July Wrap Up

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:22 PM


July is almost over so it's time for my wrap up of my first month of blogging...I've had so much fun this past month and I look forward to doing a lot more wrap ups!

Reviews:
~ A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
~ Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
~ Easy by Tammara Webber
~ Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland
~ Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
~ Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
~ Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
~ Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
~ The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
~ The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
~ What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Giveaway:
Lazy Days of Summer Hop - Copy of Sweet Evil (Open to Midnight 8/2)


Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Posted on 5:33 PM

Format: Paperback

Pages: 485

Publisher: Mira Ink (imprint of Harlequin)

Series: Blood of Eden Book 1

Buy this book: Amazon


From Goodreads:

"In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity."Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for. 

Review:

In a world where vampires control everything, being Registered is the easy way to live.  All you need to do is register with the vampires and give monthly blood donations and in return you get a meal ticket and since the vampires control all of the food in the city, a meal ticket is the only guarantee of having enough food to eat. 
Allie is an Unregistered doing her best to survive, when she leaves the city one afternoon to look for food she gets knocked unconscious by a shelf of food and wakes up to darkness.  In an underground tunnel trying to make it back home, Allie comes face to face with a vampire, only he doesn’t do what she expects, he doesn’t drain her and leave her for dead, he talks to her and then walks away.  But this won’t be the last time she sees him. 
When she makes it back and informs the rest of her crew what she found in the ruins, they decide it’s worth the risk to go back and get it; only they don’t make it back.  They are attacked by rabids.  Rabids were once human but now they are soulless creatures that will attack, drain and kill you without a second thought.  Allie is on the verge of death when the vampire she met in the tunnel shows up and gives her a choice; die as a human or live as a vampire. 
As it turns out turning into a vampire is just the beginning of Allie’s journey.  After her creator Kanin prepares her with what she needs to know they go their separate ways.  Allie isn’t alone for long, she comes across a group of people that are kind enough to take her in, but they are human and she has to hide what she really is.  But how long can she go without revealing herself to a boy she is falling for. 
The Immortal Rules is an incredible first book in the Blood of Eden series; it’s exciting and filled with action.  Julie Kagawa knows how to keep a readers attention from the beginning to the end.  The Immortal Rules is a book that you don’t want to pass up.

 Favorite Quotes


 “If the damn bloodsuckers wanted me, they’d have to catch me first.  And I wasn’t going to make it easy for them”
“Hey, what was that?” easing forward, I tried peering into the box on tiptoe, but he shouldered me away.  “Oh, come on.  I want to see the big-spiky-ball thing.”

Rating:


 



 

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (3)

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 5:24 PM

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey in which we plan our reading week!

Here is what I've read the past week:

Clicking the title will take you to my review.


         The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Here's what I plan to read this week:

Clicking the title will take you to the Goodreads page



The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin


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What are you reading?



Review: What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 2:31 PM

Format: E-book provided by Library thing/Author
Pages: 209

Published: June 6, 2012

Buy this book: Amazon

From Goodreads:

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.
So when 17 year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer.  Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

My Thoughts:

Zee is your average 17 year old Canadian girl who is staying with a host family in Italy for the summer.  One night when she gets lost she meets a gorgeous guy named Paolo, who at first she thinks is going to rob her but instead he helps her find her way back to where she is staying, when he asks her out on a date for the next night she is ecstatic, only later will she discover that Paolo isn’t what he seems.
The next night when Zee sneaks out to meet Paolo for their date, she learns that the only thing he’s interested in is drinking her blood until she’s dead.  While struggling to get away Zee accidently falls down a well that is full of blood and when she comes she’s no longer human, but a vampire.  When discovered, she is taken away to the immortal empire where not only does she come face to face with Paolo but she is sentenced to death.  They lock her up in a cell next to Paolo and when the sun comes out and Paolo burns to death, she learns that the sun doesn’t hurt her.
Zee escapes death once again ends up finding a vampire named Noel and his son Lucas.  I love that there’s not an instant love connection between Zee and Lucas; that the chemistry gradually grows between them.  At first, Lucas comes off as a real jerk but we quickly see his loyalty and protectiveness of Zee. 
I don't want to give any details away so let me just say that What Kills Me is an action packed adventure.  If you’re a fan of vampires, then this is a book you definitely don’t want to miss.
Thanks to Wynne Channing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:


 

 

Stacking the Shelves (3)

Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 11:35 AM


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that showcases what books we have recevied in the past week.

Here's what I got this week

For Review:

What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Bought:

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

Won:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Thanks to Sassy Book Lovers)

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz (Thanks to Book Twirps)



What books did you get this week?

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Early Review: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 7:00 AM

Format: e-ARC from Netgalley
Expected Publication: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Pre-Order this book: Amazon

From Amazon:


Gabriel Merrick plays with fire.  Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it.  And sometimes he can’t

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick.  But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel.  Only he’s not doing it.
And no one seems to believe him.  Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance.  Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets.  She has a few of her own.
Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels.  But there are some risks he can’t help taking.
The fuse is lit…


My Thoughts:

First, let me say that I love reading about the Merrick brothers, and in Spark we get to follow Gabriel and if you thought you loved him in the first book, just wait until you read this one. 
Spark starts off a few days after Storm leaves off, only this time it’s not the guides that the Merrick brothers have to worry about…it’s an arsonist that’s getting fire happy all over town and since Gabriel can control fire…all of the signs point to him.
We learn a lot about Gabriel in this book.  He’s not just the fun, carefree, trouble making brother that I thought he was, he’s a whole lot deeper than that and in this installment we get to go inside his head and get a better understanding of why he is the way he is.  Another one of my favorite characters in this book is Layne; she is exactly what Gabriel needs.  She’s the unpopular shy, smart girl but she’s also tough and not afraid to put Gabriel in his place.  I love the growth of Gabriel and Layne’s relationship.  It’s not the instantaneous love at first sight that we find in a lot of books and that makes this relationship so much more amazing.  Layne seems to understand him even when no one does.  Both Gabriel and Layne have deep emotional issues and they both have secrets and insecurities, but they get one another. 
I could keep going but I don’t want to give anything away so let me just say that Brigid Kemmerer just keeps getting better.  Spark grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let me go; this is an incredibly emotional book and I will be counting down the days until I can read Spirit!

My Rating:


 

 

Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 7:45 PM


This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Colorimetry.  This is the first giveaway hop that I'm participating in so I'm really excited. 

Rules:
You must be 13 years or older to enter
       You must provide a valid email address so that I can contact you if you win
       All winners will be sent an email and must respond within 48 hours or I will pick a new winner
US only

The Prize:
I am giving away one paperback copy of Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins.  Fill out the rafflecopter below to enter then hop on over to the next blog!


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Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Posted on 6:05 PM

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 375

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Buy this book: Amazon


From Goodreads:


Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning…Welcome to forever.
Brie’s life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart-literally.
But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated that she ever imagined.  Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel.  Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost-and the truth behind his shattering betrayal.  And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul…who just might hold the key to her forever after.
With Patrick’s help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she’s ready to move on.  But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?


My Thoughts:


First, I want to say that the cover for The Catastrophic History of you and me is absolutely gorgeous and what’s inside is even better.  This book captivated me from the very first page and never let go.   
Brie is a fifteen year old girl who just died of a broken heart (I don’t mean the ‘if I can’t have him then I don’t want to live so I’ll commit suicide’ kind, I mean ‘the heart broke straight down the middle in two perfect halves’ kind) when her boyfriend Jacob told her that he didn’t love her.
After Brie attends her own funeral, she ends up on a bus headed to nowhere with no idea how she got there and a bus driver who doesn’t give any answers.   When Brie gets off the bus in ‘Forever’ she goes into a pizza parlor called Slice of Heaven and this is where she meets Patrick, who is extremely sarcastic and decked out in 80s wear.  As the story went on I realized that not only is Patrick insanely funny and amazingly sweet, he’s also keeping something from Brie, something that could change everything. 
In order to move on, Brie has to come to terms with her death and along the way she realizes that everything isn’t always what it seems.  The secret her best friend was keeping from her about her ex is not what she expects, she’s so busy being angry about what she thought she lost that she doesn’t realize what’s right in front of her.
The Catastrophic History of you and me is about life and love after death, it’s an excellent read with quite a few twists that you won’t see coming.  I have to say that this is one of my favorite reads so far this year; Jess Rothenberg is definitely an author to look out for.   

My Rating:



 



Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7:30 AM


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticpating.

My WoW pick this week is Outpost by Ann Aguirre


Publication Date - September 4, 2012


From Goodreads:

Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.
To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.


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What book are you waiting on?


Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues by Diana Rowland

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:30 PM

Pages: 312

Format: Paperback

Publisher: DAW

Series: White Trash Zombie Book 2

Buy this book: Amazon



From Goodreads:

Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over.  Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia.  Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia.  Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

My Thoughts:

Normally when you think of zombies you think of soulless, flesh crazed monsters that don’t care about anything but taking a bite out of you.  Diana Rowland’s zombies are different.  Although, they are not ‘alive’ they are still living.   The only difference between zombies and normal people is that zombies have to eat brains to keep from decomposing. 

Angel has been working as a van driver for the coroner’s office for the last two months ever since she became a zombie.  This job keeps her out of trouble and gives her easy access to her ‘food’.  Angel has grown quite a bit in the last two months.  She went from a drug addicted felon to a hard working zombie.  I have to say that becoming an undead brain eater has been good thing for Angel.

Angel thought her problems with zombie hunters were over…well, she’s dead wrong.  A dead body is snatched, a guy that is supposed to be dead somehow dies again, a bad guy turns good and people that Angel knows are being murdered.  Angel’s trying to figure out if there are more zombie hunters that are responsible or if it could be the zombie mafia?

The White Trash Zombie series is fresh and innovative; it has just enough humor and mystery to keep you interested until the end.   I look forward to reading the next one.

My Rating:



It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (2)

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 7:00 AM


It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey in which we plan our reading week! 

Clicking the title will take you to my review.

Here is what I've read the past week:



A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry


Clicking the title will take you to the Goodreads page.


What I'm planning to read this week:







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What are you reading this week?




Stacking the Shelves (2)

Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 4:01 PM



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme host by Tynga's Reviews to showcase what books we have gotten during the past week.

Clicking the title will take you to the Goodreads page


Here's what I got this week:

From Netgalley:















Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry


Bought:














The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Won:















The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate (Thanks to Mel's Book Blog)

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What did you get this week?

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