Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Second in the Bloodlines series

5 stars


Sydney Sage is back and so are the vamps I’ve come to love. Sydney is a brainy alchemist charged with watching over Moroi princess Jill Dragomir along with Eddie and their new recruit Angeline, in the sunny Palm Springs, California at Amberwood Prep. Sydney learned recently that she has the ability to wield magic. Magic she’s strongly against and afraid of. As Sydney starts to feel like a normal teenager she’s met with challenges that could make or break her. I liked The Golden Lily a lot, but not as much as Bloodlines. It was a lot harder for me to get into which is weird ‘cause I’m a huge fan of the VA and Bloodlines books, but it eventually had and held my attention which is why it’s five stars. A lot happens in this book and there is so much drama that I know shall occur in The Indigo Spell (which needs to hurry up and be released so I can get my hands on it).


The main female character is once again Sydney. Sydney changed a lot in this book. Someone finally told her to stop staring herself because she’s not going to look like Jill ever, which I commend them because I was getting tired of her no sweets diet. She is not as afraid of magic, but she still fears it. But at the same time that I like her I’m still sad about the ending. :’( For this she loses half a star on awesomeness. She could’ve been an eight.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5

The main male character is Adrian. I love Adrian now. I wasn’t a big fan of him in the VA books, but I now love him. Adrian is starting to mature, but he’s still witty and snarky. Just the way I like him.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

The Villain- We’re introduced to a new type of villain. The kind of group that Sydney had dismissed as fake and crazy talk. I’m looking forward to the future and seeing where this group is going.


Villain Scale: 7


Jill is less annoying in this book. Angeline was hilarious; I really like her. Eddie is still well Eddie. Trey is shown a lot more in this one. Brayden was a complete idiot (I don’t care if he’s Einstein he’s still an idiot IMO) and I don’t know what Sydney saw in the loser. Ms. Terwilliger is funny. Dimitri was in here… I love him.


Character Scale: 8

I also had the pleasure of getting to read the first chapter of The Indigo Spell and it was amazing. Thank you Walmart for this exclusive. Now I’m anxiously waiting for the next book.


Cover Thoughts: I really like this cover, but why does Sydney look mad/anxious? I like this cover more than Bloodlines, but I would have liked it even more if Adrian was on it.  

New Music Video

Hello everyone! I have another music video from one of my favorite YouTubers.



Shane Dawson has finally released the music video for his new single The Vacation Song! The song is amazing and it's just one of those songs that easy to sing along to. The music video is great and I love it! We get to see a lot of Shane's friends/characters. In the video we get to see Shanna (I love her she's hilarious), Lisa (they are such a cute couple), Shananay (I love her), S-Deezy (love him), Gabby who is a nerd this time instead of a pregnant teen and some other people. I love the video it's so laid-back.

Here's the Video:

The Vacation Song 

Friday, June 29, 2012

TV TALK: Teen Wolf

Hello and welcome to another installment of TV TALK. I'm really tired right now since I just saw BRAVE (really good movie you should go see it) and I'm just tired. OK so let's talk about Teen Wolf. Have you been bitten? Have you experience the bite of Teen Wolf? No, well what's wrong with you go catch up on the series before reading this post or read it anyway (that's what I do most of the time.


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So Teen Wolf is definitely one of my favorite shows on TV. The boys are sexy, there's drama, mystery, action, and romance. Everything a girl could ask for and did I mention there's werewolves.
So far on the second season of Teen Wolf we were introduced to this ugly green scaly creature. We tried figuring out what it was and who it was. Now we have our answers, but it's only the beginning. Our green scaly friend is a Kanima. Which as Styles puts it is an abomination to the shapeshifters. Who was the Kanima? Was it Lydia? The girl who had been attacked by the alpha and ran around the woods naked for two days and can't  remember what happened. Nope it wasn't her. Was it Jackson? The egotistical guy who was constantly begging for the bite and it's powers. Yes it was Jackson. I should've known, I mean I had my suspicions, but Lydia seemed qualified for the position too. Now that they know who the Kanima is they have to find a way to protect him from Allison's were-hunting family. Derek is probably gonna try to kill him and he'll look hot while doing it. Styles... I feel so bad for him. He's so in love with Lydia and she just hooked up with Jackson again. Poor thing. It's not fair. Styles is my favorite character. He always makes me laugh the first five minutes of the season premiere his hospital dream was hilarious and made me laugh so hard I almost cried. Jackson and Lydia are a toxic relationship that's just about as healthy for them as Gary's and Amber's from Teen Mom. Allison and Scott are so cute together, but let's see if these star-crossed lovers have a chance of being together.

Teen Wolf plays on MTV on Mondays at 10/9c

Cover Reveals (Group)

OK, so I have been pretty busy the last two days and I keep forgetting to post some new covers. So I'm going to post a bunch of covers of books I want to read and/or series I want to continue reading.

Hidden (House of Night, #10) I'm a huge fan of the House of Night series. I hate the writing and Zoey, but I just can't resist the drama. I love the cover and I'm looking forward to seeing it in person.

The Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods, #7) I am a huge fan of the Blue Bloods series and I'm looking forward to finding out how the series ends. This cover is absolutely beautiful. I love it. Schuyler looks beautiful and this is by far my favorite of the Blue Blood covers.

Wild About You (Love at Stake, #13) I love, love, love this series so much. The Love At Stake series is absolutely amazing. This is Howard's story. YAY! WhooHOO! I can't wait to have my hands on it. I love the cover, but why is Howard pale. He's not a vamp he's a were-bear!♥
http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/sGvuTypA06xEzMTlvaW2ii5eebFb0C40kngEBfkOmY1jLnXhZCZei9i7u2LZq23Bu7Fglbw2YS79nOrLbXWqS2rpl-yIQ7n0V51037ymw7wO/WildAboutYou%20mm%20sb.jpg This is the stepback for Wild About You (#13 in The Love At Stake series). Howard doesn't look pale anymore! And he looks sexy. The girl looks like a mermaid. Is she a mermaid? OMG! Now I have to know if she's a mermaid! I also had the pleasure of seeing these before they were officially released because I'm on Kerrelyn Sparks newsletter!

Tilt I'm not sure when this cover was revealed nor do I care, because since I had stopped stalking Ellen Hopkins online I didn't know about this freaking book. Now I'm ecstatic because I love Ellen Hopkins. OMG! I can't wait to get my hands on another on of her beautiful novels. I wish she released more than one novel a year. It's heartbreaking.:'( I also love the cover it's very Hopkins-esque. P.S. This is kind of like a spin-off of Triangles her adult novel, but I haven't read that yet and now I shall.

Paper Valentine I have only read one book by Ms. Yvonaff, which was The Space Between and I loved it. I'm looking forward to this novel it sounds so creepriffic. The cover... I love it. They only have a small little excerpt of what it's about on Goodreads, but from just that little excerpt I think the cover is absolutely perfect.

Heart of the Demon (Warriors of the Rift, #3) I have read the first book in this series, Kiss of the Vampire, and I'm looking forward to reading Secret of the Wolf. Now I found out that they have an official third book. YAY! The guy on the cover is so hot. OMG! I love looking at him. (Why am I saying OMG so much in this blog post, it's killing me I need to stop fangirling?) Did I mention it's a demon-faerie relationsip? No, well it is.

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3) This new cover is everywhere! I mean everywhere. When I added it to my TBR list it wasn't there, then a day or two later it was there staring at me saying well when are you gonnna read Fever so you can read me once I come out? I just finished Wither and the book left me feeling numb and confused and I still feel that way if I think about it for to long. Anyhow I love the cover, but I'm not as excited to read this book as I am the other covers.

That is all on the covers for now I also have the covers up for Through the Ever Night, which can be found here, Born of Fury here, and The Indigo Spell here.

In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In Other Worlds (Includes: Were-Hunter, #1; The League, #3.5)

In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon

3.5 in The League series and a prequel to the Were-Hunter series

5 stars



In Other Worlds is a collection of novellas by the wonderfully talented Sherrilyn Kenyon. You can argue with me on the talented part, but I stand by my love for her books. On to the book… the first novella and the reason I checked this book out at the library is FIRE AND ICE. Fire and Ice is a part of the League series. The story follows Adran Quiakides the son of Kiara and Nykyrian (Born of Night). Adron was crippled after trading his life to save a pregnant lady’s from a nut case. He meets Livia at a bar. Livia is a princess who is forced to marry a man twice her age because she is a virgin. She decides to have a one-night stand to take away her virginity to get out of her marriage proposal. I love the League novels, even this novella, that has me wishing it was a novel. I loved Adron and it was funny how much he reminded me of his father Nykyrian. Livia was a sweet girl, but she was a very strong character. I wish it was longer…


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

Character Scale: 9.5



The second story is KNIGHTLY DREAMS. Knightly Dreams follows Taryn a girl who just got out of a terrible breakup and has a terrible day. Her day just kept going from bad to terrible with every step she took. Taryn stumbles upon a bookshop she’s never noticed before. She is persuaded to take a romance novel featuring Sparhawk the Brave. Sparkhawk wants out of the world he was created to live in, so he seeks out the help of the witch to help find a new world. When Taryn wakes up the next morning she finds Sparkhawk in her bed. Wow even after having read this a while back I’m still a little dazed by. I’m not sure what happened because it went from slow to so fast I had to reread some parts, but I enjoyed. Is it odd that I liked how it made my brain hurt? I like books that make me think and this book definitely had me doing that. I liked Taryn and Sparkhawk. They were good characters, but I liked Adron and Livia more.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8

Character Scale: 7.5



The third and final story in this collection is DRAGONSWAN. Dragonswan is something of a prequel to the Were-Hunter series. Sebastian is a shape-shifting dragon cast off from his people for mistakes he has made. He meets Channon, a museum curator (I think that’s what she is, but I’m not sure… oh I know I’ll look on SK’s website real quick). It says she’s a professor/historian on her character profile, yea I could see that. So Sebastian meets her at a museaum while she is looking at the tapestry he has to steal to save his brother’s life. If you ask me Sebastian is a nice guy. I mean he was gonna steal to save his brother, who says he’s a disgrace and blah blah blah, which is just a really loving thing to do. He wins points for being heroic. Channon, eh she’s a plain character. She’s what I would call a Plain Jane. There wasn’t much to her and she was kinda boring at times.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 5.5

Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

Character Scale: 6.5



Fire and Ice was my favorite of all these novellas. I had fun reading these novellas and I sped through them. It only took me a day to read this book and I’m not disappointed with Kenyon’s work.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover, but the guy on it doesn’t look like any of the characters at least not how I pictured them to be.   

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Ice (The League, #3)

Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Third in The League series

4.5 stars


Devyn Kell spent most of his life serving the League, until he had to choose between saving a dying child’s life or leaving him to die. After he left, he became a Runner- someone who brings weapons, medicine, and other supplies that planets need illegally. Alix Garran is a slave forced to become a spy to save her mother and sister and turn Devyn into the Ritordian government. Devyn is Shahara and Syn’s son. Bet you didn’t see that one coming. I know I didn’t. Devyn wasn’t really a tortured hero at least not like Nykyrian and Syn. I liked Born of Ice but the chemistry between Devyn and Alix was lacking. I honestly didn’t feel any attraction between the two characters and this book dragged on a little bit too much in places.


The main female character is Alix. I wasn’t really a fan of Alix. I don’t know what it is, but I didn’t like her as much as Kiara and Shahara.She didn't really catch my attention as a character.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7

The main male character is Devyn. Devyn was OK. He didn’t make my heartthrob like Nykyrian or my fangirl scream like Syn, but he wasn’t bad and he had really good moments.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 7.5

The Villain- I love the villain in this novel. He’s such a good villain and what a shocker. I wasn’t expecting him to be the villain at all.


Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 8



Aside from the lacking chemistry and not amazing characters, I enjoyed this book. I love Kenyon’s writing, but I was a little disappointed with this book.


Cover Thoughts: The cover reminds me a lot of the cover for Born of Night only it’s not green and this book seems icy. OMG I just realized that the cover gives off an icy effect and this book is called Born of Ice. That’s a good one. That made me really like this cover.  

Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Fire (The League, #2)

Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Second in The League series

5 stars


Syn’s father was the most psychotic killer in the Ichidian Universe. He was constantly punished as a child because of his genes. Syn is a skilled tech-thief and he’s constantly being hunted by governments and League assassins. He has hidden one tiny micro-chip that could destroy his life if it were found. Now that he’s an assassin and one of the Sentella’s founding members, he kills anyone who gets in his way. Shahara Dagan is the best bounty hunter in the universe. When she signs Syn’s death contract to save her sister, Tessa, she goes after him. Not realizing who Syn really is and what he has done for her family and that he’s a close family friend that has helped her family more than she can count on her hands she starts to realize that she may have bit off more than she can chew. Aside from the undeniable attraction between them she has to find away to protect her family and she’ll do whatever it takes. I love this book so much. It is definitely one of my all time favorites. Syn and Shahara are both kick-ass characters and there is never a dull moment between them. The writing as always sucked me and had me begging to find out more.


The main female character is Shahara. Shahara is an older sister that constantly worries about her younger brother and sisters and I can totally relate to that because I constantly worry about my little sister. Shahara is strong and she could totally kick some ass. I liked Shahara a lot more than I liked Kiara, but they are still some of my favorite League women.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9.5

The main male character is Syn. OMG I love Syn. Syn totally brings out my inner fangirl.
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I had liked Syn since the first time we met him in Born of Night. I feel so bad for him. His life was so unfair, just like Nykyrian’s. I don’t know what it is about these tortured heroes in the League novels but I love them.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 10

The Villain- My lips are sealed.

Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 9.5


The League series has conquered yet again in pure awesomeness. I love these books and they’ll always have a special place in my heart.


Cover Thoughts: Shahara looks kick-ass like always. I always seem to like the League covers.

 

Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Night (The League, #1)

Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

First in The League series

5 stars



In the Ichidian Universe, the League and their ruthless assassins rule. Expertly trained and highly valued, League Assassins are the backbone of the government. Assassin Nykyrian Quickiades was highly valued by the League for being known as one of the best and fiercest assassins until he turned his back on them. Nykyrian refused to kill a target and for that he’s on the run. No one has succeeded in killing him and he has a bounty on his head that could feed twelve families. Now he must protect princess, Kiara Zamir. Kiara must entrust her life in the same kind of monster that killed her mother and left her for dead. This was the book that started my Sherrilyn Kenyon obsession. I had been hoping to read the Dark- Hunter series, but they didn’t have Fantasy Lover or Night Pleasures. They did have the first three League novels, which I went home with. This book is amazing and I don’t understand why it’s not as popular as her Dark-Hunter novels (which I also fangirl over). Nykyrian and Kiara’s relationship was fun to read about and I was never bored. The Inchidian Universe was interesting. I’m not a fan of sci-fi, but this was definitely something I would watch on TV if it was a TV show. Sherrilyn Kenyon has knack for making interesting stories, characters, and her writing just sucks you in.


The main female character is Kiara. I like Kiara and she’s perfect for Nykyrian. Kiara had to deal with a lot in this book, but she kept going even when I would have given up.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

The main male character is Nykyrian. I love his name it’s fun to say. Nykyrian was such a great male lead and I want to talk about him, but if I start talking about him I’m not going to stop and I’ll give away spoilers.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5


The Villain- Multiple villains just the way I like it.

Villain Scale: 8.5

Character Scale: 9



This book really sealed the deal for my love for SK novels and I’m so glad I read this book and strayed from my comfort zone. I definitely recommend this book.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover, but the guy doesn’t seem to be as lethal as Nykyrian is described. But I do like this cover a lot more than the other ones that I’ve seen for this book.

Another Cover Reveal

It seems that covers for books are popping up like crazy lately. So here's another.
This time it's for the second book in the Under the Never Sky series.
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

I like this cover a lot more than the last one. I think it has something to with the colors... or the fact that Perry's kind of hot.  I'm not sure,  but I  do really like this cover. That's all for now.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases the we're eagerly anticipating.
 The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)
Release Date: Febraury 12th 2012
No summary currently available
                                   
                                                  
                                        Release Date: 2013
                                      Summary:The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained...



That was my first waiting on Wednesday. I hope I did that right. If I didn't oh well too bad so sad.

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

The DUFF: Designated Ugly fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

5 stars

Bianca Piper is you typical teenage girl. She has insecurities and who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is even if it hurts someone’s feelings. She hates going to the popular teen club, The Nest, that her friends have enjoyed dragging her along to and knows it only going to suck. Then Wesley Rush, man-whore of the school and total jerk comes up to her and makes her night even worse by labeling as the Duff. The girl that is the ugliest girl in the group and talked to only when guys want to pick up their hot friends is exactly what Bianca has feared she has been and always will be. As payback for calling her the Duff, she throws cherry Coke in his face like any pissed off girl would do. As Bianca struggles with family problems, she turns to Wesley for a distraction and surprisingly starts to care for him. Everything about this book was perfect for me. The characters were real and so was the language. I’ve seen a lot of reviews that are bothered by the constant profanities in this novel, but to tell you the truth compared to the kids I go to school with Bianca’s language isn’t that bad at all. In fact, the language doesn’t bother me at all because it’s real. Yes, teenagers curse and I know a lot of them say they don’t but they have said the infamous f-word at least once in their life. I appreciate what Keplinger was doing with this book and I love to read honest books where teens are portrayed in a real way and not in the way adults think. Let’s move on to the characters.


The main female character is Bianca. Bianca is a real, honest character that was easy to relate to. She wasn’t afraid to be herself and tell her honest opinion. Bianca is a cynic, but she’s an awesome cynic. She doesn’t drone on with cynicism and bore me; she created real emotion and had me agreeing with her a lot. Bianca is definitely one of my favorite characters in realistic fiction.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9.5

The main male character is Wesley. Wesley is your typical man-whore, but I love a man-whore in books, in real life not so much. But Wesley was a downright jerk for about half the novel, but for some reason I couldn’t help but like him. Wesley isn’t meant to be the nice, sweet, nerdy guy; he’s supposed to the egotistical jerk that Bianca hates. IMHO I think he played the part well and in the end we saw a change in him and I still liked him.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 7.5

 
The Villain- There wasn’t a villain, really. Unless you consider Bianca’s own mind the villain.

Villain Scale: 3



Let’s talk about the supporting characters. Bianca’s friends Casey and Jessica are first on the list of discussion. Casey and Jessica are the type of friends every teenage girl is glad to have. They are there for you even when you wish they weren’t. I thought they were a good addition to the story. Then there’s the other guy that Bianca liked at the beginning of the book whose name I can’t remember. I’m going to look in the book real quick. Two minutes later. Ok I found his name. His name is Toby, you think I would remember that ‘cause I’m in love with Toby from PLL. This Toby was a borefest. Just saying I’m sure there were girls swooning over his nerdy niceness, but I just didn’t see anything in him. In fact he was a pretty lame character. The ‘hot’ scene he had with Bianca was just as unsatisfying as his character. Toby didn’t leave any impression on me and I’m glad Bianca didn’t waste too much time on him.


Character Scale: 8

I enjoyed The Duff and I want more Keplinger, but library seems to have crawled under a rock and not have any of her books. So I’ll have to buy them when I have money. This book was amazing and I just can’t stop gushing about how much I like it.


Cover Thoughts: The cover was one of the things that caught my attention about this book and made me check out the synopsis. I love the cover. I’m not sure what it is about it, I think it’s the layout, colors, and bubblegum, but I’m drawn to it.
 

Another Cover Reveal or Sneak Peak

I have another cover reveal for one of my favorite series, by one of my favorite authors.
This cover reveal is for the 6th book in The League series.
So here it is.



I love it and think it's a beautiful cover. The League books are really good and I'm looking forward to Hauk's book and hope I'll be just as blown away as I was while reading Darling's book.
Give the League books a shot, I'm sure you'll love 'em.
Here's the sypnosis:

he war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained...


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Because You're Mine by Lisa Kleypas

Because You're Mine (Capital Theatre, #2)

Because You're Mine by Lisa Kleypas

Second in the Capital Theatre series

5 stars


Lady Madeline Matthews doesn’t want to marry Lord Clifton. He’s older than her own father and they have nothing in common. She would do anything to avoid marrying him. Maddy devices a plan to seduce the famous actor and owner of the Capital Theatre, Logan Scott. Logan Scott isn’t like any man she’s eve met and from the start it’s obvious that her scheme of seduction won’t be as easy as she hoped it would be. Logan Scott wants nothing to do with Maddy and he just wants her to leave his theatre and it doesn’t help that he has an attraction to her. I have a soft spot for Lisa Kleypas’s books. It seems that every time I pick up one of her books, it makes me wish I lived in the Regency era that her characters are portrayed in. I didn’t think any historical romance novel could be as amazing as her Hathaway books, but I was wrong this book surpassed some of the books in the series and won a place in my heart. I stole this book from my mom one morning waiting while eating breakfast because I was in the mood for a historical romance novel and I fell hard for this masterpiece and its characters.  


The main female character is Madeline, but we know her as Maddy for most of the book. Maddy is a witty, strong character that wasn’t afraid to express the things she didn’t want. Which is probably why she ended up knee deep in her predicament, but I still can’t help but admire her because that was frowned upon in her time.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5

The main male character is Logan. Logan was the dashing male hero that I have come to love in Kleypas’s books. Instead of being a tortured war hero he was an actor. His acting scenes didn’t really captivate me as much as they did Maddy and the audience, but I was also able to picture it once I went back and read; which made me realize he did have the charm even on stage as a villain.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

The Villain- Not giving that away, you'll have to read the book to find out.

Villain Scale: 4

Character Scale: 9





Again I can’t express what kind of feeling Kleypas’s books leave me with, but it’s a good feeling. This book was definitely different from what even I usually read in historical romance. I’ve never read a historical with acting as a big key in the book, but I really liked it. I also seem to read Kleypas’s series out of order, but I usually enjoy them anyway. I’m definitely looking forward to getting my hands on more of Kleypas’s books.


Cover Thoughts: I love the cover; it’s what actually made me wanna read it. The color is definitely eye-catching and I love covers that catch my eye. Maddy looks so graceful and pretty; plus the girl on the cover actually looks like the Maddy in the book and that’s something I appreciate in covers.
 

Cover Reveal

Guess what has a cover?
The Indigo Spell! The 3rd book in the Bloodlines series has a title and a name all within a two week span, but this is torture! I have to wait till February to read this book and I'm almost halfway through The Golden Lily.
So, here's the cover.
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)

Isn't it gorgeous? I love it! Here's my reaction when I saw the cover.

OMG!!! OMG!!!!!

IT HAS A COVER!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY DANCE


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter

Heart of the Dragon (Atlantis, #1)

Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter

First in the Atlantis series

5 stars


Grace Carlyle has always felt this empty void that she’s constantly trying to fill. When her brother goes missing she decides to go to the forests of Brazil and search for him. Near dehydrating and starvation, Grace stumbles upon a spring/cave and discovers the world her brother has been searching for - Atlantis. But with discovering Atlantis comes death. A death carried out by Darius en Kragin, one of the fiercest of the dragons charged with protecting Atlantis and killing anyone who enters the Mist. For some reason Darius can’t bring himself to kill Grace and for the first time in three hundred years feels and sees things again. I really enjoyed this book. If I had to put it down it drove me insane with wonder about would happen next. I had loved Ms. Showalter’s first two books in the Lords of the Underworld series and was looking for the third one at the library and I had really wanted to read this book. Since they had this book, I happily went home with it and I’m so glad I read it. The world created sucked me right in and the characters were so interesting and fun to read about.


The main female character is Grace. Grace was hilarious and her thoughts and comments made her a very enjoyable character. Even with a sword-wielding Darius ready to kill her she was still able to come up with witty comments that made me laugh even in an intense situation. I love characters that are able to do that because they make everything so much more enjoyable.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5

The main male character is Darius. Darius went from an unfeeling person to someone that you just wanted to hug because you felt so bad for him. Darius was definitely a swoon worthy hero and he was just another interesting character that I enjoyed.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

The Villain- I first thought Javar was the villain. His name was similar to Jafar from Aladin that I couldn’t help it.
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So of course I kept think Javar was gonna turn out like Jafar. Javar turned out not to be a villain and the person that did turn out to be the villain was a real scumbag.


Villain Scale: 7

Character Scale: 10


I was just blown away by how much I liked this book. I liked it more than Lords of the Underworld. *GASP* I know shocking, but I’m a sucker for Atlantis stories and since I haven’t come across many of them when I do find them I go into crazy mode. Even the little side love story between Alex and Teira was adorable. Now I really want to finish the Atlantis series. I hope the next time I go to my library they have them.


Cover Thoughts: Darius is sexy… but I don’t think they guy really looks like how I pictured him to look, but I still like the cover and the effect it creates.

  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

First in the Bloodlines series

5 stars


We met Sydney Sage in the Vampire Academy series and she became an ally to Rose. Sydney is an alchemist who is still walking on thin ice for help Rose Hathaway when she was suspected of murdering the Moroi queen. When her father wakes her up in the middle of the night, she thinks she will be sent away for re-education, but she is assigned with protecting Lissa Dragomir’s younger sister, Jill. Sydney is sent off to Palm Springs, California to attend a human school, where she meets strange people and has to try and be normal. After finishing the Vampire Academy series I was at a loss, but I decided to pick of Bloodlines, even though I was weary of it because of the mixed reviews. I actually really liked this book. Richelle Mead can create a world that sucks me in and won’t let me out until the very end. This book isn’t as good as the Vampire Academy books, but it’s only the first book in the series and I’m sure it’ll get better. The biggest problem for me was the lack of romance for Sydney. Sydney was left alone until the very end, while Jill is parading around with her entourage of boys who hopelessly adore her.


The main female character is Sydney. A lot of people complain that she’s no Rose, well of course she’s not Rose her name is Sydney. Sydney isn’t supposed to be Rose or resemble Roe, that’s what makes her Sydney. I liked Sydney and I think her fears and worries are real and she’s a some-what relatable character.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7

The main male character isn’t established yet, but we all know that it’s Adrian. I wasn’t on a fan of Adrian in the VA series, but I did feel bad for him in Last Sacrifice. I’m liking Adrian a lot more in Bloodlines.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8

The Villain- I’m not giving away who’s the villain and what they did.

Villain Scale: 7.5

Character Scale: 9


I really enjoyed Bloodlines and I’m writing an update review since I’m currently reading The Golden Lily.
*squeals in fan girl excitement* I’ll probably re-review the VA series, too. I’m not sure when, but I would like to do that sometime in the near future.

Cover Thoughts: The cover is really pretty and Adrian is super hot (at least I think that’s who the guy is supposed to be). I like the background color and I think it just gives off a really cool dramatic effect.
 

Friday, June 22, 2012

TV TALK: Pretty Little Liars

TV TALK is a weekly feature on my blog where I talk about a TV show.

This week I'm talking about my favorite show on TV.

 Pretty Little Liars Season 3

Pretty Little Liars is my favorite show on TV. It has pretty much everything a girl could ask for: hot boys, cat fights, romance, drama, murder, psychopaths, and stalkers. Pretty Little Liars is now on it's 3rd season, which I'm so happy about. Tuesdays in the summer are Pretty Little Liar nights and I tune in every Tuesday. If you haven't watched the previous seasons and hope to watch them don't read on because I'm giving away SPOILERS.

Last season on PLL, we were left with the shocking season finale of Mona being A. It wasn't that shocking to me because I heard she was one of the As in the books and I hoped they might make her A. Mona is one crazy chick. So far this season, we have seen quiet, drugged, creepy Mona and on Tuesday's previous episode she was bright, sunny Mona. Then towards the end of the episode she went loco because Caleb can do that, but I'm sure it wasn't because of his raging hotness and just because Mona is putting on a show. I think Mona is faking craziness so she doesn't go to jail, I mean she hit Hanna with her car that's a federal offense. Now that we have another A, the girls are back on edge. Let's talk about the girls and some more of the PLL drama.
Hanna was sneaking around to visit Mona and Caleb is being all protective and he doesn't want her going around her.
Emily is recovering over Miya's murder and she got drunk one night and the girls found her in front of Allison's dug up grave.
Spencer and Toby's relationship is heating up and Spencer has to deal with her mom taking over Garrett's case for killing Allison and Miya.
Aria is dealing with her parents' divorce, her father's old affair with a student, her relationship with her ex-teacher, Ezra, and did I mention her mom finished Emily's test so Emily could pass.
The girls just found out that Jenna could see.
I love all this drama.
I still can't believe I haven't read the books yet.
Pretty Little Liars plays on ABC FAMILY at 8/7c on Tuesdays.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

First in the Chemical Garden Trilogy

3.5 stars


In Wither, the world Rhine Ellery lives in has slowly started to wither away from the beauty of what used to be the twenty-first century. After scientists were able to make a perfect generation (no cancer or mental disabilities, etc.) they start to notice that something has gone wrong with their children. The females live till they are only 20 and the males to 25. Rhine has four years left to live before the disease overtakes her and she becomes victim. Geneticists are seeking an antidote to restore the human race, orphans crowd the population stealing food and other necessities, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children for wealthy men. Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden Ashby. She vows to do all she can to escape the world she’s been forced into. Linden introduces her to wealth and illusions in his mansion, but not everything is what it seems in the mansion. Her father-in-law, a doctor who wants to find a cure to save the human race, may be harboring corpses in the basement, her sister-wives are a rollercoaster of emotions and she can’t decide if she can trust them or not, and she desperately misses her twin brother, Rowan. With the help of one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape before her seventeenth birthday, but will she find freedom? I have mixed feelings about this book I’m not sure what to feel, so I’ll start from the beginning with the plot. The plot sounds really good and it’s what made me interested in reading this book. The writing is choppy. There are multiple times in a chapter where we are in one scene then in the next paragraph were in another day doing something that has nothing to do with what is going on with the previous paragraph and that bothers me so much. I would at least like her to start a new chapter or make a (dang it I can’t remember what it’s called) space then start a new section. I hate when I can’t remember terms it frustrates me. Back to the review, the story touches a lot of intense or uncomfortable subjects. Here are some examples: polygamy, slavery (you can argue that with me, but there were times in the book where it felt like they were slaves), sex, and pregnancy. This isn’t a big deal to me, but I’m sure these topics would bother a lot of other people. Let’s move onto the characters.


The main female character is Rhine. Rhine is a complex character for me. There are times when I like her and times when I hate her. Her constantly lying was annoying. I know she was doing it to escape, but OMG her dishonesty is only going to hurt people. Rhine’s stories about her childhood and stories from her parents were entertaining and it was nice to get to know her background and she get character development.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 6

There are technically two main male characters, so I’m going to start with the one that made the most appearances in the story. Linden. I feel sorry for Linden, his life is totally unfair. But Linden needs to wake up and stop being a bubble boy. Aside from that, I really liked him and I feel sorry for him. He’s a good character and we got to know glimpses of him. On to the other one, Gabriel. Gabriel doesn’t make me feel any emotion towards him. I feel a little sorry for the fact that he’s an orphan and has pretty much lost himself while working at the mansion, but him losing himself and personality bored me. He needs something that’s called character development and he got hardly any. Maybe I’ll get more in the next one.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Linden: 6.5 Gabriel: 4.5



The Villain- Rhine’s father-in-law and Linden’s father, Housemaster Vaughn is the villain. I wouldn’t really call him much of a villain though. Aside from his constant creepy and harsh remarks, all his villainess was hearsay or speculation.


Villain Scale: 3.5

There were two sister wives, Jenna and Cicely. These two girls are completely different from one another. Jenna is 19 years old and the oldest of the three girls. She hates Linden and only sees the house as a nice place to die in. Cicely is the youngest and I forgot how old she was. She was an orphan and thinks that Linden is the most amazing thing ever and she loves to be pampered and spoiled and whatnot. Cicely is also very naïve and this naivety makes her look like the child she is trying so hard not to be.


Character Scale: 6

I want to address something that really bothered me with this book. Spoilers ahead. It doesn’t make any sense to me at all that Linden would sleep with Cicely and not Rhine, even though he was going into Rhine’s room every night. In the real world, that doesn’t happen and it makes me very annoyed and also a little queasy. This book creates so much mixed emotions. I don’t know how to feel or think.

I just don't know what to feel...

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Cover Thoughts: The cover is beautiful and it’s what caught my attention. The way it’s formatted is beautiful and the caged bird makes total sense to me.
 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

The Splendor Falls

The Splendor Fall by Rosemary Clement-Moore

2.5 stars


Sylvie Davis was a rising-star ballerina, but now she can’t dance because of an accident that ended her career and left her with a limp. After her mother marries a psychologist and they ship her off to Alabama for their honeymoon. When Sylvie arrives she starts experiencing strange things, like cold spots and is sure she starts seeing ghosts. Not mention she is having trouble figuring out two complicated guys (Rhys and Shawn), who both seem to have a lot of secrets. I picked up this book at my school’s book fair mainly because of the beautiful cover. There are times that I’m a cover whore, but I try not to be because of books like this. The synopsis on the back of the book sounded interesting and I thought I was in for a ghost story. Sadly, that was not the case. There wasn’t much of a ghost or a threatening presence. I was hoping for something like Sylvie getting thrown across the room or someone having to be put through an exorcism. I don't know something to make me feel like this.
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Nope, no of that; and the ghost scene at the end was just as much of a letdown. The prologue and the first two chapters were promising and I thought I had found another winner, but the book slowly went downhill with all the mention of Sylvie’s dog Gigi. I don’t mind reading about characters that have dogs, but when the dog is almost in every sentence or thought, I can’t help but start hoping that this would happen to the dog. (Just picture Gigi the annoying Chihuahua as Regina)
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I think there were only two scenes this entire book that did not involve Gigi and those two scenes were sweet bliss.


The main female character is Sylvie. Sylvie is your typical, snobby, annoying, mean girl. Even though she did change at the end, it wasn’t a drastic change and I just don’t like her. I think she should just shut up.
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Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 2


The two main male characters (love triangle) are Rhys and Shawn. Rhys was the best character in the whole book and he hardly had any character development, but when he was in scenes in this book, it was so much more bearable. Shawn was boring. I mean he’s the “perfect” guy. Puhlease, perfect guys bore me, but then he turned out not to be so perfect and it just proved that I was right all along.

Swoon Worthy Scale: Rhys 5 Shawn 3


The Villain- I can’t tell you that ‘cause then it would give away the ending. ;)

Villain Scale: 4

The characters made me wanna throw a shoe or a brick.
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Or maybe a stereo.
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Or a ball.
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Character Scale: 3.5
This book was pretty predictable and I think the pretty cover made me expect this book to be amazing. Nope, that didn’t happen at least not for me.
Pfft. That pretty much sums up how this book made me feel.

Cover Thoughts: It’s so pretty :’( and the reason I bought this book.
 
 

Another New Music Video

So, another music video by one of my favorite bands came out this week and then another one is coming out Saturday. It seems my favorite bands are on a roll.

This music video was by Black Veil Brides. ^_^