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Waiting On Wednesday (4)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Waiting On Wednesday is a meme that is hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine.
It gives us a chance to share which book releases we're anticipating.

Fury by Elizabeth Miles 

Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse

The first book in a paranormal teen trilogy featuring three beautiful, mysterious girls wreaking havoc on a small New England town.

Sometimes sorry isn't enough....

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.

I'm really excited about this book and it's also a debut! After I read the synopsis it took the place for this week's WWW. Not only does it sound interesting but the cover is gorgeous!

What book are you waiting on? Feel free to leave a link or just tell me in your comments :)

Betrayal Blog Tour: Character Interview

Yesterday I posted an interview with the author of Betrayal, Mayandree Michel and today I'll be featuring a character interview with Cordelia. If you've missed my first two posts for the tour, be sure to check out my review and author interview.

Cordelia has a heart shaped face, almond shaped green eyes, long wavy dark brown hair and a sun-tanned skin tone. She's fairly tall, about five feet eight inches with a slim frame. Cordelia also happens to be one of the strongest demigods and an empress. She's curious, bold, and will do anything to set things right.

1) Time traveling back to 1891 has to be pretty intense and scary. What was the one thing you wish you could have brought with you from the future?

Yes indeed, the trip back to my home was beyond frightening, especially since I had no idea what was happening or why. Honestly, just between you and I, after spending time in the future and being exposed to some really innovative inventions, I’d have to admit to missing the cellular telephone and personal computer. Either of those would be wonderful to have now, but I’d have to make sure every member of my empire was equipped with one. Texting and emailing would certainly cut back on the council meetings in the mines. But the one item I truly wish I could have brought back with me is a pair of jeans! My time in the future has definitely affected me permanently and I haven’t forgotten the comfort of a worn pair.

2) Your house, the Tieron Estate, sounds like any bodies dream home with 9 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, a wine cellar, a sun room that lead to a garden, and a fully stocked library. (Which is every reader's dream!) With all the space where would you consider your private place?

I do love the spacious home my parents built, although it’s not as full as it should be. I love spending time in the kitchen on the ground floor when Sun Paw is preparing one of her scrumptious meals. I also enjoy the time I spend reading in the sun room (mostly when Christopher and Phoebe aren’t running about). I find the warmth of the sun and the view of the garden calming. I also try to have my meals there as often as possible.

3) As uncomfortable as those dresses are you must have had a favorite one. How would you have described it?

The dresses aren’t as uncomfortable as the corset and bustle worn beneath them. Those bone bruising contraptions really take some getting used too! Initially, on my return home, I was appalled by every dress and dreaded wearing them. This is simply because I wasn’t used to seeing myself in them and walking graciously in them was a feat. Since then I’ve fallen back in love with the luxurious fabrics and tailoring and will wear any dress in emerald or jade as they bring out the color of my eyes.

4) Not only are you a strong demigod, but also an empress. What do you do to lessen the stress?

Unfortunately, I don't have the power to lessen the stress brought on by the Apolluon and all the other evil entities with a penchant to rid of me and my entire empire. My discussions with my wise sister, the Goddess Athena, are helpful but I believe the time I spend with my love, Evan, to be the most tranquil moments of my day. When I’m with him, it’s as if all the chaos of the Apolluon disappears and we are all alone floating hand in hand in the universe.

5) Evan sounds like such a gentleman. How do you see him through your eyes?

I’m smiling with just the thought of him<Blush>. Evan is as vulnerable as he is strong willed and I think I love that most about him, along with his smile, the only think on this earth that can weaken me in the knees. Evan has the most beautiful soul as well as the most tireless one, especially when it comes to showing his devotion to whoever is lucky enough to be on the receiving end of his love. And I do feel lucky!

This is the wrap up of my blog tour posts. Thank you Mayandree for taking the time to do these interviews.

Betrayal Blog Tour: Author Interview

Monday, May 30, 2011

I am here today with the author behind Betrayal, Mayandree Michel. She has kindly agreed to participate in an interview here on Vy's Blog. Also be sure to check out my review of Betrayal.

About the author: 
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Mayandree Michel is the author of Betrayal, the first in the exciting series: The Descendants. Mayandree grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Queens, NY with her husband and two adorable sons. When she's not writing she's playing with her boys, reading or sketching.

1) If you could describe your book in less than 12 words, how would you describe it?

I'm going to cheat a little and use a part of what's on the back of the books cover: Where there is love and power, there is always betrayal.

2) Are there any authors who inspired your writing?

I read a lot, especially, when I should be doing a million other things, like cleaning and writing. I have so many favorite authors, too many to name. I was inspired to write mostly by Anne Rice, Edith Wharton, Cassandra Clare, Stephenie Meyer, and lately Amanda Hocking. I could go on and on…

3) I've always been fascinated by greek myths and was excited to hear that Betrayal consists of it. What would be your favorite greek myth?

I fell in love with Greek myths in high school when I read Mythology by Edith Hamilton. I still have the paperback copy, though it’s all ragged and beat up it’s still on my shelf. I was inspired by it and the poems in both the Iliad and the Odyssey to write the Descendants trilogy. I have a few favorites. I’d have to sayTheseus and Ariadne is one, when Theseus goes into the labyrinth to slay the Minotaur, using only a ball of string to find his way out of that hellish maze, and the beautiful but tragic myth of Orpheus’ bravery to rescue his wife Eurydice’s soul from the Hades in the Underworld with his charming music is another, and my all-time favorite, which is one of the most famous, the one of Eris and the golden apple which sealed Paris’ fate by his decision of which of the three highest goddesses was the fairest, which later brought on the Trojan war.

4) Throughout the book, Nikolas seemed like someone I'd want as my best friend. Were any of the characters based off of some real life friends?

A few of the characters, both good and evil were based on the personalities of people I’ve been acquainted with at some point in my life and their identities are being withheld to protect the innocent. Just kidding! Nikolas is loosely based on my husband who is one of the funniest people I know, as is Evan, for being a romantic.

5) Fashion was a part of Betrayal that I really enjoyed reading about and I read that you're a fashionista yourself. If you could take any of the dresses Cordelia wore and made it in real life which would you have chosen?

I’ve always worked in and around fashion and apparel but I’d hardly consider myself a real fashionista lol. I’m more of a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal, so I love sketching fashion and watching couture fashion shows on TV more than wearing any of it. As far as having one of the dresses Cordelia wore in the book made in real life, the dress she wears to the Masquerade ball which is depicted on the cover wins hands down! It’s actually a real dress owned by a friend which was altered (a lot) in Photoshop.

Thank you Mayandree for taking the time to do this interview. Also be sure to tune in tomorrow for a character interview with Cordelia from Betrayal. For the mean time, check out my review of Betrayal.

In My Mailbox (12)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren.
It gives bloggers a chance to show what book we bought, got, or borrowed this week. 
(All titles are linked to goodreads)

No Vlog this week, sorry! I have this thing where I want to read EVERY SINGLE book I receive and at the moment it can be done with my small TBR pile of 23 books. So I'll be minimizing the amounts of books I get just for a little bit. I was very successful this week with a total of 1 book.

Release Date: June 21, 2011
NetGalley: (Thanks to Harlequin Teen)
Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your IMM.

Armchair BEA: Blogging

Friday, May 27, 2011
It is BEA/BBC week! Since I won't be attending the actual event I'm participating in Armchair BEA! (For more information please visit Armchair BEA) This week will be full of fun posts all over different book blogs.

It is the last day of Armchair BEA and I just wanted to say thank you to the organizers of Armchair BEA for making this week happen.

Armchair BEA - Day #5:
Blogging about blogging

What I thought I knew before blogging:

It was going to be super fun and an extra thing I wanted to do when I have some little free time. I would be able to just read and then post my review to share with everyone.

What I learned with in my first month of blogging:

Not only did I get a chance to just read and review but there were really awesome memes out there that lead to other blogs and bloggers. I also learned that blogging took more time than I thought. At first it was easy to blog since I had a long school break, but when I got back into school it became really hard with the little time I had. I put more work into my blog than I thought I would. I also learned that you could approach authors and that there were such things as ARC.

My favorite parts of blogging so far:

The best part of blogging has to be "meeting" the bloggers behind the blogs! They are all so sweet and kind and what's better than knowing other people who share the same love of reading?

What are some pros and cons of social networking your blog?

I just started using twitter and I've had the chance to talk to so many more bloggers as well as authors. It's a great way to interact with others. The only con I can think of is that sometimes I end up spending too much time and end up procrastinating when I should be getting stuff done.

What's on your "rule list" of things you should and shouldn't be doing on a book blog.

-I'm very careful at not offending others. Even though I have the right to express my opinion I will do it in a respectful way.

-Blogging will not take over my life! When I feel too over whelmed with it then I will take a break.

-What I should be doing is blogging for my own enjoyment. :)
What are your tips for balance life and blogging?

I'm still trying to balance that right now. Between school work and other stuff I'm trying to find a way to fit everything into my schedule. When I feel like blogging I will and when I feel like doing something else I'll step away from my lap top and do something else. As easy as that sounds I still haven't balanced my school work and blogging well enough.

What genre do you blog about and why?

Vy's Blog is a young adult book blog. Since I'm a "young adult" I enjoy reading stuff in my age level.

How do you keep your blog fresh and interesting to your readers & yourself?

I don't have a schedule I follow. I guess that way I can be more free with whatever I want to post for that day and so it's usually different weekly.

This was such a fun week full of posts. Thank you again to the organizers of Armchair BEA.

Blog Tour: Betrayal by Mayandree Michel

Betrayal by Mayandree Michel
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Series: The Descendants #1
Publisher: Indie Author - Mayandree Michel
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Source: Author

Where there is love and power, there is always... betrayal.
At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.
After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is, a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for, safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.
In a race against time, Cordelia must decide if she is truly a part of this dangerous world, or risk defying the gods, and ultimately lose the boy who has put a claim on her heart.

My Thoughts:

Welcome to the 3rd tour stop of the Betrayal Blog Tour! When I first found Betrayal in the mail I was stoked! Not only was it going to be my first Indie read but it's also Greek mythology based. All I could look at was the gorgeous cover, but then I freaked a little at the 657 pages. At first I wasn't sure how I could possibly finish it, but the 657 pages skimmed by pretty fast after a while. It was action packed with many twists and turns and complicated relationships.

All Cordelia thought about was graduating high school and escaping the dreaded town of Nickel City. She's just like any high school girl with the average problems. The only difference between Cordelia and the average gal is the fact that she the future empress to rule over an empire full of demigods. The only problem is when she's being pulled back into the past to fulfill the destiny she's been trained for, for her whole life and doesn't remember a single thing. The only memories Cordelia has are of her life in the future.

The life Cordelia is thrown into is just too much for her to handle and accept the role everyone wants her to be. She's on the verge of tears trying to remember the life she once lived when she is transported to 1891. All she knows is that she's a descendant of Zeus and she's the most powerful demigod, which is quite the shoe to fill. Cordelia is stubborn to find answers and is willing to risk her life at every attempt. She's also kind hearted to everyone as well as fair. All the traits need for a great empress is there in Cordelia which made her a very distinct character.

The relationships in the story were sweet and complicated with untold secrets. At first I was thinking that Evan, the boy in Cordelia's dreams, was the only contender. Then slowly Mayandree weaved in another character Victor, whose relationship is complicated. I was thinking that'd be it for the love triangle department but it was a bit more complicated than that. Gerald is also thrown into the, well I guess "love square", in some way. Evan has to be the definition of a gentleman. He's sweet, caring and protective, but not in the abusive or controlling way. Just because he's sweet doesn't mean he's week either. Evan happens to be one of the strongest demigods. Where Evan was strong Victor was stronger, but without surpassing Cordelia. Victor is intense, passionate, lost, and almost the opposite of Evan. Gerald is a different story, where Evan and Victor are demigods Gerald was mortal. He was realistic and someone I'd want as a best friend.

Betrayal is the best way to sum up Mayandree Michel's debut novel. With every chapter came a realization of betrayal. Although there were some grammar issues the plot was great. This was my first Indie read and will not be my last. I'll definitely be checking out more Indie Authors thanks to Mayandree. (Check out my "I support Indie Authors" badge -->)

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

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Armchair BEA: Relationships

Thursday, May 26, 2011
It is BEA/BBC week! Since I won't be attending the actual event I'm participating in Armchair BEA! (For more information please visit Armchair BEA) This week will be full of fun posts all over different book blogs.
Armchair BEA - Day #3:
Nurturing Relationships

For the three months that I've been blogging I've learned a whole lot! And all I've learned are thanks to those very kind bloggers who, may not not know it or not, have helped more than they'd think. Since I'm still new I haven't made a solid relationship with authors and publishers but I do wish that one day I will. I have been contacted by authors to review books and I do find myself liking the emails that show that they have spent some time looking at my blog before requesting. I really appreciate when they do stop by my policy page before contacting me. Even though I haven't formed relationships with authors or publishers, I did get the chance to talk to some awesome bloggers.

Here are some bloggers who I'd like to give a shout out to:
(Please don't feel left out if you're not in this list! These are only the few of the many of bloggers.)

Bonnie @ A Backwards Story:
When I first started Tweeting, Bonnie was there to help me into the world of Twitter. (Which I frequent now so feel free to check it out @VysBlog.) It's also thanks to Bonnie that I've sold the idea of getting a Nook to my parents.

Gemma @ I/You/We Heart Books!:
Gemma is just an all around awesome person. I haven't known her for long but it's neat talking to bloggers around the same age group. Which is kind of hard to find.

Jennifer @ Little Shelf:
She has one of the cutest blogs and the first Oregonian blogger I knew about. How could someone be more awesome than being in the same state?

Cyndi @ Dog-Eared and Bookmarked:
Thank goodness for Cyndi who has helped me out with almost every possible question I had. Although she has helped me out with almost everything blog related she has also helped me with any question. I even asked her a homework related question around 11 pm. (which I did very well on thanks to her.)

Christy @ The Reader Bee:
When I first started blogging I used her as a reference! I don't think I've ever told her but she's helped so much and an inspiration. She's also really sweet about commenting :)

My list could go on for days but this is a quick sum up. I found that I find most blogs through memes which I think is a great way to meet new bloggers. I'm always looking forward to those meme posts and hope to continue finding even more great blogs that way.

Please feel free to leave a link to your Armchair BEA post with your comments so I could stop by.

Cover Release: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
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Series: The Infernal Devices
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Why can't it be December already?!

The Infernal Devices is a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments series, set in 19’th century London. The story concerns 16-year-old orphan Tessa Gray, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders. When Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must come to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Torn between the beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter who isn’t what he seems, and the devoted Jem, whose own deadly secret is slowly destroying him, Tessa must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world.

The cover of Clockwork Prince was revealed today over at Mundie Moms. I was pretty late about this release but goodness I love it. If you're wondering who's on the cover it is the very sweet gentlemen, Jem. Does that look like Jem or what. I just love all of these covers for The Infernal Devices. The glowing runes are just perfect! From the cane, the white hair, and right down to the runes.

What do you guys think of this?

Armchair BEA: Interview

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
It is BEA/BBC week! Since I won't be attending the actual event I'm participating in Armchair BEA! (For more information please visit Armchair BEA) This week will be full of fun posts all over different book blogs.

Armchair BEA - Day #3:
Blogger Interviews

Today I am fortunate enough to interview
Tasha from Book Obsessed.

1) If you could only read books from only ONE author for the rest of the year, who's books would you read?

This is a tough one! Just one author? I would like to say Linda Howard or Julia Garwood, because you can't go wrong with either of them. But if I wanted something a little racy, Lauren Dane or Maya Banks. So I guess I would have to go with Linda Howard. She could definitely keep me entertained for a year.

2) What was the most recent book you've read that you're just obsessed with?

The DUFF! I don't read much, if any, YA novels, but this one was GREAT! I'm just waiting for more from Kody. I've tried and failed to find any YA novels that are similar to this one. So if anyone knows of any that I will enjoy that are along the lines of the DUFF, please let me know.

3) When you're not reading or blogging, what would we find you doing?
When I'm not doing one of those, I'm usually at work. I work 10hr days, so that leaves little leisure time. But when I do have time, I'm shopping or going to the movies with friends. Just today, a friend and I went and saw Bridesmaids. Also, I've been trying to get into crafting. As of now I've made a tutu for my 3yr old niece, but hopefully I'll start doing more of that.

4) How would you describe your favorite place to read?

I really don't have a favorite place to read. I can read pretty much anywhere as long as there is no tv to distract me.

5) Do you have a favorite bookmark?

Yeah, but it's not really a bookmark per se. It's a tag off of a Lapis Pea Coat Cape. I'm not sure if that's what you would call it since it's not a coat, but indeed a cape. It's just a cape in that pea coat style. :) But the the is the length and shape of a bookmark. Plus it's a hard material, almost like cardboard.

6) Your dream bookshelf?

Oh this is a great one! I tend to collect books, and people give me books because they know this about me. Some people have dream closets or dream kitchens, I want a dream home library! Hence my collecting books. I just want a home office with all the walls lined with floor to ceiling shelves. This would be my library. --->

7) Where was your favorite place you traveled to?

I haven't done much traveling, but of the places I have been I guess it would have to be NYC. But I hope to one day visit Seychelles.

8) Favorite dessert of all time?

I'm a total sucker for store bought birthday cakes! Those cakes that you find a stores like Wal-Mart, Sam's, etc (I know they are bad for you), I could eat one all by myself if I didn't make myself put down the fork and walk away. :)

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions Tasha! Be sure to check out Tasha's blog, Book Obsessed.

Armchair BEA: Best of 2011

It is BEA/BBC week! Since I won't be attending the actual event I'm participating in Armchair BEA! (For more information please visit Armchair BEA) This week will be full of fun posts all over different book blogs.

Armchair BEA - Day #2:
"Best of 2011"

It's actually "Giveaway Galore" but due to my lack of time I couldn't put together a giveaway fast enough. Sorry guys, but for those of us who aren't hosing giveaways we'll be talking about our favorite books of 2011 and what books we're looking forward to from BEA.

My Favorite Books so far of 2011:
1. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (my review)
2. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (my review)
2. Wither by Lauren Destefano (my review)
3. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (my review)
4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (my review)
5. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
6. The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

BEA Books I'm Waiting On: (Based off of this list)
1. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
2. After Obsession by Carrie Jones, Steven E. Wedel
3. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
4. The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
5. Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter
6. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
7. Crossed by Ally Condie
8. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (I'm not 100% if this will be at BEA but I'm still looking forward to it)

These are only the few books that I'm waiting on at the moment. I believe there are many more titles but I wasn't sure if it was for sure going to be there at BEA. Please feel free to leave a link below to your "Best of 2011" post with your comment :)

Armchair BEA: About Me!

Monday, May 23, 2011
It is BEA/BBC week! Since I won't be attending the actual event I'm participating in Armchair BEA! (For more information please visit Armchair BEA) This week will be full of fun posts all over different book blogs.

Armchair BEA - Day #1:
Who are you, and how do you Armchair?

Who am I?:

My name is Vy and it's pronounced just like the letter "V". I'm 14 years old and is currently in 8th grade. My blog, Vy's Blog, is a YA book blog with the occasional middle grade. I love reading paranormal romance, fantasy, and dystopian. I'm just recently reading contemporary so it may be added into my favorite genres soon.

If you'd like to know even more about me, be sure to check out my about me page. And if you're wondering what I look and sound like check out my vlogs!

How Do I Armchair?:

I'll be armchair-ing from Oregon, USA! Although I didn't realize what a busy school week it'd be for me, I will still try to participate. What I'm most looking forward to is visiting other blogs. I've only been blogging for less than 3 months so I haven't roamed around the blogosphere enough. It'd also be really neat to know other bloggers, too!

I'm really looking forward to reading more about you guys so please feel free to leave a link to your post!

In My Mailbox (11) - Vlog

Saturday, May 21, 2011

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren.
It gives bloggers a chance to show what book we bought, got, or borrowed this week. (All titles are linked to goodreads)

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Contest Win @Ivy Reads:
Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Blog Tour:
Betrayal by Mayandree Michel

May Simon & Schuster Galley-Grab:
Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your IMM.

First Look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss!

Thursday, May 19, 2011
*Apologies for the lack of postings but more will be coming soon, as in next week.*


I don't usually do these kinds of posts but because I'm such a fan of The Hunger Games and I've been seeing this cover a lot lately. So I wanted to voice my little opinion in there. I have to admit that I had doubts that Jennifer Lawrence didn't resemble Katniss, but look at the cover of EW! Wow! The magic of hair-dye and make up. She looks almost exactly like the Katniss in my head! From the french braid to the bow and right down to the mockingjay pin. This is quite a first impression and I can't wait until the games begin.

Do you think Jennifer can pull off being Katniss?

Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Monday, May 16, 2011
Spells by Aprilynne Pike
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Series: Wings #2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Format: e-book
Source: May RAK from Ivy @ Ivy Reads

Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.
When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?

My Thoughts:

Wings had to be one of my favorite faerie reads because of how it looks on faeries differently. In Aprilynne Pike's world, they are plants!

In Spells, I felt like I was being educated on the history and stuff about plants and Avalon, which was neat but I didn't get as much "action" as I hoped. The story started off very easy with Laurel spending some time in Avalon studying and hanging out with Tamani. Then it goes into Laurel in the human world attending school with David. I became as paranoid as Laurel about the danger that's about to come and was constantly suspecting new characters to become some kind of bad guy. Becoming on the edge got to me and I ended up finishing Spells in a good two days.

There are a few new characters introduced into the story but I didn't feel like I knew enough about them. I do know enough to be looking for them in the next book though. The character that I grew to love even more was Tamani. He's just this sweet guy, who's a bit cocky, but shows so much love for Laurel. I flipped page after page looking for more parts with him in it. I found that even though Laurel made it kind of clear who she wanted, I couldn't help feeling that it's still as complicated as ever.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Thanks to Ivy from Ivy Reads for sending me Spells! It was a very easy and enjoyable read that ended on such a cliffhanger! Now I'm waiting until The Dark Days Tour comes to Oregon before I get my copy of Illusions, which is the next book in the series.

If you haven't yet started this series yet, be sure to check out my review of Wings by Aprilynne Pike.

Messing With Blog Layouts

Sunday, May 15, 2011
I've been kind of trying to change my blog a bit and I haven't found something I'm a 100% happy with yet. So I'm going to keep it at this simple white at the moment until I can mess with it a little bit more during the week. It's not going to be drastic or anything just some simple stuff. If you have any suggestions to what I should add or where I can look for some designs and what not feel free to leave a comment below.

In My Mailbox (10)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren
It gives bloggers a chance to show what book we bought, got, or borrowed this week. 
(All titles are linked to goodreads)

Sorry guys no vlog this week since I didn't get a lot. And since I'm at it sorry for the lack of posts! May is becoming a crazier month than I intended. My Saturday will be spent at a choir festival so I'm not sure how much I can get in this weekend besides this IMM. Wish me luck though :)

This week I got...

The Strange Case of Finley Jane by Kady Cross

Netgalley: (Thanks to Harlequin)
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

May RAK from Lillie @ Read My Mind:
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your IMM. 
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Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Friday, May 13, 2011
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Format: e-book
Source: Simon & Schuster-Pulse It

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.
Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.

My Thoughts:

If someone told me this was Jessi's debut novel I wouldn't have believed it! Moonglass is beautiful, light and has the affect of making me tear up a couple times.

Anna is flooded with questions and emotions when she is slowly picking up pieces of her mom's history. Emotions that she pushes down when she turns up at a new house, the very place her parents first met. Although she goes to school, it mostly focuses around her and her house on the beach. As many people have mentioned the beach becomes a character of its own. I feel so connected to the cove and the whole setting. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a setting so much and how it means so much to the book.

I can't possibly understand the feelings of losing a mom, but I can relate to losing someone you care about. Anna is a character that I can connect with and someone I end up caring so much about throughout the story. Jessi wrote it so well that I felt the love and pain she feels whenever she think of her mom.

If you're wondering what's her love life like and is there a guy? (One of the first questions I always ask) Then yes. Tyler is an easy going life-guard that's realistic. He's written out in a way that makes me feel like I could possibly walk out side and maybe bump into someone like him. Honestly though, I didn't see much in him and why Anna liked him so much in the beginning. But there's this loving quality about him that I grew to like.

What I loved most was how moonglass tied the whole story together. They are usually called sea glass, but moonglass is a word Anna and her mom made up. Whenever they found a piece of sea glass during a full moon it'd be called, moonglass. It just fit so well and wrapped up the story like the finishing touches of a bow. You'll have to read the book to see how it ties in so perfectly!

For those looking for a summer read pick this one up!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Featured in Little Known Blogs

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rie over at Mission to Read has starting Little Known Blogs. It's to spotlight a different blog every month and this month, Vy's Blog is being featured. I did a little interview and even posted one of my reviews. Be sure to check out my Little Known Blog.

In My Mailbox (9) - Vlog

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren
It gives bloggers a chance to show what book we bought, got, or borrowed this week. (All titles are linked to goodreads)

From Ivy @ Ivy Reads for May RAK:
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Simon & Schuster:
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Solid by Shelley Workinger

Happy Mother's Day!
Feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your IMM.

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

Publisher: Poppy
Released: May 3, 2011
Format: eBook - ARC
Source: Netgalley

When her free-spirited mother dies in a tragic accident, sixteen-year-old Alexandria Lee is forced to leave her West Coast home and move in with a wealthy grandmother she's never known in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League-Savannah's long-standing debutante society. But white gloves and silk gowns are a far cry from the vintage t-shirts and torn jeans shorts she's used to.
Alex is the first in decades to question the Magnolia League's intentions, yet even she becomes entangled in their seductive world. The members enjoy youth, beauty and power...but at what cost? As Alex discovers a pact between the Magnolias and the Buzzards, a legendary hoodoo family, she discovers secrets-some deadly-hidden beneath the glossy Southern veneer.

My Opinion:

The Magnolia League wasn't one of my favorite reads but it sure was entertaining. Alex who was raised into a care free lifestyle is now shoved into a world of manners and etiquette. She struggles fitting in with everyone in Savannah and an even harder time socially. Especially since she's attending school for the first time at age 16. To make things even harder on Alex, she finds herself being part of a society, the Magnolia League. Alex has been hearing about how greedy and self fish the Magnolias are and even believed it herself. But when she digs deeper into the Magnolias, she finds these ladies are hiding much more under all that greed and power.

Not only was it an enjoyable fantasy, but the plot was pretty interesting consisting of hoodoo and magic. I liked how the history of the Magnolias and the hoodoo were weaved in and not just chunks of writing. The writing was very simple and easy. Everything was very straight forward, but I was looking for that build up. The stories that were shared about Alex and her mother had to be one of my favorite parts because of how it showed how much they cared for each other.

The idea of this society and the rules were very amusing. Instead of the "mean girl" posies, the Magnolias were started with the girl's grandmothers and continues throughout the family. Alex, who is now stepping into the society, is not like the other MGs. (Magnolia Girls) She starts the book off being spontaneous and outgoing. The deeper I get into the book the more Alex starts shifting into the typical MG that her grandmother wants her to be. She starts caring too much about her appearance and how her boyfriend, Thaddeus, truly feels about her. I know that's the usual thing, but I thought she'd be different and try to change things for the Magnolias. Maybe it was intentional that she starts going down that road and later on develops in the next books.

The Magnolia League caught my attention by the gorgeous cover. To make things better it was a light easy read. I am curious about what will happen in the next book after a big cliff hanger. Plus I really want to read more about Alex and the person she'll become.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Top Ten Books: I'm Glad Were Recommended To Me

Monday, May 2, 2011

This week's Top Ten Tuesday are books that you're glad were recommended to you. 

1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This was recommended to me by one of my best friends Allison (who isn't a blogger). I would never think of picking up a dystopia a few months ago so I didn't think much of it. I'm crazy glad that she mentioned this book to me because this was amazing.

2) Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
I actually saw this book around on a lot of blogs so it was kind of recommended by all of you guys who reviewed/posted about Nightshade. I'm not sure why it took me this long to read this but grateful for those who posted about this.

2) Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Wither was introduced to me by a review from Brent at The Naughty Book Kitties. The book sounded so great that I had to go check it out and it was amazing!

3) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
A friend of mine from school name Giovana recommended that I should read The Mortal Instruments series and am really grateful that she did. Now I'm such a TMI fangirl.

4) Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
I read a review from my librarian, Ms.Blair, about how awesome this was and had to read it to believe it myself. I'm not much of a historical fiction kind of person but I really enjoyed this book. It actually became one of my favorites.

5) The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I just love this book and the series! I can't remember which vlogger it was who reviewed this book but really glad she reviewed it and made me go buy it. (Apologies for not remembering who it was.) One of my favorite series ever!

6) Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Unearthly was brought to my attention by a bunch of bloggers who reviewed/posted about it. I am really into the whole angel thing going on and super glad that I ran into some reviews. I <3 Blog Reviews!

Sorry this isn't 10 but I haven't read enough to have a lot to choose from. What books are you glad that were recommended to you?

If you also participated in this meme add your link with your comment and I'd like to check it out.

Review: Awakened by P.C. + Kristin Cast

Awakened by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Series: The House of Night #8
Publisher: Atom/Little Brown
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Hardcover: 290 pages
Source: Library

At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

My Opinion:

Awakened was like any other House of Night book but with a different plot. I'm not sure why I continue to read the series but I'm guessing it has to do with the drama that has kept me glued to every page. Awakened continues after Zoey's soul is returned to her body and is temporarily taking sanctuary at Skye with Sgiach. As Neferet discovers that Kalona didn't fulfill his duty, she begins to go back to planning on how to get rid of Zoey Redbird.

This was just a very simple and easy read. It's not one of my favorites but it was enjoyable. Of course there were still some relationship dramas and many more surprise deaths. *Minor Spoilers* I did feel like the characters no longer had use besides fueling Zoey's hatred for Neferet and felt as though their deaths happened too fast. I know that sounds pretty strange but if you've already read it, it was only like a paragraph. (Exaggeration) The writing for this book was very easy, but I did feel like there was an over usage of the word love. It was used so often that the feelings don't get across to me anymore and couldn't fully comprehend how much they actually cared about each other.

Overall this was a fun easy read and would recommend this to anyone who's looking for a drama filled book.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Series: Wicked Lovely #4
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 20, 2010
Hardcover: 340 pages
Source: Library

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.

Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

My Opinion:

The Wicked Lovely series has held my interest by how all the characters play important roles. Radiant Shadows continues to do so by focusing on Ani and Devlin and how their choices may change Faerie for the good or bad. The backstory of Ani is revealed and questions are slowly answered. As much as I enjoyed this book I did feel like it was a bit...dry. I didn't feel like it was something I wanted to stay up all night to read. I think it's because I'm so set into the whole Ash, Kennan, and Seth thing going on that I don't want to read about any one else.

Ani was first introduced in Ink Exchange and I didn't think much of her. This book really shined more light on Ani and the struggles she's going through to survive. Ani is a halfling of the Dark Court and must feed off of both emotions and touch. She's a new breed that can feed from faeries as well as mortals, but is starved of both touch and emotions from the protection of her father, Gabriel. Ani is daring and impulsive. She's also caring as well as impulsive which makes her unpredictable.

Melissa Marr does such a great job at entwining the stories of different characters. When I read the synopsis I wasn't sure how Devlin had anything to do with Ani or even how they knew each other. The consequences of Devlin's past is now catching up to him and it involves Ani. I really don't like spoilers so I won't go into it too much, but Devlin made some choices that saved Ani's life and changed his future.

Even though Radiant Shadows was more focused on Ani and Devlin it became one of my favorites because of the strong character developments. The story continues to turn from page to page and as usual, Melissa Marr has left me wanting more. I will be continuing the series by reading the last book, Darkest Mercy.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

May: Random Acts of Kindness

Book Soulmates

I've been seeing this button around a lot and haven't actually spent time looking into it, but now that I have I thought this was a really neat idea. Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.) is where anyone can go around and give a little random kindness by giving someone a book. For more information about Random Acts of Kindness please click on the button above.

I thought this was a really neat idea and will be participating for my first time in May. If you're interested in seeing my wish list on amazon, please click here. If you are interested in sending me a little something, just a heads up that it doesn't have to be "new"and can be"used". Thanks in advanced :)

Vy's Wish list:
-Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
-Spells by Aprilynne Pike
-The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
-Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
-If I Stay by Gayle Forman 
-Entwined by Heather Dixon
-Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
-Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
-Bumped by Megan McCafferty
-Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
-The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
-Abandon by Meg Cabot

*Update: The titles I just crossed out were just generously given to me by Ivy @ Ivyreads.
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