Thursday, July 22, 2010

Should I Review Manga AsWell?? Also..........Winners

Winner of Shadow Hills is... #20: Latisha D !!! Congrats to her, I will be sending it by Book Depository ASAP.

Book Trailers

I'm currently reading these two books and they're quite interesting XD

I really want to read this book, the book trailer is so beautiful

Yours Truly,

Monday, July 19, 2010

Insatiable by Meg Cabot Review #64

Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 464

Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them.

Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.)

But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met whom she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's future, she's never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future. . . .

If she even has one.
I don't usually read Meg Cabot's books. Mainly because the novels she writes aren't usually my type. So I was surprised to hear that she is writing a sort of spoof/paranormal book. And I'm glad she did, because I loved it. I think it is awesome when writers write in different genres, not only do they pick up more readers but it strengthen their writing skills. I learned that in creative writing.

Now this book is a spoof off of all the current vampire shows/books ect; But at the same time it's serious. So it works well as a book that believable but has a lot/bit of comedy to it. It was well written and fast pace, but I felt that it was a bit to long. I was kind of disappointed that Lucien and Meena do not meet until half way through the book. Why I was this way is because it made the romance develop to fast.

I though that there could of been more descriptions of the characters, especially Alaric. I had a hard time imagining him. I found the POV's from all the characters was well written. I loved reading from Meena's & Lucien's POV.

Meena's hate for vampires wasn't as strongly brought out as it could of been. Meaning I found it hard to believe that she hated vampires in the beginning. It wasn't emphasis enough.

The plot was pretty predictable, but enjoyable. Some of the dialogue was priceless. Meena's gift was unique from other paranormal protagonists abilities, which was refreshing. I found the end to be most shocking. I felt like Lucien was Bella from Twilight and Meena was Edward. That's the first time I've seen a women stick up to a vampire and do what she did. I think it was a bit of a saddening ending, but will have readers admiring her strength as a women.

Overall a excellent summer read, that will have you turning the page.
Yours Truly,

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Torment Vlog Contest

This is for the Reading Cause I'm Addicted Torment Contest. We had to state the reason for our liking of Fallen by Lauren Kate.
BE WARNED I do make some jokes/stabs a Edward/Jacob/Puck/Ash even though I DON'T MEAN IT. Enjoy XD

Monday, July 12, 2010

GIVEAWAY MONDAY - Shadow Hills By Anastasia Hopcus

Author: Anastasia Hopcus
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 400

After her sister Athena's tragic death, it's obvious that grief-stricken Persephone "Phe" Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister's sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA -- a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.

Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills' history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach -- the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after -- seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister's untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.
So tomorrow is the date Shadow Hills is released and I'm so excited. I previously read an ARC copy and did a review on it, click here if you want to read it. To celebrate I decided to have a giveaway where I'll be giving away one copy to one winner. What I'll be using is Book Depository, so this is a INTERNATIONAL contest. Just make sure the Book Depository ships to your country. This contest will run from now until next Monday, so July 19th.

To enter just fill out the forum and leave a comment :) Cause everyone loves comments.

Later tonight I'll post my Monday Fan Video :)
Yours Truly,

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Prophecy of the Sisters By Michelle Zink Review #63

Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters--one good, one evil.

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
I really don't know how to go about this review. A part of me enjoyed it and the other half didn't. It was an ok book for me and I think three stars represent that. I certainly will read the sequel.

I love reading books with the settings that are placed 100 to 1000 years ago. This novel is placed in the late 1800's in America, which to me is very uncommon. Usually I see books with that time period set in Europe. So I did welcome the nice change of setting, but throughout the book I had to remind myself that this wasn't a Hallowmere or Gemma Doyle type book because if gave off the same sort of vibe.

I commend Michelle Zink for writing so beautifully and portraying first person so passionately. I really felt that she had a firm grasp on first person and how to write it. What I did not like was the book felt to outlined. It was so plotted, that the novel became obvious and had no surprise effect on me.

The novel was rather slow and nothing really happened, or no action anyways. The end was a bit interesting because the antagonist is so ruthless that it kills someone close to them. And I was quite sadden by that character's demise, because that person didn't deserve it at all. But the aftermath was weird, because the antagonist is never brought to justice or arrested.

One other thing that I wish this novel had was more Alice. Alice is such a key part of the prophecy, but you see so little of her throughout the novel.

In character terms, I enjoyed reading from Lia's perspective. She was by far my favorite character, next to Alice. I felt because Lia and Alice were such an important part of the story, that they had more depth and personality then the other characters did which was fine but I'd like to learn more about Sonia and Luisa next time.

Overall Prophecy of the Sisters was a nice read and was well written. I will definitely keep my eyes open for the sequel, Guardian of the Gate.

Yours Truly,

Thursday, July 8, 2010

WOW: Intrinsical by Lani Woodland

Author: Lani Woodland
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
Pages: 738
Release Date: August 20th, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist's attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly.

This is a novel that I saw on Extreme Reader Book Reviews ! It caught my attention with it's beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis. It's also a book that is coming out soon, August soon. I'm now very excited for this one, it looks really really good. What do you guys think??

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

Yours Truly,

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blood Feud (Drake Chronicles #2) By Alyxandra Harvey Review #62

Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury US
Pages: 258

It's been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she's made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That's if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.

The clans are gathering for Helena's royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha's reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.

This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan's and Isabeau's perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.

Why is this series not on the NYT Bestsellers yet? Seriously, who doesn't love reading about the Drake Chronicles? One, I got to applaud the author for giving a entertaining sequel that surpassed it's predecessor. All the complaints I had from the previous novel (in terms of writing and stuff) was gone from this book, which I was happy about.

When I first heard that this novel wouldn't be in Lucy/Solange POV, I was a bit apprehensive. Questions like, how would she do it? Would I still have the same love for the series, if it's in different characters POV? In the end Alyxandra did a excellent job at keeping the series excellent (maybe even better) with different characters POV. I also found it a refreshing writing style. I've never seen a author who has each book (series) in 2 different character POV. I really enjoyed it.

In this book, the POV are Logan and Isabeau. Isabeau is the girl you see at the end of Hearts At Stake. In the previous book I had problems with the characters POV being too similar, but that's not the case in this book. Logan and Isabeau POVs are so well written and developed throughout the novel that I really didn't need the name of who POV it was at the beginning of each chapter. Logan's quickly developed love for Isabeau is so well brought up and shown that you feel how passionate it is for him. Isabeau on the other hand has been through some major trauma, and is one determined/strong chick. You really connect with the pain she is feeling, you sympathize for her greatly. In the end Logan was my favorite character to read from, he's also probably my favorite brother in the Drake Clan.

The Information that was so quickly packed and confusing in the previous novel, because more clear in this novel. It's easier to understand the different species of vampires, though I think this novel would do greatly with a glossary instead of a family tree.

Something in end will happen to one or more of the antagonist, and it shocked me greatly. I couldn't believe it, and am now pondering how the series will continue. I thought this antagonist would be a main, reoccurring villain throughout it all but I guessed wrong. But I think this just makes me like the author even more, because I'm eager to find out what will happen next with the family. Though I did not enjoy the fact that this character was only shown only one or two pages in this book and then is killed. I wished we could of seen this person more.

The novel has less of Solange, Lucy, Kieran and Nicholas and I was kind of sad about that. I think my favorite line was went Solange was explaining how Nicholas locked Lucy in a closet to Logan. Quite hysterical.

I also got confused at some of the jokes/dialogue, but other then that the book was perfect. Like the previous one it's fast paced and there's never a dull moment. So overall I really enjoyed Blood Feud, more then Hearts at Stake. I found it was more entertaining, beautifully written and easier to understand. I definitely recommend this one, and I'll be on the look out for # 3 Out For Blood which comes out in Dec.2010.
Yours Truly,

Thursday, July 1, 2010


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