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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

This year was rewarding to me. Starting my blog was one of the best things that has happened to me and I'm glad to have met so many amazing people in the blogging community, accumulated amazing followers whom I send showers of heart to! I've completed my reading challenge of 184 books when I only aspired to read 150 C: Accomplishments all around!

I hope everyone out there has a happy, safe New Years! Please don't drink too much and if you do please don't drive home! Keep safe and I will see you all next year!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Touched by Cyn Balog
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
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Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and save a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.
But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds the Boock of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?
In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choices he will be forced to make....

I really do adore the cover of this book but the synopsis happens to make me wishy-washy towards reading this. If I had to place his on a scale, the cover would bring my attention more than the synopsis. Now, I've had some experience with Cyn Balog's work and I am hoping to give this the benefit of the doubt. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Release Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Mira
Series: Healer #1
Young Adult
Pages: 394
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Laying hands upon the sick and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused for spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving survivors in a state of chaos. Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...
 *I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

After reading Miss Snyder's Inside Out series I knew that her Healer series would have me growing attached but I didn't expect how much. Going from the Inside Out series and into the Healer series you can see the different in the lucidity of writing. Touch of Power is a beautiful tale of adventure, love, sarcasm, and kickass characters that will hold your attention for hours on end.

Entering into the novel you meet Avry, a healer during the times of a plague within the land of the Fifteen Realms, who is to be captured and killed for assumption towards her vocation being a harbinger of the plague that sweeps the land. From there she is rescued by a band of men in dire need of a healer to save a man who could save them from impending doom.

The distinctive properties of the healing in the book was intriguing for when Avry goes about completing her deeds, that who is healed leaves scot-free while Avry is left to tend to the wounds that she absorbed whether malignant or benign. The development of Avry and her choice to go through such torturous healing (obtaining scars and fevers and remain unconscious for days), and put her life on the line for the very men who begin to pull her heartstrings. 

The action within this had stationed my attention for hours, never letting me leave the story, or even my room for that matter. I wanted to know what happened next. I wanted to watch the characters grow. I read and read and read until the very end, one that left me with a warm heart and anticipation for a sequel that brings Avry and Kerrick and the boys back into my life in the new year.

First Line: The little girl wouldn't stop crying.

Story: XS

Cover: A

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Friday Hops (12/23/11)

Follow Friday (#7)

Q:  If you had to spend eternity inside the pages of a book which book would you choose and why?

I would spend my days within Divergent because Veronica Roth created such an interesting world with kickass characters that I love <3

 TGIF (#6)

  Dear Santa: Which books made it to your Christmas wish list this year?

Oh good lord there are so many books that made my Christmas list this but my top two that I asked for were The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Legend by Maria Lu

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
Publication Date: July 3, 2012

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the corner of the birch grove. Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother. The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member. Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

Though the cover style is somewhat overused, I still happen to find it fascinating and mysterious. I look forward to reading this and be impressed by the mystery and paranormal aspect that it withholds. Can't wait for this to come out!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Release Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 215
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Hannah can't wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget. But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a They can't find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone's been living there, even though it's been deserted for years. And Colin doesn’t seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin’s dark side, and her own safety. Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.
I knew after reading this book from reviews that the little light indicating "This-will-remind-you-of-The-Shining-by-Steven-King" would siren and it did. From the very moment that Hannah wants to take her boyfriend, Colin, to a secluded, old, decaying house not indicated  on any map, the thought stuck like a fly in honey.

Now the basic plot of the book fir Hannah to finally admit and say that she loves Colin after a year of dating. To do this: sporadic vacation in a house that her boyfriend says he doesn't like going to. Perfect place for sexy time, anyone? I honestly had no idea what was going on through her mind to pick a spot such as that to spend time with her boyfriend before he goes off the college. But yeah the whole premise from start to finish, with your thriller adaptation, was for her to realize those three words "I love you."

Hannah had me liking her in the beginning but once the setting changed to the remote house my affection towards her coasted down a steep hill. From that point you see how weak of a character she becomes. The decisions she makes from point A to point B are just horrible. I really don't know where her thought process begins and if it even ends. Her italicized thoughts irked me to no end from the increasingly cliched aspect they ascertained.

Even through all of this, Emma Carlson Berne did keep me entertained from beginning to end. Some moments were cute, I enjoyed the scenes with Hannah and her best friend, and the thriller aspect of the book kept my attention molded to the pages. 

First Line: Hannah Taylor leaned her finger on the doorbell of Colin's house, listening to the silvery chimes echo inside the sprawling Victorian.
Story: A
Cover: S

Sunday, December 18, 2011

In My Mailbox (24): Accepted!

It was a very plentiful week for me and I hope that it was for all of you out there, too. Not only did I receive some amazing books for review but I also finally received my first college acceptance letter in the mail. The feeling is overwhelming! 

I'm sure many of you know that feeling when that first letter come home and the emotions are just all over the walls. With this college being my first choice I'm pretty sure I melted into a puddle when receiving the letter! Haha!

Now to the pretties!

Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould
Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel
The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge
13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau
Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark
((A big thanks to Netgalley for these books!))

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter*
The Warlock by Michael Scott
Little Picture Frame 

*((A big thanks to Harlequin Teen!))

Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review: On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

Released Date: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 384
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural
The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn't prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher. Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her "lucky" break came at the expense of her mother's life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again. Now she's the target of Death's ravens and an innocent boy's life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey's secret crush—starts to climb Alaska's Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her. And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.
Reading this book left a bad taste in my mouth. I had high hopes after reading the synopsis and other reviewers' opinions of the book but I just couldn't like the story line at all no matter how hard I tried.

Getting into the beginning of the book was smooth sailing but when Abbey's character revealed itself in full bloom to the reader I had to back away before I exploded. Let me make this clear: I do not like Abbey Chandler. She blames herself for her mother's death and in return clearly blows up at her father who is in the same position as he is: mourning over the loss of his wife. In my eyes I view Abbey as immature. In the early chapters the reader is brought up into the conversation of Abbey's obsession over Nate Holden. She is borderline obsessed it's crazy, and not to mention she has never spoken a word to him nor does he acknowledge her existence. Next to insta-love, crazy-obsessive protags do not go over well with me. 

At first I thought this book was going to be in Abbey's point of view, but then it jumps to Nate's. From there I'm thinking it's going to be a dual teenage POV where you get Abbey's view and Nate's view. Nope! It jumps to Tanner, Abbey's best friend confined into a wheelchair. From there it jumps to Nate's dad, Nate's mom, and my head is spinning from all of these point of views and how recent the jumps between them occur. It's very unorganized, confusing, and unappealing to me as a reader.

Going into Nate's POV bored me to tears. I was expecting a grandeur of action going on during his climb of Denali but all I witnessed was a bland expedition that ended in be turning the other way. There wasn't much for me to connect to and evidently was outshine by Tanner who gave a mile and then some just for Abbey. His dedication, attitude, and just his ability to stand by Abbey made him a true best friend and had me on his side from the very beginning.   

Next on what I didn't enjoy within this book was the cyber bullying towards Abbey and Tanner because of who they are. It wasn't really necessary within the plot. Detailing Abbey an outcast was made prominent in the beginning of the book but the cyber bullying just seemed too abstract in terms of what was going on. I don't know if it was suppose to impose dramatic feelings towards these characters or to speed along some where in the rising action but it just didn't do it for me. It just seemed irreverent.  

The slow plot progressions have always been hard for me to get through and Jordan Dane did make me climb a mountain to catch a glimpse of On a Dark Wing's ultimately simple plot. Not only did this make it hard to have my attention grasped but it just made me want to skim faster than sit back and read thoroughly.

I wish I could have liked this book I truly do, but there was just so much that made me want to put this book down and never look at the likes of it again. I do hope in future novels that Jordan Dane write, she writes with more of a connection to her audience because out of every character in the book there was only one that I could connect with and truly tie into and it wasn't even the main protag.   

First Line: I had countless excuses for missing the bus that afternoon, five years ago.
Story: C
Cover: A

Thursday, December 15, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Tempest by Julie Cross Audio Book

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun. That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future. Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.  But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him. Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. 

To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.

With an extremely beautiful cover like this I couldn't turn away from checking this book out. I've been trying to get back into the swing of Contemporary and the idea behind this book, a strange realization of having nine lives after cheating death, made me pine for this book.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Released: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 294
Genre: Contemporary, Music, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Source: Pulse It
Format: Online Novel
Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she me Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better? Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what's expected. Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

Being a music lover and knowing how competitive the music world gets, I was able to fall into Carmen's world with ease. Basically this book revived my love for the classical music and how striving for success and just playing music gives you that feeling of soaring. 

Virtuosity never left me empty, dissatisfied, or bored while reading. Sometimes I wouldn't even notice the page numbers and find myself flying twenty pages at a time before stopping and looking down to see where I was. This novel grasped my attention and never let it go until the very last line. And I do applaud Jessica Martinez for such a wonderful triumph!

While reading I felt as if I were walking in Carmen Bianchi's shoes. Everything she felt bubbled through me: happiness, rage, humiliation, dread. She was a character to live up to, someone that I would enjoy hanging around, a real role model. The way she executes not only music but her life made me applaud, especially when the action of standing up for herself against her mother. I couldn't wipe that smile of satisfaction off my face. Carmen Bianchi was a true, pure, and remarkable protagonist that is the true essence of a role model and someone not to mess with, that's for sure.

Now, let me speak about Jeremy King. The cute, British, violin prodigy come to fight his way to fame against Carmen. Miss Martinez executes Jeremy wonderfully in the beginning, a snarky ass that doesn't know whether to befreind Carmen or hate her because of the competition. Their roundabout sarcastic comments to one another had me heated and boy, was Miss Martinez great at getting emotions sparking from me! As the story progressed Jeremy's competition sewed layers began to unravel and I fell in love with his witty and adorable character.

Virtuosity happens to be my favorite contemporary of 2011, hands down. Never in a contemporary novel have I felt so many emotions, enjoyed the satisfaction of music, or fallen harder for a boy. Jessica Martinez had me from beginning to end and I never wanted the magic to end!

First Line: The balcony felt cold under my cheek.

Story: XS

Cover: A

Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Tempest by Julie Cross (WITH AUDIO BOOK SAMPLER)

Tempest by Julie Cross

Released: January 17, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Tempest #1
Young Adult
Pages: 352
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Goodreads
Format: Advanced Reader's Copy
The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy... he's in college, has a girlfriend... and he can travel back through time. But it's not like the movies - nothing changes in the present after he jumps, there's no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors - it's just harmless fun. That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future. Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities. But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him. Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
Click play to hear a sample of the first chapter! 

*Special thanks to Macmillan Audio*

I liked it, I believe my expectations were a tad too high for this novel and I was crestfallen towards the end.

When I first heard about this book the idea of time-travel made me think of Doctor Who within an instant. Looking back on this novel Julie Cross' installation of time travel had me jumping through a few loops. It didn't really sound like time travel, more like rewinding a video but with the ability to interact in different ways. The concept of not being able to change the past or alter the future by being in the past ruined my view of a Butterfly Effect I was expecting within this novel.

The reader is introduced to Jackson Meyer, a 19-year-old college student with the ability to travel back in time. Within the first few chapters Jackson is attacked by two men who, within a fight trying to escape, kill Holly, his girlfriend of the present. With that Jackson jumps to the year 2007 and is unable to return to his true "home base."

Jackson as our male protag was hard for me to connect with. Beyond the major cliches of prep-school rich kid living in Manhattan, he is an impulsive, headstrong, afraid of commitment teenager whose heart is tender and loyal to those he cares about. Now, I wasn't falling head over heels for Jackson despite his ability to speak french and recite Dickens. I just couldn't really fall for him because he seemed too perfect and the thought of him being too perfect had me turning away from him. Through having a male narrator was a nice change of scenery in YA novels.

Now in the synopsis the mention of Enemies of Time is brought up but in the story itself, they aren't mention until you're nearing the end, and the build up towards it... well there wasn't much of one. I was expecting a large explosion of emotions but all I really felt in the scene was it being a chat over tea. Not to mention the name "Enemies of Time" it's a bit of a drag for the villains of the story. All in all with the impact of building up with the plot, it was weak and it took a while. There were characters that were spent too much time on and others that were only mentioned once but had a huge impact to the story line. I felt cheated towards the end because of this.

I'm hoping that the sequel to Tempest grabs my attention more and hopefully there is less in relationship building and more towards the action of the plot. Though I am interested, due to how Miss Cross ended the first novel, how she is going to go with the next two in the trilogy. 

First Line: Okay, so it's true. I can time-travel. 

Story: A

Cover: S

Sunday, December 11, 2011

In My Mailbox (23): Saturday Night Live

Only got two books this week but I am so excited to read them! So I'm going to finish this up and finish watching SNL

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Still Watesr by Emma Carlson Berne
(Thank you Simon and Schuster/Pulse It for these reads!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Released: November 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Dark Eden #1
Young Adult
Pages: 336
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal
Source: Goodreads
Format: Advanced Reader's Copy
Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares - with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night's experiences. But each person soon discovers strange unexplained aches and pains. ... What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

I had mixed opinions while reading this book.

As the reader you're introduced to Will Besting, our main male protag that narrates the book through his eyes. From the very beginning you notice that he's reclusive, sarcastic, and a bit of a kleptomania where he going into his therapists computer and steals voice recording sessions of those who are labeled as "The 7" otherwise known as the teenagers chosen to venture to Fort Eden, to cure them of their fears.

Now some things really didn't sit well with me. During most of the duration of the book Will is sitting in some sort of cellar with tv's stationed around, just watching. With each character they're sent to a room to overcome their fear. The first one it's pretty cool, everyone after that goes through the came procedure, different fear. It was kind of a letdown. The art work in the book was interesting as well, though it's upsetting when the artwork gives away each fear for each character. It is kinda like Rick Riordian's chapter names; they give away what's going to happen before you really read the chapter.

The paranormal twist at the end though did catch me off guard. Though looking back at it, the paranormal nosedive kind of remind me of Mara Dyer's where out of nowhere BAMM! Paranormal initiative sets in. Carman makes interesting use out of it, and definitely threw me off guard. As well, the pace of the books (when they focused off Will and on the others at Fort Eden) was a nice pace that kept up my interest.

First Line: Why are you hiding in this room all alone?

Story: A

Cover: A

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Hops (12/9/11)

Follow Friday (#6)

Q: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

I would have to go with Let It Snow a collaboration Christmas book with all of my favorite authors working together: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle! I basically was dying of happiness once I read this. It's cute, funny, quirky, some Christmas cheeseyness thrown in, but its a all around fun book to read and snuggle up near a warm fire and read. Definitely would buy this for my family and friends and another one for me because my English kinda stole my copy DX! Well... I'll let her consider it a "gift."

        TGIF (#5)

 Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

Book to movies are hard things for me. My favorite would have to be The Princess Bride (Oh, Westley). My worst would have to be Eragon, the book was much better and the movie was just ridiculous in every comparison.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
Publication Date: August 16, 2012
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The trees swallowed her brother whole. And Jenny was there to see it. Years later, when she returns to the woods where Tom was taken to say good-bye at last, she finds herself lured into a world where stunning beauty masks the most treacherous of evils, and strange and dangerous creatures await—creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with allegiances that shift as much as his moods. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice—and not just her own.

Such a captivating synopsis that sparks of originality. I enjoy reading books about the Fey and this definitely has my interesting growing. And with a beautiful cover displayed above, makes waiting this Wednesday even harder.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Released Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry Books
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 485
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? 
     This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. 
City of Bones was definitely one of those books that just sucks up your attention with no intent of letting go. A very good book when you're looking to just sit on the big comfy couch and stick your nose in that book. The hours just fly by and I honestly didn't know that the sun set when I put the book down. My day flew away as my attention was grasped by Cassandra Clare's City of Bones.

One thing that I truly enjoyed reading within this book was the action and fighting. It wasn't weak where the violence was lacking. Some books water the fighting down but not in this one. The fast-paced action shots were vivid within the writing and the imagination.

The character development within the book had me grown attached. In the beginning I was with Clary all the way with seeking to find her mother. Though sometimes I wanted to throw a book at her, to open her eyes to what was right in front of her. It's not that she was oblivious...well yeah, she was oblivious. And Jace. The lovely, gorgeous "Mr. Golden", Jace. He's that character who's sly charm and smooth moves, or should I say self-absorbed nature just draws you in. I wasn't extremely enthralled with Jace, to tell you the truth. The high and mighty nature was nit picky within me. I don't hate his character, though there is some minor irkage dwelling within.

Another thing about City of Bones is the twists and turns within that always keep your attention spot on. I couldn't tell you how many times I was smacking my face because of what what going on. Usually I find plot twists, when over used or used incorrectly, abhorred in nature and I can't even finish a book, but Cassandra Claire really had me going and I didn't even mind it! The shocks were enjoyable, some of them I could see coming, but biggest one at the end . . . OH BOY! CoB fans know what I'm talking about!

Final Summation: Definitely, if you haven't read this series, go and get it. 

First Line: "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive jacket.
Five targets slayed!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Review: Dengeki Daisy by Motomi Kyousuke

Dengeki Daisy by Motomi Kyousuke

Released: October 26, 2007
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: Dengeki Daisy #1
Volumes: Currently 5+
Other Names: Electric Daisy
Young Adult -- Shojo
Format: Paperback

After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help. Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks? 
One day at school Teru accidentally breaks a window and agrees to pay for it by helping Kurosaki with chores around school. Kurosaki is an impossible taskmaster though, and he also seem to be hiding something important from Teru... 

Out of all the Shojo manga that I read this year, Dengeki Daisy takes the cake. It's cute, funny, and the plot is not only interesting but something that you would never think a Shojo manga could combine with. Romance + Hackers? Whoa! That's one crazy combination but this manga really brings out the essence of innocent love.

Teru Kurebayashi lives a tough life; she not only lost her parents but her bother passes away as well. If that wasn't bad enough, during the school hours she is pestered by the rich school snobs. But the only person that is able to keep a smile on her face is Daisy, a mysterious friend of her brother's that emails her and keeps her safe. But when Teru breaks a window in the attempts to scare her bullies away, she is taken in as a "slave" to the very hot janitor Kurosaki. And the misadventures secrets of DAISY begin to unravel faster than thread before Teru's very eyes.

I just can't get enough of this manga. It's cute, witty, funny, romantic, sad. It is literally every emotion packed into multiple volumes. And if thats not enough for me, there is the extremely hot Kurosaki who plays a two part persona throughout the whole series. And I happened to have fallen in love with both of them (more so for his softer side). 

For shojo fans out there, definitely look into this manga because the storyline is not only involving, but the romance is so tantalizing that you just can't stop reading one chapter.

Story: XS

Artwork: XS

Sunday, December 4, 2011

In My Mailbox (22): Panera Bread

I didn't really get much this week but I did go to Panera Bread for dinner tonight and I must say that their new Steak Panini is really good! So if you're a fan of steak and Panera Bread, definitely check it out! :D
Now onto the bookies!

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
(Thank you Simon and Schuster/Pulse It for these reads!)

The Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro
(This one is for my 20th century independent read for my AP English 12 class)