Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up!


Hello all!
Welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up!
With this post, I participate in the following meme's.



Here are the posts from this week.



I received this book from Netgalley a while ago,
but never featured it here.

by Josephine Angelini
Trial By Fire Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel BeautyTitle: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Published: Jan 28, 2014
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Format: Hardcover; 342pg
Source: Books and Iced Coffee!
ISBN: 0062224735
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.


This book was so beautiful! I had read some negative reviews, so had almost decided to skip over it. Thankfully, Elyssa from Books and Iced Coffee, recommended it and even sent me a copy! If she wouldn't have done that, I probably would have never read this wonderful book. So, THANK YOU Elyssa!
Nyx has been raised to avenge her mother's death by killing the Gentle Lord. The Gentle Lord just happens to be a Demon that reigns over all of her homeland, Arcadia. Her mission is simple. Nyx is to destroy the Gentle Lord and free Arcadia. Her father has raised her to go to her doom willingly, since she is to die along with the Gentle Lord. However, Nyx is not one to do as told and soons find her heart is not set upon killing anymore...

Ah Nyx. This character was amazing! She had so much fight and sassiness in her that I absolutely adored. Nyx also has a gentle side, but with the constant guilt she carries, it often gets pushed down. To see her open up and accept love she has never known was just... breath-taking. The characters of Ignifex, the Gentle Lord, and Shade, his shadow, were such a puzzle. But, it was so much fun putting that puzzle together!

I thought the writing and story were flawless. Cruel Beauty was fast paced and it held my attention constantly. I could not wait to get back to reading this book whenever I had to put it down. I loved the mythology that was woven throughout the novel and it added a whole other dimension to this novel.

Overall, this was everything you could want in a book! I'm serious and I highly recommend Cruel Beauty!

5 stars to Cruel Beauty!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Blogger Hop #30: Follow many or few?


Hello all!
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
a weekly meme hosted by


Question:
Do you follow a lot of blogs but rarely read them 
or do you follow a few you read regularly?

Answer:
I follow a ton of blogs, but hardly have the time
to read them all. This makes me sad. 
I try to concentrate on the ones I receive updates
through email for but am behind on those as well!
I am a bad blogger. LoL


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Think Out Loud #102: Panem Forever...


Hello all!
Welcome to my weekly meme,
This meme is basically here to give us an excuse
to do something new and fun on our blogs!


This is kinda cool...
in preparation for Mockingjay,
the Capitol of Panem
 has released "propaganda" photos.

I originally found these HERE.
However, HERE is what appears to be the original site!

There is also a new video from 
President Snow.



I am so excited for Mockingjay!
I seriously need to re-read before the movie comes out.





Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up!


Hello all!
Welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up!
With this post, I participate in the following memes.



Here are my posts from this week!



This is the latest Netgalley book I was approved for!


The Young World After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Review: Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

PandemoniumTitle: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: Feb 28, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Ebook; 329pg
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 006197806X
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.



Wow! This book was so good. Pandemonium is another brilliant novel from Lauren Oliver. I thought Delirium was amazing, but Pandemonium even topped that!

At the beginning of Pandemonium, we are introduced to the Lena of "now". Lena has gone undercover, living among the Cured as one of them. She is in the DFA, a movement that promotes the Cure. The poster child of the DFA is Julian Fineman, son of a prominent government official. Julian has been petitioning to get his procedure done, even though it will most likely kill him. This makes him the perfect example for the brainwashed citizens.

I loved the way the Chapters were split between "now" and "then" and the way Oliver delicately wove them together to tell a beautiful story. I also just love the character of Lena. She is so strong and I can't wait to see what she does next in Requiem. The ending is a bombshell and was absolutely perfect. It was also interesting to learn more about Raven and Tack. I really liked how the new character of Julian was introduced and really grew to like the guy!

Overall, Pandemonium was a fantastic read that gripped my attention and really had me empathizing with the characters. So far, I am loving this series...fingers crossed the final book is as good as the first two.

5 stars to Pandemonium!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Blogger Hop #29: Real or E-book?


Hello all!
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
a weekly meme hosted by


Question:
Do you prefer Nook, Kindle, other reader or paper book?

Answer:
I love my "real" books!
I try to always get hardcovers of my fave books.
I have found though,
I am getting more and more books for my Kindle.
I also absolutely adore my Kindle! 
The reason I prefer Kindle to Nook is that
there are many more books available.
Another reason for loving my Kindle is
I can read in the dark!! lol
But, I still love my real books.







Thursday, June 19, 2014

Think Out Loud #101: Mugshots


Hello all!
Welcome to my weekly meme,
It is a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!


This week I found the coolest thing!
Mugshots of some of the female characters
from our favorite stories!

Here is the write up that went along with this pics.
HERE is the original website!
HERE is the link to the artist's DeviantArt page!

 Show us one person who can't recite the story of Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White or Goldilocks by heart, and we'll show you a baby just born into this world. Because we all grew up learning of the dangerous scenarios these heroines had to endure -- from a wolf dressed as grandma to tumbling down holes deep enough for rabbits and finding unlikely roommates in three bears and seven dwarfs, these stories all paint a very pretty picture of girls lost and found. But what if our four princesses weren't so innocent?

Artist Marilen Adrover imagined just that, re-thinking the folklore as crime stories. Alice's hazy trips, Red's violent attempt at survival, Snow's seductress ways and Goldilocks' "misplaced" keys. How badass do they look now, eh?

Alice In Wonderland

Red Riding Hood

Goldilocks

Snow White


Weren't these just fantastic!
What a brilliant artist with a great imagination!









Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #49: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday,
a weekly meme hosted by


All my life, I had hated the Gentle Lord, but only in the way that one hates plague or fire. He was a monster who had destroyed my life, who oppressed my entire world, but he was still only a story. Now I had seen him, dined with him, kissed him. I had watched him kill. I had a name for him, even it was not true.


This Teaser is from

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel BeautyGraceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review: Shattered Sky (Star Shards Chronicles #3) by Neal Shusterman

Book Title: Shattered Sky (Star Shards Chronicles #3)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Hardcover; 544pg
Source: Library
ISBN: 1442451173

Synopsis:

In this conclusion to The Star Shards Chronicles, powerful and terrifying invaders have arrived from a parallel dimension, and only the Star Shards can prevent the destruction of the human race.

Six children were conceived at the exact moment that the star Mentaras-H went supernova, and the explosion transformed their souls into living star fragments. Now the Star Shards face the ultimate battle and the true purpose of their gifts be revealed, for it is no accident they have these powers. Once despised for their deformities the Star Shards are now worshiped and feared as gods. Their power is unlimited, as is the temptation to abuse it. But a new and terrifying force has torn a wound in the universe, infecting it like a deadly, intelligent virus. Only one power exists that could conceivably prevent the extermination of the human race: the Star Shards. But only if they can put aside their titanic egos and join forces one final time.

Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman and talent for depicting superhuman characters with human strengths and weaknesses lends depth and immediacy to a tale of cosmic proportions in this stunning conclusion to a visionary trilogy.


Shattered Sky left me confused and irritated. It was too long and the plot was all over the place. I understand how it tied in together for the ending, but it made this book a chore to read. I was severely disappointed in this final installment of the Star Shards trilogy and that makes me sad. I thought the other books were so awesome and this just really let me down.

The character of Lourdes was the one I had recently most empathized with, but in Shattered Sky she went to the bad side big time. The other characters besides Winston and Dillon really didn't get much love in this book either.

Overall, Shattered Sky was lacking in character development and had a plot that was stretched thin. Maybe I just didn't agree with the direction Shusterman went, but I know I didn't like this book.

2 stars to Shattered Sky.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Blogger Hop #28: Blog Personality?


Hello all!
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
a weekly meme hosted by
Just answer the weekly question. So easy and fun!


Question:
Do you think your blog reflects your personality?
Does it show organization, a care-free style or some other trait?

Answer:
I really do think my blog reflects my personality.
Bright, fun and a little loud! LoL
I am somewhat organized in life but I really try
to keep my blog maintained and looking good.
I think more of my personality comes through
with reviews and my weekly meme, Think Out Loud.
Oh and Think Out Loud just turned 100 
and there is a GIVEAWAY going on right now to celebrate!
Woo hoo!







May WrapUp!


Hello all!
Welcome to my May WrapUp!
In May, I read four books!


[Click image to go to Goodreads page]

May Reviews


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