Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Ten Books of 2010!

I can hardly believe another year has gone by and one with lots of great books. I hope all of you have read some spectacular books that have come out this year-I know I have. So here are my top ten favorites of 2010:

1.) Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

2.) Matched by Ally Condie

3.)Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

 4.) You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

5.) Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

6.) Gone by Lisa McMann

7.) Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

8.) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

9.) The Duff by Kody Keplinger

10.) Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Sorry About The Distance

I owe each and every one of my followers an apology because I have been very distant this past month and I have hardly posted any reviews, giveaways, or weekly memes. I know most bloggers don't believe in saying sorry to their followers for taking a little break from blogging but I think I need to because you have all been so great and have stuck with me-so thank you.

And from now on you can expect lots of posts (especially today) and come back on Sunday because I will be posting a vlog for In My Mailbox!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Black Wings by Christina Henry

Black Wings by Christina Henry (ARC)
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle
Received from: Book It Forward ARC Tours

Summary (from goodreads):
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with. 

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

This was a very interesting novel-interesting in a good way, though. I'm not really that much into reading about monsters including gargoyles and demons but the author played out this story very well. Maddys job is to help people, move on into the afterlife. But it can sometimes be a tricky job especially that Maddy is running low on money. And when Gabriel moves into her apartment-she can't help feeling a pull to him even though more and more demons are starting to show up. Could it have anything to do with him?

Gabriel is one of those characters that every girl will swoon over-with his bad boyish looks and behaviors. I also liked the connection between Gabriel and Maddy, it was interesting to see how they grew together. I always like reading about a kick butt main character who is strong-so that part I really enjoyed.

Will I reread it?
Probably not, but I do recommend this one to anyone looking for an action packed book. It drew me in and I know it will have the same effect on many others.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge!!!

Yes, this year (2011) I will be participating in the Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren. Throughout this year, whenever I read other blogs posts about the challenge or what books they have read for it I was itching to sign up but decided to wait until the 2011 challenge started. And if you want to join you should go to The Story Siren to sign up.

Here are the rules (created by Kristi):
1.) You have to read at least 12 from YA/Middle Grade authors
2.) Anyone can join (no blog required)
3.) You can join at anytime
4.) This must be the authors debut that comes out in 2011

So there you have it. I am very excited to get started (even though I have to wait until January). Here are the twelve or more books I am shooting for to finish by December 2011.

1.) XVI by Julia Karr
2.) Across The Universe by Beth Revis
3.) Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
4.) Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
5.) Entwined by Heather Dixon
6.) Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
7.) Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
8.) Bumped by Megan McCafferty
9.) Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
10.) Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
11.) After Midnight by Lynn Viehl
12.) Countess Nobody by Lynn Bonasia
13.) Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I learned in Southern Belle by Crickety Rumley

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine #2) by Bree Despain
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
Versions: hardcover, kindle, audio
Received from: publisher

Caution: This is the second book in this series and if you have not yet read: The Dark Divine-then this review may contain spoilers.

Summary (from goodreads):
Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process.

Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot, a newcomer to town. But as the two grow closer, Grace's relationship with Daniel is put in danger-in more ways than one.

Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her-not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.

Bree Despain delivers sizzling romance and thrilling action in the heart-pounding sequel to The Dark Divine.

Grace who now has the werewolf curse is training with Daniel to be the next "Hound of Heaven". He makes sure though that she doesn't get taken by the wolf. But when Gabriel comes to town-Daniel knows how dangerous it is to train Grace and stops immediately. Grace is very upset that no one believes in her so she takes confinement in Talbot-who is also an Urbat. He actually wants to train her and isn't keeping secrets from her as Daniel is. But the longer she trains with Talbot-the more Daniel and Grace's relationship gets more complicated.

This was a great sequel and I praise Bree Despain for making it so interesting and leaving us with a cliff hanger ending (I am almost certain that there will be a third Dark Divine novel). But I will have to state that I was very angry at Grace for most of the novel because she was spending more time with Talbot than her own boyfriend-she was just really annoying in this novel. And at times I could hardly continue-because she made some super dumb mistakes.

Will I reread it?
Yes, even though Grace got on my nerves-this sequel was excellent. I truly recommend this to anyone who has currently read The Dark Divine by Bree Despain. And if you haven't-please do. This series is very unique and will pique anyones interest.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and no compensation.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winner of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

I finally picked the winner (sorry for the delay-I've just been super duper busy!) And I know all of you are dying to get your hands on this book-so I am very for all the other followers who didn't manage to snag it.

But without further ado...

Mrs. DeRaps

Congratulations, you have won an ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and a nail polish that matches the models on the cover.

I am emailing you as we speak so we can get your prize shipped to you as soon as possible. Thanks again everyone for taking their time out to enter.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Last Day to Enter Giveaway for The Lost Saint by Bree Despain ARC and Nailpolish

This is the last day that the giveaway for an ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and matching nail polish will be open. I will be picking the winners tomorrow so make sure you enter before midnight tonight.

Go HERE to enter!

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean (Love By Number #2)
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle

Caution: This is the second book in this series and if you have not yet read: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake-then this review may contain spoilers.

Summary (from goodreads):
Since being named "London's Lord to Land" by a popular ladies magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps-only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious women he's ever met!

The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though she is used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father's recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother's birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.

But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless and falling madly, passionately in love.

I have read and reviewed Sarah Maclean's two other novels: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (the first book in this series) and The Season (which is more of a teen novel). They were both wonderful and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord is just as stunning. Nicholas St. John is now known to be the most sought after bachelor after his brother, Gabriel, marries. The only problem is that Nicholas doesn't want a wife or to love any women. And he is pleased when he goes out of town-trying to find someone-but then ultimately runs into Lady Isabel. She is persistent, and strong which drives Nicholas mad. And he will do anything in his power to make Isabel want him.

This book is probably not recommended to a young audience due to it's descriptive scenes-but the characters were extraordinary with their persistence and strong attitudes. I didn't think it was possible but-Nicholas may well be the best of the two twins which made me enjoy this novel even more.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I loved this plot line, the characters and all the dialect. Sarah Maclean does a great job with all of her novels and I am pleasantly surprised with this one as well. I definitely recommend this to any historical romance fan who loves bad boys.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ARC Tours

I have been doing Smitten With Books ARC Tours and am continuing to run the site. I have just added four new books that will be starting on tour on Monday-so if you would like to sign up for any of these books, go to the site here.

These are the four books I have just added on tours:

1.) The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
2.) Drought by Pam Bachorz
3.) Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell
4.) Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris

So if you want to sign up for any of them make sure you go to Smitten With Books ARC Tours. And if you don't want to sign up for the tours but have an extra ARC that you would be willing to donate, please email me here: smittenwithbooksarctours (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thanks so much!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Publication Date: September 12, 2007
Versions: hardcover, paperback, audio

Summary (from goodreads):
With his first foray into teen literature, acclaimed author Sherman Alexie packs a punch in this absorbing novel about a Native American boy searching for a brighter future. At once humorous and stirring, Alexie's novel follows Junior, a resident of the Spokane reservation who transfers out of the reservation's school--and into a nearby rich, all-white farm school--in order to nurture his desire to become a cartoonist. Junior encounters resistance there, a backlash at home, and numerous family problems--all the while relaying his thoughts and feelings via amusing descriptions and drawings. Having already garnered a National Book Award for Young Adult Literature, this moving look at race and growing up is definitely one to pick up.

Junior lives on the reservation with his parents and goes to school with all the other indian's that live there. No one really likes Junior due to his odd looks and the different activities he participates in. But Junior is sick of going to school on the reservation and wants to go to a school with more opportunities. The school he decides to attend is full of people who at first don't understand him but the longer he sticks it out-the more the kids start to admire his bravery.

This is one of the most funny books I have ever laid my eyes on. Sherman Alexie is full of wit and humor which he added graciously to this book. I laughed out loud at least every other page. The plot is truly interesting and will hold your attention.

Will I reread it?
Probably not, but I did really enjoy this book. And if you want a great laugh-I definitely recommend this because that is exactly what you will get. Full of hilarious cartoons, and witty humor-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a wonderful novel.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Giveaway: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

I am very pleased to have been given an extra ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and blue nail polish which matches the model's on the cover. So thank you so much Egmont for sending an extra so I can give one lucky reader a copy.

Here is what one lucky person (who lives in the United States-I'm very sorry to the international followers who want to enter, but I am low on money right now) will win:
An ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and one bottle of The Lost Saint nail polish

How To Enter:
1. Leave a comment below with your name and email address
2. If you are a follower of my blog, Smitten With Books, put +1 in the comment as well
3. You can also make a blog post linking and letting everyone know about the giveaway - and if you do, put +4 in the comment as well

Thank you everyone who takes their time out to enter! The winner will be chosen on November 22nd so enter before then.

Top Five Favorite Covers

Covers are a huge part of the book-especially when it's the first thing you see when you pull a book off the shelf. And I am a huge cover fan-I will occasionally just hold the book in my arms and admire the colors and images on the cover. There have been some books that I have especially loved their art and I want to share my top five favorite book covers with all of you.

(By the way: these covers are not listed in any particular order)

1. You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

The pink color of this cover just pops and I love the cupcake theme which goes very well with the plot line. Whenever I look at this one-my childhood comes back to me and the bright colors cheer me up.

2. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

This cover is really soft with its lighter tones and fits very well with the book. I love how intimate their pose is even though they are barely touching. Also the eyebrow piercing kicks up the cover a little bit to show a bad side to the female character. 

3. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I love the color purple and this cover is filled with it. The girl on the front looks very powerful and strong and the flowers make it so beautiful. Every time I look at this one-it takes my breath away.

4. Matched by Ally Condie

This cover is so much prettier in person (although I've only seen the ARC copy)-but I love everything about it. The green is absolutely delightful and the girl in the bubble ties in with the story very well.

5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

I've always admired this cover because it's unique. And the purple is so pretty against the girls pale skin. And I love the toenail polish which stands out on her pale skin and dark background.

So there it is-my top five favorite book covers. And please feel free to make your own post on your blog with your top five favorite book covers and leave a comment with the link. I will make sure to check it out!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Signed Copy of You Wish by Mandy Hubbard Winner!

I just used to pick the winner of a signed copy of You Wish by Mandy Hubbard. I loved this book (and I really mean loved) so I hope you enjoy it as well.

And without further ado, the winner...


Congratulations, I am sending you an email as we speak-so please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks again to everyone who filled out the form, thanks to Mandy Hubbard for donating the copy, and thanks to Teen Book Scene for letting me host the giveaway in the first place.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Anne of Green Gables by L .M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Versions: hardcover, paperback, kindle, audio
Other Books in the Series:
     Anne of Avonlea
     Anne of the Island
     Anne of Windy Poplars
     Anne's House of Dreams
     Anne of Ingleside
     Rainbow Valley
     Rilla of Ingleside

Summary (from goodreads):
When Marilla Cuthbert's brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphan girl, Marilla exclaims, "But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl." It's not long, though, before the Cuthberts can't imagine how they could ever do without young Anne of Green Gables--but not for the original reasons they sought an orphan. Somewhere between the time Anne "confesses" to losing Marilla's amethyst pin (which she never took) in hopes of being allowed to go to a picnic, and when Anne accidentally dyes her hated carrot-red hair green, Marilla says to Matthew, "One thing's for certain, no house that Anne's in will ever be dull." And no book that she's in will be, either.

If I had to pick one book that I completely adore and go to from time to time, I would have to say that this is at the top of the list. Anne of Green Gables is about the Cuthberts who have decided to adopt a boy to help out with the farm work. But along the way something goes awry and a girl named Anne comes home with Matthew instead of the awaited boy. At first Marilla isn't pleased especially when Anne gets into so much trouble-but soon Marilla finds an attachment to her. What adventures will Anne get into next?

Anne is one of those characters that everyone likes, with her red hair, freckled face, and skinny physique. And she gets in lots of scrapes including bad cooking, dying her hair, breaking a slate over a boys head, and much much more. I can never put this book down without wanting to pick it right back up. And if you are one of those people who love romance, there is some in this book-a love/hate relationship which progresses through the different books in the series.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I already have and probably will a lot more times. This is one of those memorable books that you can't stop thinking about. And if you aren't much into reading-there is also very good movies based off of the books starring Megan Follows-which I highly recommend.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Owe An Apology

I have been absent for about three weeks. And I really want to apologize for that-these last few weeks have been really rough and I've hardly been at home so therefore I didn't have my laptop.  And I also wanted to let you know that I am going to post a lot more reviews, interviews, giveaways and other cool things. So thank all of you for not giving up on me yet.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard Book Tour + Giveaway

Thanks to Teen Book Scene, I had the privelege to participate in Mandy Hubbard's tour of You Wish (which is one of my favorite books of the year, and if you haven't picked it up I definitely recommend it). And for this tour I interviewed Ben who is one of the main characters in the book.

I hope you enjoy it:

1. Hey Ben, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hey Morgan! I’m sixteen, and a sophomore at Enumclaw High School. I hate math. Mostly because my teacher is a Nazi. I love stupid jokes. And camping. And Pizza. 
2. What kind of activities do you participate in outside of school?
I spend all my spare time at the Motocross track. I have totally tricked out Yamaha. Don’t tell anyone, but I just mastered a back flip. I’ll probably go pro after I graduate, but for now, I’m taking it easy.
3. So Ben, what is the one thing you look for most in a girl?
A sense of humor! It’s kind of a buzzkill if she doesn’t laugh at my laffy-taffy jokes.
4. Can you tell us a little bit about your girlfriend, Nicole? (How long have you been going out?)
Nicole and I have been together for three months. She’s really sweet, and pretty deep—she loves reading and poetry. You should see her room—her book cases look like they exploded. She’s really shy—or at least she used to be—but she seems to be warming up to people more quickly these days. Kinda cool to see her come out of her shell. She’s not so into the outdoors, though, so I don’t torture her with the track.
5. Do you and Kayla, your girlfriends best friend, hang out a lot?
At school, yeah. We have math together. She cracked a really lame joke on the first day of school, and now it’s like a competition between us.
6. What is the one thing you most admire in Kayla?
She’s not afraid to be different. Most girls are way too desperate to fit in. Kayla’s not like that.
7. What is one birthday wish you always wanted to come true-but never did? 
I want to meet Travis Pastrana. The dude is a legend and totally fearless.   

And also for part of the tour-I am hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of You Wish by Mandy Hubbard to one lucky winner who lives in USA/Canada (sorry to the international followers). So please fill out the form below to enter!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian (ARC)
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Versions: hardcover

Summary (from goodreads):
Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.

But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not where there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you want to sleep with yourself-but only in secret, with nobody every finding out.

Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices-and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.

I've heard so much great things about Siobhan Vivian's previous novels, but I have never had the opportunity to pick one up. So I was really happy to have received this novel because it sounded like a great story line. Natalie is the smart girl in school, who is running for student council president. But Mike, the unresponsible immature popular jock, is also running. And Natalie can't stand Mike or any of his other annoying friends. But when Natalie finds a confidant in Mike's friend-one who she never thought she would want to spend time with-her whole life turns upside down especially when she finds out her best friend has been keeping secrets from her.

I really loved Natalie's personality throughout the novel, she was brutally honest and very strong. I loved that she told Mike how she really felt about him and how even though she knew something was wrong-she did it anyway. Natalie's best friend, however very annoying, was well played out as well as a great parallel to Natalie.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I probably will pick this one back up in a couple years. I loved the story line and I hope you will also give Siobhan Vivian's novels a try. I will have to read her other books as well.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday

This is a meme to show which book you are excited for to be released. It is hosted over at Breaking The Spine. For more information or to link your waiting on wednesday, go here.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: St. Martins Press

Summary (from goodreads):
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to go into the light. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

I think this sounds really good and I love me some paranormal romance! I hope that February rolls around soon enough... What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The New Covers of The Boyfriend List Series by E. Lockhart

They have recently came out with new covers for the very popular Boyfriend List series by E. Lockhart. It truly is an amazing series which is also quirky and cute. I definitely recommend it if you haven't picked these books up yet.

Here were the original covers:

And then here are the new covers (with the girl on them):

So which ones do you like best? I really can't say because I adore the frog, penguin and marshmallow man but I always like the visual of the main character and the new covers are very pretty. But if I had to pick, I would probably say the original because they stand out!

Monday, October 4, 2010

I Got a New Blog Layout!

Yes, you have read correctly, I have finally gotten a different blog layout/design. But I didn't do it on my own, the wonderful Jan from twoscoopz has created this wonderfully beautiful design so I owe it all to her. Thank you so much Jan! I just can't believe that every time I look at my blog I will see this piece of art-I'm sorry for rambling so much.

And, if you're looking for a new blog layout, or just want a different banner or button then please consider using Jan as your designer-she is truly a creative and talented person that will not let you down. Her prices are also very reasonable and she listens to what you want.

Here are also some of the other blogs she has designed:

The Hiding Spot
Sara from The Hiding Spot

Fantastic Book Review

These are some of my two favorite blog designs which have both been created by Jan at twoscoopz-you should also click on the links to check their full layouts out live.

So if you want to go learn more about her designs or pricing you can go here.

What do you think of it?

Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Publication Date: August 17, 2010
Versions: hardcover, paperback, kindle

Summary (from goodreads):
Lyn is a neo-gladiator's daughter, through and through. Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family. Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: Never leave the stadium when your father is dying. The rules help the family survive, but rules-and the GSA-can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter kills Lyn's seventh father, he also captures Lyn's dowry bracelet, which means she must marry him...For fans of The Hunger Games and Fight Club, Lise Haine's debut novel is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence-a modern world that's disturbingly easy to imagine.

At first I thought this author copied The Hunger Games just from the title: Girl in the Arena. And that is exactly why I picked it up because I would love to read a different kind of version of The Hunger Games. But to tell you the truth-it wasn't very similar but had a lot of unique characteristics that lead it to be a good book. Lyn has had a total of seven gladiators as fathers-and Tommy, is her favorite. But when Tommy has to fight a well known great fighter-Lyn can see his worry so she lends him her dowry bracelet for good luck. Dowry bracelets can only be held by their fathers and if another man touches it then you are set to get married-according to the Gladiator Sports Association. So it comes to a surprise when Uber, Tommy's competitor, kills him and puts on Lyn's bracelet. She either has to marry him, even though she's never wanted to be a glad wife or fight him...

I can definitely say that this is the first gladiator book that I have ever picked up to read. But I loved all the characters that Lise drew up in the book-Lyn being my favorite. She didn't care what she looked like and even cuts off all of her hair in one of the scenes. I thought she was very strong and loyal and I loved all her quirky characteristics and snappy attitude.

Will I reread it?
I might have to, the plot line keeps you turning pages and the love (yes there is some love) was well played out and realistic. I urge you to pick this book up and give the world of gladiators a try if you haven't done so already.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green Blog Tour

I am lucky enough to be able to participate in The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green blog tour. So for the blog tour I am going to review the book which was given by me from the publisher to review.  So here it goes (I hope you enjoy it):

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green (ARC)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Versions: paperback
Received from: publisher

Summary (from goodreads):
In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn't hurt...right?

When Erin Channing's favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived "outside the box." But ow Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future-or at least the key to getting dates...

Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed...

Absolute value is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number. There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see. The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed. One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.

I really liked how cute and fun this book was. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green is very refreshing and a great read. Erin Channing is amazed when her aunt Kiki dies. Aunt Kiki, was always fun and different, hence the nickname Aunt Kooky. But Erin loved her just the way she was. And now she can't believe she's dead-and neither can her mom. But when she receives a pink crystal ball-her life will get even weirder.

I loved the main character-Erin-she reminds me of when I was her age because of the whole boy situation. This book is perfect if you enjoy fun reads that aren't too challenging but equally entertaining. I recommend this book to any age group-and I know a lot of people will enjoy this read.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I probably will. I loved the plot line and the title which is truly unique. I also loved reading about the girls experiences with the pink crystal ball which were really funny and exciting. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next. I look forward to future releases from Risa Green.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and no compensation

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday

This is a meme to show which book you are excited for to be released. It is hosted over at Breaking The Spine. For more information or to link your waiting on wednesday, go here.

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Summary (from goodreads):
Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves--Legend's Run is famous for them. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.

The bestselling Vampire Kisses author, Ellen Schreiber, weaves together psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf--the perfect formula for what happens...once in a full moon.

Doesn't this one just take your breath away? I want to read it right now but unfortunately it doesn't come out until December. What books are you waiting for?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (ARC)
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle, audio
Received from: Star Book Tours

Summary (from goodreads):
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance-even her closest friends-and it seems her senior year will 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 works in Acquisitions-for Hell-and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting  for more than just her soul.

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

I really enjoyed the summary on the back of this book. I thought it would be about a girl and a bad boy (my favorite plot line). But unfortunately it went way farther than that. Frannie is a senior in high school, has curves in all the right places, and is struck by Luc the second she lays eyes on him. Luc can't help but to feel an attraction for Frannie, either. Luc came to mark her for Hell and to get her to go on the bad side. But once Gabriel is sent to stop Luc from taking Frannie-he knows she's too good to give up. And as Frannie battles with her attraction for both of them, she can only make one decision...

Luc's and Frannie's "relationship" seemed very rushed. It was love at first sight and they couldn't think right around each other-which is very cliche. I did like Luc as a character because he's a bad boy with a good and caring side. But Frannie on the other hand...she was a little annoying and too swoony. I prefer main characters to be more independent but I did understand where she was coming from.

Will I reread it?
No, probably not. And I hate to sound like I disliked this book because I didn't. I really enjoyed Lisa Desrocher's writing and how she played out each scene. I recommend this book to people who enjoy fallen angel stories and love triangles.

Monday, September 20, 2010

In My Mailbox

Okay, I know I haven't done this all summer but I really want to get back into this meme. It is fun to share what you receive in the mail and passes the word of books around. In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

And instead of doing vlogs (video blogs) like I used to do-I decided to just snap a few pictures because it's a lot easier and a lot less stressful. But don't fret if you are a vlog lover, because some may just show up every couple sundays.

Enough is what I got in the last few weeks:
(from left to right)
Elixir by Hilary Duff (ARC-from publisher)
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (hardcover-from publisher)
Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire (ARC-from publisher)
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (ARC-from Star Book Tours)
The Aristobrats by Jennifer Solow (paperback-from publisher)
Haint Misbehavin' by Maureen Hardegree (Bound Manuscript-from Adrianne Ambrose)

Mockingjay KeyChain (I bought this from Borders)
Mockingjay Bookmark (I bought this from Borders)
Signed "What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader" Stickers (I will be giving these away on my blog soon so keep an eye out)

I wanted to thank every one the authors and publishers that have given me a lot of great books to read. I am very thankful to all of you and I appreciate your effort to reach out to me and my blog. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Anna and the French Kiss Recreate a Cover Contest Entry

Cindy over at Princess Bookie, is at it again with her fun Re-Create a Cover Contests. And since I am really looking forward to this book-I decided to participate. It was so much fun and I hope you all like what I created (this is probably the best one I have done so far)!!!!

Here it is:

And if you want to join in on the fun-go here. And leave a link in the comments to your entries because I would love to see them.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Crave by Melinda Metz

Crave by Melinda Metz (ARC)
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle
Received from: Book it Forward ARC Tours

Summary (from goodreads):
Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay's doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt. But she also has odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire. At first, she thinks she must be imagining the visions, but when she begins to see Martin's office in them, she knows she has to check it out. That's when she finds Gabriel, a sexy, teenaged vampire, imprisoned in Martin's office. The connection she has built with Gabriel compels her to set him free. But when he kidnaps her in an attempt at revenge on Martin, their lives become deeply intertwined. She doesn't know the half of it.

For some reason, I couldn't connect with Shay (the main character). She was just so...different but I looked up to her for standing her ground and going after what she wants. Shay has always had a special blood disorder, and every doctor she visits has no idea what's wrong with her. Then she goes to Martin, and eventually her mom even gets married to him. Every two weeks or so, Shay needs to receive blood transfusions to stay alive. And Martin has perfected a new type of blood and when Shay receives it-she can see visions of someones past-their life story. His name is Gabriel and Shay can connect to him in a deep level. The new blood makes her feel so much more alive and before she knows it...she finds him held captive in Martin's office. The only problem is that he's out for revenge.

Is it just me or is Gabriel a pretty sexy name? I mean there are a lot of books now a days with the name Gabriel-and for some reason I end up swooning after the character. And that's exactly what I did with Crave. The book was written really well-so I give Melinda Metz a lot of props for that. It was also very interesting and unique. I can say that I have never read a book about a blood disorder before-but I loved the story line and reading about Shay's struggles.

Will I reread it?
Maybe? I don't know, but I recommend this to any supernatural book lover. I really enjoyed it and I hope a lot more people will jump on the Melinda Metz bandwagon (because I did).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann (ARC)
Publication Date: February 8, 2011
Versions: hardcover, kindle, audio
Received from: Around The World Tours

Summary (from goodreads):
The community of Cryer's Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany's empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on...until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly-and deadly-local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

There is one word to describe this book: WOW. It was so unique and compelling-it kept me turning pages. Kendall, a sixteen year old girl, has OCD. She goes to school early everyday to straighten out the desks, blinds, and waste basket. And Nico is the guy she can tell everything to...until he disappears-just like Tiffany did. She can't believe he is gone and when Jacian-a new student at school, comes to town and is mean and negative all the time-she can't help but wonder if he has something to do with Nico disappearing. But when she starts to hang out with him and his sister more, she starts to realize that Jacian isn't as arrogant as she thought.

This book took me through a whirlwind of events, some funny, some swoonworthy, and some downright freaky. I loved Lisa McMann's Wake series-and was also blown away with Cryer's Cross. And for those of you who are getting discouraged-there is a romance that takes place.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I loved every single page of this book. I couldn't put it down and when I did -I couldn't stop thinking about it. I cannot wait to see what else Lisa has in store for all of us.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday

This is a meme to show which book you are excited for to be released. It is hosted over at Breaking The Spine. For more information or to link your waiting on wednesday, go here.

The Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly DertingPublication Date: March 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary (from goodreads):
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

When Violet Ambrose's morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who've been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret...but her relationship and possibly her life as well.

I absolutely loved the Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and can't wait to see what this sequel has in store for us. What are you waiting for?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (ARC)
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Versions: hardcover
Received from: Traveling ARC Tours

Summary (from goodreads):
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love-the deliria-blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

This is one of those books that you can't stop thinking about after you read it. The different scenes keep roleplaying in my head all day. It was so well written and well worded, everything was just right (all the parts fit together like a puzzle). There were so many problems with the curse deliria (otherwise known as love) in the past, there were so many suicides and deaths, that the scientists decided that love was an illness. And they have found a way to cure everyone when they turn eighteen. Lena is counting down the days until her operation-she can't wait to be cured. But then during her examinations she discovers a boy with golden leaf hair and is drawn to him. He teaches her about everything, and even though it's forbbiden-she hangs out with him. And soon she finds out what their society has really turned into.

This is one of those books that everyone is looking forward to, and it has a right to be that way-this book is amazing. It can easily be compared to The Hunger Games, The Uglies series, and Matched. Event though this book is well over 400 pages, I found myself wishing it wouldn't end.

Will I reread it?
I will have to run out and buy my very own copy when the release date strolls around. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for an outstanding read. I am crossing my fingers for a sequel in the near future.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (ARC)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Atheneum
Versions: hardcover
Received from: publisher

Summary (from goodreads):
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 inhis 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 Allen 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.

I really enjoyed the dark feeling that the tone gave off throughout the book. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh is about a girl named Isobel, who is popular and on the cheerleading squad, who gets paired to be partners with Varen. Varen is weird and everyone knows it. But when Isobel starts hanging out with him more and more, she starts to feel drawn to him and what's in his notebook. Will Isobel be able to put their  differences (and friends) aside to get to hang out with Varen more?

This book had a lot of conflicts, involving friends, Varen's attitude and just Isobel in general. But I enjoyed reading how Isobel got through those conflicts which helped her grow. Varen, also was a great character who was a typical "emo". And for some reason I am drawn to those kind of people, so I felt myself kind of crushing on him.

Will I reread it?
I don't know because it's a very long book. And if you don't trust me, go out and buy it when it is released. I recommend this book to any vampire or poem lovers. Kelly Creagh wove a lot of poem elements throughout the book which was very enjoyable and fresh. I look forward to future releases by this author.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and no compensation

Winners of the Mockingjay Countdown Event!

I first wanted to thank everyone for all their support and participation in this event, it was so much fun to host but took a lot of time and energy. I apologize in advance for not picking the winners earlier, but I was really tired and had to catch up on some of my reading, and don't forget that so many of you entered that I had to tally all the entries before using to choose the winners.

And guess who were the winners?

Day 1 Winner
Kaila won:
A paperback copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Inspired Gale backpack charm (made and bought from Cold Hands Warm Arts)

Day 2 Winner
Brooke won:
A hardcover copy of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games inspired Peeta backpack charm (made and bought from Cold Hands Warm Arts)

Day 3 Winner
Sarah won:
hardcover copy of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games inspired Katniss Charm Bracelet (made and bought from Cold Hands Warm Arts)

Congratulations to all of you, I have emailed you for your address so I can send your prizes out as soon as possible.

350 Followers and a big thank you!

I have officially reached 350 followers, and to understand why that is such a big deal to me-I will tell you about my blogging experiences. When I first started to blog, I would look to other blogs as inspiration and to help me get through the tough times. And there would occasionally be that one blog that had 350 or more followers, and I would see them as being the "big, important" blogs. I always wished I could be one of them and here I am now. I am just amazed by everything and am so grateful for all of you.

And as the title says: THANK YOU! I truly appreciate all your lovely comments, follows, and blogs. And since I just had that huge Mockingjay Countdown Giveaway Event-I will not be doing a 350 follower giveaway but there will be a 400 follower one-so watch out!