Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

YAY It's Wednesday! (almost) You know what that means! Wait you don't? Silly you! It means Waiting on Wednesday Day! What is Waiting on Wednesday you ask... well WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It's designed to highlight soon to be released books, however I use it to obsess even more about certain books that I have been waiting MONTHS AND MONTHS to get my grubby hands on. It's sad that I wait sometimes over a year for a certain book to be published and then i'm so happy when it finally is released that I read it in like 8 hours... you have no idea how many times that's happened. Anyway, without further ado (me complaining about how I can't pace myself) this weeks WoW:

Title: Passion 
Author: Lauren Kate
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte

Goodreads Summary: 

"Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever." 

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . . 

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last. 

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. 

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Doesn't it sound AMAZING! If you read my review on Fallen by Lauren Kate... You know I'm like OBSESSED with this series... like if I could just stare at them all day... I think I would. I'm SOOO excited for Passion, the third book of four  in the series. It is supposed to be prequel-esque in the sense that it goes pretty far back in time reliving the past lives of Daniel and Luce... Doesn't that sound EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

--- Del--- 

Review'd: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

Book Review:
Title: Mercy
Author: Rebecca Lim
Published: May 17th 2011 by Hyperion Books
Rating: 3 Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

A fallen angel haunted by her past. Yearning for her immortal beloved. Forever searching for answers.Who will show her Mercy?
Mercy has lost herself. She can’t count how many times she’s “woken up” in a new body, and assumed a new life, only to move on again and again. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by him. Mercy’s heart would know him anywhere. But her memory refuses to cooperate.
But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen year old reeling from the loss of his twin sister who was kidnapped two years ago. Everyone else has given up hope, but Ryan believes his sister is still alive. Using a power she doesn’t fully comprehend, Mercy realizes that Ryan is right. His sister is alive and together they can find her. For the first time since she can remember, Mercy has a purpose; she can help. So she doesn’t understand why the man in her dreams cautions her not to interfere. But as Ryan and Mercy come closer to solving the dark mystery of his sister’s disappearance, danger looms just one step behind.
Will Mercy be able to harness her true self and extraordinary power in time?
The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery and the supernatural into a spell-binding tale.

DeLibrarie (Del) Review: 
This book was not at all what I expected... I was expecting another fallen angel story only this time it was a female fallen angel who was trying to reconnect with her lost love. SO WAY WRONG. This book is about Mercy... but it's just as much about the person whose body she steals: Carmen. When Mercy inhabits these girls she tries to help them, to make them better people... and while she's living in Carmen she meets Ryan... Ryan is sexy but he's damaged goods as far as the town is concerned. His twin sister Lauren was taken two years and he's spent that time trying to find her. When Carmen/Mercy shows up she's the only one who believes him and she is determined to help him find her. The book that I thought would be some angel love story turned out to be a murder mystery with a sort of paranormal investigator. I didn't mind this unexpected plot line... what I was upset about, was that the story became unfortunately predictable. Almost painfully so.  Warning it does have a scene that is like really gruesome... I was like starring at my book in awe... or disgust... I still haven't decided which.  
But if you're looking for a quick read that's a little out of the norm when it comes to YA, this is a good pick.

Teaser Tuesday

Happy Tuesday All. You know what comes with Tuesdays... Teasers!!! I'm about 40 pages away from finishing Rebecca Lim's Mercy. So.... with out further ado... 

""He didn't do it," he says simply, his eyes holding mine. "You have to believe me. And neither did I-even Brenda will vouch for that, because we were together for most of the night. Still, half the town thinks it's an inside job, and the other half is willing to believe it. It's two years tomorrow, did you know? It's burned into my brain, how long she's been gone.""  Pg. 129

OOOOO,  Isn't the suspense killing you?!Find out what happens... Read Mercy by Rebecca Lim


Monday, May 30, 2011

Review'd: Fallen By Lauren Kate

Book Review:
Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Published:December 8th, 2009 by Delacorte Press
Rating: 5 Stars 

Goodreads Summary: 
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. 

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. 

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

DeLibrarie (Delilah) Summary: 
You know that book that you love so much that you set it on your special bookshelf, and you are hesitant to lend it out to a fellow book lover because you don't want anyone to hurt it beautifulness. The book that you could seriously read over and over again, and hope that the series never ends so you can live with these characters FOREVER.  Fallen IS that book for me. I have a beautiful signed copy that I barely touch because it so perfect! I LOVE it when books make me mad, or sad, or really really mad. This book made me soooo mad. I wanted to kick Daniel for being such a poop; all allusive and unnecessarily mysterious.Lauren Kate gives you just enough insight into the plot through foreshadowing that you think you know what is going to happen but have no idea the depth of the story line. When I reached the last page I was instantly online looking for any hint to the plot of the second book. I recommend this book to anyone, especially if you liked the Gemma Doyle series. I found the writing similar. It is very rare that I find a truly beautiful book that has everything that I crave for in a book, romance, lust, mystery, danger, suspense and a touch of fantasy. I loved it. I can't even describe why I love this book so much. It's so beautifully written, I was SUCKED into the story, and unable to get out (not that I ever wanted to). I even brought this book to work with me so I could read it between answering phones. :) Aren't I pathetic. :) Home run for Lauren Kate. 

Review'd: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

(*SPOILER ALERT* I will be mentioning developed relationships and plot developments throughout this review so if you don't want anything ruined, STOP READING NOW! Thanks : ))

Book Review:
Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: October 19th 2010 by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Summary: Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts

DeLibrarie (Nichole) Review: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Not only is the cover breathtaking, but the plot is completely unpredictable (which is more than a lot of other books can say). The characters were believable and emotionally effective both in their personal developments and in their relationships, except for Nora. While her insecurities and vulnerabilities were relateable, she came across as crazy and stalker-ish to me. While I realize that her actions were needed to progress the plot, there must have been other ways for her to get the same clues without her stalking people, breaking in to people's houses, and lying all the time. Another thing I didn't like about Nora was her reaction to everything. Yes, she made the story appear more dramatic than it really was, and she helped move the plot, and she helps distract us from figuring out the end, but she wasn't believable. She would come up with false reasons to be mad at Patch such as thinking he was hiding things from her when she never gives him enough time to truly explain. Or when she breaks up with him without telling him why and then later gets mad at him for not understanding why she broke up with him. And it was all just to add drama and time to the story. Otherwise, the writing was great; it sucks you up into the story. And I also loved the ending. You don't see any of it coming and right when you think everything is going to be ok, the Nephilim appear and take Patch. The whole time you have no idea who to trust or what's going on and everything gets you so emotional because you feel the anger and betrayal that the characters feel. It is a gorgeous story albeit a little too dramatic at the wrong times. I loved it and I highly suggest this series to anyone interested in YA, angel, love, bad boy, mystery stories. It gets fairly dark and deep at points, especially where the murder of her father is concerned. It really is a beautiful story of young, forbidden love though.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New to my Bookshelf

So remember last post when I told you that I buy on average 4 books a week...

This would be the new four:

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Ok you can't tell from this picture... but this cover is sooooo shiny. I love it!!

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
My best friend and I saw this movie last weekend... and we loved it. So I decided to buy the books and read them.

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selford

I needed a contemp. that is light and fluffy. I need a light summer read.

Down The Rabbit Hole Saturday Discussion Response...

Happy Saturday All! Hopefully you got the chance to sleep in... I didn't. Today is the one Saturday all summer that I have to work, AND I had to come in about an hour early... so 7:30 on a Saturday. Yuck!

So I was catching up on all of the wonderful book blogs that I follow and happened to run across one of Down The Rabbit Hole   Saturday Discussions. The topic today was, "How to Tackle Your TBR Pile."

I swear, I either call or e-mail my best friend basically every other day forcing her to choose from at least 3 different books that I can't decided between. I have a couple issues with my reading/books: 1. I read SUPER fast, so it takes me a day to read a book, and if I'm in the mood I'll usually average about 3 books in 3 days, but then my eyes get really mad at me and make me take a week or so off. 2. I go to Barnes and Noble at least 4 times a week... SO... I read about 3 a week and buy about 4 a week... see where this goes horribly wrong... WAY TOO MANY BOOKS with NO time.

Something that REALLY weighs (or I try to make it) on my final decision is whether or not it is party of a series. For example. I've had Die For Me by Amy Plum sitting on my shelf for 2 weeks now. It has been SO HARD to see it's beautifulness everyday and not pick it up and devour it completely... but it's a book 1 in a series which means that I'll have to wait an entire YEAR to read the next one... I currently have this problem with... The Fallen Series, Hush Hush, Wings, Unearthly, Falling Under, Delirium, Matched and The Goddess Test... I have had to wait over a year for some of the books in these series... and others are book 1s. I hate waiting...

Ugh, So like I mentioned earlier... I end up calling my best friend and reading her the summaries and weighing the goods and bads of each option, and why I do want to, or am hesitant in choosing any particular book... It takes forever, and sometimes I use to very scientific process of eeni, meenie, minie, moe. Mostly I just stare at my bookshelf with a look of dread and finally choose one that looks pretty.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review'd: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Book Review:
Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: March 2nd, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

DeLibrarie (Delilah) Review: 
Sam Kingston... 
I hated her, I admired her, I wanted to pour vodka on her head and throw her into a bookcase, I laughed with her, I laughed AT her, I wanted to give her a high-five, I thought she was horrible, I thought she was funny, I thought she was smart... 

In the end... I loved Sam Kingston... 

Lauren Oliver created such real characters... characters that you can't quite figure out right away, and characters that you think you know and then they surprise you. Before I Fall was more than a wonderful read, it was like reading someones journal... a strange sort of supernatural death journal... but a journal none-the-less. I loved every minute of it... even when I hated it. 

Go read it now! 

Review'd: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Book Review:
Title:Two-Way Street

Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Published: June 6th, 2007
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Summary:
This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

DeLibrarie (Delilah)  Review:
When I picked up this book, I thought it looked like a good, fast summer read. This book... what PERFECT for that. It is light, quick, and actually really adorable! I love that is switches back and forth between Jordan and Courtney's perspectives. If you want a nice, easy, summer read, something that will make you smile, pick this one up. It's all of the above.

Review'd: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

(This review contains spoilers for the previous two books, Wings and Spells, if you have not read both of those books, I recommend that you do not read this review. Instead skip ahead to the last line. It's not spoilery at all.)

Book Review:
Title: Illusions
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Published: May 3rd, 2011
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:
Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

DeLibrarie (Delilah) Review:
 The wings series is one of my and my best friend's favorites. The books are so cute! I always think of sparkly things... like glitter, and flowers, glittery flowers. Who doesn't love glittery flowers?! Maybe trolls! I LOVED this book! I always felt, and still feel, that wings and spells are written for the younger side of young adult novels, it's innocent, but I feel like Illusions helped the older crowd connect with Laurel a little more. She's STRONG in this book, and she takes charge! I was totally ready for another, "Tamani or David, whom ever shall I choose" book, but it wasn't. Thank goodness! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. If you haven't read Wings, or Spells yet. Read them, you won't be disappointed, and you'll probably find yourself a new book boyfriend. ;)... and then read Illusions.

WoW- Waiting on Wednesday

If you're a wonderin' what the heck this is... click on over to my Review Policy tab and scoll to the bottom... it'll tell you all about it.

If you're thinking... "Del... It's Thursday... not Wednesday..." well you are correct... BUT I am dumb and missed yesterday so my first ever WoW... will be on Thursday.

It's probably no suprise to you all, considering my previous widget post... that this weeks WoW is Becca Fitzpatrick's Silence!
Goodreads Summary:
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever

Release Date:
October 4th, 2011

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

DeLibrarie: Ok... how do you look at this cover, and not want to read the book?! Plus, Patch is totally my book boyfriend. When this book finally hits shelves, I can promise you, it will be like my new pet. It will go with me everywhere, I will pet it, and I will let no one touch it (except maybe my best friend Nichole... maybe). I plan to clear off an entire shelf on my banister bookcase... equipped with backlighting... and maybe a clip of the halleluia chorus playing everytime you open the beautiful glass doors. All my other books will be jealous of all the attention that this beautiful book will get. It will be wonderful.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review'd: Shiver by Maggie Stievater

Book Review:
Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stievater
Published: August 1st, 2009
Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Delibrarie (Delilah) Review:  I was really hesitant in reading this book. Seriously, it sat on my bookshelf for like a year... the whole wolf love thing just kind of turned me off BUT I love Fallen by Lauren Kate, and I love Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and everyone says that if you like those two then you'll like Shiver. ( I know I'm a total lemming) SO, I decided to read it, BUT I didn't buy Linger when it came out as a security plan in case I hated Shiver. Needless to say, I had to go out and buy Linger immediately after I finished Shiver. I loved it! I really liked that Sam was actually human for most of the book, it made the wolf thing less of an issue for me. This was a beautiful book.

Review'd: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Book Review:Book Review:
Title: Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Published: March 2nd, 2010
Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary: 
 Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

DeLibrarie (Delilah) Review: I don't even know where to begin with this book. I loved everything about it, but mostly... I LOVE Sophie!!! She's so snarky and funny, yet still really strong and at times vulnerable. I loved how Hawkins created Sophie as this goofy, smart character while still developing the plot. There are so many books that I've found, where the main character is sarcastic like Sophie... but then the book itself lacks the plot development that makes it great. Hawkins blended the characterization and plot development beautifully. I LITERALLY could not stop reading this book once I started. I HAD to run to the store and by Demonglass as soon as I finished Hex Hall. This is a must read... Read it... Now... Stop reading this... Go read Hex Hall.

Silence Widget... That I Decided to Post Instead

One of my favorite series of books OF ALL TIME... is Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush,Hush, and I'm BEYOND excited for Silence to come out October 4th, 2011. I just found this AWESOME widget on her fan site and fell in love with it. Thought I'd share. I would have posted it on my sidebar...BUT alas... It is too big and covers a lot of things. SO... I couldn't NOT share it... so I'm settling for a post. Hope you like!

Review'd: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Book Review:
Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan
Published: September 7th, 2010
Rating: 4 stars 

Goodreads Summary:

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

DeLibrarie (Delilah) Review:  I liked this book. I liked it, but I was ready to LOVE this book. I adored Will, he was all sexy and mysterious, what's not to love about that. Plus he's the good, understanding boy in a family of... not so understanding. Will is amazing. The only real problem that I had with Firelight is that Jace was SO back and forth. It got a little old after a while having the main character constantly second guessing every decision that she makes. I found her a little annoying at times. Other than that, I really liked this book. It was a beautiful, refreshingly new take on paranormal romance. 

Teaser Tuesday

I'm pretty psyched to be doing my first ever "TEASER TUESDAY," a weekly diddy hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. EEECK! Ok, Technically, I finished this last night...BUT I'm like barely into my current read... so I'll be doing my first ever Teaser Tuesday on Firelight by Sophie Jordan

"He doesn't seem to mind my clumsiness. After a moment of shocked stillness, his hands slide around my back. Instantly, the skin there starts to timgle again, the muscles tightening in readiness."  Page 186

Review'd: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Book Review:
Title: Falling Under
Author: Gwen Hayes
Published: March 1, 2011
Rating: 5 stars 

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

   DeLibrarie (Delilah) Review:  Finally.  I have been waiting for a long time for this book to come out and was scared that with all of the hype and expectations that I had for this book, that it would fall short.  It did not disappoint. This book was a breath of fresh air.  The recent new releases that I have read have been a hard-covered cliche for what a Paranormal Romance book is "supposed" to be. (Vampires, Love Triangles, Blah...) It was so nice to finally read something that was completely original. Hayes brings you into a world that is truly unique. With her quirky characters, amazing plot lines and interesting twists there was not a moment spent reading this book that I regretted. Not a minute where I was bored. The mystical other world, Under, that Hayes creates is both alluring and haunting, I couldn't help but want to Fall Under myself. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, and I'm patiently (lie) waiting for the sequel, Dreaming Awake, to be released in January. Falling Under ended up being a cool Gothic version of Alice in Wonderland with a sexy love story...what's not to love?

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