Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Sweet Evil Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 1, 2012
ISBN13:  9780062085610
Format: paperback
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance, urban fantasy
Source: borrowed from library
Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whit was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaiden Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guest Post: Top Five Time Travel Books by Michelle Madow

Today I'm featuring the amazing author of the Transcend Time Saga on my blog, Michelle Madow! She'll be talking about her top five time travel books of all time! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Title: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
Expected Publication: October 16, 2012 
College student Bliss Edwards is sick of being the only virgin among her friends. She decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose her virginity quickly and simply— a one-night stand. Her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she chickens out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed. Already embarrassed, it only gets worse when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, and recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier. 
Strangely, what I like about the cover was actually the formatting of it. Though I'm not a huge fan of the title font, I love blocking it in the center and the two faces that look like they're mirroring each other. I haven't read any NA books yet, but I hope to do so sometime soon!

Review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Title: Social Suicide
Author: Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012 
ISBN13:  9780062003324
Format: paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, urban fiction, mystery
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 6.5/10

Twittercide: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the "Herbert Hoover High Homepage" would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went . . . a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into a me discovering the homecoming queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH's resident body finder, I'm stuck trying to prove that Sydney's death wasn't suicide.

I'm starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos . . .

Friday, September 21, 2012

On My Mind (1): New Adult, and Amazing writers, their deadlines, and sucky books

To my dear readers, you probably have absolutely no idea what on earth On My Mind is. In fact, I myself am not 100% sure yet, but I definitely hope that it's something that I can work out.

Memes, who doesn't love them? I know in a previous post I mentioned myself not doing memes for the meantime because they take up the bulk of my blog posts, and a ton of time. I'm not used to them. At that point, I had somewhere around six weekly meme posts as opposed to my once-a-week reviews. So I decided to stop and focus on my schoolwork and reviewing, which I'm not doing very consistently but hope to do more often.

Now I have a new idea.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn't fooling around. Doubting him isn't something I’ll do again, and now that we've made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Title: Unraveling
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Series: Unraveling #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 24, 2012
ISBN13:  9780062103734
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, apocalypse, sci-fi, urban fantasy, thriller
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 10/10

Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed--as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows--with every fiber of her being--that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something--but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened--the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life--points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets--and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Publisher: Greenwillow
Release Date: September 20, 2011
ISBN13:  9780062026484
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, fantasy
Source: borrowed from library

Rating: 9/10

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn't die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

School's starting - What's going to happen from September onwards

Yay school. Who's excited? Definitely not the better half of the teenage population.

As you know, I was gone for a while before this because of a private matter that I am not at the liberty to disclose and only posted one post in who knows how long. Only one. That's definitely not good for my track record. As a beginner blogger, shouldn't I be putting more effort into blogging, in order to earn my place in the blogging community?

Yes, I probably should. Except lately I've felt like blogging was more like just a chore, not something I love doing at all times. I genuinely love just writing posts about posts, but I've decided that I should cut back on one thing that gets me a ton of traffic. Memes. Don't get me wrong, I love the traffic, but right now I have more meme posts on the blog than reviews. Some of them just say things that you can find on Goodreads, meaning I didn't put my brain into it. Doing so many memes at the same time is taking up a lot of my time, and I feel pressured to churn them out as fast as I can, instead of writing book reviews.

So what's really gonna happen?

Well, since school's starting, I won't be able to uphold my commitment to weekly memes anymore, so instead of having a ton of my meme-ish posts to read, you might just get one or two in a while. At the same time, I'll focus on reviewing more books, because that's what I want the bulk of my blog to have. I can't make any promises for anything. I may get a few book reviews in a week, or have a review pop up once every two weeks or so. Doing less meme posts would definitely leave me more time, but school's another matter, so I'll just have to go with the flow.

Right now, the only one thing I can say I'm absolutely sure of is that I'll continue blogging. My sisters read, but I don't share with them my tastes, so reaching out to readers, whether you're a subscriber or strictly anonymous, no matter where you are, or the books that you read, is a perfect way to share with an audience that'd just stopping by to hear someone's take on a book. To my readers, you keep me going, and thank you.

Thank you so much for wanting to leave a comment! I read every single one of them, and respond to most of them!

I'm honoured that anyone would want to nominate me for an award, but I just don't have time for that anymore. This blog is award and tag free.