January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #6

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from a review book I finished over the weekend:
On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes*
Expected Publication: January 31, 2012

I concentrate on the acorn hanging next to me, willing it to drop, but the nut stubbornly clings to
the stem. I visualize the acorn popping off the branch. The capped nut wiggles for a few seconds
before finally releasing its grip. The acorn falls down and clonks Angela on top of the head. I bite
my lip to keep from smiling. Bull’s-eye. (Page 121). 

Read My Review:
REVIEW: On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes + Giveaway

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*Thanks to Shelli for sending me this book :]

REVIEW: On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes

Title: On the Bright Side* (The Starlings #1)
Author: S.R. Johannes
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Published: 31 January 2012
Format: eBook Review Copy
GR Summary:
As if the devil’s food cake at her wake and the white fat pants she’s stuck wearing for eternity weren’t bad enough, fourteen year-old Gabby is quick to discover that Cirrus, the main rung of Heaven, is a far cry from the Pearly Gates. Here, SkyFones and InnerNets are all the rage. At her first Bright ceremony, G.O.D., the automated assignment system, spits out Angela Black, Gabby’s arch nemesis and longtime fencing rival. As a Bright, Gabby has to protect Angela, her assigned mortal, in order to move up through the training levels of heaven. 
Back on earth, Angela starts hitting on Michael, Gabby’s crush and should-have-been boyfriend. Gabby’s pranks to quell the love are harmless at first until the school dance sabotage gets completely out of control. Then, Celestial Sky Agent, Lawrence, who happens to have anger management issues of his own, steps into reveal that Angela has big problems, and what she really needs is Gabby’s help. 
Determined to right her wrong and ease her mother’s grief, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to return to earth for just one day. But if Gabby’s not careful, her well-meaning mission just might shift the very foundation of Heaven, Earth, and every place in between, causing the danger of the dark side to roam free.

My Review:
Fourteen year old Gabby gets the shock of her life when she dies of a tragic car accident, leaving her beloved mother and her best friend Michael, the only boy she’s ever really liked. After dying, Gabby finds herself in Cirrus, a sort of Heaven, as a BIT (Bright in Training). Being a BIT, Gabby must protect her Assigned Mortal. This is no easy task when her AM becomes her frenemy: Angela Black. Not only is Angela Black Gabby’s rival in fencing but also for the heart of her best friend. Gabby can’t help but feel jealous as she tries to break up Angela and Michael in the Mortal world with little pranks. But soon, one to many pranks go too far and the consequences Gabby has to pay may put all of Cirrus at risk. 

From the start, S.R. Johannes really had me hooked when Gabby starts off sitting on the top of her coffin and explaining what happened and how it happened. I was completely absorbing this book like a sponge. It’s such a unique book with an original twist on angels and the concept of Heaven.

S.R. Johannes’s writing is very easy to read and I love how well developed the plot was with its great pacing. I loved that everything connected and intertwined with each other from start to finish. I loved the aspect of right vs. wrong, heaven vs. hell, and good vs. evil in OTBS. I love how there’s Goddess Nephele whose on the good side while Malum is the bad. It’s such a different take and I loved how both made the story really come together.

The world of Cirrus is absolutely magical and otherworldly. The descriptions are easy to imagine and they fill your mind with these breath taking vivid images off all the SKYscrapers, the Pearly Gates and the view of Etern City. It was beautiful. S.R. Johannes’s world building in OTBS is more than amazing, it’s brilliant. The best part of Cirrus is all the modern angelic systems/technology like the InnerNet, SKYfone, SKYcam, and my ultimate favorite, the Miracle Mirror. They are so creative and really grab your attention in this book. 

I loved Gabby oh so much. She’s such a wonderful main character. She’s so determined, smart, hilarious and downright spunky. She really makes me miss the times when I was fourteen. Gabby really has character and personality. She’s easily relatable and I believe anyone can connect with Gabby no matter what age. I love how she’s realistically flawed. Even though she’s supposed to me some kind of angel, we see her do things on her own and we see that she’s still just what she is: a fourteen year old girl. I really understood Gabby, what she was feeling and going and the things she’s done. It’s hard to watch as all the people you love go on living without you. You really sympathize with her and I couldn’t help but ache with her. 

I also loved all the secondary characters. I love how Gabby and Lawrence hit it off. I kind of knew she’d be able to soften the old grouch. Jessica, Gabby’s BIT best friend, is so perky and positive. A perfect friend for Gabby. I loved their banter and how they helped each other throughout the whole book. I absolutely adored Michael. He and Gabby were just lovely together, so it saddens me that they never really got a chance on account of her death. Now there’s Angela. I really hated her and her attitude, but she’s the type of character who will change your mind the more you read and I’m glad she managed to win me over. 

OTBS really had me smiling all the while reading it. I laughed at all the funny parts and was completely enraptured. It’s such a heartfelt story and I enjoyed it very much.

Overall, OTBS is a cute, light and very fun read. This book will surely make you laugh and smile. OTBS is all about letting go, moving on and finding true happiness. I can’t wait to find out what will happen with Gabby the next time I encounter her in Cirrus!

A great read and highly recommendable!

“We cannot know when we will Transfer. That is why Mortals must live each day as if it’s their last.” (Page 174).

 My Rating: 

5 out of 5 stars!

*Thanks so much to Shelli for sending OTBS for me to review. In no way does Shelli have any influence over my opinion/review of this book. It is solely my own.

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January 30, 2012

Monday Current Read #6

I'm currently reading two books this week:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I was actually 3 chapters into this, but I had to stop because of school and  OTBS (see below). I plan on reading more after I get through an exam and reading OTBS for review.

I already love DOSAB. I love Karou and I love how fierce she is. The book is very funny. It's quite embarrassing trying not to laugh when you are at school reading this. lol. It made me sad that I had to stop reading, but I'll be very very happy to pick this one up again. I think I'm going to reread the 3 chapters and relive the funny moments all over again! I know this is going to be a good one.

On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes
I'm more than half way into this already and I absolutely love it. It's loads of fun and it really makes me smile. Gabby is so cute. I think a  lot of people will love this book, because I sure do.

 If you didn't see my IMM post yesterday, I got this ebook for review from Shelli<3  This book is one of the reasons I had to stop reading DOSAB. I was supposed to read this in Feb, but since it comes out on the 31st of this month, I really wanted to read and review it by then. Look for my review on the 31st with a teaser ok? :D

UPDATE: I finished this book very early Sunday Morning and absolutely adored it! Watch out for my review on the 31st with a Kindle or Nook ebook giveaway!

Recently finished:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

My reviews for both will be up in the next few weeks or so, I'm just putting in last minute touches.

What are you currently reading?

January 29, 2012

50 Followers Giveaway!

I have just reached 50 blog followers here at Words, pages and books! 
You have no idea how thankful I am for each and every follower that comes through my blog. I really appreciate it! I'm so amazed I've come this far! I never thought I ever would and I can't thank you all for following, commenting, visiting, everything!

Because of this, I'm celebrating with a giveaway!

ONE WINNER will receive a Book of Choice from The Book Depository, up to $10!

To Enter:
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Book Haul #7

A book haul feature that shares items, such as books and swag, that I received within the week. 

For Review:
1. On the Bright Side by S.R. Johannes
- Thanks to Shelli for allowing me to read and review her new paranormal tween book! So far, it's wonderful <3

2. Starters by Lissa Price
- Thanks to Netgalley and Random House :] Can't wait to start this one!

1. ARC of Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout with various  Daimon, Half-Blood, Pure and Cursed swag!
-Thanks oh so much to JLA<3 I absolutely love love love it all.

2. Finished copy of A Million Suns by Beth Revis plus various ATU and AMS swag!
- Thanks so much to Beth Revis and her husband Mr. Revis :)

and AMS is signed <3

3. Angel Burn tattoo with OUaT bookmark from Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight 
-Thanks so much Yara :] I really hope you and your family are doing well <3

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
Clockwise by Elle Strauss
Fateful by Cheri Schmidt
Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer

What's in your book haul?
Leave me a link so I can check out what you got this week :D

January 27, 2012

Friday Finds #6

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading where you share books you have discovered or heard about during the past week.

My Friday Finds this week is:

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson (Lila #1)

Goodreads Summary:
17-year-old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever. After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust - her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them. In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone - there are others out there just like her - people with special powers -and her mother's killer is one of them

What is your Friday Finds?

January 26, 2012

REVIEW: Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Cover&Summary from Goodreads
Title: Fairy Tale
Author: Cyn Balog
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 23 June 2009
Format: First Edition; Hardcover: 248 pages

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.
Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future.

My Review:
I picked up Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog on a mere whim. I don’t know what possessed me to buy this book and read it, but picking it up was the right choice for me.

Morgan and Cam are perfect for each other in every way. Morgan believes this so much. However, things change between her and Cam when his cousin Pip comes into town. Morgan is shocked to hear the truth: Cam is a fairy. Switched at birth by fairies, Cam must go back and take the Fairy throne. Morgan refuses to lose Cam to fairies and both vow to trick the fairies to keep Cam by her side. As days pass, Cam’s physical appearance starts to change. Morgan rethinks whether it’s best for Cam to stay or go or if their love can even survive the changes. 

This is probably the first book I ever read that had anything to do with fairies at all. So I cannot judge if this a good fairy book or not. However, the main focus is between Morgan and Cam and his transformation as a fairy rather than the world Cam is to live in.

Cyn Balog made the story addicting, dark and very enjoyable. I loved Morgan. She was so determined to keep Cam even through his physical changes. She kept a good front at being strong even though I knew she was dying inside from the mere thought of parting with Cam. I thought Cam was an excellent boyfriend, although I did feel sorry for him. After all, it’s his world that’s being turned upside down; not Morgan’s. And Pip was cute and quirky. A good counterpart for Cam and Morgan’s strong personality. 

This book is not quite as long as some books I’ve read; making it a quick, fast-pace read. Balog’s writing style is incredible. She makes this book very easy to read and she allows you to get sucked into the story on the first page. Reading the transformation between Cam and Pip was amazing and very descriptive. I liked that both boys had an intense, strong chemistry with Morgan. But my favorite will be Cam. Their love for each other is so cute and very powerful. It completely reminded me of my relationship with my boyfriend. I felt Morgan’s pain of losing Cam. I can relate to her. Morgan’s scared of losing Cam. They’ve been together for a long time and the future without seems impossible to imagine.

It’s the ending that makes this book a 5 star book for me. That ending was so painful to read, I had tears streaming down my face. Cyn Balog has successfully touched my heart with this story, ripped it out, tore to shreds leaving me weeping for hours after finishing the book. I thought the ending was left open, possible for a sequel that we may or may not see. It’s bittersweet, but boy does Balog end with a punch to the heart. I love this book and always will.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #7

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where you share an upcoming release that you're anticipating on reading.

For this week's WoW post, I'm not so patiently waiting on..

Endlessly by Kiersten White (Paranormalcy #3)
Expected Release Date: July 24, 2012

Cover from Goodreads

From Goodreads:
The final chapter of Evie's adventures. Old friends, new ones, all wrapped up in impossible decisions. And some ball gowns. Because what's a life of normal and paranormal drama without a ball gown or two?

Why I'm waiting?
Kiersten White is my favorite author, ever! I absolutely loved Paranormalcy and Supernaturally, so of course I'm dying to read the last book in the trilogy! I have missed Evie so so much. She's kickass! She's cute, quirky and so fun to read. I'm waiting for her to bag-and-tag more paranormals. Besides, Evie is amazing with Tasey! Also, I miss Lend and Reth. I need to know what happens with those two and what Evie will do. Isn't Evie and Lend the cutest? How can you not wait on this book people! I am dying, just slowly dying for Endlessly!

Pre-order this book:

What are you waiting on?
Leave me the direct link to your post so I can check it out! :]

January 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #5

Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from a book I recently finished and completely loved:
Cover from Goodreads
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley*
Expected Publication: 14 February 2012

"What's wrong with my arse, mister?" she asks and smiles with that extra beat and I see that spot on her neck and I have an almost unstoppable urge to touch it. I don't, though, because the definition of crazy is doing something close to the same thing twice and expecting a different end. pg 111

I read this book in less than 12 hours and I absolutely adored it. It's my new favorite for sure! Make sure to pick it up once it releases!

More info on Cath Crowley and Graffiti Moon:
Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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*Thanks so much to Netgalley and Random House for allowing me to read this book.

January 23, 2012

Monday Current Read #5

My current read this week is

Cover form Goodreads
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #1)

I'm about halfway into the book and I'm loving it so far. It's a little confusing and mysterious but that's what gives it so much appeal. I love Mara. She's so loud and vivid. Noah is so aggravating, but completely charming and to die for! I can't wait to read more!

So what's your Monday Current Read?

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Ren's Rambles 100 Follower Birthday Bash!

My good blogger and twitter friend Ren @ Ren's Rambles is celebrating her 22nd Birthday and for reaching 100 blog followers on her blog! She's celebrating with an epic awesome 100 Follower Birthday Bash! Today is DAY 1 of this awesome bash! 

Head on over to Ren's blog and enter today's giveaway! It features an e-book copy of Hushed by KelleyYork! The winner will receive this ebook copy (PDF) from yours truly! :]

If you're interested in entering, (how can you not?) Just click on this LINK*:

Make sure to greet Ren a very very Happy Birthday and a Congratulations for reaching 100 followers!

Please please please READ THE RULES for Ren's giveaways. Cheating on entries is NOT ALLOWED. It's a Rafflecopter giveaway so it doesn't take long to enter. It's quite easy. Please be truthful in your entries, Ren checks them. All entries not following rules will be deleted! You have been warned!

*This Post is not a way to enter Ren's 100 Follower Birthday Bash Giveaway! You must enter by clicking on the link above to Ren's blog where the post of the giveaway is located.

January 21, 2012

REVIEW: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Cover&Summary from Goodreads
Title: Everneath (Everneath #1)
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
[To be] Published: 24 January 2012
Format: ARC: 370 pages*

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever. 
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. 
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen. 
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

Everneath Book Trailer: 

My Review:
Everneath is a spectacular read, but it is also very deep and emotional. It has the perfect mix of humor, romance and mythology. It’s the perfect book for just about anyone. 

Nikki Beckett disappeared into the Everneath with the mysterious Everliving, Cole. In the Everneath, immortals feed on human emotions. Nikki has been in the Everneath for a century, but then she returns. She returns to the life she once knew. However, Nikki only has six months before she’ll be dragged back under. Nikki is determined to make things right with her family, friends and with her old boyfriend she still loves. She wants to say a proper good-bye before she leaves. This time, for good. Most of all, Nikki wants to reconnect with her old boyfriend Jack, but Nikki didn’t come back alone. Cole followed her.

Brodi Ashton’s writing is superb. It’s very easy to read and very gripping and you’re more likely to get sucked into Everneath because of this. The entire book is highly addictive and highly entertaining. There’s not a single moment of boredom at all. I absolutely loved this book with no doubt in my mind and heart.

I love love love the mythology tied into the story. Not only do we have references to Hades and Persephone, but also Osiris and Isis and then add the story of Eurydice and Orpheus. I just died with mythology ecstasy. The mythology in the book is unique, refreshing and not necessarily a retelling. It’s more of a refreshing spin off. Brodi Ashton took an old story and made into this modernized piece of brilliance. Not only did she add mythology, but there’s a touch of paranormal supernatural abilities that just go perfectly into it all. The incredible world of Everneath is so breathtaking. The imagery and descriptions are vivid and very very clear. I could imagine what the Everneath looked like and feel like I was actually there. It was absolutely amazing and exhilarating.

I loved the characters of Everneath, especially Nikki. I found her to be very endearing. I connected with Nikki the moment I read the first page. Even though she was in pain throughout most of the book, I thought she had this unwavering determination that I couldn’t help but admire her for. Nikki herself is the most realistic character I have ever encountered in a book.  In Everneath, I didn’t feel like I was just reading Nikki’s story, but I was there, living it in her place. I was feeling everything she was feeling. The pain and sorrow and emptiness was so prominent with Nikki. That raw emotion was shot through my heart. It was amazing how I instantly became attached to Nikki.

I have to say that I love both Jack and Cole. Jack was a complete sweetheart. His undying love for Nikki was just heartwarming. I loved how he just never gave up. He’s the epitome of a hero and I couldn’t help but love him with all my heart and soul. I know Cole was supposed to be the antagonist, the sort of bad guy, but I just didn’t get that from him. I thought he was mysteriously dangerous, but oh so fascinating. I believed he really cared for Nikki before and after she went under. The connection that Nikki had with both was very intense, but also different. I thought she could go both ways. However, I think Nikki and Jack are just perfect. They’re connection goes deeper than flesh and bone. I felt their pain and longing for one another. My heart couldn’t help but slowly break for them. <3

Overall, I found Everneath to be engaging, originally creative and tragically heart-wrenching. The whole book is absolutely beautiful and will touch you in more ways than one. This book will steal your heart and soul and hold it captive forever.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

*Thanks to Alexa @ Collections for this ARC of Everneath. She rocks! <3

Make sure to stop by Brodi Ashton's BLOG. I hear she's giving away an awesome Everneath Prize Pack *wink*

Pre-order Everneath:
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January 20, 2012

Friday Finds #5

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading where you share books you have discovered or heard about during the past week.

My Friday Finds this week is
Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala

Cover from Goodreads

Goodreads Summary:

Joy Delamere is suffocating... 
From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. 
Joy can take his words - tender words, cruel words - until the night they go too far. 
Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe... if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late. 
Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.
What is your Friday Finds?

January 19, 2012

REVIEW: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

*Cover&Summary from Goodreads
Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: 28 June 2011
Format: 1st Edition; Hardcover: 454 pages
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending*.

My Review:

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma is what I call a story written with perfection. I was drawn to this book even before I opened it. By the end, I was clutching the book to my chest in hopes to prevent my heart from falling out of my battered body.

Suzuma took a topic, something I thought I would never read about and she made it into a well crafted, gut-wrenching love story that I couldn’t put down.

Lochan and Maya have never really felt like brother and sister, but more as friends. Due to severe neglect on their mother’s part, together, they take care of their three younger siblings. Maya and Lochan understand each other more than anyone else and because of this they are closer than close. Unexpectedly, they fall in love. A love so deep and intense they are determined to stay together even if it’s wrong. To Lochan and Maya, their love feels oh so right. But how can a love like this survive when literally the whole world is against them?

“I mean, at the end of the day, what the hell does it matter who I end up with if it can't be you?”

This story broke not only my heart, but my whole being. I was so afraid that I would never be able to fix myself. Suzuma wrote one of the best stories I have ever read. She totally blurred the lines between right and wrong of love. I know it seems wrong to enjoy a story about brother and sister falling in love, but I couldn’t help it. I wanted nothing more for these two to be together. They needed each other more than anyone else, how can you not root for them?

“He is my soul mate, my fresh air, the reason I look forward to getting up every morning.” 

I love both Maya and Lochan. I love how Suzuma alternated their perspectives throughout the story. You really get inside Maya and Lochan’s head and Suzuma really excels at sharing their story to the readers. You become so invested into these two characters it’s no wonder conflicting feelings arise inside of you.

It’s quite obvious that Maya is the stronger sibling of the two. Maya helps Lochan survive in the real world and she keeps Lochan going.  Lochan is sweet, but oh so broken. His pain and reservation is apparent throughout the whole story and he continuously shattered my heart over and over again. They use each other as an anchor to care for their other siblings. But one thing is for sure, both Maya and Lochan are selfless characters. I just wanted to take these two away so they can live in peace.

“There are no laws, no boundaries on feelings. We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want. No one, Maya, no one can ever take that away from us.”

Suzuma did such a brilliant job of building Maya and Lochan’s life. They literally had to raise their younger siblings. They had to keep that house in order to keep the social services from hounding them. Because of this, I really hated their mother to no extent. The way she acted just made me sick to my stomach, not Maya or Lochan’s behavior. It’s no wonder her children are the way they are. I solely blame their mother for everything.

If anything, I was so consumed into Maya and Lochan’s love. I was so confused because I knew it was wrong. I knew that this shouldn’t happen, but Suzuma convinced me otherwise. I learned to understand Maya and Lochan and the situation they were placed into. I no longer saw right or wrong. I just opened my eyes and heart to these characters.

This book changed me in more ways than I could imagine. Suzuma left me breathless and astonished. She shattered my soul and left me gasping for air. This book is a true vision. This book is so astounding it will leave you thinking about this book weeks after you’ve read the last page. You will never ever be the same.

“At what point do you give up - decide enough is enough? There is only one answer really. Never.”

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

January 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where you share an upcoming release that you're anticipating on reading.

Expected Release Date: February 21, 2012

Goodreads Summary:
Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever. 
BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. 
But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after. 
With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?
Why I'm waiting?

I know plenty of bloggers who have read this book and absolutely loved it! I couldn't help myself. I had to check this book out! 
First, the cover is way too cute. Another is that the summary makes me need this book with urgency. It sounds awesome. The whole concept of it all is just brilliant. I can't wait to get this book in my hands! 

Pre-order the book:

What are you waiting on?
Leave me the direct link to you post so I check it out! :]

January 16, 2012

Giveaway: Nightshade poster SIGNED by Andrea Cremer

On January 12, I got to see Andrea Cremer at a signing here in San Diego at my local bookstore Mysterious Galaxy.

I was so excited to see Andrea again! The last time I saw here was when she was in Oceanside for Wolfsbane's release along with Kiersten White's Supernaturally and  the PB edition of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I thought I wasn't going to see Andrea for a long time.
But the graces were with me! I was more than ecstatic when Andrea posted up her tour dates and saw that she was coming to San Diego again! I was so happy to be able to complete my signed trilogy as well.

While I was there we chatted for awhile. I was surprised she recognized me and my twitter username ;] lol Andrea personally signed my copy of Bloodrose with a Nightshade poster that she also personally signed as well.

I asked her if I could have another signed poster so I could  give away and she thought it was a great idea :]

Now for the Giveaway!

So... ONE lucky person will win this SIGNED Nightshade Poster <3

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REVIEW: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Published: 15 November 2011
Format: 1st Edition; Hardcover: 338 pages

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. 
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Review:
Have you ever read a book where you just never wanted it to end? Or you felt that you couldn’t get enough? Where no matter how fast you read it, no matter what you did,
You. Just. Couldn’t. Get. Enough. 


For me, Shatter Me is that book.

Shatter Me lived up to its hype and way way more. It has surpassed my expectations with flying colors. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that I don’t love about Shatter Me. It’s one of the best books I have ever read, ever. 

Tahereh Mafi’s writing is so completely incredible. I have never read anything like it. Shatter Me is like a 338 page poem. It magically flows into this novel made of perfection. Tahereh made every word intoxicatingly addictive, allowing me to turn the pages until I reached the very last one. I loved the crossed out words and sentences. It was like reading deep into the mind of the main character. It added more depth to the writing and the story overall. 

The world in Shatter Me is fascinating and a breath of fresh air. Everything I learned about the Reestablishment was interesting and really different. I loved how both sides were different and yet the same, both fighting for what they believe is right. 
I hope to learn more about the Reestablishment and the outside world.

What I love most about Shatter Me is Juliette. She is introduced as this character who has been trapped in this cell with little hope left. She just tried to make the best of it to live. At first, she was lonely and it felt like she was just getting by. As the story went on, she started to become someone else. She realized that she wasn’t a monster, but someone powerful. Juliette learned that she’s able to make her own choices in her life. She can do anything that she wants. Her strength and courage to survive was unbelievable. Her transformation from the first page to the last is downright extraordinary. She grew as a girl and as a person. She became better than the girl imprisoned. Juliette’s voice in Shatter Me was intense, clear and explosive. Her thoughts and feelings were so palpable. Of all the books I read, Juliette has to be the one MC where her growth was most notable, most phenomenal.

The romance in this book was wonderful. Adam and Juliette gave me chills. I love them together so much. My heart couldn’t help but skip a beat whenever they were together. Their connection was so remarkable and so perfect. I couldn’t help but be attached to them. The way their relationship progressed was just mind blowing. Tahereh Mafi had me gasping for breath with several scenes between Juliette and Adam. When they’re together, they could light up even the darkest of places.

"All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart".
I have to say that I adore Adam so so much. He was just the sweetest. Adam was brave, tough, devoted and kindhearted. Who wouldn’t fall for him? I I loved how he would do anything for Juliette. I loved how he stuck by her all the way. I loved how he made a better man out of himself despite the circumstances.

What surprised me, but I also enjoyed was the fact that I had the hardest time hating Warner. I couldn't find it in my heart to hate him or think of him as a monster. I feel as if he was misunderstood. I feel as if someone needed to open his eyes to the world. I sympathized with him. I could tell that he was lonely and was just looking for something, someone to fill a void. He was broken and needed someone to make him feel loved. He needed someone to love. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s freakishly hot. :] I just thought the way Tahereh created Warner was astounding. I never thought an antagonist could be so damn likable.

All in all, diving into this book head first was the best thing I have ever done. I love how intense everything was. Shatter Me surely kept me on the tip of my toes in excitement and action. The pace of it all was like a dream. It was unpredictably exhilarating.

There’s not enough words in this universe and not enough lives in my lifetime for me to describe how exceptional this book really is. 

Tahereh Mafi is a genius. She made one heck of a story that is crazy crazy good.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s a must-read and will definitely make your Top Favorite Lists for sure.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

January 15, 2012

Book Haul #6

A book haul feature that shares items, such as books and swag, that I received within the week. 

For Review:
 (Both from Netgalley) 
Many thanks to Random House :]
I'm really happy about this because it's my first time requesting on Netgally and I got approved <3 :]

Books I won/received:
1. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff (ARC)
- received from Susan @ Wastepaper Prose

2. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Both won from Erika @ Moonlight Book Reviews during her #HalfBloodLegion Contest. Many thanks to Erika
4. Hushed by Kelley York
- Won from Jena @ Shortie Says during her #SSHolidayHunt. Thanks so much Jena :]

5. Reveal by Brina Courtney
- Won from Ren @ Ren's Rambles, thanks Ren <3 :]
This was supposed to go on last week's IMM, but I forgot >.<

Posters/Bookmarks received:
(Sorry for the bad quality of the picture, stupid light!)

1. Nightshade Poster signed to me from Andrea Cremer during her signing event at Mysterious Galaxy
- Andrea signed another poster for me to giveaway! Look out for that giveaway soon!

2. Under the Never Sky Bookmark signed by Veronica Rossi
3. Shatter Me Bookmark signed (on the back) by Tahereh Mafi
"I spent my life folded between the pages of books." is what the bookmark says
- I got these during their signing event at Mysterious Galaxy where I got both books signed as well! :]

I also bought two ebooks this week:

Exiled by Rashelle Workman
- It's only $0.99 on Amazon HERE
get it while it lasts :D

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
- I actually bought this last month (12/29), but forgot to put it in a book haul post! I can't keep track of these things. lol

A picture that is priceless:
Taken during the signing event at Mysterious Galaxy:
Veronica Rossi, Me and Tahereh Mafi :] <3
They are made of awesome!

What's in your book haul?
Leave me a link so I can check out what you got this week :D

January 14, 2012

REVIEW: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: 30 August 2011
Format: 1st Edition; Hardcover: 316 pages
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. 

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

My Review:
The cover of Anna Dressed in Blood was stunning and the blurb made it an irresistible read from the start. I’m a sucker for scary stories, especially ghost stories. I couldn’t help but be drawn to this book like a moth to a flame.

Kendare Blake did not disappoint with Anna Dressed in Blood. She had me power-housing through this book, it was insane. I was mind-blown by the fact that I literally could not put this book down. The plot of the book was everything I hope it would be. It was suspenseful, spooky, and mysterious. The perfect ghost story set up. It was like being sucked into a whirlwind.


Kendare Blake was able to creep me the heck out. Her descriptions of the ghosts and the scary moments were so vivid, it was like I was watching it happen on screen. I had goosebumps and chills throughout the entire book. I was freaked out more than once! So much emotion was pouring through me and out. She had me up in the wee hours of the morning, making me unable to tear my eyes away from this book, but also had me up because I did not dare sleep for fear of nightmares.

Not only did Kendare Blake manage to scare this tough cookie, she made me laugh out loud! I love how after freaky and scary scenes, the tension would lessen through something a character said that made me smile like a fool and laugh like a loon. It was the perfect touch of humor that made this book even better.

I love how Kendare Blake also added in magic and witchcraft (for a lack of a better term). I was always fascinated with Wiccan magic, so it was nice to read a book with that concept added into it. The combination of ghost lore and witch magic gave the book a plot twist that I sure as hell did not expect. It made things much more interesting.

Anna Dressed in Blood shines when it comes to male perspective. I usually have a hard time reading and connecting to male narrators, but not this time. I freakin’ loved Cas. His snarky, a smart-aleck, humorous, and his confident attitude was most enjoyable. He made the perfect MC. Cas is the bright light in this very dark book. 

The fight scenes were epic and very exciting. I loved how I knew something was about to go down, but was still surprised. I thought Cas was kick-ass when he fought the ghosts. He amazed me through and through. I found him to be very brave under the circumstances. The dead freak me out and with him fighting them like nothing is unbelievable. I give him my props for sure.

Even though she scares the wits out of me, Anna is a sweet girl. I sympathized with her. I still thought she was good even after all those murders. I was amazed that I would be able to feel sorry for her after what she’s done, but Cas was able to. Why not me? She’s a broken girl with a messed up past. Under her monster mask waits a girl in pain wanting to be loved, to be fixed. I want to know more about her. She’s the most interesting character I’ve ever read about and of course, the only ghost ;]

“She's my purpose and we're going to save each other. We're going to save everyone. And then I'm going to convince her that she's supposed to stay here. With me.” 

The connection Anna has with Cas was palpable. They bring teenage relationships and love to whole new level: the Living in love with the Dead and vice versa. But I must say, Anna and Cas are very very cute. They belong together. In some way, they make each other whole; like two puzzle pieces that fit together just right. I love how slowly their feelings grow for one another. It was great to read something not so intense, but still very real.

The other characters were pretty awesome too. I love how Cas found a friend in Thomas and Carmel. They’re like the unforeseeable threesome. They don’t have much in common, in my opinion, but they go together. They make it work. They’ve bonded throughout the book and I loved that. I hope to see more of them in the next one.

All in all, Anna Dressed in Blood was an excellent read. It has relatable and likable characters with an impressive, well-written storyline.

I cannot wait for the next one. I need more Cas and Anna!

Don’t wait and pick this one up. You won’t regret reading it. It’s just too good.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

January 13, 2012

Versatile Blog Award

I have just been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award from Jennifer @ Some Like it Paranormal.
Thank you so much Jennifer! I am so thankful and very very honored to have been chosen as one of your five. I know it must have been difficult! So again, thank you :]

Be sure to check out Jennifer's blog. She's participating in the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop. She has an interview with author Michelle Rowen and Jennifer's giving away some awesome books too.

1. Thank and link the blogger who bestowed the award.

2. Share seven random facts about yourself.

3. Spread the love by passing the award to five other bloggers, and be sure to let them know.

My Seven Random Facts:
1. I was born in Hawaii and lived there until the age of two years old. (Sadly I don't remember anything)

2. I have an Arizona Green Tea obsession. I always prefer to drink it. I usually drink 3 cans a day.

3. I'm deathly of afraid of dying in a car accident. This is a problem sometimes, but I get around :]

4. I have a bad habit of reading ahead and spoiling a book for myself. (This does not prevent me from finishing the book though).

5. I'm majoring in Health Science/Public Health at SDSU

6. I am sucker for Greek Mythology. I'm drawn to any book with even just a little Greek Mythology. 
(i.e. Percy Jackson series, The Goddess Test, Sweet Venom etc.)

7. I have two English Bulldogs that love to death. (Pictures Below)
Now it's time to spread the love to 5 other bloggers! 

My Chosen Five:

1. Bailey @ Novel Nerd
- Check out her Song of the Week post! It's made of awesome :] It's a unique weekly event.

2. Mimi @ Diminutive Mimi
- She has an epic 800 Follower Giveaway going on! The selection of books is amazing!

- Check out her 5 star review of Legend by Marie Lu. I'm just dying to read that book. 

4. Ren @ Ren's Rambles
- Stop by Ren's blog and check out her IMM post and tune in for her 100 Follower Giveaway that will launch in a few weeks. I'll be posting a link to Ren's giveaway when she launches it :]

5. Ishita @ The Reading Fish
- You must check out her awesome Vlog review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

It was so so hard to pick just five! There's so many awesome bloggers out there. 

Thanks again to Jennifer for choosing me! 

Friday Finds #4

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading where you share books you have discovered or heard about during the past week.

Friday Finds this week is The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Published: December 8, 2011

A few days ago, author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White tweeted that she had read this book.

I am a big fan of of Kiersten White. I mean, I freakin love her and anything Paranormalcy. So, when she recommends a book that she loves I make sure I'm going to read it too. I don't question it, I just write the title down. I've read books Kiersten has recommended before and she hasn't failed me once. I enjoyed them all.

I've also heard that this book will make you cry. I don't know if I'm some sort of masochist or what, but I knew that I had to check this book out! When someone else cries from a certain book, I want to read it more to see if it'll get the same reaction out of me.

 I already plan on saving money for this one! :] <3

What is your Friday Finds?

January 12, 2012

REVIEW: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Title: Bloodrose (Nightshade #3)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Published: 3 January 2012
Format: 1st Edition; Hardcover: 406 pages

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. 

In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy.

*Review may contain SPOILERS to Nightshade and/or Wolfsbane. Read with caution*

My Review:
I have to admit that I was so deathly afraid of reading Bloodrose. I’m completely and utterly invested in the characters, especially Calla and Ren. My hesitation was consumed by my fear of what will happen in this final book of the Nightshade trilogy. However, I pushed through this fear. I just had to know what happens and how it all ended.

In Bloodrose, the stakes are higher and war is approaching at an alarming rate. The Searchers, Calla’s pack and of course Shay must retrieve the remaining parts of the Elemental Cross in order to defeat the Keepers for good. Calla must make a decision of who will stand by her side at the end, Ren or Shay? Most importantly, will the alliance between the Searchers and Calla’s pack be enough to defeat the Keepers? Or will they need more than what they have now?

Andrea Cremer never fails to amaze you with her writing and she does it again in Bloodrose. I loved diving back into the world of Guardians, Searchers and Keepers. Andrea has done it again. She lost me when I dived in this book. I was so captivated by story and all the action. Andrea really gives you everything in the last book. She brings the humor, the action, the excitement, the love and rapture, the pain and the heartache. 

Calla really shines as alpha and a leader in Bloodrose. She takes charge and makes important decisions. She really gives her all. She really fights like no other person. I’ve always loved Calla. Her strength and courage in Bloodrose was palpable. Calla is an amazing character. Her drive and will help her achieve want she wants. I won’t spoil anything, but it someway, Calla does choose. She chooses what is right for her and I embraced her decision wholeheartedly.

Although Shay is suppose to be the hero since he’s the Scion and all, I have to say that Ren was my hero. He was broken and hurt in the last book, but he recovers in Bloodrose. He rises as a hero in this one. He adjusts well into the world of the Searchers and gets along with Adne. I loved them together. It was the cutest thing ever. Ren is a true alpha. He took charge and initiative. He had great ideas and input for each battle. Ren really is the warrior I thought he was since the very first book. He’s a natural born leader; made to rule. He’s smart, tough, courageous, daring and charismatic. He fit right in with the Searchers and works well with Calla. I’ve always loved Ren, but in Bloodrose, he made me love him more than I could ever love a character.

I loved how Andrea Cremer developed the other characters. After Ren, Connor is my other favorite. He really knew how to make things light and funny. He broke the tension at the right moment. It was nice to see him and Adne working together as well. I loved the turn around with Ethan and Sabine. Ethan opens up and truly has a change of attitude toward the Guardians and I really enjoy watching him build up trust. I’ve always disliked Sabine, but Andrea was able to turn that all around. I loved Sabine. She was brave and thoughtful. She sacrificed and helped her pack mates. Sabine really warmed my heart. All in all, I thought the Haldis team and the Calla’s pack had the best chemistry. They were all made to be friends and work together. I love how they each protect and save each other over and over again. I loved how the bonds between the Searchers and Guardians have strengthened. They fought side by side through each battle. Their teamwork awed me. It was amazing. Each battle had my heart beating really fast from the tension, excitement and from the fear. Bloodrose had me at the edge of my seat in almost every chapter.

I knew war meant casualties. I thought I would be prepared for this. I was so so wrong. The last 200 pages or so broke me completely. It was like my heart was ripped out of my chest, thrown on the ground and repeatedly stomped on all while I watched. I bawled my eyes out through the last few chapters. It was so so painful to read. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to recover after that. It just hurt too much and it really devastated me.

I’m not sure how I feel about the end. It wasn’t something I anticipated on nor expected. For me, it was a little bittersweet. I think this is always true when it’s an ending to a trilogy. I was really sad at the end of this book. I just couldn’t shake off the sadness of it all. Although I don’t know if I like or dislike the ending, I thought it was satisfying. It fit the story and it was right for the characters.

I admire Andrea Cremer for staying true to the story and to her beloved characters. I know not everyone will like the ending or will agree with it. But believe me, this is right. This is what needed to happen. It’s the perfect ending for these characters. This ending makes the characters happy, even if it doesn’t make us happy. That’s whats important and I accept it. I love it. 

Overall, Bloodrose was a thrilling read. I enjoyed it through and through. It’s fast-paced, filled with non-stop action. It was fun, sexy and smart. I’ll miss being in Calla’s head. I’ll miss this world and all the action. I’ll miss the characters and I’ll miss how much they made me smile. I’ll just miss it all. 

When a book or a trilogy affects you this much, you just know it’s a good one. It’s brilliant and perfect and just downright enthralling. Bloodrose is beautiful!

My Rating: 

4.5 out of 5 stars