Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Spirit Bound (VA #5) by Richelle Mead

Title: Spirit Bound (VA #5)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Razorbill
Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee


Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he's out there, somewhere.


She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.
Review: Suspenseful, intriguing, and amazing are the words that came to my mind when I first finished reading this book. I was looking forward to an awesome build up to the finale of this great series and I got just what I wanted. It was a roller coaster ride, really, with all of the emotions, the actions, and scenes. One second I was shocked, the next I was sad. Richelle Mead wrote a book that I can’t really put into words.

Rose was awesome. Just as kick ass yet fragile as always, she was a great protagonist and I am sad to say that I’m not happy with our journey almost over with her. She’s an all around character, being smart, sarcastic, strong willed, but in between all of that? There’s this girly girl who shows herself. Not that Rose wouldn’t change in a second from a girly girl to a kick ass girl to, well, kick your ass.



Not only was Rose awesome, I got to see a lot of my favorite characters back again. They had more character developments, did some crazy things, and made me mad at times. Overall, Mead made me love them even more than I had before.


The plot was well thought out and well written. There were many twists and turns that kept you guessing and at the edge of your seat. This book was action packed, and had, if not more action, like all of the other books. Not only that, but Mead was able to add A LOT of surprise that threw you off and made you wonder what was going on.


All in all, Mead got your attention from page 1 of this book and didn’t let go until the very last page. Might I add that she left us with A HUGE cliffhanger? She set this book up perfectly for the beginning of book 6 and the ending of this series.

Plot: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Characters: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Ending: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Writing: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Cover:4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee.5

Vampire Academy Giveaway @ Sparkling Reviews!

Mary of Sparkling reviews is giving away TWO SETS of the ENTIRE VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES INCLUDING LAST SACRIFICE!




Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Book 2)Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4)Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6)

If you haven't read this series than you really need to. I mean really, really need to!


Go enter HERE

Monday, November 29, 2010

2011 Debutante Event!

Badass Bookie is the host for the 2011 Debutante Event
From December 1-December 25, we will be meeting all of these debutante authors! 

Here's the info (from Bookie's blog):
Each debutante will have a two day feature, the first day will be a get to know your debs post and the second day will be more about the books AND Giveaways galore!!! *hint hint* most of the giveaways ARE international!

1st-2nd of Dec. - Julia Karr ( XVI)

3rd-4th of Dec - Amy Holder ( Lipstick Laws)
5th-6th of Dec - Carrie Harris ( Bad Taste In Boys)
7th-8th of Dec - Elana Johnson ( Possession)
9th-10th of Dec - Lia Habel ( Dearly, Departed)

11th-12th of Dec - Sara Bennett Wealer ( Rival)

13th-14th of Dec - Beth Revis ( Across the Universe)

15th-16th of Dec - Lisa and Lauren Roecker ( The Liar Society)
17th -18th of Dec - Kristi Cook ( Haven)

19th -20th of Dec - Cynthia Hand ( Unearthly)
21st-22nd of Dec - Kiki Hamilton ( The Faerie Ring)
23rd-24th of Dec - Lauren DeStefano ( Wither)
25th of Dec - Wrap up post

You only have until tomorrow to spread the word and win:




Go HERE and check it all out!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

In My Mailbox (17)


Won:
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (ARC)
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (SIGNED)
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (SIGNED)


From the Library:
None

For Review:
None

Purchased:
None

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**This is has been a crazy week. I know it was Thanksgiving break and all, but I was busy with my English project that I didn't get to read but one book! Anyhoo, I had a good week and I liked all of my wins. Nightshade has the most GORGEOUS, SPARKLEY cover EVER! It's so pretty and not to mention that it's signed!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Review

I was super excited for this movie and since I hadn’t gone to the premier, I’d heard it was really good. So when I walked into the theater, I was SUPER excited. I couldn’t wait for it to begin.


I loved it. I know a lot of people were disappointed but I loved it. They did not include a lot of parts from the book that I would have loved to be in it but come on people, it’s a HUGE book and you can’t expect them to add every detail into a 2 hour movie, can you? Even if it’s in two parts!


I liked how they began with a preview of each of the three characters. I think it added a lot of emotion and depth to the movie. The movie was fast paced and it was awesome to see all the parts of the movie come to life.


Some of my favorite scenes


*The beginning scene. As said before, it added a lot of emotion.


*Doby’s little speech! It was so sweet and sad. He looked more adorable too, more cleaner.
*The scene at Godric’s Hollow with Bagshot and the snake. It was creepy and awesome all at
once!


*The animation of the 3 brothers


* I loved Fleur’s wedding dress!


What I wanted to be in it


*The invisibility cloak. WHERE IN THE WOLRD WAS IT?


*POTTER WATCH????!!!!


*The touching moment with Dudley and Harry at the departure! WHAT HAPPENED TO IT?


So all in all, I liked the movie a lot. And holy smokes, is it me or did a lot of the characters turn hot? (RON <3)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

It's the third annual Debut Author Challenge! The awesome Kristi of The Story Siren hosts one very year! Here's come info from Kristi's site: 


2011 Debut Author Challenge participant information:
--The objective of the DAC is to read at least twelve novels from Young Adult or Middle Grade Authors. While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit! I encourage readers who can read more than twelve to do so!
--Anyone can join. You don't have to be a blogger, and you don't have to live in the United States.
--You do not have to have an blog written in English to participate.
--You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.


Qualifying books:
--Books must be a Young Adult or Middle Grade novel.
--This must be the authors debut with a release date in 2011.
--If an author has a previous novel published under adult fiction/nonfiction or children's fiction/nonfiction, they can still qualify for the challenge if they are releasing their YA or MG debut.


I am participating this year and I've had a lot of fun! I met new authors, found new books, and even made more friends! I'm going to read the books as I can, so I'll update my list as time goes on!
TO JOIN GO HERE!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Harry Potter and Me

I remember being six and my family was hosting a party. My dad’s friend was there and he was telling my parents about a movie called Harry Potter. I didn’t know what it was, but it sounded very cool. I was six and anything that had to do with magic was cool to me.


When we got the first movie, I remember that it was well past 10 at night and I was sitting on the couch watching it with my mom…And I LOVED IT! There were giants and wands and owls and a HUGE castle and moving staircases. It was like the best playground (area thing) for a six year old.


When the snippets of Voldemort showed up, I was scared out of my mind. The unicorn blood sucking scene and the centaur and all that? Yeah, scary. AND AT THE END, when Quirrell takes off his turban AND THERE’S A SCRREPY LOOKING FACE ON IT WITH A SCARY VOICE? I buried my face into the blanket since I was so effing scared.


But that was 9 years ago. 9 YEARS AGO! Since then, Harry Potter has been with me. I read all of the books when I could and quite honestly, I don’t think I ever read as much as I did before Harry Potter came into my life.


I got lost in the wonderful, magical world that J.K. Rowling so craftily created. I was blown away by the magic, the world, the people, and the creatures. I never in my life loved fictional characters as much as I loved the characters in these books.


I grew up with Harry Potter. I was intrigued by the beginning of the Philosopher’s Stone; I hated that Tom Riddle meddled with Ginny’s mind; I hated Sirius Black until I knew he was the good guy; I rooted for Harry through the tournament; I WAS SO SAD WHEN SIRIUS DIED; I cried when Dumbledore died (actually, I made myself believe that it was a dream and therefore, not true); and I LOVED THE ENDING TO THIS PHENONMENON!


With each book and movie, we all counted down until THE EPIC BATTLE. We all knew it was coming; admit it, you knew it too. I also think that everyone knew about all the events that were going to happen in between. In each and every book, Rowling introduced a new aspect of the magic world that fit so well into the story. It made it move on; we got more details and better pictures in our heads. But we also got many surprises and shocks. The deaths and who got together and all the other things.


For all of us Harry Potter fans out there, I think Harry and Ron and Hermione and all the other characters, the world, the creatures, they’ve affected us in some way or form.


And now, after 10 years…the end is almost here. The final movie (part 1) comes out in 54 minutes (from the time I post this; this is based on Eastern US Time) and we are so close to the end.


I think on July 15, 2011…I will cry more than I probably ever have in any of the movies or books...it will the be end. 


What about you? How has Harry Potter affected you?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Review: A Spy in the House (The Agency # 1) by Y.S. Lee

Title: A Spy in the House (The Agency # 1)
Author: Y.S. Lee
Release Date: March 2010
Publisher: Candlewick
Orphan Mary Quinn lives on the edge. Sentenced as a thief at the age of twelve, she’s rescued from the gallows by a woman posing as a prison warden. In her new home, Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, Mary earns a singular education, fine manners, and a surprising opportunity. The school is a cover for the Agency – an elite, top-secret corps of female investigators with a reputation for results – and at seventeen, Mary’s about to join their ranks.


With London all but paralyzed by a noxious heat wave, Mary must work fast in the guise of a lady’s companion to infiltrate a rich merchant’s home with hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the Thorold household is full of dangerous secrets, and people are not what they seem – least of all Mary.


Packed with action and suspense, and evoking the gritty world of Victorian London, Book One of the Agency series debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits.
Review: I love a good historical fiction novel. And when it’s Victorian England, I’m hooked. At first, when I heard about this book, I was hesitant. It was not like any books that I had ever heard of! So when I saw it at my library, I decided to give it a try. I began reading this book late (like 3 at night!) on Friday night and by Saturday night, I had finished it! I’m still not sure why I was so worried about this book being bad!?


Y.S. Lee is a great author. For her debut novel, she did a splendid job. Lee knows how to write good characters, dialogue, romance, action, danger and so much more that goes well with the time set of her novel (1850’s London)! I felt like I was in London, visiting all of the places that Mary visited.


The overall plot was well written and thought out. There was a huge mystery in this book which wasn’t explained till the end! BUT Lee managed to keep me intrigued and turning the pages. I wanted to know what Mary would find out next or who she would meet. There were plenty of surprises (including the solution to the mystery) that kept to on my toes


The characters are great too! I loved Mary and reading the novel from her point of view was very refreshing. Mary, I found, wasn’t like most Victorian women: though she did have manners and a good schooling, she’s still a bit awkward in society because of her past. She likes to speak her opinions and views. She was brave, and fierce, and loyal, which I loved.


I love a good romance and Lee delivered with a Victorian hottie by the name of James Easton. When Mary hides in a wardrobe after almost being discovered while searching off limits office, she finds that there is someone already there. The second that James Easton comes into the picture, I knew I was going to love him! The quirky and very humorous conversations between the two were so much fun to read! Against their better judgments, both Mary and James are intrigued by “Miss Closet” and “Mr. Easton.” I wasn’t sure how Mary was going to handle romance in between her mission but it went better than I thought! There is a definite attraction between Mary and James…I was a little sad by the ending but I doubt we won’t see James again.


A Spy in the House was a great debut for Y.S. Lee and I regret not reading her book earlier! I have book two on my shelf and I can’t wait!


Cover: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee...A very good book! You have to read it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox (16)

Won:
Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie ViguiĆ©  
*Thanks Dominique and Simon and Schuster*

From the Library:
Amy & Roger's Epic Detuour by Morgan Matson
Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
The Body at the Tower (The Agency #2) by Y.S. Lee

For Review:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
**Thanks Lauren and Elyse**
** I AM SUPER EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK!**

Purchased: 
None


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So what did you get in your mailbox?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Review: Firelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan

Title: Firelight (Firelight #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

Review: Dragons are one of the best known mythical creatures in the world. Yet there aren’t a lot of books about dragons out there. So I was instantly intrigued when Sophie Jordan introduced us to the Draki, descendants of dragons who can shift into dragons and humans! I will not be the first to say that this was a great, and VERY ORIGINAL idea.


I have a few mixed feelings about this book. For one, it took me a while to get into but that was because Jordan was introducing us to this new world, and world building is very important. I liked how she got into the story…especially the love story. I’m a hopeless romantic, yes, BUT the love-at-first-sigh concept has been used so often, I rarely fall for it anymore. The beginning was slow but the meeting of Will and Jacinda was perfect.


Jordan created really great characters. Jacinda was a great protagonist, though I did get annoyed with her, but it was understandable. I mean, she was forced by her mother to adapt to a world in which she didn’t necessarily want to be a part of. She loves her family but she just didn’t want to leave her Draki behind.


The love story is a huge part of this book and I loved it. Though it was slow moving and Jacinda and Will’s relationship had a rather rocky beginning and middle, it got better with every page. Oh, and did I mention that Will is sexy? Like really sexy? I’m not sure what it is but I have a thing for the tall, dark and handsome guy. Yeah there’s a guy like that in this book and his name is Cassian and HE IS SUPER SEXY TOO!

Now, there were a few things that I didn’t like. I didn’t like Jacinda’s mother. I know she moved her daughters to protect them but I didn’t like it. Though out the book, it seemed to me that she was ignoring Jacinda and paying more attention to Tamra, Jacinda’s sister who didn’t manifest (meaning, she’s not a Draki). Maybe it was because Jacinda was a very powerful and rare Draki and her mother wasn’t but she was not my favorite.

Sophie Jordan's YA debut Firelight was a great read! With an original story ideas, great characters and wonderful plot, I can't wait for more from the talented author!

Cover:5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee
Overall:5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee

Review: In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

Title: In a Heartbeat
Author: Loretta Ellsworth
Release Date: February 2,2010
Publisher:Walker Books for Young Readers


For fans of Gabrielle Zevin and Lurlene McDaniel, In a Heartbeat explores the ties of family and the weight of regret when a mistake costs Eagan her life during a figure-skating competition. Left in the afterlife, reflecting on what she could have done differently, Eagan's still-beating heart is given to Amelia who has been waiting patiently for a transplant. When their thought, feelings, and dreams begin to mysteriously overlap, Amelia knows she must search for Eagan's family and find a way to give them all the closure they need move on.
Review:When I got this book, I wasn’t sure how I would like it. But the synopsis got me interested and I picked this book up. When I began reading, I was introduced to two girls, Eagan, the figure skater, and Amelia, the girl who needs a new heart.

In a Heartbeat began a story that I came to love. I’ve read a lot of Lurlene McDanilel’s books about heart transplants and the effects on the person who got the transplant. I loved how Loretta Ellsworth told both sides of the story, the patient and the deceased.

The plot was well thought out and there was research behind it. The plot moved at the perfect pace, slow and steady. Since the plot was so well thought up, I could really feel all the emotions that were supposed to be felt: scared with Amelia when she learns of her heat, Eagan’s confusion, Amelia’s tiredness, Eagan’s anger and so much more. There wasn’t too much emotion or too little of it. Which brings me to the characters.

Ellsworth had great protagonists. Amelia was scared, fragile, yet so determined to live with her new heart. She knew the outcomes if the transplant went wrong yet she stayed strong. When she gets her transplant, Amelia learns to be grateful for the life she was given. Eagan is frustrated with her mother and anxious about her skating. When she dies, she is confused and though it takes a while for her to admit, scared.

Both girls come out as strong (well, Eagan moves on), young women by the end of the book. They accept the events and circumstance for what and who they are.

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth is a great, heart wrenching book about being scared, confused, living, loving, loss, grief and over all, moving on.

Overall: 5.png Five Stars image by Adaleelee

Review: Shadow of the Moon( Dark Guardian #4) by Rachel Hawthorne

Title: Shadow of the Moon( Dark Guardian #4)
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
I can feel every Shifter’s emotions except Daniel’s—the only one whose heart I long to know.

HAYDEN was born a werewolf, a Dark Guardian. But her ability to sense the feelings of fellow werewolves has made her life unbearable. She runs away, only to be tracked by charming, mysterious Daniel, a newcomer to their pack and the one Shifter immune to her powers. As she reluctantly follows him home, Hayden finds herself falling dangerously in love…

But even as her feelings for Daniel deepen, Hayden begins to wonder if he is who he claims to be. Where did he come from and why has no one ever seen him transform? When they stumble upon the body of a Shifter, still in wolf form, her worries grow. Someone is killing her kind. Is her handsome tracker really a hunter? And is Hayden now his prey?
Yes, another one of these books! I was a bit sad when I learned that Dark of the Moon was supposed to be the last book, but I was instantly happy when I heard about this book!

These books aren’t the best written books out there. There isn’t a lot of character development and the plot lines are almost the same as all the others. So why is it that I love reading this series? That’s an easy question to answer. I love it because it’s a love story, the girl will always get the guy in the end and they will live happily ever after.


So, yes, I liked this book a lot! I couldn’t get enough of Hayden and Daniel’s love story, all the running yet the tension was there! Maybe it’s because the guy is so perfect for the girl and you’re rooting for the guy who ends up with the girl, ya know?


So if you like a book with love and werewolves, this is a book for you...if not...then this isn't for you!

Cover: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee
Overall: 4.png Four Stars image by Adaleelee

Monday, November 08, 2010

4th Iron Fey Book Announced

I LOVE the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa and when I heard that there was going to be a 4TH BOOK IN THIS AWESOME SERIES, I was super excited!
Iron Fey #4

THE IRON KNIGHT:

Ash's story. 

Sunday, November 07, 2010

In My Mailbox (15) & Update


Won:
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (ARC) 
*Thanks P.J. Hoover*

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD
and
Harry Potter Schoolbooks Box Set
**Thanks Tara @ Fiction Folio **


From the Library:
None

For Review:
None

Purchased:
None

Update: Not a lot this week but I still have my giant haul from the library from last week to catch up on so I'm kinda glad I didn't get so much to read! I actually have two ARC's of Nightshade but I'm going to give one to my friend....

My contest did end and I will be picking winners tomorrow! 


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