Monthly Archives: October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (21)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on:

 Vengeance Bound
Justina Ireland

Release 4-2-13

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

Why I am Waiting:

I love Dexter and this sounds like a crazy YA version of Dexter mixed with Greek mythology.  I can’t imagine how psychotic she feels with the Furies stuck in her head!  How did they get in her head anyway? Definitely sounds like a great read to me 🙂

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*Review* Alice in Zombieland – Gena Showalter

 Alice in Zombieland

Gena Showalter

404 pages

ISBN: 9780373210589

Read 10-22-12

Format: Hardcover

Source: Borrowed

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She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

This book was so awesome!  It is definitely not your ordinary zombie tale.  Instead of the usual sluggish, walking dead physical zombies, these are actually spirits that are infected and they are strong and fast.  Also, you can’t just shoot them in the head to kill them, it’s much harder.  It was definitely a book I could not put down, one of my favorites this year and I want the next one NOW.  Why must I wait an entire year?!

This book was very exciting in several different ways and there is so much more to learn and uncover.  The action scenes were really well-written and not at all confusing.  The whole thing reads so fast and I would have finished it sooner than I did if life had let me sit down to it more.

There are so many characters I liked.  Ali of course was awesome.  She had to deal with a huge tragedy and she bounces back well.  Her friend Kat is quite a character.  Incredibly upbeat, incredibly fiesty, and an awesome friend.  Ali’s grandparents were funny old folks who had some hilarious lines where they try to talk slang.

“You’re smart, pretty and you’re not a douche purse.”
If I’d had food in my mouth I would have spewed it.  Douche purse?  She must mean douche bag.  But okay, I could roll.  I was getting used to her filthy, funny mouth.  Pg. 265

As for Cole, I wasn’t too crazy about him at first.  I do like a confident, strong male lead, but in the beginning, he was a bit too forceful and a jerk.   It was like he was two different people at first, but eventually we got to see who he was and I definitely warmed up to him.

The cover of this book is one of my favorites because of the details in it; the little skulls, the symbolds of the card suits, and the skull & crossbone design on the inside of the hardcover.  All I have to say is READ THIS BOOK!  A great book and a great Halloween read.

Zombies, action, great characters, witty banter.

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Teaser Tuesday (32)

 Tuesday is a weekly meme anyone can take part in, hosted my MizB at Should Be Reading.  To participate all you have to do is get the book you are currently reading, open to a random page, and post a two sentence teaser that doesn’t contain spoilers.  Make sure you don’t forget to let us know the title and author of the book so people can add it to their To Be Read list if they liked the teasing!

Here’s my teaser:

 “She’d seen the report on the news, the charred remains of a body found in the locker room of their rival school, Mariner High.  It was a gruesome murder and so far the body hadn’t been identified.”  Pg. 5

Ten
Grethen McNeil

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Top Ten Tuesday (27)

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Kick-Butt Heroines (Sorry I don’t cuss LOL ;-P)

 1. Katniss from The Hunger Games:  She is awesome and I am sure she will be on a ton of lists.  It takes a lot to go through and survive what happeneed to her.

2. Ali from Alice in Zombieland:  This book was awesome and so was Ali.  Quite a fighter in more ways than one.

3. Cinder:  She is a cyborg!  She is an awesome cyborg.

4. Hermione from Harry Potter: Duh.  Smart, awesome and knows her magic!

5. Callie from Starters: She had to deal with a ton of stuff in this book and she kept on going, the thought of her brother keeping her strong.

6. Linsday Boxer from The Women’s Murder Club series:  I really like this detective; she is smart, fearless and always stands up for what is right.

7. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone: She has blue hair and awesome abilities, both magical and artistic.

8. Eleanor from Something Strange and Deadly: She is either really brave or really dumb for the dangerous things she did.  Another who kept up with what she was doing for the love of family.

9. Lexi from The Near Witch:  She wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she knew was right, even if her “proper” role was to stay at home with all the other women.  She was brave and wanted to protect those she cared for.

10. Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood:  She is one wickedly awesome ghost!

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Deja Vu Review (3)

The Deja Vu Review is hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide and spotlights books with a mini review that we have read in the past or before we started our blog.

This week’s topic: A horror or thriller

 The Langoliers
Stephen King

 My Rating: 4/5

 I have only read two book my Stephen King, this one and Thinner.  I really wasn’t impressed at all with Thinner, but I still decided to try another King book, and I chose this one.  To me is wasn’t really scary, but it was a bit suspenseful not knowing what was going on or what would happen.  Plus in my head, the sound the langoliers made was pretty creepy.   I enjoyed this one and even liked the ending.  It was different, unusual and well-written.

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Cover Reveal – A Darkness Strange and Lovely

I have been doing the read along for Something Strange and Deadly with Brittany over at The Book Addict’s Guide and I finished the book a few days ago.  I enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next book and I was even kind  of surprised by the route the author took with some things in the book.  I will be posting the review soon after I am done with the final read along questions!  So, here is the cover reveal for the sequel, A Darkness Strange and Lovely:

Isn’t it pretty?  It sticks to the same theme and lovely darker color scheme. I look forward to reading this book and seeing how everything turns out!

 

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Something Strange and Deadly Read Along Week 3

Hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide

Week 3
Chapters 15-20 (through page 278)

1. We’ve watched Eleanor chase after the Dead and after Daniel without hesitation. Do you perceive Eleanor as brave or foolish to act with little thought to consequence?

I think Eleanor is very brave.  She wants to find her bother and make sure he is safe and this quest has taken her on some dangerous paths that she is not afraid to face.  I think she is incredibly strong and brave.

2. Eleanor gets a letter from Elijah to tell her to stop searching for him – that it’s a bad idea and it’s hurting him rather than helping him. Is Eleanor in denial that her brother is working with the necromancer? Or do you think the necromancer is threatening Elijah now that he knows Eleanor is searching for him?

I still want to say Elijah is on the side of good, but I don’t know how sure of that I am.  Is the necromancer threatening him because of her?  Or is she a threat to Elijah because he is the necromancer?

3. We find out the history of Daniel Sheridan in these chapters and that he has quite an interesting connection to the Fitt family that Eleanor never knew about. Were you surprised to find out Daniel’s history in Philadelphia? If you were Eleanor, how would you have taken the news?

It did come as a surprise, and I think she took it well.  I think I would have taken it well, too, because the way I see it, whether he was there or not, the factory was going to go down, he just didn’t die like he was supposed to.  Daniel was just a pawn in Clay’s game.

4. We also find out the real story of the Wilcoxes and that both Clarence and his father have a major connection to the Fitts also. We’re clearly getting closer to solving some of the mysteries that have been building up in the story. What do you make of this connection? How do you think this will affect the climax of the book??

I think the climax will be more tense because of this very personal connection between the two families.  Nothing is random and I fear what Elijah’s part may be in all of this because it is so personal.

Thoughts:  At this point in the book, I definitely changed my mind about what side Elijah is on!

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In My Mailbox (24)

 In my mailbox is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren that lets us share our bookish finds!

Bought

The Best and Hardest ThingPat Brisson

Full Dark, No StarsStephen King

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove Lauren Kate

Library

PassionLauren Kate

RaptureLauren Kate

TenGretchen McNeil

I am so happy that I finally got Ten!  I have had a hold on it from the library since September 12th! Just in time to be able to read it for Halloween 🙂  So what is in your mailbox?

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Cover Crush (4)

Cover Crush is my new meme here at On The Shelf where beautiful and eye-catching covers are spotlighted!  Any cover can be showcased whether it be old or new, read or still sitting in your TBR stack.  Please join in, link up and enjoy some beautiful covers!

My Cover:

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

Why I’m Loving It:

I love this cover; it is so very Poe (which of course fits since this book was inspired by Poe’s Annabel Lee).  It’s a very dark and tumultuous cover with the churning water and crashing waves, plus you can see the streaks of rain from a downpour.  I love the bit of blue that is the dress, whipping in the wind.  This is definitely a cover that says the book won’t be filled with rainbows and sunshine.



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Series Catch-Up 2012

 

The Series Catch-Up is hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide and takes place the last two months of the year and is for us to catch up on any series we may be behind on.

My goals for this is going to be on the smaller side because I have so many books to try to read and review requests I have promised, so I have to keep my goal realistic lol.

So here is what I am going to try to complete:

The Hunger Games series:

Catching Fire
Mockingjay

The Matched Trilogy:

Crossed
Reached

The Fallen Series:

Torment
Passion
Rapture

Hopefully I will be able to get to all these (even though it really isn’t that long of a list and the Fallen series I will be listening to on audiobook.   And if I have enough time I want to also finish:

The Looking Glass Wars:

Seeing Redd
ArchEnemy

We will see how far I get and I am looking forward to the mini-challenges as well 🙂

 

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