Monday, January 31, 2011

Reminder - February Trilogy Challenge...

...starts Tomorrow!

Are you excited?  I am!

Once again, here are the trilogies I plan on reading this month.  If you're looking to join the challenge, you could read one trilogy, or as many as you can, and I'll link back to your reviews.

If you're not looking to participate, well, I hope you enjoy both my reviews and coming along with me on this challenge.

Happy Reading Everyone!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

So without further ado, here's what I picked up this week...and even though none of them came in my mailbox (technically) I'm still rather pleased...

First off...the books...

I managed to avoid the library this week...but I ended up at the bookstore instead.  Sigh.  There goes my money.  Bye bye money...bye bye.'s what I got.

Infinity - Sherrilyn Kenyon (I posted a review on this one here, but I didn't have my own copy, and it was on sale)
The Den of Shadows Quartet - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (4 vampire books in 1.  Score!)
Secret Society - Tom Dolby
Viola in Reel Life - Adriana Trigiani

And of course, my Kobo...
Hello Gorgeous!

I also got the following eGalleys, which I'm trying to figure how to load properly onto said Kobo...

Well, that's all for me this week.

What about you?

Happy Reading!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (3)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.
I'm still working out the kinks of this meme, so for now, if you'd like to participate, either leave a link to your WW post in the comments, or email me at, and I'll add your link below.

This week's Weekend Wishlist was going to feature another series I've been wanting to read for awhile, but then I realized that what I was planning wasn't what I was really wishing for.

I was wishing for this...

Now, this is more of a middle-grade title as opposed to a YA/Teen novel.  I've been wanting to read it for awhile, but haven't gotten around to it.

I've been wanting to read it ever since I saw the movie (which, in my defense, I had no idea was based on a book until the credits rolled...shows you how much I pay attention, doesn't it?) about a year ago.

Well, I got the movie from the library again early this week, and I've been watching it again (and again...I'm like a little kid, I swear!), and the urge to read the book is back and stronger than ever.

I'm not sure when I'm going to get a chance to curl up with this one, but I think it definitely deserves a place on my reading pile.

In case you didn't know, it's got a definite dystopian feel to it.  It's about a girl and a boy who live in the city of Ember, an underground city built after a terrible occurrence that left the world above unlivable.  Now, several hundred years later, food supplies are running out, power is going, and everything is falling apart, and it's up to the two of them to stop it...or to find a way out.

I can't wait to read it.

Well...what about you?  Have you read it?  Did you like it?  Or do you have anything that's on your backlogged reading pile that you'd like to share.

I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Reading!


Friday, January 28, 2011

in which I lack all impulse control...

...and buy an eReader.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please be the first to Kobo.

Look at it...isn't she lovely?

and of course I had to get the pink case, because I'm all about the pink and black.  Pretty punk eReader, that's allll me.
It's like Christmas all over again!
Hello Gorgeous!
I'm hard at work messing around with it...and deciding if it needs a name.  (What?  It might need a name!)  So I thought I'd just share my excitement with you all for now.

I'll be posting an update in a couple weeks, to let you know how I like it.

Happy Reading


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shade - Jeri Smith-Ready

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Loved this one so much!

Shade is set in an alternate present, where about sixteen years ago the Shift happened, and everyone born since then has the ability to see ghosts.  No one knows why.
Aura was one of the first, so she's had to grow up in a world that's slowly developed ways to adapt to the ghosts, ways to keep them out, ways to summon them, and ways to trap them.  Things are going okay, but then her boyfriend Logan dies suddenly and becomes a ghost.  So now she's stuck with a boyfriend she can't touch, and a new boy at school who she can, and she's completely torn between the two.  At the same time, she's starting to learn new things about the Shift, her dead mother, and  Zachary, her new friend who wants to be something more.

I loved how Jeri Smith-Ready has created an entire world where it's normal for a good portion of the population to see and talk to ghosts, but where the older generation is still torn about it.  I also loved Aura, and how torn she was between her dead boyfriend, who's still hanging around, and moving on with Zachary, or at all.  It was also great seeing the contrast between the characters who could see and converse with Logan, and those that couldn't, and how they both influenced Aura's situation.

This was a great read, and I absolutely cannot wait for the second book in the series.

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...

(sequel to Infinite Days)

 Aren't these covers gorgeous?  Guh.  So pretty.  (I'm such a cover-judger!)

I just finished Infinite Days, and I really enjoyed it.  It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, though, so I'm super-eager to get my hands on this one.

It comes out June 22nd.

I can't wait!

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) - Sherrilyn Kenyon

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

ZOMBIES!!!!  Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system.
Unlike a lot of YA Paranormal fiction out there right now, this one was much more adventure, and much less romance (which was surprising as it came from a mainly romance author).  Surprising, but refreshing.  And I'm not just saying that because there were zombies (ZOMBIES!!!)

Yeah, can you tell which team I'm on?

I really enjoyed this one.  I loved the character of Nick--a young teenage boy who's trying his absolute best just to keep his head above water, only to keep getting pushed back under.  He's had a hard time.  His father's in jail for murder, he and his mother are poor as dirt, his mother works as a stripper just to keep a roof over his head, and to pay for his school, which is full of snotty rich kids who make fun of him.  Only problem is, they make fun of his mom too, and Nick can't help but fight back, and when he fights back, he's the one that gets in trouble.

He's in trouble a lot.

And then he ends up knee deep in paranormal stuff.

And he manages to get himself into even more trouble.  (Which he never, ever though was possible).  So now he's fighting zombies, and dodging evil, and meeting demons, and has no idea what to make of it all.

I absolutely adored the characters in this one.  From the gun-ship zombie killer, to the geeky kid from school, to The Simi (oh, The I adore her), to Nick's mom, who's the toughest little stripper in the world (of all the zombies and demons and things that go bump in the night in this novel, it's hilarious to see that the thing Nick's most afraid of is his Mom).  They were all wonderful.

I cannot wait for the next one.

Happy Reading!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Infinite Days - Rebecca Maizel

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

This was a really fun read.  Lenah is a 592-year-old vampire queen who, at her own request, is turned back into a human.  Having lost the world she once knew, she tries to slip into human life unnoticed.  Except, when you're as pale and as odd as she is, it's kind of hard not to be noticed.

This book flips back and forth between the human Lenah in modern times, and the vampire Lenah throughout history.  We get to see how she was made, and how she spiraled into a life of violence and murder as she aged as a vampire.  Over time, she became numb, and longed for nothing more than to feel again as humans do.  So her maker--her lover Rhode--finds a way to turn her back into a human, but at great cost.

So now she's left with nothing, and she's forced to go into hiding from her vampire coven, lest the find out she survived the ritual.

Only problem is, she's beginning to really enjoy her human life.  She's made friends, and she's fallen in love.

That was the only real problem I had with this novel--other than the fact that Lenah adapts to human life surprisingly well for being nearly 600 years old, and having been asleep for the last 100 of those years--was that the boy she fell in love with seemed completely one-dimensional to me.

I could see why she loved Rhode, I could see why she (friend-)loved Tony (I'm completely Team Tony, by the way), I could even kind of see why she loved Vickam.  (What?  She's been alive 592 years.  She's allowed to fall in love more than once!)

But Justin?  All I could see was a pretty boy who liked danger and who became obsessed with her, and she with him.  Despite this, he really brought out the humanity in Lelah.  He made her feel like a normal human girl again, and really forced her to distance herself from the monster she once was.

This was a really good read, and I'm really looking forward to the next one.

Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.  (Cover Judgers Anonymous, unite!)

Happy Reading!


 4 down, 96 to go!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

So.... does anyone remember earlier this week when I posted this picture on my twitter account?

Library catharsis complete...I think I may have gone a little too far...

Well, I'd had a stressful week, and library catharsis happened.  It just happens sometimes.  When I get stressed, my first instinct is to get out and go book shopping.  But since I'm on a very fixed budget, and I still need to eat, that's not really an option anymore.

So instead, the library clean-out thing happens.  And this was a you can see...

Across the Top
Across Row One
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters - Natalie Standiford
Rot & Ruin - Jonathan Maberry
Empty - Suzanne Weyn
Raised by Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Across Row Two
The Gardener - S. A. Bodeen
Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa
The Reformed Vampire Support Group - Catherine Jinks
Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough

These are all from my local library (ok, libraries.  I went a little mad and drove around to about 4 different libraries.  What?  I was having a bad day!).  I didn't receive any books for review this week, but I do intend to post reviews of all these once they're finished.

I'm really looking forward to having a solid week of Vampire Academy.  I've never read any of them.  What did you think about them...or about any of the titles I picked up this week?

Let me know!

Happy Reading!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Books I Will Finish Before the End of January...Even if it KILLS Me! to-read pile is getting a little out of control, and I've been slacking a little bit in the reading department.

What can I say, I haven't been feeling well lately (cough).

But in order to get it back under control, I present you this...

The Books I Will Finish Before the End of January...Even if it KILLS Me!

In no particular order..

 ...January 2011 pub...

...January 2011 pub...werewolves...

...February 2011 pub...I think it's a 2011 YA debut too...

...January 2011 pub...2011 YA debut...

 ...February 2011 pub...fairies...'s Delirium...also, February 2011 pub...

...looks awesome and scary...also it's due back at the library soon...

...currently's AWESOME...also it's due back at the library...

...because I can't review #3 without reading and reviewing #2...

...ditto #1...also currently reading...also AWESOME...

So there you have it.  My awesome (terrifying) reading list for the rest of January.  I fear it so.  Send help...and coffee.  I'm going to need it.

Happy Reading!

p.s. I've posted a widget for this on my sidebar.  I'll probably be posting one for February as well.  Look out world, here I come!

Weekend Wishlist (2)

Weekend Wishlist...because backlist titles need love too!

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.
I'm still working out the kinks of this meme, so for now, if you'd like to participate, either leave a link to your WW post in the comments, or email me at, and I'll add your link below.

 This week's Weekend Wishlist features the first three titles in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.

These ones have been out for awhile, and I still haven't gotten around to reading them.  I fail, I know.

Anywhoo, here they are...

I'm hoping to have all these read and reviewed before Book Four comes out - City of Fallen Angels - on April 5th.

Wish me luck!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Nevermore - Kelly Creagh

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
His life depends on it.
This was an amazing read!  I've got to say, I've been obsessing about this book from the moment I first heard about it...and then I promptly forgot what it was called and who wrote it, and had to search the internet for, what I called in my mind "that paranormal one with the cheerleader and the goth boy".

Then I found it again, and I was happy.  Then I found out it wasn't coming out for months and I was sad.

Then I finally (FINALLY) got a copy from my library and I was happy...but then I was scared.  I'd built this novel up so much in my could it possibly compare in real life?  What if I was disappointed?  What if I didn't like it?  I didn't know what to do...

Then I read it...and realized all my worrying was for nothing.  So, there I sat, feeling foolish, but completely absorbed by this wonderful book.

Isobel, the main character, is a popular cheerleader (you know, the one you love to hate) who's horrified to discover she's been paired up with Varen Nethers, the school's resident goth and social freak, for the biggest school project of the year.  She's horrified, he's snarky, her boyfriend's a jerk about it, and her so called friends are no help at all.

Then, as the project continues, she starts getting to know Varen, and instead of being mortified to be working with him, she's mortified by the way her friends are treating him (and her, for working with him).  As she distances herself from her friends, she starts getting closer to Varen, and realizes that there's something different about him, and slowly, she gets caught up in the battle he's been fighting between the real world, and a terrible dream world.

This story is infused with Edgar Allan Poe's stories and lore, and though the ending is a bit confusing, as it takes part almost fully in the dreamworld, I'm certain it'll all make sense once the rest of the trilogy has been released.

I can't wait for book two....I'm currently trying to stop myself from going back and reading this one again...the allure is that great.

In case you couldn't tell, I loved this one.

Enjoy it!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Academy 7 - Anne Osterlund

Aerin Renning is a scarred fugitive, Dane Madousin a rebellious son of privilege. On the surface, they have nothing in common. But the two most competitive freshmen at Academy 7 share an undiscovered bond. Both harbor a dangerous secret that threatens their own destruction. And while their safety depends on their staying apart, the two are inexplicably drawn to each other. Even as unknown forces conspire to separate them, their competition turns to friendship, and their friendship to romance. Now not only their lives—but their hearts—are at stake. To survive, the two must unite all their knowledge, skills, and gifts to uncover a secret bigger than either could have imagined. A secret as big as the entire universe...

This was a great read!  Don't let the cover fool you (this coming from a self-proclaimed Cover-Judger), it's not what it appears to be.  It appears to be a (possibly) historical-type romance.  In actuality, it's a gripping science-fiction adventure.

This was thrilling and I loved it.

The characters come from completely different worlds--Aerin, an on-the-run ex-slave, and Dane, an unloved second son to a very wealthy and powerful man.

Against all odds, both Aerin and Dane end up at Academy 7, a school revered above all others in the universe, where leaders are created.  Neither feels like they belong...but someone at the Academy wants to keep a close eye on them, and they are thrown together.  And they both begin to unravel the secrets of their pasts.

I adored this book.  It was exciting and fast-paced and I'm a closet sci-fi addict, so I loved that aspect of it. 

I also loved the idea of two outsiders coming together, and creating something for themselves.

Loved it!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...

Curse Workers #2

Look at it!  It's so gorgeous!  I've been dying to read this ever since I finished the last page of White Cat....and one day it shall be mine!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

As You Wish - Jackson Pearce

Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.

This book was everything I wanted it to be and more!  It was a really cute read about a girl who, like it or not, ends up with her own genie...and really, she never asked for this!

Viola's been having a really hard time since her boyfriend Lawrence broke up with her.  They're still friends, but it's just not the same.  She wants to be a part of something, and she feels like she's just driving along, unnoticed.  But apparently, she's not as unnoticeable as she thought, because all of a sudden, she is assigned a Jinn--a genie who's been tasked with granting her three wishes.  The only problem is, she doesn't know what to wish for.  She wants to be a part of a couple again, but she doesn't want anyone falling in love with her just because she wished for it, because then it wouldn't be real.

And make matters worse, she starts falling in love with the Jinn who's there to grant her wishes.

And you thought your life was complicated.

This was a really fun read, and it was everything I wanted it to be.  The dynamic between Viola, Jinn (the genie), and Lawrence (her ex-boyfriend now best friend) is fun and really adorable.  I read this one quickly, and, though the story ended pretty much perfectly, I was sad to bid farewell to the characters.

Awesome read!

Check it out!

Happy Reading!


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