Sunday, September 27, 2009

In My Mail Box!

In my mail box is a weekly meme hosted by the story siren where we get to talk about what books we have received each week.

This week I ordered 2 books from Chapters I was only going to get one then I found the second for only $5.99 so I definitely couldn't turn it down.

Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King

In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with "the dust of one hundred dogs," dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body-with her memories intact.

Now she's a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush. He's strong and silent and dead. All over the country,a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same-they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn't want them. Fitting in is hard enough when you don't have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you're not , it's close to impossible. The kids at Oakvale High don't want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear-for good. With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe has never run with the popular crowd. But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids. Not her best friend, Margi, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past. And especially not her neighbor,Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has just realized his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than just friendship. He would do anything for her, but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy? Generation Dead is a sharp, funny, and breathtakingly original novel from an exciting new talent.

Can't wait to read them. And some big releases are coming out next week so I have to save up for them!

REVIEW: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


After Grace was attacked by wolves she has spent years watching them. In particular the yellow-eyed wolf, her wolf. She feels deeply connected to this wolf for a reason she can't explain. Sam is the yellow-eyed wolf. He spends his winters watching Grace, the girl he loves, but for a short time during the year he is human but has never grown the courage to talk to her... until now. Grace and Sam are instantly connected and fall in love the only problem is that winter is upon them and Sam will have to return to being a wolf unless he can fight it and Grace can help.

I really enjoyed this book. It did seem to take me forever to read for some reason... normally a book as good as this I would have finished in a day not over a week. But I still found that I enjoyed this book. The characters are well defined and there relationship believable. I was really impressed with the way Maggie Stiefvater was able to describe how Sam was always fighting the cold but not having it be overpowering in the story. The story bounces between protagonist views from Grace to Sam pretty frequently but I really enjoy stories where you can get each characters view. This really helps you understand the whole story. Overall, I highly reccommend you read this.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

In my Mail Box!

In my mailbox is a Meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I only bought one book this week because I went on a tv series buying spree. I bought all 4 seasons of supernatural, the first season of dexter and the fourth season of charmed. So basically I had no money left to buy any books.

Elena Michaels is the world's only female werewolf- and she's tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her- her temper, her violence- but requires it. Worst of all, Elena realizes she's growing content with that life, with being that person. Overwhelmed by the new passions coursing through her body, Elena leaves the Pack and moves to the city to try living as a human. When the Pack leader calls to ask for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she'll be squared with the pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

I was walking through walmart and saw this book for like $7 so I thought I would see what it was like. I am a fan of Kelly Armstrong's other writing so I thought it might be good. My cover is different though it looks twilight inspired... black cover with blood splashed across it. Anyways, hopefully everyone got a better haul then I did.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

REVIEW: Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Katsa is a Graceling, one of a rare people in her land graced with special abilities and unique skills. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was a young girl. Since the King, her uncle discovered this skill he has employed her as his thug. She is forced to go about the land as a bully for the king. Rebelling against this forced servitude Katsa creates the council which acts against wrong doings in the land. On one trip to rescue a kidnapped old man, Katsa runs into Po another graced fighter. Po is searching for his grandfather and the two of them eventually set out to find the truth behind his kidnapping. She never expects the secrets that she discovers.

All I can say is WOW! I loved this book. I found it really unique, like nothing I had read before. Special land, interesting people, almost historical in feel though with different kingdoms and prince and princesses. There is just so much adventure in this book and the way Kristin Cashore describes it made me feel like I was there.

I would love to have a graced ability. Maybe not to kill, but some of the powers that these people have are amazing. I can't believe the imagination that Kristin Cashore has. Not to mention the lands in and of themselves like castles on mountains so high you need to climb ropes to get to them.

Best of all about this book is the romance. You see this coming from the beginning, but it is really a unique romance because they are both so independent. You really can't ask for more out of a book: mystery, action and romance, not to mention a kickass heroine. Katsa the protagonist is definitely the strongest woman I have ever read about... not just because of her grace. But she is still a woman because she is still vulnerable and cares for her friends, you'll notice she still manages to cry quite a bit.

Overall, this book was fantastic! It actually kind of flew past my radar when I first heard about it, but then I saw that Kristin Cashores next book Fire was coming out in October I decided I needed to read this before that one came out. Man was I happy I did. Pick up a copy of this book before Fire comes out because you can be sure you are going to want to read that one as well!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In My Mailbox!

In My Mail box is a meme hosted by the story siren that explores the contents of your mailbox each week.

This week in my mailbox I bought 3 books! With money that I definitely do not have although I finally found a full time job... still making no money though.

The Eternal Kiss edited by Trisha Telep
There’s an allure to vampire tales that have seduced readers for generations. From Bram Stoker to Stephanie Meyer and beyond, vampire stories are here to stay. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or for those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these stories have what readers want!

This collection of original tales comes from some of the hottest, most popular, and best-selling YA writers, including:
• Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tithe)
• Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty)
• Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Blood)
• Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)
• Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires)
• Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (Wicked)
• Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Queen of Cool)
• Kelley Armstrong (Women of Otherworld)
• Maria V. Snyder
• Sarah Rees Brennan
• Lili St. Crow
• Karen Mahoney
• Dina James

They will make everyone a sucker for eternal kisses.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I have heard great things about all of these books so I can't wait to read them!

REVIEW: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan


Mary lives in a secluded village in the forest of hands a teeth. This village is in a world ruled by the sisterhood a group of women with secrets who are thought to know what's best for their world. Mary dreams of leaving the village. The only problem is that there village is surrounded by the Unconsecrated, who are kept out by the fence that surrounds them. When no one speaks for her when she is of age to marry, Mary is forced to join the Sisterhood, where she learns things she never wanted to know about the sisterhood, the guardians and there power. When the fence is breached and the village is thrown into chaos Mary must make a decision to choose between the village and the possibility of a life and land beyond.

Throughout the entire book the creatures outslide the village are called the unconcecrated in actuality they are zombies. Even though this book is a zombie book it really didn't feel like one to me. It is hard to explain but Carrie Ryan has a way of describing the zombies that makes you almost feel for them and not think that they are vicious man eaters. I love post apocalyptic/distopic novels and this one was great. There is a little romance, a lot of action and twists that keep you reading through the night.

The one thing I did have a little issue with was that the romance between Mary and Travis seemed forced and never really developed at the beginning of the novel. It seemed like they just were instantly lovers even though they were not initially at the beginning of the book. Also the beginning of the book moved a little fast for me. How Mary progresses from normal life to all of a sudden being in the sisterhood.

The description of the village and the world that Mary lives in is great. It really gives you a feeling of what it would be like if you were living in a world full of danger but just looking past it. Like hearing the moans of the unconcecrated all day but just hearing it like a buzz in the background.

Overall, I think this was a good book and worth a read for something different. This book is really unique and Carrie Ryan certainly has a unique atypical imagination.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Vampire Diaries Verdict?

So What did you think of the show? I thought it stayed pretty true to the books so far. And my my Stefan is fine *fans self*. Not that Damen isn't. My mom like's Damen better but I think he is too pretty. So far I really like it , looks like it is going to eventually be like a paranormal gossip girl with a little more vampire action ha. Like it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Waiting on a Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Summary from Amazon:

So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal. Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul? Find out in the next spectacular installment in the House of Night Series, Tempted.

I am super excited for this. I was stoked for Vampire Academy but, now that I have read that, I need to read something while I am waiting for the next one to come out. Zoey is a really strong character who really needs to make up her mind about which man she is going to be with... I wonder who she will choose? Check it out release date is: Oct. 27, 2009.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

REVIEW: Beastly by Alex Flinn


Kyle Kingsbury is the guy everyone wants to be: popular, good looking, rich. But he is also spoiled rotten and has an overall beastly personality. He pushes a witch too far one day and is transformed into the beast he really is. Locked away in a huge brownstone house Kyle is lonely and depressed. The only way to break the spell however is to be kissed by his true love. Will Kyle be able to overcome his beastly attitude and fall in love and better yet have someone fall in love with him?

Beastly is a modern retellying of Beauty and the Beast. There were some things that I liked about it and some that kind of irked me a little bit. I liked the modern day sort of setting and the lesson that this book protrays; that beauty isn't everything. I also really like the short chatting sessions where Kyle finds other fairytale creatures to relate with.

There was one thing that bothered me though. I find that the protagonist Kyle is too young (14 at the start of the book) to be experiencing some of the things that the author is making him. I would certainly hope that normally at that age they wouldn't be getting the amount of "action" he was getting from the ladies. Although I am not a 14 year old boy so I wouldn't really know. I think that a lot of the things that go on in this book could all have been remedied if they started him at age 16 instead of 14. I guess they don't actually say the age but it is stated that he is in grade 9 and here in Canada that means 14 or I guess could be 15 if near the end of the year but still isn't that a little young *sorry about my rantings here, just kinda irked me*.

I really love modern retellings of fairytales and I enjoyed this one. There are just some things that bugged me a little about it and that in present day may not be totally realistic.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

REVIEW: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

*Spoilers for Hunger Games*
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark miraculously survive the Hunger Games. You would think that this would make Katniss happy. But nothing is the same when she goes home. Gail acts indifferent to her and Peeta is giving her the cold shoulder. And there is the overwhelming danger of rebellion in the districts which could have been caused by Katniss and Peeta angering the Capitol. The time comes for the Victory tour and Katniss and Peeta must prove to the districts and the capitol that they are in love or the consequences may be dire. Not to mention that this years Hunger Games falls on it 75th anniversary or the Quarter Quell and that could change all the rules to the games.

OMG. I got this book today in the mail FINALLY! And I just could not put it down. Every chapter seemed to have a little cliffhanger that made me keep reading. Suzanne Collins is an amazing writing and paints an amazingly clear picture of characters and their surroundings. Not to mention her creativity. When I thought I new what was going to happen I was continuously surprised with the outcome. I think I might have liked this book even better then Hunger games if that is possible. But there is kind of a major cliffhanger at the end unfortunately. It is going to be a long wait.

Without giving to much away: Who do you think Katniss should finally be with Peeta or Gail?

I'm on Team Peeta!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Waitng on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison

Release Date: October 6, 2009

Summary: British teenager Georgia Nicolson's humorous diary entries reveal the results as she finally chooses between potential boyfriends, but then becomes involved in a play with the one not chosen, further complicating her love life.

I have been waiting absolutely forever for this book. I am so excited for it to be released. Ever since the first book when Georgia managed to shave off her eyebrow with her fathers electric razor I have been hooked on the hilarity. If you haven't read and of the Georgia Nicolson's diaries you should definitely pick one up. But read it in a private place because you will definitely be caught laughing out loud.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stupid Chapters I want my books NOW!!!

Still haven't gotten Catching Fire because I decided to preorder... it was so much cheaper but now I am getting anxious. I find myself looking at the front door constantly imaging the delivery guy...hopefully they will be here tomorrow!

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REVIEW: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston


Kelley Winslow is a seventeen year old actress who is living her dream in New York City. That is of course, if her dream was being the understudy for a third tier stage company. When the lead actress breaks her ankle Kelley is promoted to playing the fairy queen Titania in the production of a Midsummer Night's Dream. She thinks this could be her lucky break. Kelley soon learns that Faeries are more then mythical, they are real and when she meets the handsome and mysterious Sonny Flannery, she finds out just how real they are.

Sonny is a guard of the Samhain Gate, the doorway between the mortal and Faerie's otherworld. The gates slowly open the 9 days up until Halloween, when the human world is exposed to an onslaught of destructive faerie creatures. Sonny is instantly drawn to Kelley as she appears like a firecracker to his senses. Sonny learns that Kelly is no mere mortal and with this secret they are plunged into a dangerous plot that Kelley must stop to save New York city and Faerie kind alike.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for like 4 months and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. I loved this book. I was never a huge fan of faerie books but I just found myself drawn into this one. I think because most Faerie books are unrealistic I can’t find a connection. Lesley Livingston writes a story with spellbinding writing and incredible plot and characters but it’s somehow still believable. Oh and might I mention she’s Canadian! *little squee*. The novel is just genuinely original.

I was intrigued by every character not just the main ones. Kelley is able to be vulnerable but strong at the same time. She is completely defensive to Sonny at the start laughing at him when he talks to her about Faeries and always going for the mace haha. And Sonny *fans herself* is just a strong adult character but still young and almost vulnerable too and able to kick some major angry faerie butt. Even the minor characters are intriguing and memorable.

This novel just kept me guessing. I was never really able to anticipate what was going to happen next. And best yet, there is barely a cliff-hanger at the end… enough to keep you guessing but not like Crap! Now I have to wait a year for the next one to come out. Not that I am not eagerly awaiting the release of Darklight to come out in Dec. 2009 because I am! Pick up a copy of this book if you haven’t read it already…. You gotsta!