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Blog Tour-Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Series: Covenant #2
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Format: ARC
Source: Spencer Hill Press
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There is need. And then there is Fate...
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.
When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.
When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

Unputdownable Level = 15 out of 10

Pure is addicting! There's the action, suspense, and of course the humor. The humor in this book was the cause some awkward high school moments. Nothing says awkward like laughing at a book in a quiet classroom.

Alex is back as a stronger character and continuing the battle with daimons. She also comes back even more sarcastic than before. After the events from Half-Blood, there's a shift in Alex that brought on a new level of respect for her. In Pure, the story focuses more on Alex trying to do her part in becoming the "other half" of the Apollyon, which only makes things more interesting. 

Focusing on more Apollyon business = More SETH!
Aiden is a gentleman and heroic, but I've been rooting for Seth since the beginning. Even though Seth is rude and obnoxious he still has those deep moments where you just can't help but love him. Things get pretty heated when Seth is tossed into Alex's troubles along with Aiden.

Whether you're a Team Aiden or Seth this book satisfies everyone. This story is full entertainment and intense action. My first thoughts after finishing this novel was, "This book is full of amazingness! Why can't Deity be in my hand?!".

Be sure check out the rest of the stops for today as well as the tour schedule.

March 30, 2012:
My 5 Monkeys - Review
Truly Bookish - Review
Books Over Boys - Music that reminds us of these books
Kindle and Me - Excerpt

Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
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Series: Steampunk Chronicles #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Challenge: 2012 Sophomore
Buy it from Powell's

Finding your eternal soulmate - easy.

Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems.'s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.

Things only get more entertaining after Emma and Brendan find out that they're eternal soul mates. The pacing in Spellcaster is faster, especially with a mysterious person plotting revenge on the couple.

I'm not the biggest fan of Emma and Brendan, but I did like that it's deeper and more developed in this story. Brendan is still swoon-worthy as well as sweet and Emma makes things a bit more interesting when she starts dabbling in witch craft.

The supporting characters were my favorite throughout the whole story. They were playful and amusing during those intense situations. My favorite supporting character is Angelique! Scratch that, make that my most favorite character. She's confident in herself and doesn't care much to what other people think of her. Angelique = kick-butt character.

Spellcaster is one of those reads that I didn't exactly like but didn't exactly dislike. The story was interesting with the new mysterious person who brings back some past memories. I still can't pin point my exact thoughts on what I thought of this book, but it was a light and enjoyable read.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Book Trailer: The Star (La Estrella) by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Star (La Estrella) by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro
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Pages: 318
Genre: YA, fantasy, greenpunk, dystopia, romance, adventure
Published in: 20 countries in Spanish and Portugese

Now being translated into english!

The boy's eyes glittered so strongly, presaging an imminent rupture of The Quietud, Lan was perfectly aware of the prohibition of touching a Star Walker, but right now there was no turning back as their fates had inevitable been sealed off.

Centuries ago, a catastrophe turned Linde into a hostile place; since then, the survivors have learned to live in isolation within the boundaries of the Safe Limits. But, the planet is constantly subjected to a change in shape and people are lost, never to return. After a violent planetary transformation, Lan, a courageous girl from the Salvia clan, wakes up in the middle of the desert, only to be rescued by her worst enemy.


Top Ten Things That Sidetrack Meredith Zeitlin From Writing

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Be sure to check out my review of Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin.

Top Ten Things That Sidetrack Me From Writing

1. Law and Order marathons: Or really, TV in general. I often like to have the TV on when I write, because it sort of distracts my brain a bit - in a good way! - but sometimes it has the opposite effect and I get totally sucked in. What can I say? I love me some Jerry Orbach.

2. NAPS! I love naps. I may take one right now, in the middle of writing this post. There's something so decadent about napping as an adult... and also, I love dreams. Sometimes I actually dream solutions to story-related problems, so in a way, I'm technically working. Yeah... I'm going with that.

3. Crazy/fascinating people in coffee shops: When I'm being serious and writerly, I'll take my laptop out into the world and park myself somewhere where I can't be distracted by the usual distractions. But I'm still me, and weird stuff follows wherever I go. I have yet to find a place to write that isn't filled with the strangest and most interesting people-watching opportunities... and it would be selfish of me to focus on writing when I could be Tweeting about the real-time shenanigans, right?

4. The INTERNET: FB and Twitter... gossip websites... I am totally hooked. I honestly have no idea how kids in school get anything done these days - if there had been the internet when I was that age, nary a paper would've been handed in. Ever.

5. MAKING VIDEOS: Sometimes you have to get creative in order to procrastinate. Then it is a good idea to make videos of your cats with your BFF. Need proof? Watch this:

6. Horror films: I LOVE HORROR FILMS! I actually wrote one with a good friend of mine, so maybe it'll be available to help YOU procrastinate one of these days... anyway, it's very important to leave the house and go eat Junior Mints and be scared. Excellent sidetracking tool.

7. Candy: Some candy-eating requires the eater's full attention. Examples: Cadbury eggs, Twix bars, Milky Ways, Oreos. There's a two-handed system involved, and you mustn't be distracted by silly writing. Don't even get me started on ice cream and pudding - definitely two-handed, full-attention required endeavors.

8. Practicing the guitar: I have a guitar and I know how to make many chords and sort of stumble through a bunch of songs. I'll never be in a band, no matter how much I practice... which isn't much. But that guitar is right there in the corner of my apartment, and it cries out: "You should play me! Put down that silly computer at ONCE!" So I do.

9. Reading other people's writing for inspiration: It's much easier to get lost in a book that's already written and perfected than to write your own! Oh, delicious books. I love you so.

10. Re-reading what you already wrote... again. I am always re-reading stuff instead of writing new stuff. It's a miracle I ever get past 5 pages of anything, seriously. (Please excuse me while I go re-read this post.)

Meredith Zeitlin is a writer and voiceover artist who lives in Brooklyn with two adorable feline roommates. She also writes a column for Ladygunn Magazine, changes her hair color every few months, and has many fancy pairs of spectacles.

Do You Have Any Questions for Me?

Friday, March 9, 2012
I've been collecting a lot of questions lately about my blog, blogging in general, myself, etc. They're starting to pile up so I was planning on answering them all together soon. Before I start to answer these questions, I wanted to make sure I collected them all. If you have any questions about anything blog related or if you have any questions about me, please leave your questions down below.


Guest Post: The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry

Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry

Release Date: February 28, 2012

The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation.

Determined to find her friend Jésus, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends to Big Bend National Park. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Milagros, Mexico. There a peyote- addled bartender convinces her she won’t be safe traveling alone into the country’s interior. So with the bartender’s help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jesús. Thus begins a wild adventure that fulfills the longing of readers eager for a brave and brazen female protagonist.

First I want to say I’m so excited to have a guest post on Vy’s Blog. She has the coolest videos ever and I’m inspired by all the rad stuff she’s done in the past year like:
  1. Get her permit 
  2. Start high school 
  3. Start book blogging. 
I’m here to tell you a little bit about why I wrote my novel THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE.

During the summer after my freshman year in high school, I climbed out my bedroom window and ran away from home. I made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. It was a wild adventure. (Please do not EVER run away from home. While it worked out okay for me, most runaways end up in terrible situations).

Like me, the main character in my novel THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE runs away from home and crosses into Mexico. Unlike me, she decides to pretend to be a Mexican boy named Angel and travels deep into Mexico to find her best friend Jesús who has been deported to his home state of Oaxaca.

While there are many amazing things about being a girl, when I was growing up I always wondered what it would be like to be a boy and go traveling and have adventures. Most of the books I read about wild characters were about boys. But even though being a girl made me more vulnerable I was committed to exploring the world and enjoying life.

I want women and girls to have more books to read that feature strong female characters experiencing life fully. That’s why I wrote THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE.

Though these days I spend a lot of time quietly writing, I make sure I get out into the world for some wild times, too. I’ve worked as a forest firefighter, traveling all over the country fighting giant blazes. And I’ve been an apprentice carpenter, learning how to run all kinds of saws and really swing a hammer well.

But sometimes I think the greatest adventure of all is reading a really amazing book. If you agree, I hope you read THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE. It’s an exhilarating tale of a girl who isn’t afraid to cross the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, male and female, English and Spanish, adolescence and adulthood.

Warning: THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE has some sexual content and drug use.

Mary Pauline Lowry
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Mary Pauline Lowry has worked as a forest firefighter, construction worker, open water lifeguard, and advocate in the movement to end violence against women. She believes girls and women should make art, have adventures, and read books that show them the way.

Review: Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author

Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.
A historical fiction set in Venice is definitely my kind of book, but there is something missing from this book.

I'm all for secret societies and historical fiction and I had high hopes for Cross My Heart. There's a very interesting story set, but there was just something missing. The idea of a society of women who deal with secrets is very intriguing. There just wasn't enough happening with this society to hold my attention.

Laura is thrown back into society after spending years in a covenant. She struggles with finding her own life when she's being ordered to marry to save her family. I felt a bit disconnected from Laura, but I admire her loyalty to her sister.

What kept my attention were the secrets! The secrets were perfect in the novel. Things are very interesting when they are in the hands of women. Then it lost me again when there was sort of an insta-love when Laura meets an artist.

Overall: 3 out of 5
Cross My Heart was a quick read that was enjoyable with a satisfying ending. I was captured here and there, but it had trouble keeping my full attention.

In My Mailbox (35)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

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.

NetGalley: Thanks to Bloomsbury, Macmillan, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (June 19)
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (May 22)
Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers (April 3)

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Don't forget to leave a link with your comment so I can check out what's in your mailbox!
If you know any assassin heroine types of books, please leave your recommendations in the comments.
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