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*Review* Passion – Lauren Kate

Passion Cover Passion (Fallen #3)

Lauren Kate

420 pages

ISBN: 9780385739160

Read (11-26-12)

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way….

Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime…going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel…and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames…forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

I would have to say that so far, this is the book I have enjoyed most of the series.  In this book, we get to see and learn so much more than in the first two combined.  We got to see much more of Luce and Daniel’s story as she moves through time to witness their love with her past lives.  I really enjoyed seeing Luce’s past selves and how Daniel came into them.  They were all quite different and their relationship connected better in all those previous lives than they did in their current one to me.

The reader for the audiobook does a fantastic job with all the different accents as Luce travels to different countries as she goes back in time and she has a very clear and pelasant voice.  I still felt no surprise through the book as it was quite predictable to me.  Only one more book to the series left and I am hoping for a great finale with some surprises since it is the end.

Great reader, get to see more romance between Luce and Daniel, wonderful past lives scenes, still predictable, but enjoyable.

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*Review* Torment – Lauren Kate

Torment Cover Torment (Fallen #2)

Lauren Kate

452 pages

ISBN: 9780385739146

Read 11-8-12

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

This one was better than Fallen in some parts, worse in some parts and still aggravating.  Luce is still blind to the obvious and makes very bad decisions when it comes to some things.  I feel like she is a character that you have to spell everything out for.

I do, however, like Luce’s roommate, Shelby.  She has a rough exterior, but she is a really devoted friend.  I also really liked Myles.  He is suchs a sweet character and an all around good guy.

I did like the fact that we get to find out more about the shadows, what they are for and what they do.  I would probably treat them kind of like pets if it was me.  The way it describes them slithering around and such, in my head, I pictures them as little blobs like the nulls in Reboot (if anybody remembers this show – if you haven’t seen it, you definitely should).  I can’t help but to be nice to little things like that that seem to be alive.

Luce also starts to delve into past life stuff and I think it would be rather hard to see the things she does.  I am still not crazy about Daniel and after seeing some of the stuff from the past, I am even less crazy about him.  The way the book ended was interesting and I liked the decision that Luce made.  You can really tell how confused she is by everything and the mixed emotions she has over it.  So far, the series is still only okay, but it is interesting enough to keep going.

Likeable secondary characters, still frustrating, no interest in lvoe interest, good ending.

3.5 bookmark

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Dream Cast Thursday (5)

Dream Cast Thursday Meme Button Dream Cast Thursday is a fun new meme hosted by Amber at Du Livrethat showcases actors and actresses participants would chose to play the roles of the main characters in the book(s) they are currently reading if they were to be made into movies.

What I’m Currently Reading:

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My Cast:

Alyson StonerAlyson Stoner – Mallory

For some reason, she just looks like a Mallory to me.

Robbie AmellRobbie Amell – Kaleb

Muscles.

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My Reading Challenges for 2013

I had a lot of fun doing reading challenges for this year and so I have signed up for several again for this coming year!  Here are all the ones I am signing up for and the goals I hope to meet.  If you want to find out details, click on the challenge banners to get to the hosting blogs’ posts to find out guidelines and sign ups!  Good luck to everybody in their challenges 🙂

2013 Outdo Yourself

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (books read prior to 1/1/2013 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2013 than you did in 2012. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
  • Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.

Levels:

Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
Out of breath
– Read 6–10 more books
Breaking a sweat
– Read 11–15 more books
I’m on fire!
– Read 16+ more books

The goal I am setting for myself:  Getting my heart rate up!

So this will put my goal up to 55 books from my 50 from this past year.  I would do more if I could, but I am going to be having a lot going on this coming year!

New Authors Challenge 2013

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
  • Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
  • I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop. Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky. We all want to know about your new experience.
  • After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky. Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
  • Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.

My goal for this challenge is 25 authors!  I am going to do it in conjuction with my debut author challenge, so names will be on both lists.  So in addition to the 12 debut authors, I will have another 13 to read.

Off The Shelf 2013

The Finer Deets

  • The Main Rule: Do not include books acquired during 2013, it defeats the purpose, read those books from before 2013 started.
  • Running dates for all 2013 challenges: 1st of January – 31st of December 2013
  • Sign-Ups are accepted until the 16th of December 2013.
  • Formats: All BA Challenges are eBook, audio, short story, and graphic novel friendly.
  • Crossovers: You’re welcome to crossover with BA’s challenges. Include as many books across all the challenges as you can, I always say.

Challenge Levels

  1. Tempted– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Trying – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
  4. On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Hoarder – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Buried – Choose between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s a couple you can choose from.

  • World: Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
    • Level Tempted and Trying: Choose one country
    • Level Making a Dint and On A Roll: Choose two countries
    • Level Flying Off to end of Hoarder: Choose three countries
    • Level Buried: Choose four countries.
  • Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both.

For Off The Shelf, I am going to stick to Tempted since there are so many new books coming out that I want to read!  Hopefully I will get a chance to read more than this, though.

DAC 2013

Rules/Guidelines

Just a few simple rules/guidelines to help things run smoothly!

1) You must have a blog, a Goodreads account, a YouTube account, an Amazon account – any where you can post your reviews and share them with others.

2) There is no deadline to join the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, but make sure you give yourself enough time to achieve the goal!

3) ARCs of 2013 debuts read before January 01, 2013 do not count towards your challenge goal.

4) The 2013 debuts must be read between January 01, 2013 – January 31, 2014 to count for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. The extra month is to allow participants more time to read the December releases.

4) 2013 debuts must be young adult or middle grade in order to count towards the challenge.

5) The title must be the author’s young adult or middle grade debut. If they have previously published an adult title, and this is their first young adult/middle grade title, that counts towards the challenge. If this is their second young adult/middle grade title, it does not count towards the challenge.

6) If you’re a blogger in the US, all debuts must be US debuts to count towards your challenge goal. Likewise, if you’re a UK blogger, all debuts must be UK debuts to count towards to your challenge goal, and same goes for other countries.

Note: I’m removing this rule. I was under the impression that it was easier to buy debuts in your own country, but based on feedback I’ve received in comments and e-mails, it sounds like it’s not! So if you live in Australia or India or wherever, and it’s easier for you to buy a US/UK debut on your kindle or purchase a book through the Book Depository or whatever, go for it – that will count.

7) Each review equals one entry in the monthly prize pack. If you post six review of debut titles in January, you have six entries to win the January prize pack.

For this challenge, I have to read and review at least 12 debuting authors!  I am looking forward to all the new books coming out and finding new authors to love.

2013 Genre Challenge

  • Runs from January 1st 2013 until December 31st 2013. Sign ups will be open until December 1st 2013.
  • There are five levels to challenge yourself too. You may move up a level but not go down a level. These are all outlined below. Please mention in your sign up post which level you will aim for.
  • The genres you choose to read are up to you. As long as every book is different, whichever genre you wish to read you can.
  • Every month there will be a post on this blog to link up to your update post / review(s)
  • There will be a giveaway at the end of the challenge, and maybe a few within the year but these are TBD.
  • To sign up, you will need to write a post saying which level you are challenging yourself too and then use the linky list. Non-Bloggers may post in the comments of this post.
  • Any book formats are accepted.
  • Novellas and Novels are all accepted for this challenge.
  • YA, NA and Adult books all count towards this challenge.
  • New sub-genres are accepted. (for example, paranormal-romance, or historical-romance)

Levels;

  • Careful; 6 different genres, 6 books
  • Cautious; 12 different genres, 12 books
  • Branching; 18 different genres, 18 books
  • Avid Reader; 24 different genres, 24 books
  • Champion; 30 different genres, 30 books

Categories; This is just a list of the vast variety of genres you have to choose from. I have probably missed a lot, so feel free to branch off from this. These are just suggestions.

Contemporary
Historical
Paranormal
Fantasy
Romance
Sci-Fi
Crime
Thriller
Adventure
Non-Fiction
Women’s Fiction
Chick-Lit
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Western
Comedy
Horror
MANfiction
Self-Help
Biography
Auto-biography
Religious
Fairy Tales
Classics
Erotica
Short Stories
Travel Guides
Mystery
Suspence

For this challenge I think I am going to attempt Cautious.  Out of a goal of 55 books for next year, I think I can swing 12 different genres between them all.

I have quite a bit of reading ahead of me!  Hope everybody has fun in their reading challenges for 2013!!

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Waiting on Wednesday (27)

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

This week I am waiting on:

The Beautiful and the Cursed Cover The Beautiful and the Cursed
Page Morgan

Release 5-14-13

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy will devour The Beautiful and the Cursed, a wholly original interpretation of gargoyle lore.
It was bizarre and inexplicable, but after it happened no one spoke of it and Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London behind. She had to trade a world full of fancy dresses and society events for Paris with her mother and younger sister, Gabby.
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house her twin brother Grayson found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abbey. A creepy, old abbey with a roof lined in stone gargoyles that one could almost mistake for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson is missing.
Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson’s whereabouts save for Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant who has some secrets of his own.
There’s one secret about the city that he can’t keep hidden, though. There’s a murderer on the loose. And every day Grayson is missing means that there’s less of a chance he’s alive.
Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead–she can feel it deep in her soul–but she knows he’s in grave danger, and that it’s up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.
Only the path to him is more than she could ever imagine.

Why I am Waiting:

Not only does it sounds quite mysterious, but it is also gargoyle lore!  I used to love watching Gargoyles when I was younger before school and I would love to read a gargoyle book full of mysteries and secrets 🙂

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*Review* Ten – Gretchen McNeil

Ten Cover Ten

Gretchen McNeil

294 pages

ISBN: 9780062118783

Read 11-1-12

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library

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SHHHH!
Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

I hadn’t read a good murder mystery in a while, so I was very happy when I fianlly got my hands on Ten.  I saw the book trailer and it was one of the most thrilling book trailers I had ever seen, so I knew this was a definite read for me.  This book had a great dreadful, gloomy feel to it right from the start and the rainy island setting was perfect.

It wasn’t scary for me at all, but it was wonderfully suspenseful as you started to uncover clues and wonder who was going to be next.  I was majorly analyzing everybody as I read trying to figure out who the killer was going to be and I am really good at figuring out endings (I even had a few quite twisted scenarios in my head for how it could end), but it still came as a surprise for me, which really pleased me.

I liked Meg.  She was a very logical kind of person and loyal to her friend Minnie (even though I never thought Minnie deserved it), and very strong for everything she had to go through.  Minnie was one of my least favorite characters.  She was selfish and very attention seeking, and I’m not quite sure how she was Meg’s best friend.  I liked T.J.; he seemed like a great guy, very nice and helpful.  Not all of these teen are what they seem!  I also liked how short the chapters were and it made the book fly by.  This was a great book that kept me guessing and was an excellent Halloween suspense.

Great twist, fast read, exciting, annoying best friend.

4.5 bookmark

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Top Ten Tuesday (31)

Top Ten Tuesday 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 New to Me Authors in 2012

1. Gena ShowalterAlice in Zombieland was incredible and has some fantastic action scenes!  I can’t wait for the next one and I will be checking out her other books.

2. Katie McGarryPushing the Limits was an amazing debut and an emotional roller coaster.  This lady know how to tug the heartstrings!

3. Marissa Meyer:  By far Cinder was one of (if not the #1) my favorite reads for this year.  I was truly sucked into her debut and have been pining for the sequel ever since I closed the book.

4. Jodi Meadows Incarnate was another wonderful debut, and it was very unique with a very crush worthy guy!

5. Laini Taylor:  If you have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, then you already know what I am talking about.  The characters and the world portayed in this book were amazing!

6. Stephanie Perkins:  This woman made me feel was it is like to fall in love for the first time all over again in Anna and the French Kiss and I will definitely be reading everything she writes.  Etienne St. Clair *happy sigh*

7. Tabitha Suzuma:  This author broke my heart in Forbidden and made such a taboo story into something incredibly beautiful.

8. Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games was such a great read and I didn’t want to put it down!

9. Ciye Cho: The world of Niemela in Florence was one of my favorite underwater worlds I have read about and the author describes it with such colorful vividness.

10. Gretchen McNeil:  I love how fast Ten read and it kept me guessing.  Any author that can do that has made my list of favorites 🙂

So who were your top faves for this year?

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Merry Christmas and Happy 350 Followers Giveaway!!!

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I have reached 350 followers!  And as promised, a giveaway is in order.  Along with getting 350 followers, it is inching towards Christmas, so I will be giving away two prizes!  Up for grabs is a book of your choice worth up to $15 from The Book Depository, so the giveaway is international.  There is a load of entries for you to rack up and plenty of time to build your chances since the giveaway doesn’t end until Midnight on December 30th and the winners will be announced on New Year’s Eve.  Please make sure you leave comments here on my WordPress blog since the page with the giveaway is only to host my giveaways.

Good luck to everybody and I hope you all have wonderful holidays!  Thanks for being fabulous followers 😀

Find the giveaway here!

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Cover Crush (10)

Cover Crush Logo 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:

Dare You To Cover

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

Why I am Crushing:

For me, I am loving this one because of the hotness factor.  Ever kissed in the rain?  It’s hot and you know what else is hot?  A hot muscley guy in a wet shirt with wet hair from the rain, and I am sure guys can say the same for us girls.  I loved Pushing the Limits and I can not wait for Beth’s story!



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Let’s Talk (4): Recycling

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Originally hosted by Melissa from i swim for oceans, Smash & Kt took her original inspiration, and made it their own, expanding it to more than just books. Let’s get personal (but respectfully so) and learn more about one another!  Each week, a different question will be posted along with a place to link up your posts and visit other people’s responses. This meme is definitely meant to bring out conversation and meet new people. So, Let’s Talk!

Today’s Question:

Do you use “green” products? Do you recycle?  Please share your thoughts and resources on helping our planet live for future generations.

Sometimes I do use green products.  I’ll get the bottles with less plastic or the chip bags that are more biodegradable, and I try to recycle as much as possible.  It feels kind of wrong if I don’t.  Before I bought my house, I would get on my roommates’ nerves hoarding plastic bottles and cereal boxes and such to take to the recycle center.  I wouldn’t get to go often because of my work hours so when I finally made it, I had quite a load of recyclables.  Now that I have my own house, I am wanting to get trash and recycle pick up.  I went to a load fill for the first time ever recently, and they are so ugly and I try my best not to add to it.  Are you a recycler?

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