenagers, he ought to be doing the hard labor. Pervert."

"Somehow, though, Nathan didn't strike me as the type. Maybe it was the Spider-Man comforter on his bed or the Darth Vader bobblehead on his shelf, but he seemed to be more needy than pervy."

"Yeah, that's my name, I thought. Get to the point."

"I tried to think of something else, something disgusting. Anything that would be a major turnoff.
Like dead kittens.
Or spinach.
Yeah. None of that worked."

They're real troublemakers."

"Like a ghost. Gone, but not gone."

"I forced a smile. "Okay. But I'm not watching Bring It On again."
"Damn. I am just so heartbroken by that," he joked."

""You look--"
"Like a giant stick of bubble gum. Yeah, I know."

"When you say epic, are you describing the movies or your shocking level of nerdiness?"

"I want to see that cute little ass shaking right now. You can't fight the music, baby!"

Did I like this book? Yes.
Would I reread it? Probably.
Would I recommend it? If you like Kody Keplinger, then yes. If you like summer contemporaries that aren't cutesy and clichéd, then yes.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: So, I've heard from so many reviews and from a lot of people that Half-Blood is really similar to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. To be honest, when I first read this, I didn't see the similarities; probably because I hadn't read V.A. for a while. But when it was pointed out, I was like, "Oh yeah." Nevertheless, I am still very much in love with this series. I mean, come on! It's Jennifer Armentrout! How can you not love her books?

The cover is so gorgeous and just purple! The flower is so beautiful and when when I read about it in the book, I just about stared at that flower! Definitely one my favorite covers of all time!

So, let's talk about some plot and action! Half-Blood definitely doesn't disappoint in the action department. There are so many kickass scenes There are two different species in the Covenant world. There are the Hematoi, also known as the pure bloods, who are born from Gods and mortals. The half-bloods are the children of pure bloods and mortals. Alex is a half. For three years she's been away from the Covenant and when she comes back, she dreams to become a Sentinel. Now that she's back at the Covenant, she needs to be on her best behavior and not break any rules. But the rule she's having trouble with is Rule #1: You can never be romantically involved with a pure blood.

So the romance was cute and frustrating and steamy! I love Alex and Aiden. They've both been through horrible tragedies. Alex's mom was murdered by daimons right in front of her and it was basically the same case with Aiden. When he was a kid, both of his parents were murdered by daimons, but luckily, him and his brother Deacon survived. They both have such strength that the other needs.

Character Discussions!

Alexandria Andros (Alex): Alex is definitely my favorite female protagonist of all time. She's funny, snarky, sarcastic, and so kickass! I've never loved a character more. Despite everything she's gone through, she's still so strong and she's the type of person that's easily put down.

Aiden St. Delphi: Oh, I definitely this sexy guy is descended from the gods. He was so cute, and sweet, and even funny! Aiden is what Alex has always wanted to be. A Sentinel. I definitely wouldn't mind Aiden being my trainer. He is hot hot hot!!

Caleb Nicolo: Caleb is Alex's best friend and he is hilarious! He was another favorite character of mine throughout the book.

Marcus Andros: This is Alex's uncle that is now the Dean of the Covenant. He grew on me towards the end of the book.

Seth: At first, he's a huge douchecanoe, but he . . . almost . . . grew on me.

My Randomness Moment: I loved the scene where Alex pulls out some of Lea's hair! It was so funny!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'd be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this craphole."

"Blah. Blah. You're gonna kill me. Blah. I know."

"Only titanium would kill a daimon, but I felt confident that being burned alive didn't feel too good."

"Suddenly I entertained a wild idea. I wondered if his lips felt as good as they looked. . . because they looked awesome."

"Would be what---a Cyclops?"

"I rolled my eyes. He made me sound like a cunning criminal about to bring down the entire Covenant."

"You better have had a baby, killed someone, or slept with a pure. Those are your three options. Anything less is totally unacceptable."

"You don't have to. And besides, I don't think I want you shopping for me. I'd end up looking like a stripper."

"I don't want to find out in the morning you burnt down a village while I slept."

"So, what am I learning today? I think we should start with anything that doesn't involve you kicking my ass."

"Try to refrain? As if I has uncontrollable animalistic urges and jumped every half in sight?"

"And don't worry about the shopping. I got some hot chicks to try clothes on for me. Trust me, mutually beneficial day for me."

"One thing I wasn't good at was talking about how I felt. Hell, I wasn't even good at thinking about how I felt."

"Friends don't let friends act like ho-bags."

"'Oh, yes. Please. Can we talk about another hot guy?' Caleb snorted. 'Exactly the thing I want to talk about.'"

"Come to think of it, where in hell is that little ho?"

"I looked down at my own and noted that my legs looked nowhere near as good as hers did. Bitch."

"Illogical? Distraught? Pissed off? Those were a few things I was feeling right now."

"Pissing off the Apollyon probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but my mood was somewhere between crappy and really crappy."

"Then you would not be upset if I said he was a pompous ass?"

"Oh . . . I'm just saving all of this up for years of therapy later."

"Wow. I have the fingers of death."

"I'm the kung fu master."

"I already had excuses ready if I ran into one of those nurses. I had killer cramps. I'd broken my toe. I'd even say I needed a pregnancy test if it meant I could get to where they had Kain, but I didn't need any of my excuses."

"Alex, you're stating to worry me. Insult me . . . or something."

"I don't care if you can shoot lightning from your hand. I will kick you in the face."

"'If you ever say something that stupid again, I will smother you in your sleep.'
His golden brows rose. 'Little Alex, are you suggesting that we sleep together?'
Stunned by how he came to that conclusion, I lowered the towel. 'What? No!'
'Then how could you smother me in my sleep unless you were in bed with me?' He gave a sly grin. 'Think about it.'
'Oh, shut up.'"

"Rules could suck it."

"Look. What are friends for if they can't share a few hours with psychotic daimons? We can look at it as a bonding experience."

"Try telling me when I don't look like I went to third base with a vampire."

Did I like this book? Really loved!
Would I reread this book? I've already read this book, like, 5 times! What does that tell ya?
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of Jennifer Armentrout, then I definitely would recommend this one!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

"Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing 'I smite thee ' as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life." For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals--pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty. According to her mother, that's a good thing.But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death... because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill. The daimons have found her.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9.5

My Review: So, if you guys don't know already, I am a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout! I've read (almost) all of her books and I have to say that her Covenant series is my absolute favorite. Don't get me wrong, I am so in love with her Lux series, but the Covenant takes the cake. I thought I would reread this series just so I can review them for you guys!

So the cover is just green and so gorgeous! I love the way the flower looks as if its on fire. Definitely one of my favorite covers.

Now it's plot and action time! Since its a prequel, there isn't a lot of action, but it definitely has you expecting that there's going to be some kickass action in the next book. So, Alex and her mom have been on the run from the Covenant for the past 3 years, and she doesn't know why they are. On a perfectly normal day for them, the things Alex had once trained to kill, find her and her mom. A daimon.

There's not much romance except for Alex's boyfriend in the beginning, but that relationship didn't last for very long.

Let's discuss some characters!

Alexandria Andros (Alex): My favorite female protagonist of all time. I'll explain more about why I love her in the Half-Blood review.

Alex's Mom: I loved Alex's mom so much. She was so sweet and motherly and I loved the mother/daughter relationship they had together. It was so cute.

Matt: Alex's boyfriend. He never won me over and I never liked him. I'm so glad they were over in a snap.

No Randomness! Sorry!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'd always had this thing about being touched. If I didn't touch someone then I believed they shouldn't touch me."

"Actually, I was prone to random acts of stupidity. I considered it to be one of my talents."

"Previously, I'd crushed on a brooding academic who'd written poems on the back of his school books and styled his dyed, jet black hair so it'd covered his hazel eyes. He'd written a song about me. I'd laughed, and that relationship had been over before it got started."

"Normal girls didn't want their boobs mauled either, and I wholly believed if they could've landed a fist like I could, they would have."

"Even now, I wanted to spin-kick myself in my face for that one. I was like a walking romance novel character, thinking love conquers everything and all that crap. Sure. Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing "I smite thee!" as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life."

"He hadn't seen me make a big deal yet."

"I caught his arm. "Was your mom a gardner?" I asked innocently.
"What?" Ren's mouth hung open slightly.
"Because a face like yours belongs planted on the ground.""

""Oh." I smiled as I faced him fully. "It's on like Donkey Kong."

"I thought his name was Mitch?"

"With or without a purpose, you're a very special girl. Don't ever forget that."

"A quick glimpse at my reflection in the tiny bathroom mirror while I stripped confirmed I looked like Chewbacca."

"Death by flowerpot would be a hell of a way to go."

"Half-bloods were known for their agility and grace, not for tripping over things."

"Great, I thought, I'm being robbed by unorganized criminals. Someone's definitely getting stabbed and it's probably going to be me."

"Surviving a daimon attack only to have my throat slashed for a few hundred dollars? Dammit, people sucked."

"I will survive this."

Did I like this book? It's a part of my favorite series, so, uh, YEAH!
Would I reread it? I've already read Daimon, like, a bunch of times.
Would I recommend it? Yes! If you're thinking about reading the Covenant series, this is the one you should start with.

- What did you think of this review? :D

Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

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

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

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

Rating Scale (1-10): 10!!

My Review: I feel like the last person to read Clockwork Angel, and now that I've read it, I want to kick myself! This book was sooooo good! There's just something about Cassandra Clare's writing and the world she creates that makes it so compelling and just has you so engrossed in the story that you just can't put it down. I'm so excited to start Clockwork Prince, it's just sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up.

The cover is gorgeous, of course. I mean, come on, that's Will Herondale on the cover. Why wouldn't it be beautiful? I love how the clockwork angel that Tessa wears is on the cover, too.

Plot and action! Come on, it's the Shadowhunter world! There's always going to be action and of course it's going to be kickass. Anyways, Tessa comes to London to live with her brother after their aunt has passed away and gets kidnapped by the Dark Sisters. Tessa quickly finds out that she has the power to transform. As in, shapeshift into other people. The Dark Sisters are saving her for the Magister, who wants her--ahem, I mean her power--desperately.

So there are two love interests in Clockwork Angel: Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale. I had a difficult time deciding which guy I loved more because Jem is so sweet and cute and just plain amazing. Although, Will can be sweet and cute when he wants to be, he takes the cake because he was just so funny. Nearly all of the quotes I picked out were what Will said. I loved the way Tessa interacted with Will and definitely snapped at him when he was a bit out of line or really annoying. Without a doubt now, I am so Team Will!

Character Discussions!

Tessa Gray: Okay, so Tessa isn't a bad character, I just kind of wished she had fought a little more. Don't get me wrong, I liked her, she was a pretty cool character and I would love to see what happens with her in the next couple of books. My favorite thing about her was that she absolutely loved to read! She got so excited about books and that's the same way I am! So yeah, I think we could be best friends.

Will Herondale: I already talked a little bit about him above, but let's refresh. Will is a gorgeous, swoon-worthy, hilarious guy that can be a huge douchecanoe when he wants to be. He definitely was a complex character because he wants people to think he's an ass, and he does a pretty good job of convincing people that is, but in reality, he's not that way. Lol okay, so long story short, I want to marry this guy.

Jem Carstairs: I loved Jem! He was so sweet and definitely an example of a guy not having to be snarky (like, Mr. Herondale) to be totally attractive to girls. Mr. Nice Guy over here and I am absolutely in love with him. I want Will and Jem both and they will both have to deal with it.

Jessamine Lovelace: I'm really not that fond of Jessamine. She's was just so bitchy most of the time that I really wanted to slap her. I kept comparing her to Isabelle from TMI throughout this whole book, but I just liked Isabelle a lot more.

Charlotte: She was so nice and just the mother figure of all the Shadowhunters. Even to Tessa, which I found so sweet.

Henry: Charlotte's husband. He was just so cute with his gadgets and being all inventor-y!

My Randomness: Magnus Bane makes an appearance here! And when I saw his name, I literally screamed his name and kinda sorta dropped my book. Lol so yeah my mom looked at me weird for the rest of the night.

My Favorite Quotes:

"Nice place to live, isn't it? Let's hope they left something behind other than filth. Forwarding addresses, a few severed limbs, a prostitute or two . . ."

""They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.""

""Were you thinking about eating me?" Will inquired."

"Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel! I seek scandal and low companionship."

""You know," Gabriel said, "there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will."
"There was a time I thought I was a ferret," Will said, "but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.""

"Drowning yourself won't help, she told herself sternly. Now, drowning Will on the other hand . . ."

"Anger, Tessa thought, was satisfying in its own way, when you gave into it. There was something peculiarly gratifying about shouting in a blind rage until your words ran out."

Did I like this book? Absolutely!
Would I reread it? Probably. I'll always need more of Will Herondale.
Would I recommend it? Duh!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Diva by Jillian Larkin: Paperback Release & Giveaway!

Hey, guys! Hope everything is good in all your book loving lives! Have you read some awesome books lately? Yeah? Yeah? No? Well, nevertheless you should definitely leave some recommendations for me!

Anyways! Let's talk about the real reason for this post. As you know from the title, it's a GIVEAWAY! My fellow book blogger Liana from Bookaholic-ness~ is having a giveaway for a series that she loves!

Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination. It's 1923, and anything goes

Liana will be giving away the third installment in the series, which is Diva! The point of this giveaway is to celebrate the paperback release of this book. So you haven't yet read this series, you should definitely be picking it up. The cover is so gorgeous, if I do say so myself!

The only terms & conditions are that you must be living in the USA! Now go forth and enter this awesome giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And definitely check out Liana's blog while you're at it! Click here to get there!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: Well, it seems to me that I've been reading nothing but amazing books! And believe me, that is OKAY with moi! I actually picked up this book because of all the hype I'd heard about it, and yes okay I was a little hesitant to start this one because I just, well I'm gonna be honest here, I really didn't want to. It was just one of those books where it's on my shelf and I plan on reading it, I just don't exactly feel like it yet. I want to kick myself for that! For not reading this sooner! The Darkest Minds was an amazing book and it was soooo good! I'll explain why I love this book below!

I'll be honest, I'm not too crazy about the cover. It wasn't what I expected for a YA book. Although it does fit the book perfectly, the cover is dark and mysterious and creepy and just represents the book very well.

So the action was actually pretty impressing. And so was the plot! Ruby is classified at Thurmond as a Green, but she's the only one that knows the truth about herself (ha, no I'm not going to tell you) . She escapes Thurmond with the Children's League, and then quickly escapes them, and joins a small group on a journey of their own. Liam, Chubs, and Zu are looking for a safe haven for children like them--ones with abilities--called East River. I don't think I can really say any more without giving anything away. But yeah, the action was awesome and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

The romance was just perfect and so cute! I loved the relationship Liam and Ruby had with each other. They're such strong characters and together, they just made each other stronger. The snippy banter they had was funny and absolutely adorable. I'm not so sure that I would like this book as much if there weren't any romance.

Now let's discuss characters!

Ruby: She was such a fantastic protagonist! Ruby was strong and definitely had a lot of character development throughout the book. In the beginning she couldn't even stand up for herself and but the end, she was so kickass and awesome!

Liam: Liam has now been added to my Book Boyfriend list! I loved every time he called Ruby darlin' and Ruby Tuesday! He was such an amazing leader and he cared so much about the people in his little group. I definitely want my own Liam.

Chubs: So, at first Chubs wasn't my favorite person. But of course, he grew on me. He was funny and snarky at times, and then a total butthole at other times, but he cools. He's definitely that type of guy that pretends he doesn't care but he totally does.

Zu: She is such a cute little girl and you have no choice but to love her!

My Random Statement: I definitely want to be a Blue! Liam and Chubs abilities are so awesome and I want them!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I was still stuck in my own world of sunshine, ponies, and my race car collection."

"Dreaming led to disappointment, and disappointment to a kind of depressed funk that wasn't easy to shake. Better to stay in the gray than eaten by the dark."

"I'm not sure who she thought she was fooling with her sweet little B.S., but it wasn't me."

"It was the first true sign of life we'd seen in all of our driving--most likely because we were cruising down Dead Man's Highway in the middle of Butt-Freaking Nowhere--but that single truck was enough to scare Cate."

"Maybe if I'm lucky, you'll drown yourself in it."

"That was not like riding a bike, you asshole!"

""Thank you, Chuckles," Liam cut in, "for that rousing burst of optimism.""

""Thanks," Liam said. "You're the best, Mother Teresa.""

""Fat chance," Chubs grumbled. "The woman is a Terminator.""

"He wore his thought plain as day on his face: You're still here?
I shrugged. Deal with it."

"Thanks, Ruby Tuesday."

""You okay?" He asked.
"Fine," I said. "Pissed. You?"
"Fine. Pissed.""

"I'm sorry, did I stutter?"

"The only thing the ramshackle group had in common, outside of their pool of food and an alarming pile of firearms and knives, was their camp in New York, which they lovingly referred to only as "Satan's Ass Crack.""

""You have two seconds to tell me you're kidding," I said, "or I'm punching you in the face.""

"Okay, Charles. Charlie? Chuck? Chip?"

"When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy. Having two of them just meant that they stared at each other helplessly instead of at me."

"We wanted you yesterday, we want you today, and we'll want you tomorrow. There's nothing you could do to change that."

"Did I? The memory was milky and distorted, like I was glimpsing someone else's dream. "Angry man," I said. "Rifle. Ruby's head. Ouch.""

"". . .crackers . . . " a voice breathed out behind us, "yessss . . .""

"Time to carpe the hell out of this diem."

"Any day now, Marian Librarian."

Did I like this book? Yes! Absolutely!
Would I reread it? I plan on it!
Would I recommend it? I recommend that you read this now!

--So what did you think of this review? :D

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8

My Review: The Distance Between Us, though not a book set in summer, is the perfect summer read. I'll admit it was a bit cliché for my taste, but somehow I still loved it. Kasie West's writing was flow-y and very easy to get in to. This is the first book I've read from Kasie and I know that she currently has a paranormal book called Pivot Point. I have it on my Nook and now that I've read her contemporary, I'm excited to start it.

The cover is exactly what I expected for a contemporary and it's perfect. It's cute and looks very romantic. I'm guessing that's Xander and Caymen on the cover; the thing that makes me laugh is Cander is all rich and stuff and he looks all casual while Caymen looks super pretty in that fancy-ish dress (a dress that I want, by the way). Is it bad that I keep looking at her shoes? They're just so cute! I want them!

So, since there's no action in this book, we'll just talk about the plot. In Caymen's town, there are two types of people: the rich, and the people who sell things to the rich. Caymen falls into the second category. In the very beginning of the book, a boy her age walks into her and her mother's doll store, and from one glance, Caymen could already that he's oozing rich. And everything goes downhill from there! This one was not an insta-love! relationship and I think that's what made me love it. That there was no rush in the romance; they were friends first. Of course there were obstacles, what good book doesn't have them? Obstacles like his friends, her friends, his parents, her mom, and a couple more things I won't mention.

Like I said before, there was no rush in the romance. It was a bit of flirty fun between the two characters. They were so adorable together and their "career days" seemed like such a fun idea. They were absolutely fantastic together and their snippy banter went along so perfectly.

Let's talk about the characters now!

Caymen: She was my favorite character throughout the whole book. She was funny, and sarcastic, and I just loved her humor! She's such a strong character and I loved how she was there for her mom and would do anything for her. The mother/daughter relationship they had was touching. The thing I loved mostly about her is that she uses jokes as a defense mechanism and that kinda sorta reminds me as myself.

Xander Spence: I love this guy! He's so cute, and thoughtful, and creative, and I just want him to be mine! He just had the right kind of patience and tolerance that it takes to be with Caymen. And he actually really liked her a lot, which I found SO cute! I want my own real-life Xander.

Caymen's Mom: Very secretive, but in the end, a mom that loves her daughter more than anything. I didn't like her at first, but then she kind of grew on me.

My Random Statement: Pre-sipped hot chocolate does actually seem a little gross. Although if it's Xander the one doing, I don't think I'll have a problem with it.

My Favorite Quotes:

"Theirs say, 'I want to steal your soul so don't turn your back on us.'"

"No, they threatened to release the souls of past customers. We couldn't have that."

"Would it be wrong if I sicced one of the dolls on him?"

""My mom says before I turn eighteen she still has the right to murder me." My mom always tells me to blame it on her if I am ever in an uncomfortable situation. It seems to work well."

"Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm."

"Sorry, I got caught in a thorny vine and had to untangle myself from its clutches."

"Am I your required dose of daily abuse?"

""You've looked him up?"
"I had to. I might need a kidney one day.""

"Hi, I'm stranger one and this is stranger two. Are you uncomfortable yet?"

"Sean raises one eyebrow when he sees us, probably thinking, Didn't we all agree that this boy is too pretty?"

Did I like this book? Love.
Would I reread it? Well, of course. I need my daily dose of Xander Spence.
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of contemporary books, you definitely need to pick this one up.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Review: Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: Holy cow! Ho-ly cow! Guys! Guys, this book was fantastic! This is the second time I've read it and I still love every single part of it. It never ceases to amaze me. The writing, the plot and concept, the romance, and the characters were absolutely amazing. Shannon Messenger is such a breathtaking author. She pulled me in right away and had me in love with the characters with a quick wave of her pen.

The cover is so beautiful. The second I saw it, I knew I had to have this in my hands. The clouds look so beautiful and magical. The way Vane and Audra are on the cover is actually a scene in the book and I remember, "Hey! That's on the cover! Cool!"

Plot and action! Absolutely amazing! Audra makes a mistake and due to that, the people-or should I say, Stormers--that have been after Vane for years, now know exactly where he is and are coming for him. Audra is Vane's guardian and knows she will go to any lengths to protect him. She is one badass guardian; she will do whatever it takes to survive. I loved the concepts of the winds. There are four types of winds: the Notherlies, Southerlies, Easterlies, and Westerlies. Audra is an Easterly while Vane is the very last of his kind: a Westerly. She has to train him to fight, and during the battle, as a last resort, Audra is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The romance was a bit frustrating, but nevertheless, I loved every single moment of Vane and Audra together. Vane does nothing to hide his feelings from Audra, but she's so broken that she's convinced that once he finds out her secret, he'll never feel the same way about her. She tells herself that she doesn't want him, but come on. Who can resist Vane Weston? Um, no one! That's who!

Character Discussions!

Audra: Like I said before, Audra is one badass guardian. For the last 10 years, she's been alone, hidden in the shadows while protecting Vane. Her father is dead and the relationship she has with her mother isn't so great. Her mother blames her for her father's death. Audra carries so much guilt and the more I got to know her, the more my heart broke for her. She was such a strong character and I'm excited to read more about her in the next book.

Vane Weston: Hot hot hottie! Although I loved Audra, I found myself looking forward to reading from Vane's POV. He was funny, and snarky, and he's definitely my new book boyfriend. Vane's been through a lot in his life, both of biological parents are dead, but he knows that his adoptive parents love him with everything they are. He was such a determined and strong character, and believe me, he's a stubborn one, too. But to make up for it, he's definitely swoon-worthy.

Arella: Audra's mom. You don't even want to get me started.

My Random Statement: Does anyone else sing Adele's Skyfall when they read the title? Don't tell me I'm the only one.

My Favorite Quotes:
"And don't watch me sleep--it's creepy,"

"Wait--what am I doing?
Right, mental inventory of last night."

"Part of me wants to slam the window, lock it tight, and crawl back under the covers. Maybe I'll even put up a sign that says Don't come back unless you're wearing the sexy dress."

"I'm not about to admit I got beat up by a skinny girl."

"Besides feeling like an idiot for sitting in a burned-down house at five-freaking-a.m., holding out my hand like it's some sort of deformed claw . . . not a whole lot."

"It isn't until a fly almost zips into my mouth that I realize my jaw's hanging open."

"I'm Vane Weston: The Last Westerly.
Great--it sounds like something out of an anime cartoon."

Awesome name."

"Note to self: Steal and destroy her jacket as soon as possible."

"my mom says, biting her lip like she's worried we might feel the uncontrollable urge to rip each other's clothes off the second we get near a bed."

"Sheesh, one hot girl walks into the house and all trust vanishes."

"I want to say more, but my dad's joined my mom at my bedroom door, and while he doesn't have her look of nervous terror, he looks like when he's watching the Discovery Channel.
Aren't the mating habits of teenagers fascinating, honey?"

"Her tone's light--but I know she's really saying, "I don't believe your story. Let me poke holes in it.""

"My mom's grinning her my little boy is growing up smile and my dad looks like he wants to pat me on the back and call me "slugger."
Parents: perfecting ways to humiliate their children since the dawn of time."

"If she starts crying, I'm going to smother myself with my pillow."

""Mom," I complain, ready to bean her with my pillow. Or maybe the bedside table lamp."

"Aaaaaaaaaand, there it is.
I shoot her my best I really don't want to talk about this look. She doesn't take the hint."

"Mental note: Bring a Sharpie to training next time."

"I can't believe I made a tornado. A really tiny, wimpy one--but still. A tornado!"

"Epic Vane fail."

"But then my phone vibrated and I realized the first step to taking back my life was right there, in my hands. Well, in my butt pocket--but still."

"The waitress delivers our food, and I smile when I see the giant bowl of pasta she sets in front of Hannah. A girl who eats when she's hungry. Score one for Hannah."

"I stare at my plate, wondering if I can stab myself to death with my butter knife."

"I don't pull away. I might even lean into her hand as ten thousand sparks shoot through my skin at her touch. What can I say? I'm weak."

"Then she fumbles with the seat belt for a hilarious amount of time, twisting it all kinds of wrong ways. "How does this infernal device work?" she finally asks."

"Huh--I'm actually figuring her out.

"She's probably referring to the fact that I've rested my head in her lap. Hey, when I see an opportunity, I take it."

"I'm insanely grateful Audra slept through that little experiment. I probably look constipated."

"Arella clears her throat, ruining the moment.
She's begging to be tackled."

"Dammit--why can't I be more flexible?"

"Arella gasps.
Yeah--that's right. Let's not forget who's the last freaking Westerly here."

Did I like this book? LOVE LOVE LOVED!
Would I reread it? Already have, and I definitely will be reading it again.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. This is a must-read.

Waiting on Wednesday #7

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to get our hands on.

My choice this week is:
Title: Let the Storms Break (Sky Fall #2)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Expected Publication: March 4th 2014

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

--What's your WOW of the week?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books
(might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won't etc) (in no particular order)

1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I've read the entire Vampire Academy series and I loved each and every book. I'm just afraid that this spin-off series won't live up to my expectations or be as good as Rose's story.

2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices trilogy has gotten a lot of hype. Like the previous book, I'm afraid that this series won't be as good as TMI. Yeah, yeah, a lot of people say that it's even better than TMI, but I'm still a little scared.

3. Legend by Marie Lu
My friends and bloggers that I follow have all said that this was amazing and I should definitely give it a shot. Believe me, I want to, but I haven't had the chance. And again, I'm scared!

4. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Need I explain? Have you seen how big this book is?

5. Crossed by Ally Condie
I own the whole Matched series and I quite enjoyed the first one, but I've heard a lot of negative reviews about Crossed. So, naturally, it sits on my bookshelf gathering dust.

6. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Have you seen the size of this book?! Come on, someone tell me I'm not the only one afraid to read this.

7. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
I loved Grave Mercy and I loved reading from Ismae's point of view. I'm not exactly a fan of Sybella so I'm not so sure I want to read from her POV.

8. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
I've heard mixed things about this one so. . . yeah, you know.

9. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
It's supposed to be this epic romance, but I've seen the movie (like 15 times), so I'm not so sure I want to read it. Since its written a while back, I don't think I'll really like it.

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Once again, I've heard mixed things, so for right now, I'm keeping my distance.

--What are your top ten most intimidating books?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mini Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: This book made me love historical fiction even more! At first, I was a little iffy about this genre, but now I'm completely sold! I loved the concept of a convent of nuns being assassins. It just sounds so badass! And believe me, this book did not disappoint. It had everything I loved in a book! Romance, action, and a twist I didn't see coming.

Okay, that was a lie. I kinda sorta had a suspicion about who the traitor was, but that didn't make it any less shocking (maybe just a little).

The cover is absolutely breathtaking so it's wonderful eye candy. The title is amazing and it fit so perfectly with the story that you can't help but love it! The crossbow is my favorite part about the cover.

Ismae was such a strong character and I loved being there for her journey of becoming an assassin. This was another story where the girl breaks free and becomes her own. Whenever that head lady at the convent (sorry, I forgot her name or title) told her to do something, Ismae did the opposite and did what she thought was right. Which happened to be the right call. So, of course, being me, I was like, "You go, girl!"

Duval was an interesting character. I didn't know how to feel about him at first; I honestly didn't even know that he was the love interest until a little later on. But of course, he grew on me and I fell in love with him! He was a little infuriating at times, but I loved him anyways.

No quotes!

No randomness! Sowwy!

Did I like this book? Very much, yes.
Would I reread it? I'm sure I would.
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of historical fiction, then you should definitely pick this one up!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mini Book Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My (Mini!) Review: I loved the take on the zombies! This book was completely amazing and action-packed. If you didn't know this already, I am a sucker for action and romance mixed together. Reboot didn't disappoint in either area. I was kind of in a reading slump for a while. I didn't feel like reading but I felt like I should be reading. I wanted a fast-paced action-packed novel that would take me out of my lazy slump! Reboot was the perfect cure! The cover is awesome and different and I love it. The plot was interesting; I loved the girl-breaking-free-and-becoming-her-own thing.

Wren was an awesome character and I loved being in her head. I thought it was cool how she was a lot more human than she thought she was. Anyways, she was a fantastic character and I look forward to reading more about her in the sequel! Callum---oh, I think I just swooned!---was so freaking cute! And not in the He-could-be-my-brother-cute kind of way, but Aw-he-is-the-best-boyfriend way! I loved how he saw the human in Wren and how he wasn't scared of her. Amazing job on the characters, Amy! Mad props!

No Quotes!

No Randomness!

Did I like this book? Very much, yes!
Would I reread it? I'm sure I would.
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of Divergent (because, seriously? Who isn't?) then I definitely would recommend this book.

--What did you think of this review? :D

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10

My Review: Wow. Why did it take me so damn long to start this series? Seriously someone needs to hit me over the head with a book---only with a bad book that no ones likes. This book was fantastic! I loved every aspect! The protagonist was funny and knew when to pick her fights. I just absolutely love this author's writing style and the world she's set up. So let's get into it!

The cover is gorgeous! I could only guess that that's Sophie on the cover. I love the reflection in the water, she looks so pretty in the dress. It's awesome how she looks so innocent and afraid in the top half of the cover and on the bottom she's all confident and fearless and she looks all, "Come at me, bro." Oh, and I love the way the cat looks all surprised. It just makes me laugh!

The plot and action! I didn't think the plot could get so interesting, but, lucky me, it did! Someone---or something---is attacking students at Hex Hall and the only suspect people could come up with is Sophie's best friend. Sophie tries to learn how she can control her magic and learn even more spells to make her be a better witch. It was pretty cool being able to be with her as she tried to expand her powers. And I totally didn't expect this, but there was actually some fighting, which was pretty awesome. I'm not gonna tell you who Sophie was fighting, but I was impressed with her.

The romance! Okay, I thought the romance was frustrating and cute all at once. So, the love interest's name is Archer Cross. His girlfriend is Elodie, a girl who dislikes Sophie and vice versa. Archer and Sophie tease each other a lot and I absolutely loved that. I'm not sure why but I've always been a fan of the romances where they start off being snarky to one another and then they grow to love each other. The snarky-ness just makes me laugh and it makes for a fantastic story.

Character Discussions!

Sophie Mercer: She is my favorite type of protagonist. She was funny, sarcastic, loyal, and she always fights for her friends. At the end of the book, she surprised by doing the right thing. I'm excited to see more of her in the next two books in the series.

Archer Cross: The bad boy every girl in Hex Hall is in love with. I'll admit, I wasn't his biggest fan at first, but he grew on me. I'm not giving out any spoilers here, but I'm just gonna say that Archer has a big secret, and Sophie isn't the only one who felt betrayed. I wanted to grab Archer by the shoulders, shake him, and yell, "Why?!" That's all I say now.

Jenna: Jenna is Sophie's roommate, best friend, and a vampire. She was an awesome character that I enjoyed reading about. I loved that she was obsessed with all different shades of pink!

Elodie: I really didn't like her in the beginning, or the middle, but at the end I warmed up to her because she didn't mean to do any harm (kind of) and what she did at the end, made up for everything.

Cal: He's 19 and the groundskeeper of Hex Hall. I know. I expected a stuffy old man as a groundskeeper, but no. He's 19. And hot. And a healer. I'm expecting to see more of him in the next book.

My Random Statement: My favorite scene in the entire book was when she yelled, "BAD DOG!" Lol if you're going to start this book, don't worry. This scene comes early on in the book.

My Favorite Quotes:

"Thanks to the humidity, my hair felt like it had tripled in size. I could feel it trying to devour mu sunglasses like some sort of carnivorous jungle plant."

"For one thing, I didn't get to fly around on a broomstick. (I asked my mom about that when I first came into my powers, and she said no, I had to keep riding the bus like everyone else.)"

"I tugged at the hem of my brand-new Hecate Hall-issue blue plaid skirt (kilt? Some sort of bizarre skirt/kilt hybrid? A skilt?)"

"I know, a council that callas themselves "the Council." So original."

"As we made our way toward the school, I could feel sweat pooling up in weird places where I was pretty sure I had never sweat before. How can your ears sweat?"

"Or maybe they were staring at me as I tried to discreetly wipe sweat from between my breast without appearing to get to second base with myself. Hard to say."

"No matter how many times you read about werewolves, seeing one right in front of you is a whole new experience."

"Of course the only words I actually managed to yell at the werewolf as he ran at me were, "BAD DOG!""

"Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings."

"Never has encouragement sounded so much like a threat."

"I expected her to tell me that in the event of an emergency, my brand-new Hecate blazer could be used a flotation device."

"I don't know shay I was expecting a vampire's room to look like. Maybe lots of black, a bunch of books by Camus . . . oh, and a sensitive portrait of the only human the vamp had ever loved, who had no doubt died of something beautiful and tragic, thus dooming the vamp to an eternity of moping and sighing romantically."

"But this room looked like it had been decorated by the unholy love child of Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake."

"I bet she woke up with her hair looking like something out of a Pantene commercial while little bluebirds circled around her head, and raccoons brought her breakfast or something."

"I also couldn't help but notice that she didn't have any freckles, which was enough to make me hate her instantly."

"Dark and white? What, are we like chicken meat?"

"When someone tells you somebody's been murdered, laughing is probably not the best response. You know, for future reference.
But laughing is exactly what I did."

"I stared at them. Had that been their sales pitch? Look! We're really scary! Come be scary too!"

"Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil."

""Cross!" I called. I just couldn't bring myself to say "Arched" out loud. I'd have felt like I was in an episode of Masterpiece Theatre: "Archer! Let us fetch a spot of tea, old boy!"

"I said, even though all I could think was, Slobber! Werewolf slobber! On my skin!"

"Hey, werewolves gotta drool, vampires gotta eat . . ."

"Being manipulated has always been one of my least favorite things. Right up there with snakes. And Britney Spears."

""So how was cellar duty tonight?"

"I answered way too brightly. I sounded like a cheerleader on a Kool-Aid high."

"A Star Wars thing? I was supposed to 'sense a disturbance in the Force'?"

"I could have kissed her.
Well, on second thought, no. Maybe a firm handshake."

""You people are more prepared than the Girl Scouts," I'd muttered. Then I'd fainted."

Did I like this book? Absolutely LOVED!
Would I reread it? Of course!
Would I recommend it? Buy this now! What are you waiting for?!

--What did you think of this review? :D

Friday, June 7, 2013

Book Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Rating Scale (1-10): 7

My Review: I've read Stacey Kade's entire The Ghost and the Goth series and I loved it so I figured I would read The Rules. It wasn't bad, but it didn't wow me either. Don't get me wrong, this was a really interesting read, I really liked that this book was a dual POV though because it was refreshing to be able to inside the love interest's head and know what they feel towards the other main character. That was actually the main thing that impressed me throughout everything. And no, this will not be a negative review, I did like this book, but not as much as I hoped I would.

The cover is really pretty. I loved the fact that they showed Ariane's fake blue eye with her real nearly black ones. I thought it was a nice touch. I also love that you can faintly see Zane in the top left corner. So pretty!

So, action and plot. I finished this book about a couple of days ago so I really don't recall anyone fighting. Aside from Ariane flickering some lights and doing . . . other things, there really wasn't any kick-butt action. The plot was interesting though. Ariane's been in hiding every since her "father" smuggled her out of the genetics lab she was living in. He comes up with those rules for her so they can stay safe and not draw the attention of the company looking for them. So I guess from the synopsis you already know that Ariane is half human and have extraterrestrial. And no, she is not like little (or tall and skinny) green men. She never says "Phone home." Which is just a plus.

The romance was pretty cute and I loved every scene with both Ariane and Zane in it. At first, the romance begins with Zane's evil witch of a friend Rachel having Zane ask Ariane to some school event so they could humiliate her. Zane agrees but he doesn't know why he does. He says its because he's curious about Ariane and wants to know more about her. At first, Ariane and Zane agree to just out on a show, but then of course, like every other romance, feelings of love develop. I loved them together!

Character Discussions!

Ariane Tucker: She is the main character, the one the story starts off with. For as long as she's been in the human world, she's kept her head down and she's stayed out of the way. Ariane was a strong character and I really admired her. I already talked about her above so there isn't much more to say.

Zane Bradshaw: Oh, this guy was a hottie with some serious daddy issues. He definitely was my favorite character in the entire book. Zane was sweet, and sometimes funny, I'd would love him as my boyfriend. He was a pretty complex character and like I just said, his family situation is pretty messed up. His mother left him because his father is a real dickhead and he was pretty torn up about it. I loved the way cared about Ariane and eventually developed more intense feelings for her. Oh. Is it bad that whenever I read his full name, I think of Carrie from Sex and the City? No? Okay, good.

Jenna: This chick does not knowing the meaning of a "true friend." The entire time she only thought about herself. Would not want to be her friend.

Rachel: Bitch. But she was kinda sorta okay at the end. Almost. Not quite.

My Favorite Quotes:
"And once you break one, the rest seem like so much broken glass. The damage is already done."

"Other children had nightmares about clowns, monsters, and--in my friend Jenna's case--the Hamburger Helper hand from the commercials."

", unless I stood next to someone who's fake-baked to a Cheeto orange . . . Or if you knew what you were looking for."

"Twitchy was my middle name today."

"I always forget--is hammered shit better or worse than non-hammered shit?"

"And screaming every time a stranger tried to talk to me . . . well, that was definitely different."
That took stranger danger to a whole new level.

"It means I don't want to talk to you for a minute, thirty seconds, or any other standard or nonstandard measure of time. Got it?"

"We weren't the freaking Mafia."

"But those emotions, while lacking the detail and the shades of gray found in conscious thought, can give you beeline on a person's state of mind, albeit more as an internal scream of rage than, say, someone articulating, "Gee, I am angry.""

"Someone, somewhere, should put her in charge of an army."

"Outside, in the much cooler air, she was glowing in the harsh white parking lot lights. Not literally. That would have been weird."

"Now, that's an interesting mental image. Rachel as a grenade,"

"You know those first few moments after waking from a bad dream, when you're convinced that your nightmare is real, and there's an impossibly large coil of dread in your stomach? But then slowly, details from the dream slip away and reality slides into place. You didn't miss your bio final, you didn't walk into school naked, the evil corporation that created you didn't recapture you . . ."

Did I like this book? Liked, not loved.
Would I reread it? Probably not.
Would I recommend it? No, but I would recommend her Stacey's other series.

--What did you think of this review? :D

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Blog is on Bloglovin!

Guess what guys! My blog is on Bloglovin now! Woo! So now you guys can follow me on here and I really hope you do. I will be having more giveaways up soon!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Friday, May 31, 2013

My Very First Giveaway!

Okay, guys, I know I've been pretty M.I.A lately with all the reviews, but I has been pretty busy with school and finals. But now! Now! Now that school is out and over for the summer, I'll finally be able to catch up with my reviews! And to make up for my absence, I'm having a giveaway! Yes, my very first giveaway, I'm so excited!

I'll be giving away a copy of Lauren Kate's Fallen and a paperback copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! This giveaway ends one month from now.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: Now that I think back to the entire story, I want to cry. It was beautiful and devastating and amazing and heartbreaking. I could go on with so many more adjectives, but I won't. I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why just a couple of days ago at Target. Yeah. Target. I was happy to find it there. I picked this book up because it sounded like a very interesting concept. And believe me, I was not disappointed at all with how the book turned out.

Okay, so the cover. It's cute and simple and absolutely perfect for the book. There's not really a lot I can say about the cover except that I couldn't have thought of a better cover. So cute!

So there is no action in this book, but the plot is definitely interesting enough to have you stick around until you're finished. On a day like any other, Clay finds a package waiting for him when he gets home. At first he thinks that it's from some secret admirer, but what he discovers is much, much different. He opens the box to find a box of old tapes. Hannah Baker's voice is on these tapes and on these tapes, she explains why she decided to end her life. And since Clay received these tapes, he's one of the reasons why. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. The synopsis had me hooked from the very beginning!

The romance is mostly between Hannah and Clay, but since Hannah is dead, the romance is all past tense. Clay had always had a crush on Hannah but never pursued her either because of her reputation or because he was just too shy. I forget which; maybe both. Hannah felt the same way about Clay, but I guess she was scared to pursue him, too. If Hannah hadn't done what she did, I would've loved to see her and Clay as a couple.

Character Discussions!

Hannah Baker: The entire story revolves around Hannah Baker's suicide tapes. She was a really broken character that had to go through tough situations. She didn't have many friends and in school, and she doesn't exactly have a line of boys waiting to win her heart. Or at least, I didn't read in the book that she did.

Clay Jensen: When Clay finds out that he's one of the reasons why Hannah killed herself, he's devastated. Clay is the good boy who gets all the good grades. I really liked him and I wished he had grown a pair and told Hannah how he felt.

My Random Statement: If you've read this book, and if you haven't already listened to Hannah's tapes on YouTube, then you should go do that right now! The username is Hannahsfriend13 Go now! Scoot!

My Favorite Quotes:
"Now, why would a dead girl lie?
Hey! That sounds like a joke. Why would a dead girl lie? Answer: Because she can't stand up."

"Oops. Did you catch that? I said, "Hannah Baker is." Can't say that anymore."

"And sometimes, a rumor based on a kiss has a snowball effect.
A rumor, based on a kiss, is just the beginning."

"And what about you--the rest of you--did you notice the scars you left behind?"

"Because most of them can't be seen with the naked eye."

"I guess that's the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same."

"When you try rescuing someone and discover they can't be reached, why would you ever throw that back in their face?"

"But does that diminish any of your stories? Are your stories any less meaningful because I'm not telling you everything?
Actually, it magnifies them."

"When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messing with their entire life."

"Everything. . . affects everything."

"All you really have . . . is now."

"And what was the last thing I said to you? Because trust me, when I said it, I knew it was the last thing I'd ever say."

Did I like this book? It was amazing.
Would I reread it? Yes.
Would I recommend it? Go pick this up now. (It's at Target!)

--What did you think of this review? :D