Thursday, January 26, 2012

Follow Friday (19)

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Question of the Week: Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

Non-fiction.  Why?  They just don't have the excitement and fantasy of fiction books...even contemp books are more exciting than non-fiction.  Plus, my favorite genre is Fantasy, and non-fiction is like the exact opposite!  Now, saying that, I love history, so I'm sure some non-fiction would interest me.

What about you?  Leave links!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Desperately Wanting Wednesday (1)

6678961827 53a3b81485 o Desperatly Wanting Wednesday: February New Releases
Desperately Wanting Wednesday is hosted by Parajunkee and is a lot like Waiting on Wednesday, only you don't have to be 'waiting' for the book to come out!  DWW is for books you desperately want, whether they are out or not! 
Note:  I will still be doing WoW's, with DWW instead every now and then.

What do I desperately want (or is it need?)?
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

What book so you desperately want?  Leave links to WoW's or DWW's and I
ll check them out:)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo


Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.

But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things.

Me reading this book was ENTIRELY my younger brothers fault.  He picked it up at the library and never read it (he never reads - how is he related to me???) which was probably good because it was a little to adult for an eleven year old.

Anyway, SIDEKICKS was a fun book with an awesome plot and amazing characters.  I loved how the ultra-bad guy was a better person than the 'good guy' and the romance was sweet, if not majorly fast-paced (enemies to kissing in two days or less!).  It was a fast, fun, action-packed read.

The characters were extremely well developed.  The main character, Bright Boy, was fun to read about.  Monkeywrench was an awesome character because she could totally kick your butt, but she wasn't all "I don't need you".  The plot was amazing an there were some things I didn't know about until the book told you.

Girls, don't put this book down because of the action or super-heroes (though honestly, who doesn't love super-heroes?) and boys, don't put it down because of the romance.  This novel is amazing and won't disappoint.

I give this book a 5/5 and would recommend it to boys and girls alike, especially if you love superheroes.

Violence: Moderate.  A lot but no gore.
Language: Mild
Sensuality: Moderate, but nothing to bad.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Follow Friday (18)

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Question of the Week: Many readers/bloggers are also big music fans. Tell us about a few of your favorite bands/singers that we should listen to in 2012.

Oh, this is gonna take a while:)

Ok, the songs Raise Your Glass, Perfect (ok, ok, BAD WORD before the perfect), Stupid Girls, and So What by P!nk.
Helena Beat and Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People.
Green Day.
Train (especially the CD Save Me San Francisco).
Maroon 5.
Swing, Swing and Gives you H**l by The All America Rejects.
Ain't No Rest For The Wicked by Cage The Elephant.
Jack Johnson.
The Beatles.
Don't Stand So Close to Me and Roxanne by Sting and the Police.

P.S.  Happy Follow Friday the 13th:)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (15)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.
This week I am waiting for:
Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles, #1)Kendra Hilferty, the witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries. (Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in "Hansel and Gretel," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Little Mermaid"-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know! Kendra's reminiscences are wrapped around a real-time version of "Cinderella," except the "ugly" stepsister is the good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.
A bunch of fairy tales + A beautiful cover + An awesome character + An author I love = I'm there:)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

Okay, so if you read my blog you must know that I'm a ginormous PJO (Rick Riordan) fan.  I also am a big fan his other series, the Kane Chronicles by said author (and of course HOO the sequel series to PJO).

Anyway, here is the cover to the last book in the Kane Chronicles, coming out May of this year!
  I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I like the concept, but is it just a bit to cluttered?  And I don't love how the nice dark blue turns into an unnatural blue into the dusty desert.  TAKE OUT THE UGLY BLUE!!!!!!!!  Haha, yeah...  so what do you think?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cover Reveal: Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

Are you ready?  Here it is...
I have to say, I love this cover.  I'm not sure if I like it as much as the last, though.  Actually, scratch that, I like it better than the last, but I'm not sure if it ties to the book as much.  Of course, I'm going on a basis for the last book as this one isn't out, but still.  I'm also not sure if it's final, but I'm guessing it is. 
Anyway, what do you think of it?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (14): Kindle edition (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox I have:
Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1) For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

I won this book from the amazing Lea at The YA Book Queen.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Reading Challenges


• The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012.
• Books must be read in 2012
You have to read 10 books about mythology, whether they are Norse, Greek, Egyptian, etc.


Have you read a book by an author that you really enjoyed and felt moved  to read another of the author’s works? Or are you thinking to give an  author another try even if you didn’t like your first taste of their  work? If yes, then this challenge is for you! You’re going to go back  for seconds of an author that you’ve only read once. The great thing  about this challenge is that it’s not just for your  second in a series  books, but the second time you’ve read an author as well.
(This challenge has previously been hosted at J. Kaye’s Book Blog, Royal Reviews, and A Few More Pages)
Interested in joining the fun? Here are the guidelines:
1.  Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to  participate. If you’re not  a blogger, you can post your reviews at a  review site like Goodreads,  LibraryThing,  or Shelfari and  link them up here.
2. There are four levels to choose from in  this challenge:
Just  a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second  time you’ve read the author. 
A few more bites - Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or  the second time you’ve read the author.
A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the  second time you’ve read the author.
All you can eat - Read 20 books (or more) that are 2nd in a  series or the second time you’ve read the author.
You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up  post.  If you list them, feel free to change them as  the mood takes  you. Any  genre counts. Any book format counts.
3. The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012. 4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2012.
5. A post will be created here where you can link-up your  reviews and visit the reviews of other participants.
6. If you’re a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes  the URL to  this post so that others can join in. Feel free to  use the button! You can grab the code you need from the box in the  right sidebar.
If you write up a sign-up post, enter the direct link to that  post when you sign up here so we can find it easily. Otherwise, link  away!

• The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012.
I'm entering level: Just a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.


2012 Reading Challenge


• I'm pretty sure most people know what this challenge is about!  My goals 200.  I asked my mom how many books she thinks I read in a year, and she said 350, so I went MUCH lower then that so I'll actually make it:)

I may enter more, but for now this is it:)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Follow Friday (17)

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Question of the Week: Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

Ok, let me go count...

...FIVE.  I have five unread books on my shelf.  I'm a little surprised actually.
They are (just in case your wondering):
Emma by Jane Austen
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Death Cure by James Dashner (Christmas book! Will read soon!)
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
The Last Girls of Pompeii by Kathryn Lasky

Most I've had for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading.  I honestly can't believe how many I have!!!!!!  Actually, I bet my list isn't that long compared to others (which makes me happy)!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

In My Mailbox (13) + Judging a Book By It's Cover (7)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox I have:
Frost (Stork, #2)In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.
After the drama of finding out that she’s a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack summons as a gift to Katla turns into the storm of the century, attracting Brigid, a gorgeous scientist who, in turn, attracts Jack. Between the school play, a bedridden, pregnant mother’s to-do lists, and keeping an eye on her aging grandfather, Katla doesn’t have time to question Brigid’s motives or deal with Jack’s increasingly cold behavior. But Katla’s suspicions mount when Jack joins Brigid on a research expedition to Greenland, and when the two of them go missing, it becomes clear that Katla is the only one who can save her beloved Jack from the Snow Queen who holds him prisoner. Adventure, romance, and myth combine in this winter escapade for teens who like a bit of fire with their ice.
Which I've already read.  What can I say!  I won this book, so I went and read the first in the series, STORK, loved it, and saw this at the library after waiting ages to get it in the mail.  Oh well, I know I'll reread it.

Also, I'm judging the cover!  Here it is again:

Frost (Stork, #2)
I have to say this cover is much more beautiful in person.  The icicles add a beautiful sparkle to the cover, and the model is both cold and beautiful, fitting who she is supposed to be.  I love how the font is so plain - usually elaborate fonts catch my eye, but this plain white font just fits the book.  Again, the icicles HAVE to be the best part!

I'm giving it a 5/5:)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (14)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

This week I am waiting for:
Just for Fins (Fins, #3)When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, she knew she couldn’t just coast along in the current. But since she’s spent the last couple of years on land—with gorgeous human Quince by her side—Lily’s not sure she has the fins to lead a kingdom. Even her maddeningly pretentious cousin Dosinia seems to know more about ruling than she does.

But Lily has to dive in deep to keep her promise to Tellin, her mer bond in name only, whose kingdom is suffering in the changing ocean climate. Lily knows this is a seven seas–sized problem: from sea animals dying to oil spills and threats to humans. They’ll need to create some serious waves to make the mer community aware and get it to join together to make things right. Even if that means facing one of the iciest queens in the mer kingdoms.

Just when Lily thinks her double life on land and sea can’t get any more complicated, an ancient mer law might separate Lily and Quince after all. It feels as if the pair is up against a solid tsunami wave!

In this third installment in the series that began with Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, Lily will have to find a way to balance safety and justice for the mer people as well as for the humans she loves.