Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In My Mailbox (#10)

"In My Mailbox" is hosted by The Story Siren.

I now I haven't been doing a lot of IMM's lately. Haven't been going out a lot to get any books. :C But I went to Asheville, NC yesterday for a doctor's appointment, and went to Barnes and Noble. A two-story one at that. :3 Here's a picture of it!
Heaven. That's it for me.

Alright, now. My new books!
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. James
Super Human by Michael Carroll
The Fallen 3: End of Days by Thomas E. Sniegoski 
Great tales of Horror by H.P. Lovecraft
Tattoo Source Book
Black Bird: Volumes 8-10 by Kanoko Sakurakoji 
The Art of War for Zombies: Apocalypse Edition
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide

Monday, February 27, 2012

{Cover Reveal} THE CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson

Expected Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback, 400pp
Pre-OrderBarnes and Noble | Amazon

Goodreads Overview: Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds.

A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.

I still haven't gotten the chance to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns yet, but I'm planning on getting it very soon. :) I heard it was a sad, but very good book. Is that true?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Blog Award (One Lovely Blog)

Today, I just saw that someone--and that would be Jessica, from Book Prowl--posted a comment on one of my WOW posts. It was on the 12th of this month. and I feel totally terrible for not seeing it until now. Some blogger I am! ;P I now have to share ten random facts about myself, and then pass the award on to six other people who I believe deserve it. Here are the ten random facts about me:

1. I love reading manga. :)
2. I have two cats; one is completely black and female, and the other one is a whale of a cat, and he is black with a white "tuxedo." ;)
3. I love video games! (Current obsessions are Skyrim and LoZ: Ocarina of Time 3DS.)
4. Dr. Pepper is my favorite soft drink.
5. I plan on being a photographer when I get older.
6. I still have my Build-A-Bear bear from when I was 11 or 12.
7. A few weeks ago, I ran out of bookshelf room! EEK.
8. I got new glasses a couple weeks ago. :3
9. I hate not finishing a book.
10. I have blue-green eyes with brown around my pupils!

Now, the following bloggers are who I pass this award to:

1. Myranda from My(reads)da.
2. Crystal from Elegantly Bound Books.
3. Sarah from I'm Loving  Books.
4. Karla from Karla Reads.
5. Nicole from The Reader's Antidote.
6. Books Over Boys.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (#11)

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

Title: Black Dawn
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Release Date: 5/1/2012
Format: Hardback, 384pp
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years
Pre-Order: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
(No overview available.)

I just finished the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series not to long ago, and I'm totally hooked. I seriously wish this would pick up as a TV series. I think it was totally work out. <3

Cover Reveals: SPARK & SPIRIT by Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: September, 2012 {For Spark} and 2013 {For Spirit}
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

Spark has an overview of its book, but Spirit doesn't. So here's Spark's. :)

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. 
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.
Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it. 
More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own. 
Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking. 

The fuse is lit…

I seriously think that Brigid's books are the hottest cover's I've seen yet. <3
Brigid's site.

Cover Reveal: HIDDEN by Sophie Jordan

Release Date: September 11,2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback, 272pp
Age Range: 13 years+
Series: Firelight, #3

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.
The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

I do believe that this is my favorite out of all of the three covers in this series. I like how deep Jacinda's red hair is. It's very lovely. C:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

{Cover Reveal} GRAVITY by Melissa West

Title: Gravity
Author: Melissa West
Author Websitehttp://www.melissa-west.com/
Publication Date: 8/7/2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: Paperback, 400pp
Pre-Order: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

In the future, only one rule will matter: Don’t. Ever. Peek.
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed--arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (#10)

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

This week, my anticipated pre-publication book is Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers 
Format: Hardback, 544pp
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult Romance
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Sorry I didn't post a WOW yesterday, guys! I got a new phone in the mail yesterday, and I was playing with it non-stop. Hope one day isn't so late. D: 

ANGEL FIRE by L.A. Weatherly {Book Review}

Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Format: Hardback, 638pp
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years
Series: Angel Trilogy Series, #2
Genre: Supernatural Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought at Walmart
Buy: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. Willow's prophetic dream points them to Mexico City, where they connect with a fledgling group of angel killers led by the exotically beautiful Kara, an Angel Killer from Alex's past. But the team remains suspicious of Willow, even after the more-experienced Alex takes over as leader, training them hard for a rush attack on the Seraphic Council, or "The Twelve." This elite group of all-powerful angels is also under the scrutiny of Willow's angel-father, Raziel, who has his own sinister plan to defeat them.  
What Willow hasn't told Alex is that there was also a mysterious boy in her dream, one she felt overpoweringly attracted to. When brooding, gorgeous Seb shows up in the flesh, he turns out to be another - possibly the world's only other - half angel. He's been searching for Willow all his life, and when Alex enlists this rival to help keep Willow safe, he can't predict what chemistry will pass between them . . . or how far Willow might go to keep Alex safe. Will their love endure or spell doomsday for the human race?

UGH....- asdfghjkl;! So much emotion in a thick book. <33 I'd love to see the thickness of Angel Fever. But I have a feeling it'll be thinner or the same size as this one. OH WELL. I NEED THE THIRD BOOK EITHER WAY.

I seriously thought I would cry a few times during this book, buuuuut I didn't. Major will power, that is. I wouldn't be crying out of sadness...(well maybe one time)...but I'd probably be crying out of frustration and sympathy for Willow. And Alex. Hell, maybe even Seb. He just needed more lovin' in general that I'd be more than willing to give him.

I liked how this is set in Mexico. Totally a new scenery for angels and whatnot. You know, you usually picture pretty, nice settings for books with angels. Like snow, mountains, fog, etc. But like I said in my review for Angel Burn, these aren't your average angels. SOUL-SUCKING BEASTS, they are. :D And so, the setting is perfect for them; dry, sandy, and hot.

Characters: Right away, I feel in love with Seb. Oh my God~ He is such a sweetheart, I couldn't stand it. He's definitely anything and everything I see in my type of guy. (Because I have a weakness for sweet-as-hell guys. ;P) Willow...is just Willow. At times she can be one of those typical heroines, weak and needy. But then she realizes the situation she's in, and deals with it maturely. I liked her a smudge better than AB. And Alex....<33333 I've always loved Alex. He's just...*-* hot...in every which way. ;3 I don't think I liked anyone in the group that Alex and Willow stayed with. I sure didn't like Kara, the jealous bitch.

This book oozes sexual tension. Oozes it. And you just goooootta love it. ;) I know I did. I mean, I don't really think I could read a book that didn't have some sort of sexual tension in it. If I could read one that didn't, I would definitely be dragging through it. ;P Anyway, this book deserves a five-star rating, right off the bat. It was just amazing and awesome and...-sighs contently- sooo good. <3 Can't wait to see what's in store for the next one!


VANISH by Sophie Jordan {Book Review}

Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback, 304pp
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years
Series: Firelight Series, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought online at B&N
Buy: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

An Impossible Romance.
Bitter Rivalries.
Deadly Choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.

Slight spoilery.

Is it just me, or like....hardly anything happened in this book? I mean, yeah a few things happen. But it's like, well there should be more to that situation. :/

Although, I did like the book, I really did. It's like this book and Firelight could have been one book. It would've been more interesting the first time around. But ya know how authors and publishers are.

ANYWAY. before I start sounding more like an idiot... I liked this book because there's an original species in there. You don't see a lot of dragon descendants in YA books. And Sophie totally pushed it a bit more in Vanish. It was definitely vivid, I could picture it in my head perfectly.

As for the characters. I felt really sorry for Jacinda in the beginning of this book. She was treated like total crap, when it was her mother's fault. Although, I did feel sorry for her mother towards the end, but it seemed like that was what she wanted when she left the pride the first time. I also felt sorry for Cassian. :c He just...-sigh-...he just needs more love. almost got her wings clipped off. :/ Aaaand, I didn't feel anything for Tamra. At all. I didn't like her in the first book, and I don't like her in this one. Dar. Severin & Corbin can go die in a hole~

Damn, love makes you do stupid-ass things, doesn't it?

4/5 because I love dragons & Cassian. :3


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (#9)

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

This week, my anticipated pre-publication book is Wrecked by Anna Davies.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Format: Hardback, 336pp
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years
Buy: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this. Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control.

But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims—and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He won’t tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway…and discovers that Christian’s secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.

Seductive and compelling, Wrecked brings a contemporary, paranormal twist to a classic enchanting tale.