Sunday, March 31, 2013

Book Review: Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10!!!!!

My Review: Oh. My. Gods. Holy Daimon babies everywhere! I'm crying. Oh, Gods this book was just amazingly awesome. Apollyon deserves so much more than a ten, but that would break the whole rating scale 1 through 10 thing. So, those five exclamation points will have to be enough. Oh, Gods, I'm still crying. This might be my favorite Covenant novel so far! Let me just give you a couple of pictures so you can (almost kinda sorta) see how I feel right now:

Okay, so, I've been waiting for Apollyon ever since Deity came out and I also finished that crying, too. Just to clear the air, I read the first three books of the Covenant series before I ever had a blog, so I didn't exactly take the time to write a review on it. In the future, if I ever have time, I will most likely post reviews on those. After I reread them, of course. Pfft.

The cover! Look at that gorgeous, breath-taking cover! It's just so beautiful that I would've content to not read it at all and just stare at the pretty flower. The awesome fiery flower thing that's going on is just simply fabulous!

The kick-butt action that Jennifer writes certainly did not disappoint! Every single chapter keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more! Jennifer knows exactly how to keep her readers entertain, happy, and she knows how to torture them at the same time! Lol. But yeah, the action in this book was so completely badass! I loved every moment of it!

So, no character discussions this time, I'm just gonna talk about my two favorite characters in the entire book. Or, well, the entire series I should say. First, Alex. OMG Alex! She has to be my favorite protagonist ever! Out of all the books I've ever read, Alex will always remain my favorite. She's snarky, funny, feisty, and she can kick some serious ass! Definitely number 1 in my Top Ten Favorite Female Heroines!

My second favorite character is Aiden! Aiden St. Delphi! This is Alex's smoking-hot love monkey! Lol, yeah, he's the love interest. Aiden is absolutely perfect! Other than Daemon from the Lux series, Aiden is my other YA boyfriend obsession. I swear I swoon more for him with each Covenant novel! He is like a god (which he is kinda sorta descended from, btw).

The romance between these two characters is absolutely perfectly written! I couldn't have asked for anything better. It was hot, and sweet, and cute, and adorable, and just perfect! Jennifer Armentrout never ceases to amaze me. She will always be my favorite author in the entire world! Lol and that's no lie!

Randomness for just a second! I LOVE that Obsidian was mentioned!

My Random Statement: Jennifer Armentrout has to be the queen of cliffhangers! She's right up there with Lauren Oliver! Lol they love to torture their readers by writing their horrible cliffhangers! I bet they do their evil laugh while doing it, too!

My Favorite Quotes: "Yeah, it's me, in shade form for your viewing pleasure."

"Man, who scrapped the mayo off and only ate a sandwich on one bun? Aiden. That's who."

"I bit back a gag. "Gods, your breath is kicking." I pulled the blade free, revolted by the sucking sound. "For real."
Cocking its head to the side, it blinked. "Kicking?"
"Yeah." Spinning around, I planted my left foot and kicked out, catching the fury in the stomach. It flew back, smacking into the tree. "See? Kicking.""

"I snapped to my feet. "Bitch, please.""
(My favorite line from the whole book! It made me laugh so much!

"Aiden was my other half, my equal. And he needed no weird Apollyon connection."

"You are my everything."

"Good. Because I bite back."

"Do you know how terrible I felt when Marcus came down and found me sitting there like a turd?"

"Good! Because there's more where that came from, you psychotic douchebag!"

"I'm fine. It's your turn. I'll keep an eye on things, make sure no spiders run off with you."

"He pressed his lips to my cheek and let out a little chuckle. "I'm worried if it comes down between me and a spider, I might be screwed.""

"I squared my shoulders. "Release the Kraken!""

Did I like this book? FREAKING LOVED! I would give my kidney for Sentinel right now!
Would I reread it? OMG absolutely!
Would I recommend it? Yes! Only if you've read the first three books, that is! Read them now!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Book Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

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.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: Ehmergerd, you guys, Ehmergerd! This book was just so good that I'm having trouble finding words to describe it for you! It was awesome. (I totally just said that in the voice of the girl from Mean Girls lol.)

The cover! OMG guys the cover! It's just so beautiful and gorgeous that it was (almost) the main reason that I bought it. Lol, so it can look pretty on my bookshelf. But it ended up being so much more than a fantastic cover. The gorgeousness of it was just a bonus!

Okay. So. The plot! The awsome, action-packed plot! I'll admit, the book didn't have me hooked from the beginning. I honestly thought it was a little slow at first. But, come on. What book has the perfect first chapter? In the words of my twin Liana (no, I don't actually have a twin, I just call her that :P), "CASSANDRA CLARE'S BOOKS! ALL OF THEM!" Lol yeppers!

The action in this book was incredible. Mila is a major kick-butt character! I am dying for this book to be a movie so I can see all the butt-kicking, test running, and car chasing come alive on the big screen! During the action parts, I kept thinking, "This would be so badass in a movie! They should do that!" Just in case you didn't catch it already, I want this book to be a movie.

Character Discussions! *Squee!*

Mila: Awesome, awesome protagonist! I couldn't have asked for a better heroine for this book. Mila was just definitely made of awesome! She's an android! Which is so cool! The only things that sets her apart from other androids is that she actually feels actual human emotions as if she were a human.

Nicole/Mom: She is a scientist that helped create Mila. All she wants to do is protect Mila and she wants her to live a normal human life. She definitely had to be one of my favorite characters.

Hunter: I'm excited to read more about him in the next book. Besides Mila's mom, Hunter was Mila's constant rock, even when he wasn't there. She wanted him to keep her human, or at least feel as human as possible. I picture Hunter as a hot skater boy. Just without the skateboard.

Holland: So this guy is the main antagonist and while he isn't exactly huggable, I didn't think he was as bad as Mila made him out to be. He knows all the bad things he's done for his job and he just doesn't care.

Lucas: There's not much I can say without giving away anything. So I'll just say that I liked him and I'm curious to learn more about him.

So the ending definitely was a cliffhanger, but it was bad. It was good, but it was pretty dumb. It was the kind of ending that had you wanting the next book, but not enough to make you want to pull your hair out. Keep your hair on your head, people.

My Random Statement: I think I smell a love triangle coming up in the next book. -winkity wink wink wink wink-. Lol.

My Favorite Quote:
“The room was a small square of hopelessness.
A flash of red. And then:
Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft.
I swallowed a horrific giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.”

Did I like this book? Yeppers peppers!
Would I reread it? Yes. Yes, I would.
Would I recommend it? If you love action, robots, and romance, then this is the book for you!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?

Rating Scale (1-10): 7

My Review: So, just a heads up, this review is not going to be like my other ones. This particular review I am writing for a grade in my English class. Bear with me, people. Okay, so, right off the bat, after all the review and the hype and the reputation that this book has, I was expecting it to be a forget-to-feed-your-kids-and-screw-doing-your-homework one sit read. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it just wasn't my type of book.

There really wasn't a problem and the climax isn't really a climax, but other than that, I guess I'd say it was pretty good. I do have to admit that I watched the movie to understand it a bit more since I didn't really get some of the vocabulary most of the time. Lol, yes it is written in plain English, but it's like an old-timey English.

Character Discussions!

Elizabeth Bennet: The protagonist absolutely deserving of the title. She was witty, independent, funny, smart, and definitely my favorite character in the book. She speaks her mind and is honest about what she thinks. She doesn't sugarcoat things, which is what I love most about her.

Mr. Darcy: At first, I thought he was a total douche that will never find love because he thought he was better than everyone else. And that was because of his social ranking and how much money he had. According to the book, he was intelligent (which he has to be, if he wanted to keep up with Elizabeth), and he usually judges people a little too harshly. In the very beginning, he insulted Elizabeth! But, eventually, he becomes like able and he can love Elizabeth forever and ever!

Jane Bennet: Jane is Elizabeth's older sister, which makes her the eldest sibling of all 5. She is made out to be the most beautiful of all the sisters. She's a lot quieter and gentler than Elizabeth.

Mr. Bingley: This is Mr. Darcy's best friend, who is also very wealthy. He falls in love with Jane and they get married and live happily ever after. He was an okay character. No problems with him.

Mr. Collins: Ehmergerd, this guy. He was so annoying and idiotic. In the movie, he was short, and ugly, and pretty much clueless. And that's basically how I pictured him in my head.

Themes are something I normally don't do, but for this review, I'll make an exception. Especially if I want a good grade. Okay, so, love and social status are major themes in Pride and Prejudice. Like in any good love story, the main character and the love interest have to overcome obstacles so that they can finally be happy together. And Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy definitely have plenty of obstacles. But of course, as we all know and as we, bookaholics read about, LOVE CONQUERS EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING!

Social Status is a very important theme. Mainly because Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley are so high up on the social scale and everyone else might as well sleep in a barn. Like I said about Mr. Darcy before, he was pretty conceited. He thought himself above everyone else.

Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, about 2 years after Jane Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility. Austen published 4 more novels after that: Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. The last 2 were published a year after her death. She published her novels anonymously, so obviously, that didn't make her a popular author at the time.

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 and died on July 18, 1817. All of her novels were mostly romance. Her most popular are Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

My Random Statement: I know I didn't mention her in the character discussions, but I just have to say that I can't stand the youngest Bennet sister! That is all.

My Favorite Quotes:

"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."
That is so not true! Marriage is not all we think about!

"Angry people are not always wise."
Amen to that!

"A person may be proud without being vain."
Yes, don't be so vain.

"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love."
I can't explain why I like this quote. I just do.

"I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh."
Smiling and laughing can mean different things, you know.

Did I like this book? Yes, it was okay.
Would I reread it? Only if I was forced to.
Would I recommend it? Not to anyone I know.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Frigid by J. Lynn

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013
Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2012

About the Author:

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Rating Scale (1-10): 7

My Review: I won Unremembered from The Irish Banana and when UPS dropped it off on Thursday, I just couldn't contain my excitement. I ripped into the package like a hungry wolf. My seven-year-old cousin just looked at me all weird and said, "You're crazy." Lol, anyways! Onto the review!

I had such high hopes for this book, because I read the blurb and it sounded really cool. I had already been making up scenarios in my head and they were all really action-packed and heart-stopping. Sure, there were some exciting moments in the book, but not exactly what I expected. It was actually kind of disappointing. Don't get me wrong, it was good, I liked it, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be.

The cover is what first intrigued me. It's beautiful! I loved it! The face on the cover is who I pictured as Seraphina during the entire book. Yeah, it's blurry, but I still loved it.

Character Discussions!

Seraphia/Sera/Violet: So, Seraphina is like the most perfect human being ever created. She was a cool character, despite the fact that she is pretty much clueless throughout the entire book. But! But! She is like a walking dictionary, calculator, and translator mixed into one supermodel. The one thing that was annoying when it came to her was that nearly every single person that came into contact with Sera told her she was unbelievably beautiful. It got to the point where I was just like, "Okay! I get it! She's gorgeous! Can we please move on?!" Other than that, she was a pretty good protagonist. By the way, I LOVE her name!

Lyzender/Zen: Like almost every book I've read, I pictured an incredibly hot guy as Zen. I love his name. Not his whole name, but his nickname, which is "Zen." He was cool, and brave, and I liked him. I don't have many words for Zen, other than he truly loves Seraphina. I can't wait to read more about him in the next book.

Cody: This kid made me laugh or smile a few times. He's nerdy, but it's kind of cute. And when I say cute, I mean like he-could-be-my-little-brother cute. Oh! And he's Seraphina's foster brother.

Alixter: Weird name, but pretty unique. I like it. Props to the author. This guy is the man antagonist and I did not like him one bit. Bastard, bastard, bastard.

Rio: At first, I thought that he was a bad guy, too, but it turned that he has always been trying to protect Sera and he loves her like a daughter. He was coolio.

So, like I said before, there wasn't much action in this book. Although it did keep me interested, because I felt like I was putting together a puzzle along with our protagonist Sera. The plot was interesting and mysterious. Because I knew what was going on and I knew the danger, but at the same time I didn't. Lol did that make any sense? Okay. Let me put it this way: whenever I was given an answer to one of my bazillions of questions, it only caused more questions to be asked.

Like many people, and unlike some, I loved the twist at the end. It was a cliffhanger, but it was a good kind of cliffhanger. One that will keep you satisfied with the ending yet still have you itching for the sequel.

So, I liked the book, but it definitely could've been better. Jessica Brody is an awesome author that has the power to suck you in with each chapter. I definitely will be picking up the next book in the series which is called Unforgotten, I think. When it comes out next year. I think. Lol.

My Random Statement: Seraphina is freakishly fluent in Portuguese, Russian, AND French! Why can't I be like that? I want ear for cool languages. So unfair.

My Favorite Quotes: ""So you're bitter," I confirm. "At pretty girls.""
(This just made me laugh for no particular reason!)

"You told me I was your soulmate."

Did I like this book? Yes. Yes,I did.
Would I reread it? Hmmmmm . . . Maybe.
Would I recommend it? If it sounds interesting to you, then yeah. I would recommend it.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver + Alex short story

They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10!!!

My Review: Wow. Just wow. I think I need a moment. Or maybe a month, just to get over everything that happened in this book. If you haven't read the first book in this series, Delirium, then this review will definitely not make any sense. And if you haven't read Pandemonium, then don't read the rest of this review. Or read at your own risk. Whatever. Because this book is just SO FREAKING FABULOUS that I had to put the book down for a few minutes and stare at it. As if I couldn't believe what just happened happened.

The cover is just absolutely gorgeous! And red! Now that I've finished the book, I have to say that the cover and the color just fit perfectly. I have to admit that I must have read the back of the book and the inside jacket cover over a thousand times. IT'S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL! Look at it! Ehmergerd! Ehmerferkingerd! Okay. I'm done.

Let me tell you one thing that Requiem never ran out of: Drama. There was drama in every word, every sentence, every chapter. So the book is told in two different POVs, Hana's and Lena's. At first, I wondered why Hana had such a major part in the book, and then I found out that she actually WAS a huge part of the story. She was important, and she turned out to be interesting. When readers were sick and tired and frustrated with Lena's everlasting drama, Hana was the perfect getaway. Lena was strong and independent and really changed throughout the entire series. Which I loved a lot. Yeah, at times she irritated me to no end, but she actually turned out to be one of my favorite type of protagonists.

I have one thing to say about all the characters. There were times during the book, that I hated every single one of them. Someone was always being annoying, being overly bossy, being unbelievably stubborn, or being a huge dick.

Okay, so. Character Discussions!

I basically already did Lena and Hana so . . . yeah.

Alex: Most of the time he was just a giant dickhead and I wanted to punch him in the face. But he's changed. No matter how much he tried to hide the sadness or the anger or the regret, the old Alex is still there. Even through the words, I could see how much he still cared for Lena. It matter how much he ignored her, or told her things that pissed me off, he still loved her.

Raven: She may be a little bossy sometimes, but she was one of my favorite characters. She was a leader. I'm excited to buy the Delirium short stories and read all about her!

Julian: In Pandemonium I did not like this guy one bit, but I have to admit that he grew on me a little. Throughout the entire book, he was there for Lena. He gave her support. When Lena asked for time, he gave it to her.

Coral: As much as I don't really like her, I love her name. She ended up to be okay in the end, but at the beginning . . . Yeah. No. I didn't like her at all.

Fred: Nope. Don't even get me started on this guy.

As much as I loved the book, I hated the ending. I expected something different. Something better. Like, what happened 5 or even 10 years later after everything. I kind of wanted to read about Lena and so-and-so living in a house together and happy. How Hana turned out. What happened to the other characters. Don't get me wrong, Lauren Oliver's writing is beautiful and fantastic, but the way she ended the story just left me with more questions than answers.

My Favorite Quote(s): "How can someone have the power to shatter you to dust---and also to make you feel so whole?"

"But maybe happiness isn't in the choosing. Maybe it's in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along."

My Random Statement: For this review, it's just going to be one word. BEAUTIFUL!

Alex Short Story

Reading from Alex's POV made me cry. I love Alex so much, he makes such a great love interest. It was amazing to read about how much he loved her and how the hope of just finding her again gave him hope. He was such a wonderful character and I'm glad I was able to see into his past. The sexy mysterious guy wasn't so mysterious anymore ;) in a good way though! It made me love him more (if that's even possible)!

Short story, really short review!

My Favorite Quote(s): "And how she looked at me like I could save her from everything bad in the world.
This was my secret: she was the one who saved me."

"Because I knew, sooner or later, I'd get to her."

"How did I love her?
Let me count the ways."

Did I like this book? Loved! Except for the end. But other than that, LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!
Would I reread it? Yep!
Would I recommend it? If you've read Delirium and Pandemonium, then yes! It is a MUST-READ!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Anna Whitt, the 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 vow. 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?

I loved every second of Sweet Evil and since the end of it, I have been dying to get Sweet Peril. Wendy Higgins is such a talented author and the first book was completely amazing. And this sequel, just makes me even more excited than I already am! Look at that cover! It's gorgeous! Anna looks all badass and devilish and Kaiden's behind her all brooding and tortured. Yeah. I'm real excited :D

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10!!!

My Review: Ehmergerd why does Marissa Meyer have to be such a friggin' fantabulous author! Everything was perfect! So so damn perfect! Brb dying & crying!

I haven't waited as long as other people for this fantastic book, but it feels like I've waited long enough! Ever since the end of Cinder, my hands have been itching to get a copy of Scarlet. Lol, and now that I've read Scarlet, I NEED CRESS!

Okay, so obviously if you haven't figured it out by now, Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, and Scarlet is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and Cress is about Rapunzel, and finally, Winter is about Snow White. I am absolutely DYING to read the rest of the series, but sadly that will have to wait until they're actually out and able to be purchased.

Okay, enough ranting about how much I want the next book (though I'm pretty sure I still be ranting later on, too), onto the review!

The cover is gorgeous and completely attractive, just like Cinder! I'm pretty sure that when I first bought it, I just stared at it for what seemed like hours. Yeah, it's just that freaking beautiful! Lol okay, so just to screw around with my mom just a little, I asked her what she thought the book was about just by looking at the cover, and right away, without any hesitation, she says "Vengeance." I just laughed and told her that it was about Little Red Riding Hood.

That cliffhanger wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't good either. It just leaves you obsessing about what's going to happen next. What is Cinder going to do? What is Scarlet going to do? Will Queen Levena just go die in a hole? (Okay, maybe not everyone has wondered about that last one, but whatever.)

The action and suspense in this book definitely did not disappoint! Like I said, everything was perfect! The writing was perfect, the characters were perfect, the setting was perfect, the cover was perfect, everything was just perfect! Lol I don't know how many times I can say perfect!

Ugh. I have to wait a year for Cress! (Lol there i go ranting again.)

Anyways, this is a high recommendation! Get to readin' people!

My Favorite Quote: “A captain always knows where his ship is. It's like a psychic bond."

"If only we had a captain here.”

My Random Statement: Okay, so this one might contain a spoiler. Yay! Iko's back! Woot woot!

Did I like this book? Nope. Not one bit. I FRIGGN' LOVE!
Would I reread it? Absolutely!
Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Yes yes yes!

In Love With the Lunar Chronicles

Alright, so if none of you know this by now, or if you haven't read my Cinder review, I am completely head over heels in love with the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. At the moment, I'm currently reading Scarlet,the second installment of the series. And so far, I'm loving it! Lol anyways, this isn't a review. I had to share this awesome giveaway full of Marissa Meyer swag. So, if you love the Lunar Chronicles, you'll definitely want to enter the giveaway. I'll post the link at the bottom of this post.

These are for the people who haven't read the series at all and need to get crackin':

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

The awesome giveaway I was taking about can be found HERE.

Get to clickin' people!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8

My Review: Wow. This book was actually better than I expected. I had read a lot of reviews saying how "AMAZING" this book was, and it was really good, but I wouldn't say it was ehmergerd amazing! I'm not sure why I gave it an 8. Probably because there were parts I liked, parts I loved, parts I didn't like, and there were parts that I didn't even know what to think of.

There was so much about this book that confused the hell out of me. Like, how are the Pods on the inside? How can they live up to 200 years by doing absolutely nothing? How the hell can they fly? How do they sleep? Apparently, due to where these people live inside the compound (they don't actually call it that in the book, but that's the word I'm using, so get over it) they don't sweat, girls don't get their periods, etc.. And how do does that robot eye thing work anyway? Is it kind of like a Terminator kind of thing but just less red and you can pretend your on the other side of the world in someplace beautiful? I don't even know.

The story was really unique, though. I liked that. The setting was amazing and I enjoyed reading about it most of the time. I pictured the characters mostly in normal backgrounds. Like the woods, in a cave, Marron's home. But then the story would take a twist and they'd be in a Pod or in an Aether storm and I couldn't picture anymore and I'd be confused.

The characters were very well-written and I loved them. It was difficult to like Aria in the beginning, because she was naïve and paranoid and weak and I just didn't really like her. Towards the end of the book, she eventually grew on me. She grew into a strong, independent, a little bit of an ass-kicking, kind of protagonist that I love.

Perry, I loved right away. Though he seemed to have a bit of an anger problem. I wouldn't say that he's made the top of My Hottest Book Boyfriends, but he would probably be on that list. Maybe somewhere towards the bottom. But on the list, no less. Perry has some serious family issues. In his tribe, his older brother is the Blood Lord, both of his parents are dead, his sister-in-law died from an illness that has now affected his adorable 7 year old nephew, and he's fighting the urge to challenge his brother for the role of Blood Lord. Yeah, he definitely has issues.

The romance between them was a little bit iffy. It was the type of romance where it's I-HATE-YOU-THEN-WE'RE-KINDA-SORTA-FRIENDS-THEN-LET'S-FALL-IN-LOVE-TOGETHER kind of romance. It wasn't ideal but I did end up rooting for them all throughout the book.

My Favorite Quote: "A world of nevers under a never sky." (Page 92)

My Random Statement: Aria really needed to take a chill pill. She freaked out over the stupidest things at times. She acted like Perry would give her herpes or something just by touching her arm.

Did I like this book? Yes.
Would I reread it? Hmmmm maybe.
Would I recommend it? Probably. Depends on who I'm recommending it to.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Review: The Prince (The Selection #0.5) by Kiera Cass

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...

Before Aspen broke America's heart...

There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...

Don't miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10

My Review: I think I'm giving every book I read a freaking high rating, but I can't help it! They're awesome! Anyways, this short novella just reminded me how much I love The Selection. It was freaking amazing! A Maxon's POV piece was exactly what the series needed. And it was just enough to tide me over until next month when The Elite releases!

My Random Statement: Look at that cover! Gorgeous! Lol if you've read The Prince already, then be honest. You probably stared at that cover for a good 2 minutes. Lol I did.

The first two chapters of The Elite is included at the end of this novella, btw. I died. MAXON <3 That's right. If you didn't see on the left side bar, then I am and will always be TEAM MAXON! Now I'm so excited to buy The Elite next month! Woo!

Short story, short review!

Hope you enjoyed!

Did I like this book? Like isn't the right word. LOVE might sound better.
Would I reread it? Yeppers!
Would I recommend it? If you've read The Selection, then yes! It is a MUST-READ (wow, I'm using a lot of caps today)! If you haven't read The Selection, then go read that one first!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9.5

My Review: So, normally a book would take me a minimum of 2 days to finish, regardless of the size. Maybe even less. But since school has been pretty hectic lately, it took me at least 2 and a half weeks to read Graceling. And I loved every moment of those two and a half weeks. (Well, not EVERY moment, only the parts where I was reading.) I read this book because it was a recommendation from a fellow book blogger friend and I had heard some pretty fabulous things about it, so I thought, "Hey! I'll give it a shot!" Now that I've read it, I'm so happy I've done so.

I love the whole medieval history setting that takes place throughout the book. I loved reading about the castles and the kings and queens (though there were a couple kings I wasn't particularly fond of). I can't explain why I love the old-timey era but it just seems cool!

Okay, so, before there was a Katniss Everdeen, there was Katsa. Who is a lot better at archery than our beloved Hunger Games heroine. (That's really the only thing I found in common with the both of them lol.) She's been Graced will the skill to kill a man since she was eight-years-old. Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land who are born with an extreme skill. Like, readings minds, art, intelligence, and a lot of other things. Her uncle is Randa, King of the Middluns. He has a kingdom, an heir, and a "lady killer." Katsa is forced to work as his thug. Whenever the King has a problem with someone, Katsa is the one that does all the dirty work.

I have to say that Katsa is definitely the ideal heroine that I love to read about. She's strong, she can defend herself pretty well, and she doesn't take crap from anybody.

Besides Katsa, Prince Po is my second favorite character. He was just amazing and amusing and I loved him. He challenged Katsa in ways that no one could ever have. He definitely wasn't the type of Prince I was expecting, but he's definitely the prince that I fell in love with.

My Random Statement: For some reason I picture Po with a lot of hoop earrings in his ears. I don't know, kind of like a gypsy. I'm not sure why, but that's what I see in my head.

I'm actually pretty excited to read the next book in the Graceling Realm series though I'm not sure which is next. I think it's Fire, but maybe it could be Bitterblue. Whatever. I'll figure it out.

Anyways! I loved this book! It was just the right amount of action, romance, and ass-kicking I needed!

Did I like this book? Yep! Loved!
Would I reread it? Yeah, probably.
Would I recommend it? To the right person, yes I would.