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Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
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Series: A Need So Beautiful #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover - Signed
Pages: 272
Source: Bought

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...
Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.

A Need So Beautiful was just, well, beautiful. The writing had such an easy flow that I finished it in one night. *CAUTION* Do not read while you're in the sun without sunscreen! This is a lesson learned.

This was different from my most recent paranormal reads. There was only a light touch to a darker feel to this book. The concept of the Forgotten had to be my favorite part. They are those who do random good deeds that change peoples lives. After each time, they lose a piece of their skin leaving behind a beautiful gold patch underneath. The whole story had this touch of lightness to it that made it very easy to read.

I've admitted this before that I'm a swooner. I LOVE the character Harlin. He's not just some guy, but someone who cares deeply about Charlotte. They understand each other and work through everything like a strong relationship instead of a high school relationship. Charlotte and Harlin go through so much that I'm just waiting for one of them to open up. They respect each other's problems and are just one of the most perfect couples. Charlotte was written in a way that I became emotionally attached to her. She's this strong heroine that you'll just have to love.

Following Charlotte through this struggle to stay with Harlin was quite a plot. The ending just killed me and now I'm not even sure where it will go. Now I'm waiting "patiently" for A Want So Wicked, which will be the sequel.

Go get this book because it's super original. Also get this book because the cover is gorgeous!

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wildefire by Karsten Knight
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Series: Wildefire #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Format: eARC
Pages: 401
Source: Simon & Schuster - Galley Grab

Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

I've read about Roman and Greek myths and gods, but I've never read anything about Polynesian myths so that idea itself already got my attention. Gods and goddesses reincarnated and living their lives in a high school boarding school is quite a story. Wildefire was intense and hilarious with Karsten's writing.

The most fun I had was reading about all these different gods and goddesses that are associated with Ashline. I think that everyone who have read Wildefire would agree that Ashline is a total badass heroine. She's fierce! Not only is she fierce in battles but also on the tennis court. I wish I could play tennis like Ashline.

For those who are wondering, there's also a guy named Colt that's a park ranger who's kind of charming. Karsten gives us just a bit to get to know Colt but it wasn't enough for me to have an opinion yet.

WARNING! There is a HUGE cliffhanger.

After I got over the cliffhanger to get up, I noticed that I was slightly burnt from reading out in the sun. Karsten thought it was fitting that I got burnt while reading Wildefire. Not cool.

Although I enjoyed the book it took a bit too long for me to get into it. I was tempted to drop the book altogether because it took over 300 pages. But I'm glad that I finished Wildefire.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

In My Mailbox (19) - Vlog

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week. 

Titles that are linked go to goodreads and covers that are shown on my iTouch are eBooks.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
(Thanks to Amber @ Me, My Shelf, & I)

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
(Thanks to Stephanie @ ¡Miraculous!)

Won: (Thanks to Ginger @ GReads!)
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
*Cute tote bag*

Sent: (Thanks to Maureen Johnson)
Super awesome button!

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

NetGalley: (Thanks to Disney-Hyperion & Harlequin)
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

Please feel free to leave a link with your comment so I can 
check out what's in your mailbox this week.

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
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Series: Nightshade #2
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Format: ARC
Source: School Librarians (Well they were, but now they're like my librarian friends)
This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended-Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer-one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack-and the man-she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Nightshade became one of my favorite books instantly and I wasn't sure if Wolfsbane could match it, but Andrea Cremer does it again! Wolfsbane picks up right after Nightshade when Calla wakes up to find that her allies are now the Searchers. Calla and Shay then learn about what really happened and the truth about the Keepers and Guardians. While it's mostly focused on Calla and Shay's time with the Searchers, old pack mates are still included and their stories are strengthened.

What I love about the series so far is how all the characters feel so important and memorable. Even when new characters are introduced I never get the overwhelmed feeling about the amount of names. Each person is so different and have distinct personalities that you just grow to love all of them. There was one particular searcher that I loved most, Connor. He's just this ridiculously bubbly guy that I can't get enough of. Although on the surface he's a light humored person, underneath I believe lay many secrets and an interesting past.

Calla is as strong as ever and is making hard decisions for the better of her pack. Her relationship with Shay and Ren isn't set in stone and continues leaving me guessing, but I'm definitely switching over to Team Shay. My first impression of Shay was that he was very...sensitive, which was great but not like the alpha Calla is. He then slowly develops into this alpha image and is becoming an equal to Calla (and Ren). For those who are wondering if Ren is still in the picture I can for sure say that he is. I'm not sure what to think of him right now besides the fact that he's a bit torn between the lies he has been fed.

Wolfsbane is an action packed book that will leave you turning page after page before you realize that the book's over. I finished this book in a good 2 days and was even tempted to re-read it. And I never re-read books, ever. This is definitely a not to be missed book that could easily be enjoyed.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Monday, July 18, 2011

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
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Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Format: eARC
Pages: 256
Source: Simon & Schuster - Galley Grab

She's writing about him. he's writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

I'm not a contemporary reader, but have to say that I really enjoyed Love Story.

Out of the whole book my favorite parts were when Erin and Hunter shared their stories in class. Both writing about each other and looking at it differently. "She's writing about him. he's writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines... " describes this book perfectly. What I didn't know about was the strong back story. Erin and Hunter's history go way deeper than what I was expecting.

I LOVE the settings. Freshman college students in New York and then them going back to Kentucky with the horses and the beautiful land. It was really nice reading about college students instead of high school students. They aren't officially adults, but it shows the life Erin has to go through to survive without her grandma's money.

The characters were very interesting. I found that I really liked Erin's character because she was stubborn and often defensive. Those were some real qualities in someone that I really enjoyed reading about. Plus she had a really neat dream to become a writer and that she loved to read. Hunter on the other hand was a bit questionable. I didn't feel like I knew him and I could have cared less with what he did. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy those Hunter moments, but I just couldn't put a finger on who he is.

The writing was really great and very easy. The chemistry between Hunter and Erin were one of the reasons I stayed up all night and woke up early in the morning to finish this book. Love Story was my first Jennifer Echols book, but it's definitely not going to be my last.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

In My Mailbox (18) - Vlog

Saturday, July 16, 2011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren and inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week. 

Titles that are linked go to goodreads. Covers that are shown on my iTouch are eBooks.

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Author Signing:
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young + Swag
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck + Swag

The Childe by C.A. Kunz + Swag

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Please feel free to leave a link with your comment so I can 
check out what's in your mailbox this week.

Suzanne Young - Tour Stop: Beaverton, OR

Thursday, July 14, 2011
On Tuesday, July 12, I was at Suzanne Young's first signing for A Need So Beautiful at Powell's. Suzanne was really sweet and hilarious through out the whole event. I was actually really surprised that she remembered me, but it was a really great signing and it was really fun. While there, Suzanne shared the funniest stories and was a really cool person.

I also got the chance to meet a bunch of other bloggers. I've always been too shy to walk up to someone and introduce myself, but they were really nice. I sat next to Jennifer from Little Shelf, Lucy from Rain Town Press, and Eliza who will soon be a blogger. (Eliza's Twitter) There were many other bloggers I met like Candace from Candace's Book Blog, Sarah from Novel Novice, and Ashley from Book's Make Great Lovers. Not only were bloggers there but a whole bunch of other people. I did get to see Lisa Schroeder and Colleen Houck there as well.

I had a really great time here and Suzanne was super awesome. Her next stop will be on:
July 31st at 4pm
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155

If you're lucky and live in WA, you'd want to go to this event!

In My Mailbox (17) - Vlog

Saturday, July 9, 2011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is also inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week. 

Titles that are linked go to goodreads. Covers that are shown on my iTouch are eBooks.
I wasn't actually going to do an In My Mailbox this week but it was late at night and I didn't want to go to sleep so wah la!

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa
Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

NetGalley: (Thanks to HarperCollins)
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Vanish by Sohpie Jordan

Please feel free to leave a link with your comment so I can check out what's in your mailbox this week. I also re-opened my Tumblr so feel free to check that out and also leave me a link to your's so I can follow :)

TGIF (3)

Friday, July 8, 2011

TGIF is a meme hosted by Ginger @GReads! It's a chance to re-cap our week and answer a weekly question.

This Friday's Question:

Blogger Confession: What's the last book you could not finish?
(or had a hard time finishing?)

Like almost everyone else I wish I could read every book possible. Unfortunately the ugly truth is that it's a bit unrealistic to do that. Here are a few books I just had the hardest time trying to finish. This doesn't mean I won't try again but it'll just sit in a pile for now:

-The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilema by Trenton Lee Stewart

-The Fallen, Volume 2 by Thomas E. Sniegoski

-The Strange Case of Finley Jane by Kady Cross

-Shadowland by Alyson Noel

-Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

-Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

In My Mailbox (16) - Vlog
July is NetGalley Month
Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

This week was pretty busy with my first final and tests. I'm a bit rough on posting but they will be coming in. Yes, I know I've been saying that but if I say it enough times it'll come true :)

If you participated, please feel free to leave a link and so I can check it out.

Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
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Series: Personal Demons #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance—-even her closest friends—-and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him.
What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy—-all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.

One word: HOT!

If you've been following me on twitter you've heard about my little issue with getting a copy of this. I went to 3 different book stores and 2 different libraries before finally getting Personal Demons. It was worth it with all of that Luc and Gabe though!

It all starts with a simple task for Luc as he's suppose to tag just another soul for Hell. But when things get a bit out of control with his feelings for Frannie things get hot. Hot like Hell. (Yeah, that was a bad pun) Luc is that guy that turns heads. He's arrogant, dark, as well as being really passionate. When there's one guy there's always another. This guy happens to be Gabe *swoons*, who's literally an angel. He's after Frannie for the same task to tag her soul, but for Heaven. In a way Luc and Gabe are kind of a like. It's just that Gabe is a bit more caring and gentleman-like than Luc. Either way, both guys would give up anything for Frannie.

The story was told in two points of views, Frannie's and Luc's. While in Luc's point of view I really looked at Frannie differently. I started off thinking Frannie was just going to be some kind of week gal who falls for these two guys. But when I got deeper into the story I found Frannie developing into a different person who's struggling to get out of that secret dark spot she's in.

Personal Demons was a very enjoyable book that made me laugh and scream and then repeating my strange cycle.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

If you didn't notice my button over on the left, I'm a Team Gabe :D

July Is Now Declared NetGalley Month!

Monday, July 4, 2011

If you guys remember, April was declared NetGalley month. Since that went really well why not have another NetGalley month? So Emily over at Red House Books has declared it.

I didn't get to participate in April but I won't be passing up that opportunity this month. My eBook TBR list is getting a bit large so this is perfect.

What is NetGalley Month?

A month where you read as many NetGalley books as possible.

What do I get out of it?

Well for starters we can control our TBR pile. But also 2 people will get the chance to win $15 worth of books from The Book Depository.

For more details see the original post here.

I'm participating! Are you?

In My Mailbox (16) - Vlog

Saturday, July 2, 2011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. It is also inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives bloggers a chance to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week. 

Titles that are linked go to goodreads. Covers that are shown on my iTouch are eBooks.
I have now officially started summer school which is actually affecting the blog more than I thought it would. I'll be able to get use to it soon and then more posts will start coming in :D

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Shadowland by Alyson Noel

NetGalley: (Thank you to Egmont USA & Tanglewood)
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Blood by K.J. Wignall
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
Tris and Izzy by Mette Ivie Harrison

Simon & Schuster Galley Grab:
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

Other eBooks:
The Seventh Blessing by Melissa Buell
(Thank you to Caroline from The Little Things Publishing)
The Odd Job Squad by Karl Fields
(Thank you Karl Fields)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
(Thank you Michelle Hodkin)

6 bookmarks and 6 signed bookmarks from various authors
(Thank you Armchair BEA & Donna from The Writers Coffee Shop)

Please feel free to leave a link with your comment so I can check out what's in your mailbox this week.

Wrap Up: June

Friday, July 1, 2011
This picture was taken at a beach in Viet Nam.

June ment summer vacation! I was off the hook from school work and having all the time I wanted to read and blog. I had a good week of that but now I'm back in summer school. I did graduate from middle school, though! I also got a nook in June.

This isn't my best blogging month but it sure was fun.

Where I've Been...

In My Mailbox (13) - Vlog
In My Mailbox (14) - Vlog
In My Mailbox (15) - Vlog

Author Signings:
The Dark Days of Supernatural
Michael Scott

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anathema by Megg Jensen
Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Books Read:
1. The Girl In The Steel Corset by Kady Cross
2. Hereafter by Tara Hudson
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
4. The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
5. Illusions by Aprilynne Pike
6. Legacy by Cayla Kluver
7. Anathema by Megg Jensen
8. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
10. Die For Me by Amy Plum
11. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
12. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Well this wrap up looks pretty pathetic but no worries. I have all summer to catch up on my reading and reviews. :)
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