Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!



Release Date: May 8, 2012

Why I love it: I love
fairytale retellings! This
one is The Princess and
the Frog.  So cute!!

Buy it on Goodreads

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gotta Have It YA Releases: March 2012

It's that time of the month again!! Okay, so here are the books that are coming out in March 2012.   I can't wait!


Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (3/1/2012)
Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie (3/1/2012)
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick (3/1/2012)


Perception (Clarity #2) by Kim Harrington (3/1/2012)
The Look by Sophia Bennett (3/1/2012)
Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler (3/6/2012)


Illuminate by Aimee Agresti (3/6/2012)
Everlasting (Kissed By An Angel #5) by Elizabeth Chandler (3/6/2012)
Vampire's Kiss (Isle of Night: Watchers #2) by Veronica Wolff (3/6/2012)


Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser  (3/8/2012)
Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins (3/13/2012)
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (3/13/2012)


When You Open Your Eyes by Celeste Conway (3/20/2012)
Traitor's Son (Raven Duet #2) by Hilari Bell (3/20/2012)
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink (3/20/2012)


The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore (3/27/2012)
Life Is But A Dream by Brian James (3/27/2012)



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Monday, February 27, 2012

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Release Date: December 8, 2011
Publisher: Penguin

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger.  Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.  Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.  - Goodreads.com

Great story!  This one had me from page one and didn't let go until the very end.  I also thought I had it all worked out from the beginning too.  This was going to be a love triangle and I was going to have a hard time figuring out which one to love.  Nope, I was wrong.  I love it when an author surprises you like that, and Mary Lindsey did.

The characters in this story were great... so vivid and interesting, especially Lenzi.  I could definitely feel for her at first when she's struggling to figure out what's going on with herself.  She thinks she knows, and then everything she thought she'd always known about her family and herself, is proven wrong and she finds out it was all for some big purpose.  It was sad at first, hearing her thoughts, knowing what she thinks of herself. 

This was one of those stories that surprises you when find out it really isn't what you thought it was going to be.  There was an external conflict that you aren't expecting, and it was so interesting and intriguing.  I haven't read a story like this before.

Alden?  Yes, he was a great character and I loved him.  I'm not sure if this is going to be a series or not, but it was definitely an awesome story and Mary Lindsey had me from page one.  Great book!!


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox (63)



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

Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!


Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby


All That Bleeds by Kimberly Frost
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss
Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne



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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture by Megan Miranda
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens Books

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?  Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?  - Goodreads.com

Wow, this was completely different from what I expected.  I'm not sure why, but it brought something a little bit more than what the summary predicted for me.  Yes, Delaney is now drawn to the dead, and it's so sad to watch her agonize over this as she discovers that she can sense people who are about to die and that there's not much she can do about it.  My "predictable" radar was going off when she met Troy, because I really saw the whole "guy with similar issues swoops in to save the day" thing about to happen, but the author led us down a completely different path.  I was pleasantly surprised.

I really wanted to knock Delaney's parents upside the head.  The fact that they believed some of the things they did about her really shocked me.  I felt so bad for her that they would make these assumptions and be so difficult with her, all in the name of protecting her.  But it was true to life, that I guess I understood it.  I can probably imagine some parents reacting the way they did.

The romance in this story was perfect.  It is slow to build, slow for me to even figure out actually, but then again, when it finally becomes obvious where the story was headed, I wanted to bomp my forehead and say, "no kidding.  Where have you been?"

This was such a unique story, and I found myself really sucked in and on the edge of my seat.  So many things were going on and it kept you so engaged.  The writing was fast and thoughtful, and the characters so real and endearing.  I had to love it.  Looking forward to more great stories by Megan Miranda.  Great debut!!


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
Release Date: June 27, 2011

Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.  After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.  Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.  - Goodreads.com

I wasn't sure what to expect of this.  I know I loved the summary and thought it was probably be interesting, but everything I expected was so much more in the book.  Nara was such an awesome character.  Imagine knowing exactly what's going to happen when you wake up each morning and having to keep all those facts straight in your head.  Obviously she's smart and organized in order to do this without giving herself away.  And add that she's a caring individual whose going to want to influence things to protect people.  Who wouldn't try to change something if you knew you could prevent someone from getting hurt.

The story was very much like the Final Destination movies, but with some really unique aspects to it also.  Enter Ethan and things get even more interesting.  I figured, when I met him, that he was the obligatory cute guy whose going to find out what her personal issues are and help her work through them.  Sweet and predictable.  But no... the author threw in something unique in there that makes Ethan even more than that.  I was pleasantly surprised and had to throw my predictions out the window.

The two of these characters together was romantic and sweet, and intriguing.  Michelle has managed to create something rather unique and different here.  I loved her writing, the pacing, the characters, everything.  This one definitely sucked me in and held me until the end.  I'm so looking forward to the next one!



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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!



 
Release Date: May 29, 2012

Why I love it: Sequel to
Starcrossed.  More Helen and Lucas!
Yum!  Greek myth.  Good stuff!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list complete answers. This week's Top Ten list is:

What are the Top Ten Books that I'd quickly save if my house was going to be abducted by Aliens (or any other natural disaster)? My answers below:

1. The Bible (If I've just lived through a house abduction or natural disaster, I'm going to need some divine intervention.)
2. The Complete works of Williams Shakespeare (in one volume that I have.  Beautiful.)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling (need I give an explanation?)
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  (same)
5. Forget You by Jennifer Echols (raw romance.  Yummy.)
6. You Wish by Mandy Hubbard (laugh out loud funny.)
7. Beastly by Alex Flinn  (romance, romance, romance)
8. Honey Moon by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (a gritty romance and a talented writer.)
9. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Dimitri and Rose... ahh, divine romance.)
10. Anything by Elizabeth Scott

Leave a comment and tell me what yours would be!



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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. Sera ran away from Cyrus years ago, when she realized that what they were doing--taking the lives of innocent people--was wrong. She doesn't want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies.  - Goodreads.com


I wasn't sure I was going to like this one because I figured it would be kind of zombie-esque and it would turn me off, but surprisingly, I found myself really loving it.  You couldn't help but feel bad for Seraphina.  Anyone who has a bit of a conscience would probably find it difficult living on for many years knowing that your life meant the death of someone innocent.  So it isn't surprising that Seraphine wants out.

I thought it was so sweet how she begins to really love and care for the family of the girl whose body she now inhabits, even as she feels guilty over the fact that her very presence in their lives means that their true daughter is dead.  And her growing thing with the guy in her life.... yeah, that was interesting too.

All in all I found this to be a really wonderful, thought-provoking debut by Avery Williams.  Her writing kept me interested.  It was thoughtful, beautiful at times, and the pacing kept me going.  I knew bad things were going to happen later and the author did a great job leading you up to that point and making you really care about Seraphine and what's going to happen to her next.  A great debut and a great start to a new series.  Looking forward to the next installment.



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Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox (62)


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

Here's what I got this week.


Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles #4) by Alyxandra Harvey


Out For Blood (Drake Chronicles #3) by Alyxandra Harvey
Breathe by Abbi Glines
Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2) by Lee Nichols


Surrender (Haunting Emma #3) by Lee Nichols
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
 Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!


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