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Sharing is Caring, My Books this Week

It's been a long interesting week both with work and the book blogging community. I still want to share my books that I received with you this week but I'm just not posting my link to a specific meme. If you have new books that your sharing on your page please leave me a link in the comments, I would love to check them out.

I did buy a couple books this week but I think I'm going to share them next week instead. I do however want to share a couple books I received for review. We are going with the Fairy Tale theme this week;


The Fairytale Keeper by Andrea Cefalo



The Grimm Chronicles: Prince Charming Must Die by Isabella

I'm looking forward to getting into these books, I was quite the Fairy Tale junkie when I was younger so  I never shy away from a new twist on them.

So what did you get this week?

Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

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Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

This is a hard question for me because usually it's the opposite. I don't like a character in the beginning but they grow on me later on. Alison brought up a good one though that I agree with Gale from The Hunger Games. I felt like I expected so much more from him but his character really fell flat in the last book.

Review: Intangible by J. Meyers

Title: Intangible
Author: J. Meyers
Author Info: Website / Twitter / Facebook
Pub Date: January 31, 2012
Format: ebook (kindle)
Pages: 265
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Goodreads

"Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it"



I really enjoyed this story. I think J. Meyers did a wonderful job taking something that we see a lot of (vampires, fey, elves, etc.) and giving it a unique spin. I loved having twins as the main characters for the story. Sera and Luke were the story. I don’t think it would have mattered what they encountered I would have enjoyed it as long as they were in it. The plot was fast paced and action packed. There was never a dull moment or something going on that wasn’t pivotal to the story.
Sera is able to use healing powers and Luke has visions of the future. They keep their powers mostly due to previous bad experience with how people handle it. With the power to heal Sera is less subtle about using her gifts being that even a touch from her can calm your mind.
I really liked the twins. Sera is head strong and stubborn but she also has a heart of gold. If someone asks her to help them she will not turn them away. She also doesn’t think twice about helping a person in need, even if it could mean her doom. Luke on the other hand is more cautious and protective of Sera. He is thoughtful but is not going to do anything that would even have the inkling of putting his family life in danger. Luke is almost burdened with his gift, being able to see the future but not being able to stop it. I feel like it gives his character a maturity that we don’t see as much in Sera.
Jonas, Fey and Marc were some of the main side characters. Each one unique in their own way and each one dealing with their own set of issues. Fey is Sera and Luke’s best friend. Well Sera’s best friend, I think Luke has his eye on her in a different way. She is supportive and wise beyond her years….hmm. She helps to keep things in perspective for Luke and Sera, especially when Sera has a tendency to get herself into sticky situations. Jonas is the dark brooding handsome type. I liked him as I do all handsome brooding types but there was something a little different about him. He isn’t necessarily cold to anyone but he is also not out to make friends. He has a little more of a leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone type of attitude. Of course poor Jonas a book cannot be made out of that. Marc was okay. I wasn’t particularly fond of him but he did have a good relationship with Sera. They have a lustful relationship going on but not too lusty.
Hooray for a love story with a twist! I did not expect things to turn out the way they did but I’m glad that they did. It was different but I don’t want to give it away. It’s one of those things where you might be sad, or you might happy, or maybe just reflective.
I like the writing, the lure, the characters and the unique way it’s all put together in this book. Plus it has one of those alluring covers I love so much. Add it to your TBR list especially if you like paranormal fantasy book. I look forward to future installments of this book.
I've downloaded Intuition which is a bonus story but I haven't read it yet.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

 

Title: Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Author: a long list check out goodreads   
Pub Date: October 16, 2012 


"Nursery rhymes sung sweetly can take us back to childhood. But deep inside many of those childhood favorites is… a hint of something dark. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes imagines dark and sinister things amuck in Mother Goose-land. From familiar rhymes, to some of the more obscure, TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES is a must read for anyone who enjoyed Mother Goose rhymes as a child, but has come to love the darkest of tales."



I love when authors come together to compile short stories. It's so much fun to read and if there is an author you haven't read yet you get a taste of their writing style. Plus I love fractured fairy tales!!

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along just visit the page for details.


"She breathed it away, breathed away the fury. He was a friend, and loyal to the Council. She wouldn't speak what she thought. She would speak what Raffin had told her to speak."

Graceling, Kristin Cashore , p.140, paperback, goodreads






I don't know why I haven't read this book yet but I'm catching up on some of my TBR reads. I'm already really enjoying it.

Synopsis;
"Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone."

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi (website)
Series: Under the Never Sky #1
Pub Date: 1/3/2012
Pages: 374 (hardcover)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Indie / Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Goodreads


"Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky."



I absolutely loved this book and I think a big reason was the characters. Veronica Rossi does an amazing job writing from two different perspectives in Under the Never Sky. I never felt lost or confused as to which character it was. They were very individual. It also lets get to know the two main characters more intimately and it was THEIR story. When I attended a recent book signing with her she mentioned that her original intention was four books, each showcasing perspectives of different characters. I know she decided on three books instead but not sure how they will be written.
We have Aria the heroine. She is stubborn but also a little naive. She’s grown up in this protected environment and it’s the only thing she’s known. When she’s thrown out and forced into the Death Shop, even though she thinks she going to die, she’s also fueled by survival instinct. We see her go from this sheltered girl to someone strong and fierce. She makes her own decisions with confidence.
Perry the hero (and my new book boyfriend) is strong and confident. He's a little too confident where it makes him arrogant and immature. He is also a hot head and just as stubborn as Aria. He also has a soft heart which is easy to see with his interactions with his nephew.
What I love most is when the two of them come together. It’s a hate to love relationship which is my favorite kind. I don’t mind instant love but it was nice to see their relationship change and build as they spend time together. We also see the two of them mature and change for the better because of it. It had all the important aspects the….I definitely hate you….wait I might not hate you….oh no I might be the complete opposite of hating you.
There were terrific side characters too. Roar especially, he sometimes steals the show. I loved that you could tell how he is a true friend to Perry and isn’t afraid to point out the obvious. “Fall of your own roof Perry!"
This story is magic and I found myself completely wrapped up in their world. At the book signing Veronica mentioned that she got the idea from her kids excessive video game playing. Our world turning into a society where everything is virtual is believable, my two year old son can easily use a laptop, computer and cell phone. There is great world building, twist and of course a love story. I highly recommend reading it, if you haven't already.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren to showcase books you have recently acquired. Any can participate so check out her blog for more details


So I went to the Dark Days book signing. It actually used to be the Dark Days of Winter but that doesn't really make sense anymore since it's Spring so I think they dropped the Winter part.

The tour included Jill Hathaway, Dan Wells and Kim Derting. I actually already had my book signed by Kim Derting at RT but I had somehow missed Jill Hathaway or my mind told me that she would be at the Dark Days tour and I could wait until then. Which is more likely. I love hearing authors talk about their books, I could probably go to signings without getting anything signed. Which would seem a little strange but it's fascinating to me what was going on in their mind when they wrote something. All three were nice and down to Earth, I have yet to meet mean authors. Books, Authors, Readers...it's such a different world. I'm more of a people watcher then I am a talker so when I meet people I never know what to say.

Oh the other cool thing about the signing was that I got to see Fragments (Partials #2) book cover. It looks really good. It matches up with the first cover perfectly!


Partials by Dan Wells (signed)
Slide by Jill Hathaway (signed)

 
From Netgalley;


Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
House of Night #1 by



Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

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Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

This question makes me laugh a little because I have a co-work who loves to come up with questions like this. He usually wants a logical explanation as to why you would think one character wins out over the other. Well I'm not very good at it but I'll give it a try. I'm going to pick my two favorite book boys...Ash from The Iron Fey series and Perry from Under the Never Sky. I feel like it would be a really tough fight. Ash with his Winter Fey powers and Perry with his ability to smell tempers and see in the dark. Even though I think at first seems like Ash would have the upper hand, I think Perry would be able to easily dodge and do damage. So I'm going to say Perry.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that are highly anticipated.



Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pub Date: May 8, 2012

"The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?"


I'm not just waiting on the next installment of the Mortal Instruments series. I'm also extremely excited because Cassandra Clare will be in my town on the release date. I actually had bought book 4 of the Mortal Instruments and took a while to read it. I was afraid to have anything happen to Jace and Clary but I'm glad I finally picked it up. It felt like their was more to their story then those first 3 books. It's so hard to wait for any Cassandra Clare book.

Teaser Tuesday


aser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!


"Stubborness radiated from Darius as he folded his arms across his chest. "Her story will be confimed. Then we'll tell her."

A Temptation of Angels, Michelle Zink, page 42, hardcover

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Synopsis:

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.


Make sure to enter the Taken At Dusk Giveaway while you are here.

Oracle - Sunken Earth by C.W. Trisef

Title: Oracle - Sunken Earth
Author: C.W. Trisef
Series: Oracle #1
Pub Date: June 2011
Pages: 348 (paperback)
Indie / Amazon / Barnes and Noble

"Fall, current day, Atlantic Ocean. Another hurricane tears through the Bahamas, headed for Florida. Among the wreckage: a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat, one survivor (Ret Cooper), and a spherical object of curious design (the Oracle)

Ret Cooper is a simple young man with mysterious origins, unique physical features, and no memory of his past. His new family and friends discover he is truly extraordinary, with supernatural powers and strange scars on the palms of his hands. But what is his destiny?

The Oracle is the key to Earth's unity and full potential, too perfect to be man-made. Legend claims it can unleash limitless power when filled with Mother Nature's six, pure, original elements. But where are these elements? And which of our planet's ancient secrets will be explained in the process of locating them?"



I really enjoyed Oracle: Sunken Earth. I thought C.W. Trisef’s writing is smooth and intelligent. I couldn’t believe the mix of fact and fiction. There would be some crazy invention and then an explanation on how it worked! I had no idea if the logic behind it actually made sense but I would still nod my head and think oh that’s why that works. I thought it was clever and well thought out. I also liked the inclusion of the Bermuda Triangle in the book. Once again a perfect mix of fact and fiction, of course with the Bermuda Triangle I think anything goes. I felt the book had a good pace and that there was plenty of action to keep me interested and not too much to overdo it.
I like how the book starts. We witness a scene of events playing out and then are flashed forward 10 months. This is when we are officially introduced to Ret Cooper.  Ret has lost his memories previous to when he washed up on shore in Jaret Coopers rib (his namesake). He is an awkward boy, with pale skin, eyes that freak people out and strange scars on his hand. I found him to be an enjoyable character and I liked seeing the book from mostly his perspective. The thing I found to be most interesting about him is his lack of interest in his lost memories. It's not that he wouldn’t want to know where he came from but he’s not obsessed with it like you would probably see in other books. He seems to be guided more by his gut than anything else.
Ana, Ret’s adoptive sister, is feisty and funny and I like the bond that her and Ret have. They seem like true brother and sister even though they have only been that way for the past 10 months. I like the interactions between the two of them.
Paige is Ana’s best friend and spends a lot of time being googly over Ret. I don’t think her personality has completely surfaced yet but there are seven books to this series and I have a feeling we will get more of handle on her in later books. I liked that her love story with Ret is hinted at but not the instant kind.
Paige’s father, Ben Coy, is one of those characters that you love and hate. Sometimes he seems utterly annoying, sometimes he is hysterical and other times you can tell there is something below the surface with him. I liked the development of his character throughout the book and of course all of his crazy logical inventions.
There are definitely other characters that make the book and in a gutsy move we don’t get to see all of them forever. I like when books take a risk like that.
There is always a cast of villains and I found the ones in this book to be almost more background characters. They are introduced and interesting but they are not the main focus of the story. I think this book is more about establishing who Ret is, what his mission is and who the villains are. We do find out who the mastermind villain is that is pulling the strings and what for the most part his attentions are.  I did like the awkwardness of Quirk and Stone, there lack of being subtle was pretty funny.

It was a good read and I plan to continue the series. I like the cover and the simplicity of it, my two year old son pointed out the triangle to me over and over again. 

Manga Monday: MeruPuri

Manga Monday is a newer meme hosted by Alison Can Read.

Why do I like Manga/Manwha/Manhua so much. Well it's basically just YA books in picture form. Some popular YA books made into Manga are Twilight series and The Infernal Devices series. I believe both are done by Yen Press. 


Title: MeruPuri (The Marchen Prince)
Author: Matsuri Hino (website)
Type: Manga
Cat: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Status: 4 Volumes (complete)
American Publisher:  VIZ Media LLC
Volume 1 Summary;
"On the way to school one morning, Airi loses her mirror - one that had been passed down to her through generations - and suddenly finds herself in a bizarre situation. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect Aram, a little boy from a magical kingdom, to have emerged from the mirror in the short time it took her to track it down!"

Another one of my favorites. I love Matsuri Hino's drawing style. There is just something so flowy about it. She also is the author of Vampire Knight and Captive Hearts and even though I like those series this one is definitely my favorite of hers.

The main characters are Airi and Aram. Aram travels to Airi's world (our world) through a mirror that she has from her mother. Aram has had a spell placed on him by his older brother, the intention was to make him grow into an old man. The spell only half worked and instead when Aram is in complete darkness he turns into a boy Airi's age (there is actually only a 3 year age difference between them). The only way to turn him back his a kiss from her (his chosen maiden). Whe he is little Aram he can use magic, when he is big Aram he can not. This obviously causes some awkward situations not only in Airi's world but also in Aram's. When they travel back into the other realm they find out that Airi has more of a connection to it then they knew. Since it's only 4 volumes it's hard to write too much. I don't want to give the whole story away. Actually thinking about it for my feature today I went back a reread some of my favorite parts.



Barnes and Noble actually has there own Manga Monday where they feature titles for 50% off.


In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren to showcase books you have recently acquired. Any can participate so check out her blog for more details


So my mailbox pretty much exploded this week. Not only did I got to the Spring into the Future Tour, I also went to the RT Convention Book Fair. I guess it's one of the perks of living in such book loving great area. Of course I had quite a few friends go to the E2C2 convention that was in town too but I can only do so much. A few of these books I had and just got them signed. All of these books are autographed by the author. I also got some nifty swag. Mostly bookmarks, a cool Shatter Me necklace.

 



Spring into the Future Tour;

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Eve by Anna Carey

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand




RT Convention Book Fair;

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (She was also at E2C2)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Die For Me by Amy Plum

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Everneath by Brodi Ashton (she asked if I was Team Jack or Team Cole. I'm still as torn as I was when I read the book)

Beth Revis is pretty funny


 

Guest Blog Post & Giveaway: C. C. Hunter (Taken at Dusk)

I'm excited to have a guest post for you guys today from C.C. Hunter who has just released her third book in the Shadow Falls series Taken at Dusk.

Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers.  Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.
           Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever could have imagined.

Taken at Dusk by C. C. Hunter
April 10, 2012 by St. Martins Press
Indie / Amazon / B&N



Thirteen Things Learned From Taken at Dusk by CC Hunter

1.     The only thing worse than trying to help a woman with amnesia remember her name and life is trying to help a dead woman with amnesia remember hers.

2.     Be careful what you wish for—you might just get it . . . and the reality will probably not be anything like the fantasy.

3.     The person you think is your enemy could just turn into a friend who'll do anything to save you.

4.     The scariest thing in the world isn't ghosts or rogue vampires bent on murder—it's falling in love.

5.     Explaining why you have a skunk curled up in your arms to your mom and your old best friend is as easy as eating a brownie while brushing your teeth.

6.     We all make mistakes, which is why it's so important to practice forgiveness.

7.     The only thing worse than a pissed-off shape-shifter is a pissed-off shape-shifter in love.

8.     Sometimes the earth really does have to open up and swallow you whole before you can accept the truth that's right in front of you.

9.     Vampires have no sense of humor . . . especially when they get turned into a kangaroo.

10.  Free will gives us choices, but even making the right choices can't change destiny …and learning to accept that can be the most painful lesson of all.

11.  People aren’t always who they say they are, even if you really want them to be.

12.  Sometimes when you try to save someone, they end up saving you instead.

13.  Never get between a dragon and a warlock on the war path.


About the Author:
C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.
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Feature and Follow









Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me right now you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (right side).

Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?


A. I feel like I feel this way about all movies that come out that are from books. It's so hard to condense down a book into a movie. Even though I liked the Hunger Games movie I noticed all the things that they had left out but I understood they had to.


Also while your here check out the Taken at Dusk giveaway!

Embrace Blog Tour & Giveaway: Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Title: Embrace
Author: Cherie Colyer
Pub Date: Dec. 18, 2011
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Buy: Indie / B&N / Amazon

"How far would you go to save the people you love?

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound"



I found the characters very refreshing in this book. Madison is the typical teen with family and life problems. I found her to be easy to connect with and I enjoyed her loyalty to her best friend. She doesn’t seem to be only completely wrapped up in herself we see how she is desperate to help Kaylee. The other part that I loved about the characters is that Madison has an ex-boyfriend. Not just an ex but one she had for two years. As much as I love the innocence in the YA genre it’s nice to have a character with a little experience. So when she falls head over heels for a new guy she’s able to point out things like maybe it’s the newness of the relationship or how fast she fell. Plus I find it hard to believe that someone is going to date one person in their lifetime, do I want to believe that, of course I do. It’s just nice that instead of the guy bringing the past relationship to the table the lead girl is instead.
I loved Kaylee and Josh and the fact that they were more than just background characters. They had importance in the book besides just being Madison’s side kick. I liked that Kaylee was the one with the issue and Madison was dedicating herself to help her best friend. I also liked Josh and his love for his girlfriend and the fact that he doesn’t interfere with Kaylee and Madison’s friendship.
Oh Isaac the dark and mysterious guy that shows up. He has an air of arrogance about him that at first I wasn’t sure if I liked him. That seems to mellow out in the book, it’s not so much arrogance as he really is the one with all the information. He knows the most about what is going on. It’s nice to see his affection for Madison develop.
Kevin the ex showing up was another great character add. It makes Madison confront her feelings for Isaac since her and Kevin didn’t break up because they didn’t love each other. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
The plot is one of my favorite topics and a bit of mystery. So it was easy to like it. The villain was somewhat unexpected. I had a guess about it probably part way through the book but I wasn't positive, there were a few possibilities of who it could be. I don’t want to give too much away about it. I never felt there was a lag, the whole thing was very fast paced and when I would read I found myself not being able to stop. I really liked how things came about and how Madison discovers what is going on with Kaylee. It’s something that I would have done and tried if it meant helping my best friend. I would have thought that maybe I was a tad bit crazy but I would have done. Which is what makes me like this so much, things don’t just fall out of thin air you see how it develops. I also really like the explanation of what makes people bad and good. (It’s another one of those reviews I’m trying to be vague to not give too much away)

I really enjoyed the characters, I really enjoyed the plot and I have to admit I really like the cover. It wouldn’t mind seeing Madison’s adventures continue in more books.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that are highly anticipated.

Title: Masque of the Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Pub Date: April 24, 2012

"Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her"


There is just something about this cover. I can't help having it catch my eye, I'm not sure why. It's dark and eerie and almost kind of zombieish. Even though I know the book is not about zombies. It makes me want to read it and of course the synopsis is pretty intriguing.

Katniss Barbie Doll


Mattel wastes no time and has revealed the Katniss Barbie Doll. Yes you can buy this doll for yourself in August or even preorder it at Barbie Collector.

To be honest I like collecting things like this sometimes and the doll actually looks decent. I just found it funny that one of the articles I was reading actually said you can reenact the Hunger Games at home. Umm no.... I don't think I will thanks.

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!


Intangible by J. Meyers
"She shook her head, staring at the mingling of the white and purple shapes she was painting. It just couldn’t be. She didn’t want it to be. There had to be some other explanation."

Intangible, J. Meyers, (Kindle Locations 1047-1048). Kindle Edition.






Synopsis:
"Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it" ~goodreads

Manga Monday


Manga Monday is a newer meme hosted by Alison Can Read.

Why do I like Manga/Manwha/Manhua so much. Well it's basically just YA books in picture form. Some popular YA books made into Manga are Twilight series and The Infernal Devices series. I believe both are done by Yen Press. 

This is more like Manga afternoon since I was having some computer issues. So on to today's feature.

Orange Marmalade by Seok-woo
Country of Orgin: Korea
Type: Webtoon from Naver
Status: Ongoing
American Publisher: None
Fan Site: Webtoon Live

"The story of a female vampire trying to live a normal school life, but what will happen when she bites the school's most popular boy?"

 So we find ourselves in a world where Vampires and Humans co-exist but that doesn't mean happily. There is a lot of discrimination against Vampires even though they no longer drink from humans. They are more civilized now (kind of like True Blood) and get alternate ways. Baek Ma Ri is one of these vampires who has had to move around because her little brother doesn't quite get the concept of not biting people. All she wants to do is live a normal life. She hides the fact that she is a vampire and tries to be a loner at school to avoid people finding out her identity. Besides she figures if they did they wouldn't want to be friends with her anymore anyway. Jae Min is the popular boy at school that can not stand being touched by girls. There story begins when they are riding the same train and Ma Ri finds herself attracted to Jae Min's sweet smelling blood, without realizing what she is doing she bites his neck. After that Ma Ri tries to avoid Jae Min like the plague and Jae Min becomes oddly fascinated by the girl he thinks is crazy.

There is of course a whole cast of other characters. Ma Ri's friends, her crazy family, her Aunt and of course the girl who wants Jae Min. It's a fun read and the nice thing about web comics is that they are in color.


Barnes and Noble actually has there own Manga Monday where they feature titles for 50% off. There are a couple of titles that I like on there today.


In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren to showcase books you have recently acquired. Any can participate so check out her blog for more details.

So this week was the typical I went to Sams Club for something and bought a book.

Gravemind by Melissa Marr

Honestly I picked it up because it's by Melissa Marr and I haven't read it yet.

I also received an Ebook;


Any Love but Mine by Debbie Davis

This has some Greek mythology mixed in to it, which I'm a fan of.

Feature & Follow

I'm a little delayed with my feature and follow because we had breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me right now you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (right side).

Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I haven't ever specifically gone out of my way to buy a book with a bad review. It doesn't stop me from buying one though. I actually sometimes like to read bad reviews while I'm reading a book so I can see if I see what the reviewer is seeing. Guess what, most of the time I disagree but it's still kind of fun to compare.

Oh Alice....

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that into Zombies. I think it comes from playing Resident Evil in the dark when I was a kid and being totally freaked out by it. When I saw this cover reveal I knew that I'm not going to be able to resist reading this book.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that are highly anticipated.

Title: Enchanted
Author: Alethea Kontis
Pub Date: May 8, 2012
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"It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?"


I'm intrigued by this since I loved The Frog Prince by the Grimm Brothers when I was a little girl. Of course that was a short story and there have been many different versions since then. I like how as a frog they are friends and she loves him but when he turns back into a Prince she is not interested in him. Sounds like a fun story.

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Topic: Top Ten Books you read in one day

It's rare for me to be able to read a book in one day anymore but this is the top ten that definitely came close. I didn't put them on here but Harry Potter are definitely all books that I read to close in one day. Even the beyond long ones.

The Night Circus by