YA recomendations

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ranting rant fest.

 So I was reading over some of the reviews that people have posted about my favorite Adult series, and it shocks  me how personal people take the writing works of others. It seems as if it is their very life force and if the writer does not write how "they" want or the story does not go how "they" want it to that the writer has then wronged them in some unfathomable way. As if the writer has gone out of her way to personally offend her readers. I'm sorry, but your not that special.
  I have heard many a writer explain that "I do not write the story, the story writes itself and I am just the vehicle in which to bring the story into fruition." It seems so true as I always start my story's with an idea and by the third chapter it has completely changed to something else. The names of the characters as well as their personalities "write themselves" as they say. They just flow out like they have always been a character, they were just waiting for me to put them on paper.
  I am not talking about honesty here. I am not talking about lying and giving a false review. I am talking about respect. You can give an honest review of a book that you hated and be respectful about it. 
  I get that you are emotionally attached to a book or characters in a book and that sometimes things happen that we don't like. I even understand getting upset and say throwing a book across the room. Believe me when I say that I have had my share of book throwing tantrums myself as you may have noticed in my review of "Blood and Chocolate" but to personally attack the writer and vow that you will never read anything else from this author again because "I didn't like what you did to..., even though I loved your books up until this point",  or going as far as to say that they are racist and completely attacking their character as a person. I just don't understand people who take things so personally. Again, I get the getting upset part. I am guilty of getting this emotionally attached but for goodness sake, don't publicly attack the author because you didn't like her book.
 Now if the writer has strongly come across as having some personal chatacter flaws such as being racist, or giving a message that is completely innapropriate then sure, rant away if you feel so inclined but keep in mind. This is their work, this is themselves they put out there for everyone to see, to read. It certianly made me think twice about writig or ever trying to publish my work. It makes me question myself. Would it really be worth it? To have such hate spat at me for writing a book?
 Oh and for God's sake, please stop comparing every YA book to "Twilight". Stephenie Meyer did not corner the market on broody boys or forbidden love. Books about a supernatural being who falls in love with a human girl because she is special and different from any other human that they have encountered, though these books may be silly and seem over the top at times and a bit overdone are not copies of "Twilight." 
 I mean The Dark Divine by Bree Despain a "Twilight" rip off? I mean who saw that coming? I certainly didn't.

Happy reading,

Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Lover Enshrined"

 This is a review for "Lover Enshrined" by J.R. Ward.

WARNING, this book is for mature readers only. I recommend this book for ages 18 and older.

 I had forgotten how much I love this series, the characters, and the world that J.R. Ward has created. I started these books months ago and when I got to "Lover Unbound" I was a little disappointed. I stopped reading about half way through the book and set it aside. Then today I picked it back up, finished it, then read "Lover Enshrined" and I was once again completely pulled into the story.
  We have followed Phury on his long and painful journey through the series and we finally get to read his story. It was one of my favorites, ( yes I say that about all of the books, lol) and not just because Phury finally gets his happy ending but because we get to see how much all the characters have grown and developed.
  This series isn't your typical romance, it's so much more than that. Miss Ward has brilliantly constructed a world and society of characters that will make you laugh, cry, love, and hate. Each book is like a puzzle piece put into place. As the books go on the bigger picture is revealed in the most well thought out series I have ever read.
  So much of the story is about all of the characters and not just the two main love interests, although their story is fully present. Some of the most beloved characters don't have their own book as of yet, ( well they have their own book, I just haven't read it yet) and I always love to see their development as the series goes on.
 I look forward to the remaining books in this series as well as J.R. Ward's next series, and I look forward to what the future holds for the Brothers.

Definitely a 5 star book.
Happy reading,

Friday, April 22, 2011

"The Forest of Hands and Teeth" Spoilers. If you don't want it ruined for you, don't read.

"The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan.

I am going to warn you again that this review will contain spoilers and ruin the end for you.

  I will start out with the only positive that this books holds for me. Carrie Ryan's writing is really beautiful. It's poetic, and holds a bit of magic in the way she tells the story. That said it almost makes it worse. How someone can write so beautifully about death and tragedy. Death isn't supposed to be beautiful and it caught me off guard several times in the story. I would get so caught up in how her words flowed together and then BAM dead baby, or BAM a beloved character would die. It made it that much more disturbing for me.
  I know that so many people loved this book. I know that people have been raving about this series for months, but I don't really get it. The book world must be full of people who love to ball their eye's out and feel unfulfilled by an ending.
  I don't recommend this book unless you like books where everyone dies accept the main character of course who has basically lost everything she has ever cared about accept the beach, she has the beach dang it, likes books with no real ending, and desires to spend the next few hours reading about death and no real hope of a future.
  Still interested in reading "The Forest Of Hands and Teeth"? Go for it but I will give you the one warning I wish someone had given me. DON'T GET ATTACHED TO ANYONE. Or you will be really sad when they die.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. Despite how I felt about this book personally, I am judging this based on Carry Ryan's writing and because the book was written well, I didn't feel right about giving this book a 1 star review.

Happy reading,

Books, books, books.

I got 31 books today. Wow, ya 31 books. So here goes,


"The Replacement" by  Brenna Yovanoff

"Twilight" The Directors Notebook

"Behemoth" by Scott Westerfeld

"Stargazer" by Claudia Gray

"What I saw and How I Lied" by blundell

"The book Of Luke" by Jenny O'connell

"Never Slow Dance With a Zombie" by E. Van Lowe

"The Possibility of Fireflies" by Dominique Paul

For the adult books I am just going to put the name of the book and who the author is. I'm not going to put the links up it would take forever.

"Kissing In Manhattan" by David Schickler
"Beyond the Darkness" by Alexandra Ivy
"Hidden" by Eve Kenin
"Kiss of a Dark Moon" by Sharie Kohler
"Heaven's Spite" By Lilith Saintcrow
"The Shattered Sylph" by L.J. McDonald
"Come the Night" by Susan Krinard
"Angel In a Red Dress" by Judith Ivory
"My Zombie Valentine" Anthology
"Wicked Nights" by Nina Bangs
"Born To Be Bad" by Sherrilyn Kenyon
"Touch of Seduction" by Rhyannon Byrd
"Real Vamps Don't Drink O-Neg" by Tawny Taylor
"Pleasure of a Dark Prince" by Kresley Cole
"Night After Night" by Kathryn Smith
"To Crave a Blood Moon" by Sharie Kohler
"Her Vampire Husband" by Michele Hauf
"Night Myst" by Yasmine Galenorn
"Irresistible" by Mary Balough
"Shadow Bound" by Erin Kellison
"Shadow of the Vampire" by Megan Hatfield
"Ecstasy" by Jaquelyn Frank
"Hard to Handle" by Lori Foster ( seriously, I don't know why I keep buying her books. They are a little to adult for me.)

Fwew, happy reading y'all

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Where I buy books

 I thought that I would mention all of the places that I get my books.

The Library:
My favorite place to buy books is the discarded library book room at my local library. Yes, you heard right. It's a whole room. So what if it's small and can only fit about 3 adults in there at a time. It's a whole room. I have found so many great YA books there. I have to deal with the library binding, but for 50 cents per book I am good with peeling stickers.

 I love this site. It is an online book swap site the member ship is free. You also don't have to swap with one specific person which I loved. You put all of the books that you don't want on your books shelf and when someone requests one of your books you mail it at your expense.  Then when they receive the book you get a credit to spend anywhere on the site. It's great. They also have paperbackswap marketplace. You can buy some really great books for really great prices. Some are a better price on Amazon, but I bought my hardback copy of "Paper Towns" by John Green there with shipping for $5.00

My local thrift stores are a great place to find books. The Goodwill is my favorite. Kids and Teen books are 78 cents, pocket book paperback's are 99 cents, bigger paper backs are 1.99 and hard covers are 2.99.

Half Price Books 
I love to buy at Half Price Books but don't ever try to trade in books. It is insulting. They only offered me 20% of the price that they would have sold the books for. I laughed at the guy when he told me his offer for my books. I'll never do that again.

Great place to buy hardcover books. They are usually half the price of the list price. They also have the Amazon Market Place. Shipping is always 3.99 but when the seller lists the book for under a dollar you can't really beat the price.

Occasionally I will find a good deal on Ebay. Most of the time the price for used books on ebay are the same if not more then the brand new price on Amazon though. I find this mostly with YA books. I did find my hardback copy of "Heist Society for under 5.00 shipped on Ebay, like I said, you will occasionally find a good deal.

That is pretty much where I find my books.
Happy reading,

Books this week


 I recieved a few books this week.

"Forgive My Fins" by Tera Lynn Childs

"Balefire" Cate Tiernan

"Heist Society" by Ally Carter

"Betrayal" by Lee Nichols

A classic,
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
 This was my all time favorite movie and since I have never read a classic I thought that I would start with this one. I even got the movie cover. It's so pretty.
This link is for the music book but since I couldn't find the book I would post this link. It is the same cover but instead of being the music book, it is the actual book.

Some adult books 

 "Just One Sip" An anthology by Katie MacALISTER, Jennifer Ashley, and Mina Webber

"The Warlord's Daughter" by Susan Grant

"My Immortal" by Erin McCARTHY

"Visions of Heat" by Nalini Singh

Happy reading,


Music? On a book blog?

 I try to keep my blog "all things book" related but I had to find a way to mention this very favorite new band I found. Their called "A Fine Frenzy" and they are amazing. The lead singer has this hauntingly sweet voice that made me want to cry a little when I first heard it. It's so beautiful.
  I was listening to it one day and thought "this song must be in a movie" and I immediately thought "Wicked Lovely" the book by Malissa Marr that is being turned into a movie. So there you go. It really is book related. Here is the link to my three favorite songs by them.



Are they not magical?


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Book mention - Ascension

 "Ascension" by Sable Grace

This book looks great. I am so excited to get to review this book.

Happy reading,

"A Brush of Darkness"

Review " A brush of darkness" by Allison Pang

This review is for an adult urban fantasy. I do not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18 due to the nature of content and explicit scenes.

  "A Brush of Darkness" is a great addition to the urban fantasy genre. It was full of great characters, my favorite being a certain miniature Unicorn who has a fetish for biting and woman's  unmentionables. This book mentions certain characters that we don't get to meet yet. That fact and how the book ended has left me hungry for the next installment.
  I thought that the world that Allison Pang created was both unique and magically dark. It had that something special that took this book from good to great.  I also loved the aspect of the ability's that our heroine had. Books like this is why I love this genre so much.

Happy reading,

Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Mention- The Night Circus

"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

Can you believe this cover? I would buy this book just for how beautiful the cover is but the synopsis looks incredible, like nothing I have ever read before. The release date is Sept. 13th and it is definitely at the top of my "to pre-order" list.


Book Mention- Distract my hunger

"Distract my Hunger" by X. Williamson

This book looks really good and the cover looks awesome. This book comes out Jan. 31st and is on my "to pre-order" list.


"amy and rogers epic detour"

 Book Review

  This book was really enjoyable. It had all of the things I look for in a good book. Great characters, a great adventure, and a good romance. All of the little details throughout the chapters like playlists, and little quirky side notes really added that something special. I loved the development of Amy throughout the story. This book had me emotionally involved from the beginning and I really felt for Amy through her struggles.
  I loved all of the side characters, even more then the main characters in fact. My favorite was a girl called Bronwyn. I really fell in love with her. She gives Amy a gift in both the metaphorical and physical sense that had me laughing and crying a the same time.
  I laughed, cried ( well bawled my eye's out is more like it) and smiled contentedly often. It was great and I highly recommend this book.

I gave "Amy and Rogers Epic Detour" 4 of 5 stars

Happy reading

"Blood and Chocolate" Spoiler alert

Book Review

I ordered this book after reading all the 5 star reviews that people posted on amazon. I am going to have to go against the majority here and say how disappointed I was in this book. We follow Vivian Gandillon through being a teen were wolf who falls in love with Aiden a "meat boy" as her pack mates call him. He is a boy from her new high school and she quickly falls for his easy going attitude and seemingly welcoming group of friends. The writer continuously assures us of Aiden's acceptance of things strange and unusual, even complaining about his parents, saying that they are close minded and how unfair it is.
 Vivian's struggle with the decision to either tell Aiden what she really is or not comes to an end when she decides to dive in full force and reveal herself in a romantic setting of candle light. This of course scares the holy hell out of him and he brutally rejects her. He breaks up with her and tells all of his friends that she was the one who wronged him and it turns them all against her. He also starts dating the one girl in the group that disliked Vivian because she really wanted Aiden herself.
  Now poor Vivian has lost the only friends she has ever really had, the boyfriend that she loved and trusted enough to reveal her deepest darkest secret, and her life is in shambles. There's really no point in continuing to go on with life right? In an attempt to commit suicide she lights herself on fire. Fire people! But wait, it's Gabriel to the rescue. You know, the alpha wolf who is portrayed as "not such a good guy" throughout the entire book? Ya, it turns out that he's not such a bad guy after all.
  A plot to kill Aiden by some of her wolf pack is revealed and Vivian runs off to the river to rescue him where he is waiting for her with a loaded gun to "set her free" from herself. Because it isn't bad enough that he rejected her in every way, turned everyone against her, and completely trampled on her heart, he has to kill her? I mean what the heck, really?
  I get that the writer was going for the "keep them guessing who the bad guys really are" kind of thing but I just feel like the writer lied to us. Most of the book promised that Aiden was a good boy, that he was accepting of paranormal things. All of his character points were a lie. He wasn't any of those things.
  The book left me angry and my heart confused. The writer made us fall in love with Aiden and the idea that the people who love us can accept anything about us because that's what love means.  Then BAM, the message received by the end of this book loud and clear was that the only way to be accepted was to be with your own kind. That love does not overcome predigest and adversity. That when put to the test, the person that claims to love you will screw you in the end because those who are not like you cannot accept who you are. What kind of message is that to the targeted age group for this book?

I gave this book 1 star out of 5.

Happy reading

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Also this week...

"the extraordinary Secrets of April May &  June" by Robin Benway

"Enchanted Ivy" by Sarah Beth Durst

Happy reading


It's here, it's here

 Wow, that was fast. I won a hardback signed copy of "Btrayal" by Lee Nichols and it arrived in less than a week. This is the second book in the Huanting Emma novels. I have put "Deception" at the top of my "Buy" list so that I can read the first one before this one, and did I mention that "Betrayal" was signed?

Here is a link to the first book "Deception"

Here is a link to the book that I won, "Betrayal"

Happy reading.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Sister's Red"

  Book trailer.

 Link to Amazon

   I own this book but the library had the audio book so I checked it out. First, I loved the voices they picked and I love that they chose different people not just one person for all of the characters. I really licked how Jackson Pierce wrote the sister's, who they were. I really liked them as characters.
  There were several places in the book (toward the end mostly) that I had to stop reading and take in the brilliance of Jackson's writing. These parts really amazed me.
  I will say that I knew the twist pretty quickly but it was still a fantastic read. I feel that this book really had that something extra to earn a 5 star rating.

Rating 5/5
Happy reading


Sunday, April 10, 2011

I am soooooooo excited.

  I am soooo excited. I WON A BOOK, squeeeee. I know, it doesn't take much does it, lol. Goodreads your awesome. There was one hardback signed copy, over 800 people entered and my name was picked. Yay,

Happy reading,

Friday, April 8, 2011

"My Blood Approves" book trailer. WATCH It

I loved this book. I thought this book trailer was really cute.


New books this week

Book Haul

I am so thrilled to finally get my copy of "The City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare. I love the Mortal instruments series (dreamy sigh) and am anxious to get started. I do however have to finish my current reads first, although I took a sneak peek at the first couple of pages.


Queen of Babble

Love Walked In

A bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

Drive me Crazy


I recieved,
"North of Beautiful"

"Jellicoe Road"


 A few library books

 Ya, so I already own these two books but I thought that it would be fun to get the audio books.

"Sisters Red"


It's really great so far, I really like how they used different voices throughout instead of the same one. I am about half way through and really love it.

"Infinite Days"


I will make sure to post my review of these books when I'm done listening to them.

I have a few exciting books on their way but you will just have to be held in suspence until they arrive.

Happy reading,

"Wither" by Lauren DeStefano

  Book review 

I will start with saying that I loved this book. It was so beautifully poetic that even in times of tragedy and loss I found myself wanting to hold it close, pet it, and tell it how pretty it was. This book is breathtaking from the insanely fantastic cover to the very last page. I found the writing to be captivating and the story easy to fall into. I was emotionally involved from the very first page and I feel like I got who the characters were.
I definitely recommend this book although I do have one small complaint. The ending seemed a tad anticlimactic for me. This in no way detracts from the story as this isn't really the end. I look forward to reading the next two books in this trilogy as well as any future writing of Miss DeStefano.

Happy reading,

"Anna and the French Kiss"

Book review,


Oh good heavens, this novel was amazing. I don't have adequate words to describe it. I read this book in one sitting, and even though at 1:31 AM my lips felt numb from reading out loud (as I do with really good books), my eye's were all crossy and unable to focus, and my brain felt detached from my body, I didn't want this book to end...ever. I actually thrust the book into my chest and hugged it giggling. And then I cried a little, and then I laughed again. Yes, it was very crazy personish and I was glad that no one in my house was awake to witness it.
Seriously, if you don't own this book yet, go buy it right now. I almost want to go purchase one... or three more copies for myself just to have them, that's how great this book is. My only complaint? "Anna and the French Kiss" is now my standard in which to compare all other books in the future. It will be hard to measure up to this book.

Happy reading,