Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Giveaway!

Happy Halloween, my wonderful bloggish friends! In celebration of this sweet, sweet holiday, I'm going to have a giveaway. Today, I'm giving away YOUR CHOICE of a paranormal book. Yeah. You get to choose if you win. But, if you want my insight as to what you should pick, here are a few I think are awesome that you would be smart to pick:
The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I (The Secret Circle, #1-2)  Dark Visions (Dark Visions, #1-3)  Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)  Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)  Obsidian (Lux, #1)  Onyx (Lux, #2)  Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)
All of those are books that I've read and loved. I would be more than happy to give any of those to someone, but they are only suggestions. If you win and you want something else, just make sure it's paranormal and all is well. And yes, I am a L.J. Smith fan. And a HUGE JLA fan. So much awesomeness there. Have you read any of these books? Do you love them, too?
-US only. Sorry, international peeps. I do international giveaways as much as I can, but sadly, they cannot all be so.
-There will be one winner who gets to pick a paranormal book.
-My giveaway policy DOES apply, so make sure you've made yourself familiar with it before you enter!
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Happy Halloween!

Waiting on Wednesday! (14) ♥ The Rules by Stacey Kade

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we tell y'all about the books we cannot wait to get our hands on!
The Rules by Stacey Kade
Expected Publication: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Series: Project Paper Doll #1
Description from Goodreads:

The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Why I cannot wait for this book: Read that description. Does it or does it not sound like something I would just LOVE?!! Sorry to be sucha  girl, but...rule #5...that's the one that gets me the most. And, there's a boy names Zane. The name Zane always seems to get to me. I have no idea why, but it does. This book looks like it's going to be a blast to read, and I can't wait to get my hands on it! AND, I read The Ghost and the Goth trilogy, and Stacey Kade is awesome. That is all.
What are you waiting on this week? Anything I'd spaz over?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Teaser Tuesday! (18) ♥ Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Do you want to participate in Teaser Tuesdays? It's simple and hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. All you have to do is:
-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
-BE CAREFUL NOT T INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
-Share the title & author, too, so that the other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Description from Goodreads:

Touching the SurfaceExperience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

Teaser: "I couldn't help it; I gave him an exasperated shove. I didn't intend for him to lose his balance. His arms flew round and around like twin waterwheels, trying to keep himself perched on the mossy rock." ~pg 187
This book is seriously amazeballs so far! So, what are you teasing us with this week? Leave links so I can check it out!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Land of the Noonday Sun by Carmen DeSousa

Land of the Noonday Sun

Land of the Noonday Sun by Carmen DeSousa
Format: Paperback
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing and Books LLC
Source: Author

Description from Goodreads:
When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.

Cassandra is the beautiful, yet analytical daughter of a wealthy attorney. Destined to follow in her father’s footsteps, her life of privilege suddenly shatters, and she finds herself with no home, career, or money. A glimmer of hope arrives in a letter from the grave promising a happier existence. Cassandra stands to inherit over half a million dollars if she can live in the sleepy little town of Nantahala for six months. Falling in love, however, was not part of the deal, and without warning, she finds herself fighting for two lives.

A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?

Carmen DeSousa has officially been added to my list of authors I will read anything by If her name's on it, I want to read it. Land of the Noonday Sun was that great.

Right of the bat, this book begins with a very intriguing scenario, and then continues into more events that just suck you in. Then, we start getting attached to the characters and drawn into the mystery until we have no choice but to read read read to get to the ending. Needless to say, in this book, there was rarely a dull moment.

Character Rundown:
Cassandra: Cassie is a nice protag. She's serious, yet passionate, and a very real character that can most definitely be related to by a reader. I liked her. She made the best of what she had, though she was cautious, for good reasons.

Chad: I liked Cassie, but I LOVED Chad. I enjoyed reading from his point of view the most. Carmen DeSousa gave us yet another southern gentleman that I couldn't help but love. While Chad was a super amazing southern gentleman, he ws by no means perfect. He said not-the-best things. He did not-the-best things. But he made up for all of it a hundred times over. This guy is seriously amazing.

Other Characters: Tom--I like Tom. A lot. That guy...he's a good guy. Michelle--that girl is all kinds of crazy. Sorry, but it's true. Brandy--there's more to her than meets the eye, and that was ocol to find out.

The plot. The plot was fast-paced and utterly captivating. Not something I got bored while reading, that's for sure.

The sweetness. I already mentioned that Chad is a southern gentleman. Which means that there was of course an abundence of sweet, tummy-tingling moments. Cassie and Chad's relationship may not have been perfect, but it was beautiful.

The ending. These characters got the wonderful ending they deserve. Plus, it wasn't an ending that made me want to slap people! Yay!

Overall, if you thought She Belongs to Me was good, you'll be blown away by Land of the Noonday Sun. And if you haven't read either of it.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

What I Got! (15)

What I Got is a weekly meme hosted by Monica over at Cover Analysis :) where we tell y'all about the wonderful brag-worthy bookish things we got this week!
Tilt  Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins: I am an Ellen Hopkins fan. Her books are so beautiful. So I had to grab this.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Yes, I have already read this book. But I have a need to reread this. IT'S JUST. THAT. AMAZING.
Valkyrie Rising
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson: I won this in a Twitter giveaway from Tera Lynn Childs. I just got it in the mail yesterday, and I spazzed. I cannot wait to start this book. Yesterday was a very spazzy day for me... :) Thank you, Tera!
Secrets by Tim Mettey: I got this ARC in the mail on...Monday? I'm probably going to sit down and read it next weekend. Thank you to Katie for sending me this!
Centaur Legacy (Touched #2)
Centaur Legacy by Nancy Straight: I can't remember whether or not I included this last week. Either way, I got this, and I'm currently reading it. So far, it's pretty good. Nancy Straight is a super friendly author and I'm so glad she sent me this book to read. Thank you, Nancy!
All right, that's what I got this week. What's you get?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday! (13) ♥ Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we tell y'all about the books we cannot wait to get our hands on!

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Expected Publication: March 1, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Description from Goodreads:  
Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Read an excerpt here.

Why I seriously CANNOT wait for this book: I adore Miranda Kenneally. Seriously, I do. Both of her books so far have been amazing and I am so excited to read her next book. Plus, she said that Matt, the guy in this one, is hotter than both Sam AND Will. If that's even possible. Alas, she said it is so, so I shall be the judge of this. AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS.

What are you waiting on? Anything epic?


Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)

Switched by Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback, 318 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Trylle Trilogy #1
Source: Library

Description from Goodreads:
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

For the most part, I have heard nothing but raving about Amanda Hocking, especially her Trylle trilogy. And we all know that when I hear good things about books, I have to poke my head in and see what all the talk is about. And I mst say, I completely understand now.

Switched was a really good book. It was by no means perfect, but it was definitely entertaining. I loved the premise and most of the characters were wonderful and I completely enjoyed reading this book. I will admit, I was skeptical in the beginning, but after a little bit, I really got into the story.

Character Rundown:
Wendy: I have a love/dislike relationship with Wendy. I don't like the fact that she acts like a little brat sometimes. That really irritates me. But I do like how friendly she is when she's given the chance. Especially with Rhys. Because Rhys is the sweetheart of this book, and I adore that boy.

Finn: Ah, Finn. Finn was...not as awesome as I'd hoped. I mean, he was an alright character, and I liked his scenes with Wendy for the most part, but he wasn't that interesting most of the time. We do learn a little about him, so he's not a horrible character or anything. He's just not as great as I'd hoped he would be.

Rhys: As I said, this boy is a sweetheart. THIS is the boy I like in this book. He's caring and funny, and cute, and pure awesome.

Other characters: Elora...meh. And Matt, I loved Matt. Great big brother, right there. Tove--I liked Tove. He's totally a guy I'd be buds with. And that is all.

Lurve. Yeah, this story has the kind of love that I have to say as "lurve." I do not see how the feelings grew at all. Wendy literally just decided "oh, well, Finn's not that bad...and he's attractive..." and then BOOM. She loved him. And Finn already cared before that. Insta-love. And not the fun kind. Wendy and Finn had some sweet moments, but their relationship was not one of my favorites.

The plot. Other than that small insta-love issue, the rest of the story was great. I was amused, and the time spent reading this book just flew by, once I got into it. The beginning was interesting, but I was waiting to see when something would actually HAPPEN and be important. And then something greatly entertaining happened, and the story picked up and I was in.

The ending. Hello, cliffhanger. The next book is needed. Like, now. Because something happened. I liked the ending, though. I'm insanely surious to see what comes next.

Overall, this book is by no means perfect, but it is definitely very good. You should give it a go, for sure.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

What I Got! (14)

What I Got is a weekly meme hosted by Monica over at Cover Analysis :) where we tell y'all about the wonderful brag-worthy bookish things we got this week!
Every Other Day  Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) For Darkness Shows the Stars
Clarity (Clarity, #1)Perception (Clarity, #2)
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I met her at ATBF, and I've already read the first Raised by Wolves book, so I want to read this one.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: This is just a book I've been meaning to read. So now I will.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: This book looks good, and I've heard great things!
Clarity and Perception by Kim Harrington: So, I saw these and remembered that Jennifer L. Armentrout was saying good things about them. So if she says good things, I HAVE to check it out. :)
Blood Debt ReflectionSaving You, Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy, #1)
Blood Debt by Nancy Straight: My tour stop is November 24, and I JUST finished this book...I can't wait to give y'all the review, and character interview!
Reflection by Jessica Roberts: My stop is November 5!
Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow: I am slowly but surely turning into a serious KailinGow fan. I cannot wait to read this one! My stop is November 26 :)
Rift (Nightshade Prequel, #1)
Rift by Andrea Cremer: My friend Danelle is awesome and letting me borrow this. She's also the one I borrowed the Nightsshade trilogy from, so... I'm hoping to goodness this trilogy will not make me as furious as the last one. Fingers crossed, yes? Nevertheless, I'm excited about this.
Touching the Surface
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini: This just showed up in my mailbox. Seriously. That was a first for me, and I am so happy about it. I legit CANNOT wait to start this book. *squee!*
So, that's all the wonderful bookishness I got this week. What did you get?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker (Catching Jordan, #2)

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Companion to: Catching Jordan
Source: Won in a Twitter giveaway from Miranda! Thank you!

Description from Goodreads:
Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.

I have been excited about Stealing Parker for a while. I positively adored Catching Jordan and was looking forward to more amazing stories like it from Miranda Kenneally. So I was pretty much doing a happy dance throughout this whole thing, because Miranda certainly did not disappoint.

This story is about Parker, just like the last one was about Jordan, if not more so. Not only is it about Parker's relationships, but it's about Parker growing and becaoming comfortable with herself and what she wants. I loved and fully support that lesson throughout this book--that everyone should be comfortable with who they are because it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, so long as you yourself are happy.

Character Rundown:
Parker: Parker is a good girl. She does some not-great things, but she's just a little confused. She grew a lot in this book. It was wonderful to see her shift from someone who lacks REAL self confidence to someone who accepts herself, fully, and her family, too. She started off lost, but by the end she was on the right track, and that's what counts.

Brian Hoffman: I cannot call this guy simply "Brian." It's always going to be "Brian Hoffman." That's just how it is. I don't feel very many good things for this man. He pretty much used Parker, and she was too lost to see it. Yes, he had some sweet moments that made me smile, but when everything is considered all together, I just think he's kind of a creep. I'm not really a fan of the whole teacher/student relationship thing. Even if it's a really young teacher, like Mr. Brian Hoffman over here. There is only one guy who can get away with this for me, and his name is Dimitri. He's Russian, a fighting god, and never fails to make me smile. So there ya go.

Drew: Drew's a sweetheart! He actually reminded me of someone I know, so that was great. Friends like him are hard to come by and I was glad Parker had him. Such a great boy!

Corndog: Or Will, if you prefer. I was in love with him since the moment we met him. He's a nice, solid guy. He knows what he wants and can be serious about it, but he has fun, too. And he's a TEENAGER. Perfect. As far as Stealing Parker goes, Will is the boy that officially has MY heart.

The sweetness. I've already mentioned this, but there are countless sweet moments, coming from all directions. I honestly didn't know what Parker would decide to do concerning this, and that was fun. I know who I was rooting for, but...I didn't ever get a guarantee who she'd choose until the end. Still--this book is incredibly sweet. I smiled so much.

The plot. As I said, this book was not all predictable. Some particular events I honestly did not expect AT ALL. And by this, I am pointing a finger at Ryan (Parker's brother). But I liked him, so all is well now. There is great growth, and a fantastic message within this story, and I wouldn't change any of it for the world.

The ending. If you've read Catching Jordan, you'll understand me when I say that the ending was kind of like that, just a different scenerio and characters. The ending was nice, though I am curious what happened next. Then again, it's like that for all the books I read, so that's not much of a complaint. The important thing here is that I didn't want to slap anybody over this ending.

Overall, I strongly suggest you go read a book by Miranda Kenneally--whether it be Catching Jordan or Stealing Parker, it does not matter. You will not regret it!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Discussion: Dante Walker♥

My very first discussion post! This is kind of a big deal for me. We all know what discussion posts are, so I'm just going to jump in, yes?
I know exactly what y'all are thinking right now. "She wants to have a discussion about Dante Walker? Pfft." And my answer to that is: YES. Goodness, yes. For a few reasons:
1. I was lucky enough to be picked as a family member in the VMafia (henceforth, there's been somewhat a Dante explosion in everything that is ME--Twitter, blog, facebook, etc.) and I am seriously pumped about this. Seriously, seriously pumped. So I've been in the mood to gush about Dante because of this.
2. Um, this book looks just plain amazing.
and 4. Victoria Freaking Scott is just plain amazing.
So we're going to talk about them. Or, I am, and then I kind of hope you say something in response. I've never done a discussion on the blog before, with me here, peeps.
First of all, do you know who Dante Walker is? If your answer was no, we're fixing that huge issue right now:
The Collector by Victoria Scott

The CollectorHe makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

If you're having a total deja vu moment, that would be because this book has recently been featured in my WoW. Just so you know.

So. Dante Walker. He has a website you can see by clicking HERE. It's absolutely entertaining. Dante's a cool guy. And you might want to check out Victoria Scott's website, too, because she's a cool chick. Click HERE for her website.

All right. Now that all the formalities are out of the way, let's talk Dante. He's kind of epic, right? This book is my most anticipated of 2013 right now, and I legit CANNOT wait for this book to come out. I just may explode before it releases. Which would be sad, because then I'd never get to meet Dante.

Other than being TOTALLY HOT, Dante is also awesome. And by "awesome," I mean he is the best at what he does. Which tends to add to his ego. Which'll make him loads of fun to read about. Hot, confident, and amazing. That's Dante for ya.

Fun fact: his favorite color? Red. Why is this a fun fact? BECAUSE RED'S MY FAVORITE COLOR, TOO. Yeah. He and I already have something in common. That's so cool. ;)

Daemon Black. We all know who he is, right? If you don't...oh, dear. I have no response. He's only my MOST FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER EVER. Yeah. It's kind of serious. Dante kind of reminds me of him. I must say, I never imagined Daemon having competition for my #1 boy, but...I don't know. Dante may be competition. I mean, look how much I love him already? Then again, I DID love Daemon before I technically met him, too. So you never know. My point here is: Daamon is still my #1, but Dante is a VERY close second. Just so you know. Which, in case you read my review of The Golden Lily on Monday, does push Adrian back to #3. But that's okay, because I love them all. A lot.

So, this post is pretty much just a bunch of gushing about how awesome/cool/amazing/EPIC Dante Walker is. And how excited I am for The Collector to come out. And that's okay. Because some things deserve to be gushed over.

Now, please feel free to gush all you want in the comments and whatnot. I'm always up for an attractive-book-boy conversation. Those are some of the best conversations ever, right? So let it out, because Dante's totally worth it.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

A Want So Wicked (A Need So Beautiful, #2)

A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: A Need So Beautiful #2
Source: Library

Description from Goodreads:
Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

So, this is the sequel to A Need So Beautiful, which I read and know...recently. The ending to THAT book was somewhat cliff-hanger-y, so I picked up this book as soon as I could after that. And, um. THIS BOOK WAS SO GREAT.

This time, instead of Charlotte, we have Elise. This can throw you off, but this IS a sequel to A Need So Beautiful, not a companion. I've had people ask me this. Trust me, this one definitely comes second. So, we have Elise. Who, as the description says, wakes up with no clue who she is. Normally, this kind of thing at the beginning of the book just means it's all going downhill from there (sad, but true--check out my reviews of Glimmer and As I Wake if you are skeptical). That is certainly not the case here! This book was just as beautiful as the last, and even more enjoyable, in my opinion.

Character Rundown:
Elise: So it's pretty obvious who Elise actually is. And I like her just as much as I did in the last book, if not more, because this time she's still the wonderful, caring person she was, but she also has more personality. It was nice to see both the Charlotte in Elise and the...Elise. It was cool to see those two characters rolled into one so effectively, to create one character that I loved reading about.

Harlin: OH, HARLIN. I love him a million times more in this book. It was great to get to start all over with him, more or less, and he was much more defined this time. He was very solidly HIM. He not only had a personality, but one that I completely adored.

Abe: Abe is a guy who was full of AMAZING lines from the very moment we meet him. In the very beginning of this book, he was seriously awesome. But then...he wasn't. I like Abe, though. Still, Harlin's my boy this time around. And in the end, Abe...well, let's just leave it at I end with liking Abe a lot.

Other characters: We saw Dr. Swift again, and that was cool. He's a sweet guy. And then we have Onika again. I feel for her, but I don't like her at all. I understand her situation, but I am completely critical of how she handled it. And then there's Lucy, who is another character who I don't like her choices in certain situations. Not cool, people.

The plot. I enjoyed every single part of this book. The plot wasn't predictable--especially if you're comparing this book to the first one. Everything is not the same, no matter what people may think. This book had me riveted and I flew through the pages. I was kind of surprised when I saw that I only had ten pages left. I was like "NOOOOOO!" I kind of didn't want it to end. Why?

Because of Harlin. AKA, the sweetness of this book. Harlin is just the sweetest thing! He cares, and I love that. Plus, in this book, Harlin isn't as oblivious, therefore his romance with Elise can not be full of tension caused by secrets, secrets, and more secrets. Well, for the most part. Either way, it went better for them this time around, and that made me deliriously happy.

The ending. I'm curious, is there going to be another book after this one? Because that ending certainly left me wanting more, but I don't know if there's going to be a third. I hope there is. This ending made me happy, but also left me wanting a little.

Overall, this book was better than the first. A Need So Beautiful was a really good read, but A Want So Wicked was an amazing read. So, pick up these books and READ.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday! (12) ♥ Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we tell y'all about the books we cannot wait to get our hands on!
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Expected Publication: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) 
Description from Goodreads:
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
Why I'm waiting on this: If I Stay and Where She Went were two books that just got to me in the very best way possible. I honestly cannot wait to read more from this author. So, there's the fact that this is by Gayle Forman, and there's just the simple fact that the description looks terrific. Seriously, I'm excited for this one.
What are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Teaser Tuesday! (17) ♥ Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Do you want to participate in Teaser Tuesdays? It's simple and hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. All you have to do is:
-Grab your current read
-Open to a random page
-Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
-BE CAREFUL NOT T INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
-Share the title & author, too, so that the other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Description from Goodreads:
Stealing ParkerRed-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.
"During gym of Friday morning, Brian wouldn't even look my way as I ran around the track with Will. Whatever, I thought." ~pg. 58
So. Yeah. I'm only on page, like, 28 right now, but I actually did the open-to-a-random-page thing. So I have no idea what is happening. Just thought I'd say that.
Oh, and I love Corndog♥
That is all.
Leave links to your teasers! I'd love to check them out!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 418 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: Bloodlines #2
Source: Bought!

Description from Goodreads:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

I read Bloodlines (the first book in this series) in August. Since then, I have been completely flipping out about this book. And now I finally got it! I must say, it was definitely worth the wait.

Bloodlines was a book that was kind of slow to start. Interesting, but not as great as expected. The Golden Lily, I am glad to say, was so much of an improvement. From page 1, this book had me. It's funny, compelling, and just plain terrific. This book moved along brilliantly, in a way that I'm beginning to learn only Richelle Mead could cook up.

Character Rundown:
Sydney: I kind of like Sydney. There's been a lot of debate about the fact that Sydney isn't as kick-ass as Rose was, but I think she's just as awesome as Rose, if not more. I think I actually like Sydney better. Sydney may not be a literal fighter, but in a battle of wits, there's no one better to put in there. Plus, Sydney is better to the people around her. I'm not saying Rose is a bad person, but, um, Adrian...yeah. But there are certain aspects of Sydney's character that grate on my nerves. I'm not going to go in depth and ruin the book for you if you haven't read it, but she can be so oblivious sometimes. *sigh* And then the ending. And that's all I'm going to say.

Adrian: OH, ADRIAN. As of this moment, Adrian is my second favorite male character. He is so completely deep and he just has so many emotions. He's a good guy, but he just has his issues. I disapprove of his little drinking habit, but other than that, Adrian has done no wrong in my eyes, and I doubt he ever could. Though since I said that, Richelle's probably going to swoop in and make him horrible. I don't think he could be, though. In my opinion, between this series and VA, Adrian is the most tortured. I feel for him. Goodness, I love this boy. He deserves happiness for once. If this series ends without him finding some, I just may lose all hope in humanity.

Everyone else: Yeah, so I just went through the two biggies. The other ones are as great as always. I liked that Jill wasn't as annoying in this one, and more responsible. Until she ruins that with a little stupidity. But still. Eddie...that boy wamrs my heart. And Dimitri. It was a big deal that he was thrown into this series like he was, but I actually loved it. Partly because I was ecstatic to see Dimitri again, and partly because it was great to see him through Sydney's eyes instead of Rose's. I actually laughed at some of her descriptions while he was fighting. Not in a bad way, but...we actually get to see the guardian god we've always heard about. Rose was always analyizing Dimitri's fights and glorifying how he looked and whatnot. Sydney just explained his mad skills. It was amazing. I really hope for more Dimitri in this series.

The plot. The plot did not drag in this book at all. Honestly, I was a little iffy as to what the plot even was until the big moment where the big stuff happened. Then I thought back to the book and was like "OF COURSE! That was the point to everything." Everything has a reason in this book, my friends. Don't second guess it. Not once did I get bored while reading this book, and I was actually insanely sad for it to end. Speaking of...

The ending. I need the next book (The Indigo Spell) NOW. That is all.

Overall, if you read Bloodlines and decided to give up on this series, I suggest you reconsider. It gets so much better. This book was so great!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

What I Got! (13)

What I Got is a weekly meme hosted by Monica over at Cover Analysis :) where we tell y'all about the wonderful brag-worthy bookish things we got this week!

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1)
I've only ever reviewed a book from Net Galley for a blog tour, but when I saw finger slipped. ;)
I repeat: my finger slipped. This book just looks so good!
Land of the Noonday Sun
Carmen DeSousa is amazing. That is all. Oh, and she writes GREAT books.
Catching Jordan
Yes. I already own this book. But this one is SIGNED. Plus, having double means I can give the extra away sometime... And this book is fantastic. In case you wanted to know.
Stealing Parker
Now, this one I have NOT read, but I am completely excited to. I legit love Miranda Kenneally. This one is signed, too! THANK YOU, MIRANDA! I won both of her books in a Twitter giveaway, because I have the kind of memory that doesn't forget pervs within awesome books. Yeah.
So, what did YOU get this week? I love to see these things--leave links in the comments!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cover+Trailer Reveal! APOLLYON+DEITY by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am one of those insanely lucky people who signed up to participate in the cover/trailer reveal for Apollyon/Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I'm not even going to have any nonsense today, I'm going to get RIGHT TO THE POINT.
Deity (Covenant, #3)
Deity (The third book in the Covenant Series)
Available in both print and digital version on Nov. 6, 2012
Official Deity Book Trailer
Did you read an ARC of Deity and been dying to get your hands on Elixir, the novella told
in Aiden’s POV and picks up right after the end of Deity? Well, you don’t have to wait any
longer. The free novella is available now. DO NOT read Elixir if you have not read Deity. It
will spoil Deity for you and not to mention, you will have no idea what is going on.
Elixir will be available in print. Kindle, and Nook formats on November 27, 2012.
Click HERE to read Elixir.
Apollyon Cover Reveal:
And we’re super excited to share the cover for the 4th book in the Covenant Series, Apollyon,
which is due out April 2013.

First, let me tell you--this cover? Is GORGEOUS!
See what I mean? Goodness. So. Amazing. What do you think?
The Author:
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