Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (#2)


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

This week I am featuring:


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Publication date: December 6, 2011

From Goodreads:

The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood.

In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past—and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy’s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa’s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a “monster.” Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties—and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever.


Cassandra Clare is one of my absolute favorite authors, and I'd like to thank her for creating Jace...love him! The Infernal Devices is a prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, and I love them both! The world Cassie has created is just fascinating and I soooo cannot wait to read the second installment of The Infernal Devices! And, it comes out om my birthday! How cool is that? ;)

So what are you waiting for this week??

Read my review of Clockwork Angel!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (#1)

 
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
 My Teasers:

"I may have to spend the rest of my life as a mute. Walk around with a tablet, writing down everything I used to be able to say, before I was struck dumb by a vampire pulling a knife from his own stomach."


Page 33 of Boys That Bite (Blood Coven #1) by Mari Mancusi

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#2)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Finished reading:


First Frost (Mythos Academy #0.5) by Jennifer Estep




Currently reading:


The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates




What are you reading??

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Time Will Come (#1)

 
The Time Will Come is a weekly meme hosted byJodie at Books for Company. Every Thursday l am going to list a book which l really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! It's really easy to join in. Here's what you have to do:
  • Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
  • Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
  • Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.



From Goodreads:

The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.


I am very ashamed to say that I still have not read this book!! And I am a HUGE TMI fan...I especially love Jace ;) Hopefully I'll get around to it soon...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (#1)


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

This week I am featuring:

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) by Jennifer Estep
Publication date: November 29, 2011

From Goodreads:

Logan Quinn was try­ing to kill me. My Spar­tan class­mate relent­lessly pur­sued me, swing­ing his sword at me over and over again, the shin­ing sil­ver blade inch­ing closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes prac­ti­cally glowed with the thrill of battle...

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...




I read the first book (Touch of Frost...check out me review here!) and I absoluletly loved it!! Me loving mythology and all ;) And Kiss of Frost isnt that far away! :D It comes out next week! Yay!
 
So what are you waiting for this week??

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (#1)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This week I borrowed Stork from the library (and I literally got this in my mailbox :D Our public library has this cool thing called Mail Order Library where you request the book online and the library sends you the book straight to your house. Its pretty cool)



I also bought First Frost for my Kindle :)





What did you get in your mailbox this week??

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cover Crazy (#2)


Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms. The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design.
  
From Goodreads:

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.

Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.

But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.

Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

This cover is gorgeous! I love the lettering, its very nice and elegant; the color of the bookcover makes it seem as if she was actually behind a sheet of ice! And the lips are kinda heart shaped...lol. Its very pretty :) And not only that, but the book itself was good too! (Check out my review of Cold Kiss!)

Do you guys like it??

Friday, November 18, 2011

This Cover or That (#2)

Today on This Cover or That, in honor or the realse of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, we are going to take a look at:

Original US Covers vs. Movie Tie-in Covers









There are actually other movie-tie in covers (dont know why) but I decided to just go with these.

Hmmm. Though I used to be a HUGE Twilight fan, the covers were always just...ehh. The movie tie-in covers are a little bit better, I guess (except for the New Moon one...Team Edward ;)). The one I absolutely love is the Breaking Dawn movie tie-in! I think its beautiful!

So which of all do you like?

And are you going to go watch Breaking Dawn today??

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)
Title: Touch of Frost

Series: Mythos Academy #1

Prequel story: First Frost

Author: Jennifer Estep

Publication date: August 2011

Published by: Kensington, K-Teen

Source: Borrowed from library

Add it to your Goodreads shelf

Buy it: Amazon| Book Depository

Synopsis:

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died...

My rating: ★★★★★

In a world where mythology is real, there is a special school for kids who are descendants of some of the most powerful mythological figures known. That school is Mythos Academy. Here the descendants of gods, goddesses, Romans, Spartans, Amazons, and Valkyrie are trained to fight like experts, for they are destined to fight in what might be the next Chaos War—a war between the Norse god Loki and the Greek goddess Nike.………

Review: Raising the Dead (Past Mdnight #1.5) by Mara Purnhagen

Raising the Dead (Past Midnight, #1.5)
Title: Raising the Dead

Series: Past Mdnight #1.5

Previous book in this series: Past Midnight

Author: Mara Purnhagen

Publication date: Jan. 2011

Published by: HarlequinTeen

Source: Own e-book

Add it to your Goodreads shelf

Buy it: Amazon

Synopsis:

Charlotte Silver's world is like no one else's...

As the daughter of the famous Silver Spirits paranormal investigators, Charlotte Silver is used to all things weird. But when coffins start floating down her street during a flood, life turns extra strange. And wonderful, when her friend and crush Noah signs on to help Charlotte and her folks in the aftermath. Cemetery cleanup might not sound exciting, but as shocking discoveries and a lurking stranger come to light, Charlotte learns that sometimes, raising the dead can bring unexpected rewards.

My rating: ★★★★★

In this short story, the town Charlotte now lives in is experiencing a storm sooo bad that there is a flood. But the weird thing is that coffins start to float down the street during the flood…pretty creepy, eh? lol. Anyway, Charlotte and her family (and her crush Noah) volunteer to help clean up the mess of coffins all over town. But they soon discover that these are no normal coffins. No, these coffins hide secrets, secrets that could potentially put Charlotte and her friends in danger.

Review: The Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday

The Dead Kid Detective Agency (The Dead Kid Detective Agency, #1)
Title: The Dead Kid Detective Agency

Series: The Dead Kid Detective Agency #1

Author: Evan Munday

Publication date: October 2011

Published by: ECW Press

Source: The publishers via Netgalley (thanks!)

Add it to your Goodreads shelf

Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis:

Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town; short on friends and the child of a clinically depressed science teacher, she spends her free time in the Sticksville Cemetery and it isn’t long before she befriends the ghosts of five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past. Using October’s smarts and the ghosts’ abilities to walk through walls and roam around undetected, they form the Dead Kid Detective Agency, a group committed to solving Sticksville’s most mysterious mysteries. So when the high school’s beloved French teacher dies in a suspicious car accident, it provides the agency with its first bona fide case, putting them in the midst of a murder plot thick with car chases, cafeteria fights, and sociopathic math teachers, and sending them on an adventure that might just uncover the truth about a bomb that exploded 40 years ago.

My rating: ★★★★★

October just moved to a new town with her clinically depressed father where she will be starting a new life at a new school. To make things worse, she’s only 13 and she’ll be entering high school already (yeah, she’s that smart! She skipped a whole grade at her old school). Because she has an affinity for the color black and she likes to read in the cemetery, she’s considered a “freak.” High school kids can be such jerks! But I like October :) She’s a pretty cool kid. Anyway, as she’s starting to settle in, there is a murder that takes place…and it is someone October was starting to know and actually like (I don’t want to give too much away ;))Even though it seemed like a very tragic accident, October suspects that there was more to it. And thus the Dead Kid Detective Agency was born! October and the ghosts of 5 dead kids around her age try to figure out who and why they committed the murder.

Review: Deviant by Adrian McKinty

Deviant
Title: Deviant

Author: Adrian McKinty

Publication date: October 2011

Published by: Harry N. Abrams

Source: review copy from publishers via Netgalley

Add it to your Goodreads shelf

Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis:

Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This supercontrolled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Danny Lopez just moved from Las Vegas to a small town in Colorado, and his new school is just…crazy (in my opinion)! First of all, there is this silence policy that does not allow the students or the teachers talk…at all! Not even during lunch…or recess O.O The only time you can actually talk during school is when the teacher or the students are reading from the script (no this isn’t some theater/drama school). They have this daily script where the lectures are pre-planned. So everything you need to say has to come from that script. It I were in that school, I would go crazy! lol. Then I would demand to be put in a normal public school :) Oh, and did I mention the gloves? Yeah, they have to wear white gloves along with their school uniform. Apparently it promotes hygiene?? Weird, I know. Anyway, Danny makes friends pretty quickly and is involved in some sort of secret club or society thing at school.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#1)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

I finished reading:


Deviant by Adrian McKinty
The Dead Kid Detective Agency (The Dead Kid Detective Agency #1) by Evan Munday




I am currently reading:


The Moon and The Tide (Marina's Tales #2) by Derrolyn Anderson
Boys That Bite (Blood Coven #1) by Mari Mancusi




Up next is:


One Hundred Candles (Past Midnight #2) by Mara Purnhagen
Stake That (Blood Coven #2) by Mari Mancusi
Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry


What are you reading??

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cover Crazy (#1)


Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms. The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design.

For my very first Cover Crazy, I will feature: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand



In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees...

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.


Aside from the book being super amazing (it's one of my favorites!) the cover is gorgeous! I love the design of letters, and I especially like that the cover is purple (my fave color is purple BTW lol). Its just...beautiful!

Sooo, what do you guys think??

Check out my review of Unearthly!

Friday, November 11, 2011

This Cover or That (#1)

I've noticed that sometimes there are more than one bookcover to one book...be it hardcover, paperback, a movie tie-in, or simply an edition form another country. So I decided to do a weekly (maybe lol) post highlighting one book I have or have not read that has more than one cover. At the end I'll choose my favorite!

For my very first This Cover or That, I have chosen..........Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan! Why? Well, you know, just because I love Greek mythology ;)

Original US Cover vs. Movie Tie-In Cover

Goodreads blurb: After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.


First of all, I really like how both of the coves are very similar: the ocean and waves, NY up ahead, Percy holding something, and, of course, the lightning! But I have to say, my favorite of theses two has to be the movie tie-in cover. I mean, look at the lightning! It's wicked cool! Plus, I think I might be a little biased. I did see the movie before I read the book and I happen to own the book with the movie tie-in cover, too :P

Sooo, which one is your favorite??

Check out my review on The Lightning Thief!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark (A Beautiful Dark, #1)
Title: A Beautiful Dark

Series: A Beautiful Dark #1

Author: Jocelyn Davies

Publication date: Septmeber 2011

Published by: HarperTeen

Source: The publishers via Netgalley

Add it to your Goodreads shelf

Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis:

On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites, like fire and ice, Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye's life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can't help falling for, and Devin, who she can't stay away from, the consequences of Skye's choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

My rating: ★★★★★

The night of Skye’s 17th birthday, she meets Asher and Devin. Then she finds out that they have both transferred to her school. There is something strange about these guys...they’re both very mysterious. Claiming to be cousins, Asher and Devin are as opposite as it gets: Asher is all dark, charming, and a total flirt; while Devin is, with his blond hair and intense blue eyes, shy and quiet.

Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Cold Kiss (Cold Kiss, #1)
Title: Cold Kiss

Series: Cold Kiss #1

Author: Amy Garvey

Publication date: September 2011

Published by: HarperTeen

Source: The publishers via Netgalley

Add it to your Goodreads shelf

Buy it: Amazon| Book Depository

Synopsis:

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.

Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.


But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.


Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.


But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

My rating: ★★★★★


Danny was Wren’s whole life. She loved him and he loved her. When she was with him, everything was perfect.

And then Danny died.
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