Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

This awesome meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine and this Wed I CANNOT WAIT for Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver to come out. I read the first one (Delirium) in just a couple of days and I absolutely fell in love with it. When the new edition of Delirium came out (the one that contained the first chapter of Pandemoniun at the end of it), me and Del went straight to Barnes and Noble, just to read that chapter. We are SO excited for this book to finally come out... Now we just need to wait another 6 months or so... I hate waiting... On a happier note, now I give you...

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Goodreads Summary:

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.

Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.

Full of danger, forbidden romance, and exquisite writing, Lauren Oliver’s sequel to Delirium races forward at a breathtaking pace and is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes action of The Hunger Games and the bittersweet love story of Romeo & Juliet.

Teaser Tuesday

On this lovely (rainy and cold) Tuesday... it's fall what do you expect?... I would like to go back to a book I had started reading over the summer. I put it down because I was sent Oriana's Eyes and have been focusing on that ever since. However I saw it on my bookshelf and wanted to revisit it with a teaser for today because I miss it. So thank you MizB of Should Be Reading for hosting this fun meme and now I give you...

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

"I'm losing  her again. 'What happened to the other girls, Nell?' She starts to whimper like a wounded animal. 'It wasn't my fault. It wasn't my fault!'" p. 298

If you haven't read this series yet, you REALLY need to.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Review'd: Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Book Review:
Title: Drink Slay Love 
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Published: September 13th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Summary: 
Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

DeLibrarie (Del) Review: After I read the Twilight series and Infinite Days, I told myself I would NOT read another Vampire book... simply because I was sick of hearing about them and ready for new fresh ideas. I was fooled by the lack of vampires mentioned in the synopsis of Haven... so I read that Vampire book... and then I also read The Vampire Stalker... but vampires are ACTUALLY evil in that one so i don't really count it. Then there's this one... I don't know what it was about the synopsis... maybe it was the mention of a sparkly unicorn stabbing a vampire in the chest... ok that was definitely why. :) I was pleasantly surprised with this book, it was predictable and a bit cheesy at times but it was always entertaining and the writing flowed nicely making it an easy, enjoyable read. I'm glad I broke my 'No More Vamp Books' rule for this one. :) Solid 4 Stars.

The Time Will Come

After I had first seen the movie Howl's Moving Castle, I had fallen in love with the story. Then I discovered that it was based off of a book (Don't you love it when that happens?)! So of course the first thing I did was go out and buy it. Alas, I had yet to have the time to sit down and read it. But one thing's for sure, the time will definitely come for...

Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones

Goodreads Summary:

In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.
After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.
The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.
In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?
Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

In My Mailbox

So It's been a few weeks since I actually received this book , but this is the first time I've been able to actually make a post about it. But I won this book from Amber at Down the Rabbit Hole after doing her first impromptu-read-a-thon (which was a LOT of fun I must say). I chose The Grimm Legacy because I had heard a lot of great things about it and it sounded like it was right down my alley, story-wise. And as a plus, its cover is wicked cool. This was the second time in my entire life that I had ever won anything so I was really excited, just ask Del, she knows. So now I would like to present to you what was in my mailbox (an awesome meme hosted by The Story Siren)!

The Grimm Legacy
by Polly Shulman

Cool, isn't it?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Shelf Candy

I realize that I'm an hour early before it's Saturday, but I really wanted to write this now cause I was looking through my books and I don't think I'll have time tomorrow. But this will be DeLibrarie's second Shelf Candy post (a wonderful meme hosted by Five Alarm Book Reviews) and I am very excited. I mean, there was once a wise person (I don't know who) who said that you should never judge a book by its cover. I hate to say it, but I do that ALL the time. Granted I read the synopsis and THEN decide if I want to read it, but a good cover will always catch your eye and who can resist a pretty cover? So for this week's Shelf Candy, I chose:

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

I bought this book after I first saw it, that's how gorgeous I thought it was (and again, yes I made sure it actually sounded good first... I'm not that dumb). But I think that it's a lot prettier in person. The key and the title both shimmer in silver (the key) and gold (the title). This cover is so mysterious and reminiscent of ancient times, yet the numbers and gears make you view it in a more modern way. It's intriguing. I've always loved those old, cool looking keys and so I fell in love with this cover right away. Did you fall in love with it, too?


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Alright. So because I've already done a teaser tuesday for Oriana's Eyes, instead I'll do one for a different book I started a WHILE ago and have yet to finish, because I really wanted to do a teaser tuesday today :) So to begin with I would like to thank MizB of Should Be Reading for this fun meme and now here is a little taste of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

" Right before I drifted back to sleep again, my breathing slowing to match his, I had a brief, burning thought: I can't live without this. There had to be a cure." p. 98


Monday, September 19, 2011

The Time Will Come

So I was sitting and looking at my bookshelf full of books that I brought to school with me and I got really sad because I have almost no time to read anything for pleasure now that I'm in classes. I mean, half of my classes are literature classes so it's not that I'm never reading; I'm always reading something. It's just that rarely do I get the chance to read something I choose just because it looks good. So since today is Monday and because Books for Company hosts this awesome meme, I am now getting the chance to at least look at all of my to-be-read books and dream of the day when I will have sufficient time for them once again. But today I would like to focus on The Hourglass Door which I have heard nonstop amazing things about. By the sounds of it, once I start reading this book I will literally not be able to put it down. And BOTH of its sequels are already out and probably in or close to being in paperback, too! So this has been on my shelf for FOREVER and I can't wait to get my hands on it...

The Hourglass Door
by Lisa Mangum

Goodreads Summary:
His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?Abby's senior year of high school is textbook perfect: She has a handsome and attentive boyfriend, good friends, good grades, and plans to attend college next year. But when she meets Dante Alexander, a foreign-exchange student from Italy, her life suddenly takes a different turn. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Time behaves differently when they are together - traveling too fast or too slow or sometimes seeming to stop altogether. When the band Zero Hour performs at the local hangout, Abby realizes that there's something dangerous about the lead singer, Zo, and his band mates, Tony and V. Oddly, the three of them are also from Italy and have a strange relationship to Dante. They also hold a bizarre influence over their audience when performing. And Abby's best friend, Valerie, is caught in their snare. Dante tells Abby the truth of his past: he once worked for Leonardo Da Vinci, helping to design and build a time machine. When Dante was falsely implicated as a traitor to his country, he was sent through the machine more than five hundred years into the future as punishment. As the past and the present collide, Abby learns that she holds a special power over the flow of time itself. She and Dante must stop Zo from opening the time machine's door and endangering everyone's future. More than one life is at stake and Abby's choice could change everything.

:) I'm SO excited to read this!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In My Mailbox

Happy Happy Sunday everyone!! ANNNDDD what does Sunday mean?! It means IN MY MAILBOX (hosted by the story siren) DAY!! Nic and I have been kind of talking (texting each other, or randomly mentioning mid conversation) about doing another video but I think that might have to wait until school starts to slow down a little bit for me, I've been at Chamber Choir retreat all weekend and now my busy busy week days are starting up again... thank goodness for books that keep me sane and happy. :) I may be busy... BUT I am never too busy to pop into Barnes and Noble to see what's new. Speaking of Barnes and Noble, I've been a little irritated with them lately. I always start at the New Paranormal Romance section, it's my favorite. This past week I went in and saw that there really wasn't anything new... then I started looking around the no-longer-new paranormal romance section and I saw titles like, Anna Dressed in Blood, Vanish, and Drink, Slay, Love. I was kind of annoyed when I saw this. I looked back at the "new" section and they had... titles like Nevermore and Hex Hall in paperback. I understand that both of those books came out in paperback this year.... but seriously to have books that were officially released YEARS ago over books that were just published for the first time this month... was a little annoying... Ok done ranting ;) on to what I DID buy this week. :)

Two new titles this week, not a lot but it's quality over quantity. 

Epic Fail by Claire Lazebnik 


Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review'd: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Book Review:
Title: Anna Dressed in Blodd 
Author: Kendare Blake
Published August 30th 2011 by Tor Teen
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary: 

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered 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: track, 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, now stained red and dripping with 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.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

DeLibrarie (Del) Review: 
I LOVED this book. :) My favorite show IN THE WORLD... is CW's Supernatural. If you haven't watched it, and you liked this book... you will love that show. I loved that Cas was a "hunter." I also LOVED ANNA and I can't wait to see how her story plays out in the next one. I just feel so bad for her.  I was skeptical at first when I saw that the book was told with Cas, a boy, as the main character... I tend to like female main characters more... but Blake did a wonderful job with the character of Cas, he was pretty epic. I highly recommend this one... and I seriously can't wait until the next one is released. :) YAY!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

In My Mailbox

What a crazy last couple of weeks, but finally things are starting to slow down!! I've actually had a few minutes to read. I have, however been able to stop at Barnes and Noble once or twice in the last two weeks... here's what I picked up.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I'm in the middle of this one right now. I LOVE IT!!!! And this cover is just beautiful, it's just perfect. I'm sooo glad it's a series.

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

I've been so excited for this book. I'm kind of scared to start it though, there have been a lot of mixed reviews around the bloggersphere and I just have such high hopes for this book... I don't want them bashed. I'll get to it soon though i'm sure.

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement- Moore

I hadn't even heard of this one to be honest, but I saw it on the shelf and it looked good. I'd also heard a lot of great things about the author, and I have a couple of her other books. So I thought I'd pick it up. Not sure when I'll get to it though.

   Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

I know this ones been out of a little while now, and it has been on my list of books to pick up, but I didn't decide to actually get it until I'd read a couple reviews on it. It came down between this one, Bloodlines or A Need So Beautiful... I picked this one... clearly. :P

That's it for me, I'm sure Nic has a couple she might post a little later this week. I know she got one for sure. Look out for that. Also I'm sure that I'll be posting a review for Anna Dressed in Blood in the next week or so. :) 
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