Sunday, October 28, 2012

In My Mailbox

I am pretty belated with making this post because I have been insanely busy and for that I am sorry.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let us commence with the frivolities!

I was the winner of whatchYAreading's Sweetest Spell Giveaway a few weeks ago and because of those wonderful ladies over at that gorgeous blog, I won an arc of The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors (an author whom I LOVE) and as a bonus, because the giveaway took longer than they had anticipated, I also won a signed copy of In Too Deep by Amanda Grace and Mandy Hubbard (another author whom I adore!). I was intensely happy and surprised when I won and when I got the bonus book. So I want to give a HUGE thank you to whatchYAreading for hosting that particular giveaway and for letting me win!





 

Goodreads Summary:
Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.





Goodreads Summary:
Carter didn't rape me. People at school think he did. Suddenly, new friends are rushing to my side, telling me that Carter hurt them, too. They say he's getting what he deserves.

Maybe I don't want to fix this.

"Honest and constantly refreshing."--Kirkus Reviews

Sam is in love with her best friend Nick, but she can't seem to tell him. So she decides to flirt with golden-boy Carter Wellesley, hoping Nick will see it and finally realize his true feelings for her.

On Monday, everyone at school is saying that Carter raped Sam. He didn't, but Sam can't find the words to tell the truth. Worst of all, she's afraid she'll lose Nick if he finds out what really happened.

As graduation approaches, Sam discovers that living the lie isn't as easy as her new friends make it sound--and telling the truth might be even worse.


Both of these books look like they'll be WONDERFUL reads and I cannot wait to have enough time to sit down and read them both. Thanks again to whatcYAreading!!! And I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!


 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Shelf Candy

 
 
I have borrowed this book to try and read in the spirit of Halloween and I LOVE this cover so I thought that we could take a minute and appreciate the spooky, yet beautiful cover that is Anna Dressed in Blood. If you like the show Supernatural, then you'll love this book! It's super creepy so far and I love it! Especially since I get to read it around this time of year :)



Goodreads Summary:Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

 
 
 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Review'd: Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight

Book Review: 
Title: Embers and Echoes
Author: Karsten Knight
Published: August 28th 2012 by Simon and Schuster
Series: Wildefire Book 2

Goodreads Summary: 
Fan the flames: A teen goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love—because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess—and she doesn’t get burned.

     This sequel to the edgy and action-packed Wildefire continues a fiery drama on an immortal scale.


DeLibrarie Review: 
I just adore this series. I really liked Wildefire but I LOVE Ember and Echoes. I loved that you got to peak back into some of Ash's previous lives and that they were written in 2nd person. When does that happen?! umm....never! I usually hate reading battle scenes in books...truth be told I usually skim them... however, Knight is so good at making them super intense, and interesting. I just couldn't skim them... they were that entertaining. I love mythology so I love when I new God/Goddess is introduced so I can figure out who is who and how he modernizes certain Gods. I just really enjoy this series and I think that they are definitely a must read!!!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Cover Loving

It seems like every time I either log onto Goodreads or Blogger I'm bombarded with an abundance of beautiful new covers. I LOVE BOOK COVERS! I'm not even going to lie to you... I totally judge books by their covers. I wanted to take some time to show you some of my favorite recent cover reveals. :) It feels like Christmas... only mean Christmas because I can't actually read any of these yet. :( Scoff.

If you follow this blog like at all... you probably have gathered that I AM IN LOVE WITH THE SELECTION. So when I was flipping through lists on goodreads and saw this had a cover... I did a happy dance. A mental happy dance... my room is cold and I"m wearing shorts I didn't want to get out of the covers. Red is my favorite color... I SO LOVE RED, and I just want to dance around in that big poofy dress. This is my most anticipated release of 2013...easily.
This series has the most stunningly beautiful covers. I love them all. They are going to look so great next to each other on my bookshelf. :) I love how the artist uses the swirls weaving around Kate. It's so pretty.
That was fast. The first book isn't even out yet... You don't see that very often. I love the colors in this cover. Particularly the red against the beige color.It manages to be peaceful and chaotic at the same time.

What are some of your favorite new covers?


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Creature Feature: Angels

I know I've talked about some of my favorite supernatural beings that have made an appearance in more than one series throughout the world of YA, but I figured it would be kind of fun to turn it into a feature where I just get to talk about the different creatures (common and uncommon) and talk about some of my favorite books that I've read that feature those creatures...hence the title...Creature Feature.

I thought I would start this little feature off with my favoritest creature in YA books: Angels.

I have a rule... I only read one (at most 2) series about any particular creatures at a time. When it was Vampires I was only reading Twilight, and it wasn't until I finished that series that I picked up a new Vamp series. Same with Fairies, I only started reading Wings after I'd finished the Wonderous Strange books. I make some exceptions from time to time but I pretty much stick to this rule as to not mix anything up from book to book. HOWEVER, that rule does NOT apply to angel books. I think in June (before Rapture came out) I was in the middle of about 4-5 Angel series. I just love 'em.

I think the reason that I love angels so much in YA books... is because of the killer awesome lore involved. There is so much information about Angels, and so many different belief systems that have evolved. I always think it is fascinating how different authors come up with different story lines and belief systems.  

I'm sure this is no surprise. I really haven't come across an Angel book that I straight up didn't like, but here are some of my very favorites.

Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
Book 1: Fallen
Book 2: Torment
Book 3: Passion
Book 3.5: Fallen in Love
Book 4: Rapture

This is one of my most favorite series of all time! Looking at the cover again just makes me happy... and makes me want to read it again actually. :) The Fallen covers have always been my favorite. I love the Angel lore in this series. It's so interesting and you learn more and more about it as the series continues.

Also... the ending to Rapture was perfect... I loved it! It is so easy to ruin a series by having a cliche, bad or unsatisfying ending... but this one was just perfect!


Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand
Book 1: Unearthly
Book 2: Hallowed
Book 3: Boundless (Out January 22nd, 2012)

I like that the main character is a actually an angel in this book... as opposed to being thrust into the supernatural lives of other characters...the main character is supernatural herself, which is refreshing.







Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Book 1: Hush, Hush
Book 2: Crescendo
Book 3: Silence
Book 4: Finale (Out October 23rd, 2012)

Patch. Patch Patch Patch. I love Patch. I love the contrast between the ultimate bad boy and him being an angel. He's by far my favorite Angel character! :) Love me some Patch!









These are currently my favorite three angel series that I'm reading. I'm reading a few more but I'm not really far enough into them for them to be considered a favorite yet.

What are some of your favorite Angel books?









 
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