My favorite quotes!

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis

Friday, November 25, 2011

TBR Challenge for Winter Break

I am so excited that school will be over in two weeks and classes don't start back up until the second week in January.  The last couple weeks have been so busy and hectic with studying and holidays that it has been hard to get to my to be read pile!  Looking forward to hopefully getting Skyrim for Christmas and lots and lots and LOTS of reading accomplished before another busy semester!

My tentative list of books that I will hopefully get read before going back to school in January:
  1. Rot and Ruin
  2. Dust and Decay
  3. Chrystallia
  4. Tyger, Tyger
  5. In the Forests of the Night
  6. Wither
  7. Shatter Me
  8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns
  9. Ashes, Ashes
  10. The Clockwork Prince
  11. Dark and Hollow Places
  12. Need
  13. Captivate
My list will probably grow as I search the books behind the books on my bookshelfs!!!
Also hopefully in this time I will be able to get together my reading challenges for 2012 since it will be my first time (:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: Illuminated

Title:  Illuminated
Author:  Erica Orloff
Publisher:  Speak
Publication Date:  December 8, 2011

Goodreads Description:
Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

My thoughts:
Callie is a girl that gets straight As, gets along with everyone, does what she is supposed to do.  Her father expects her to go to law school and join the family firm.  August is the son of a book collector and is attending NYU.  His father wants him to join the antiquities business with him.  The two meet during the summer while Callie is visiting her Uncle Harry and his partner, Gabe, like she does every summer.  Uncle Harry works for an auction house and deals with books and manuscripts.  He has been hired to find to sell a collection of rare books and comes across a rare pampilsest, or an Illuminated manuscript called the Book of Hours (I remember studying these in Art History a couple of semesters ago...very pretty!).  Callie and August are pulled into the mystery of the writer and the lives surrounding the book.  Illuminated is the story of the tragic love of Heloise and Abelard and the beginnings of love of Callie and August. 

This story pulled me in from the beginning.  I wanted to find out the story of Heloise and Abelard as much as Callie and August.  I read the story in one day...pretty much one sitting.  It is recommended for ages 12 and up and I could agree with this recommendation.  There isn't anything in it that I wouldn't want my tween daughter to read.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Books that I am thankful for!

Giveaway on Beth Revis blog!

I have always been a reader, ever since I was little.  The first book that I can remember reading over and over again and still read at least once a year is Alanna: The First Adventure and all of the books in the series. 

Alanna proves that girls can be knights and can do whatever they set their mind on.  She is a great character and I wanted everything to go right for her.  It has romance, fighting, intrigue and it's all something that I would let my 12 year old daughter read. 

Another book that I am thankful for is Heaven by V.C. Andrews.  I remember reading this in middle school and I have read it quite a few times since.  Not sure if I would let my middle school read it or not though!  These books may have been for pure entertainment, but they kept me reading and wanting to read more.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Quick Review: Jenny Pox

Title:  Jenny Pox
Author:  J.L. Bryan
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Publication Date:  July 24, 2009

Goodreads Description:
Jenny has a secret. Her touch spreads a supernatural plague.  She devotes her life to avoiding contact with people, until her senior year of high school, when she meets the one boy she can touch, and she falls in love.  But there's a problem--he's under the spell of his devious girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.Now Jenny must learn to use the deadly "Jenny pox" she's fought her entire life to hide, or be destroyed by Ashleigh's ruthless plans.

Not recommended for readers under sixteen due to mature content.

Quick Thoughts:
I felt so sorry for Jenny not being able to touch anyone or have any real physical contact even with her father.  She must work very hard to keep her poisonous skin from contacting anyone else, but she manages and even attends school.  I couldn't imagine not being able to hug my daughter like Jenny's father.  He must cover himself from head to toe so that he doesn't come in contact with her skin.  When Seth came along and Jenny realizes she can touch him and not hurt him, her life changes.  She can feel a real touch and have real kisses.  Of course there has to be some evil mean person and that is Seth's girlfriend, Ashley.  She has always had it in for Jenny and things get worse when Jenny and Seth want to be together.

I really liked this book.  I was glad to see the last line of the synopsis from goodreads said "Not recommended for readers under sixteen due to mature content."  There were some VERY descriptive scenes in Jenny Pox.  I will read Tommy Nightmare and Alexander Death.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Quick Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Title:  The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author:  Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: March 10, 2009

From Goodreads:
In Mary's world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

*May contain spoilers!!!*
I received this book from Goodreads bookswap on Tuesday.  Today after my Biology practical I needed something other than school to think about.  I started reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth and couldn't put it down.  I have been looking forward to reading it, but never wanted to buy it.  Now I wish I had gotten it sooner.  It was a great story about Unconsecrated (Zombies!!!).  Mary is a young woman dealing with the loss of her mother and her father.  Her brother has turned her away and the one she loves is promised to another.  The fence is supposed to keep the Unconsecrated out, but something happens.  Now Mary and a group are looking for another safe place and she dreams of the ocean.  This is a fast paced story and I can't wait to start on The Dead-Tossed Waves.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publisher: Definitions
Publication Date: May 27, 2011
Genre: young adult

Goodreads Description:
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

*may contain spoilers*
There are lots of things good and bad that can be said about this book. I can honestly say that it was daring and thought provoking in many aspects. It was breathtaking. It's a love story and a tragedy. Like Romeo and Juliet to a degree - starcrossed lovers with situations, environment, and morals bent on ending or preventing their love. I know it really shouldn't be love in a romantic sense.

Lochan, 17, and Maya, 16, have been thrown together in the parental roles of caring for themselves and their youger siblings. Lochan and Maya must care for their younger siblings: Kit - 13, Tiffin - 8, and Willa - 5. Their father has left and their alcoholic mother is there less than half the time. These things have forced these self-sacrificing kids into a love that is forbidden. Would they have felt this way if their father had stayed or their mother was a sober, loving mother? Maybe....maybe not. Maya and Lochan know their love is wrong and they fight it.

The physical pain that Lochan and Maya felt - I felt while reading their story. The ending was unpredictable. Somehow I knew I wouldn't get the ending that I wanted even if it was wrong. Really who is to say who we can love and can't love. I loved the kids from the get go. They were funny, loveable, worriesome, and a handful all put upon Maya and Lochan.

Tabitha Suzuma wrote a great story. The writing is wonderful and reads very well with alternating points of view going between Maya and Lochan. This gives us the feelings of both characters and the struggle that they are going through.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: The Mephisto Covenant

Title: The Mephisto Covenant
Author: Trinity Faegan
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
"If the Mephisto can earn love and return it selflessly,
God promises peace in their angry, restless souls.
The caveat: Only the Ananbo, decendants of the daughter of Eve,
Are pure enough of spirit to love a son of hell...."

From Goodreads:
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
My thoughts
Great book.  I think I like most of the books I read though!  I really enjoyed Sasha and Jax.  Jax must keep Sasha protected from his oldest brother Eryx.  Sasha is Anabo.  This means she is pure, kind, and will automatically get into heaven.  Jax is a son of Hell but he can get redemption through the Mephisto Covenant.  Anabos are rare and it is a huge thing that Jax is demon hunting and finds Sasha at a meeting to gain followers for Eryx.  He realizes she is Anabo even though she doesn't know.  He was the first to her so to put it bluntly - he has dibs on her (: but it is her decision to give up her mortality and join Jax forever.  A great love story, full of suspense, and action. Jax's brother are amazing and sooo funny.  I can's wait to read about them finding the loves of their lives and their redemption.

Review: Seers

Title: Seers

Author: Heather Frost
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication Date: October 3, 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Source: netgalley

Goodreads Description:
For Kate Bennet, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O'Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble.

My thoughts:
Kate can see auras and invisible people after a recent car accident that killed both her parents and left her and her twin sisters to be taken care of by their grandparents. Patrick is a Guardian sent to protect her and teach her the ways of being a Seer, which is what she is. There is an instant attraction between the two, but Kate already has a boyfriend, Aaron (who is very sweet and caring but a little na├»ve in my opinion). Other characters in the story are Grandpa, Grandma, the twins, Lee (Kate’s best friend), and Toni (Patrick’s partner). Demons seem to be after Kate for some reason and it is up to Patrick to protect her.

I loved the story and read it in two days. Kate is a strong character that has been through a lot. The only time I was really getting upset at her was when she kept denying her feelings and the attraction that was between her and Patrick. Patrick could be my hero anytime. He was a favorite of mine.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In My Mailbox {5}

Meme hosted by The Story Siren

September 5, 2011 - September 11, 2011
Books that I have won, bought, or recieved from various other places.

Bought from Borders:


Received for Review from Librarything Early Reviewers:

Bought from Ollies:

Bought from Books A Million:

 I really need to stop buying books...I have so many to read and with school in full swing and my classes harder this semester than they have been I don't have much time :(

BUT...I sneak it in every chance I get even when I shouldn't!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: The Sleepwalkers

Title:  The Sleepwalkers
Author: J. Gabriel Gates
Publisher:  HCI Teens
Publication Date:  October 3, 2011
Genre:  Young Adult/Horror/Paranormal
Pages:  360 pages
Source:  netgalley

Goodreads Description:
A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

My thoughts:
First off I have to say as a teenager I loved to read Dean Koontz and John Saul.  They were great storytellers to a young girl.  I can recall staying up late (as I still do now) trying to figure out the ending and wanting to find out what happens.  As I was reading The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates my mind kept thinking I was in the middle of a John Saul book.  Suffer the Children, Cry for the Strangers, The God Project, and Nathaniel all great books that had me in the grips of chills and The Sleepwalkers was the same way.  This is a good thing in my opinion.  John Saul is a great writer.

Caleb Mason has just graduated high school and has big dreams of becoming a newspaper editor for a large newspaper or magazine.  To do this he is going to go to Africa and write about the AIDS crisis.  His plans, however, change when he recieves a letter from an old childhood friend, Christine.  He makes his way to his old childhood hometown of Hudsonville, FL with his best friend, Bean.  Planning to stay with his father who he hasn't seen in years, he is suprised to find his old home uninhabited and his father missing.  Now he has a mystery on his hands in finding his father and helping Christine.  From here things just get creepy.  People have been disappearing for years and no one seems to care and if they do then they disappear too.

It seems an evil entity is working on bringing about the end of the world and ruling it but must have sixty-six murdered souls.  Caleb, Bean, and Christine have to stop the people in the Dream Center because that seems where all the evil is coming from.  They have the help of Anna, Christine's twin sister who is dead, speaking through an a.m. radio and Ron, a man who is searching for his daughter that has disappeared like so many other. 

My favorite character was Bean.  He was funny and always lightened the mood.  Bean's humor and Caleb's seriousness compliment each other.  The ending was a huge shock.  I didn't see it coming.  The Sleepwalkers kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it and I thoroughly enjoyed being creeped out!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox {4}

August 22, 2011 – August 28, 2011

A Book Meme Hosted by The Story Siren
The Details:
Books that I have won, bought, swapped, or received for review.  I am currently trying not to buy any books because I have so many to read...been getting better at it.

From Goodreads Bookswap:

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Fallen Omnibus Volume 1 by Thomas E. Sniegoski
The Fallen Omnibus Volume 2 by Thomas E. Sniegoski

From Library Thing Giveaways:

Blood Tide by Tess Oliver
Wayward Son by Tom Pollack

Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankstein by Mary Shelley

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox {3}

August 15, 2011 – August 21, 2011
Meme hosted by The Story Siren

Books that I have won, bought, or recieved from various other places. I have tried to put myself on a book buying ban...IT'S NOT WORKING!!! I think I have a very bad addiction and need to seek some kind of help!

Bought from Borders
 I already owned Graceling by Kristin Cashore in paperback but I loved it so much that when I saw it at Borders for $3.99 in hardcover I just had to have it.

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones

Original Sin (Personal Demons #2) by Lisa Desrochers

The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth #2) by Carrie Ryan

Solstice by P.J. Hoover

For Review and Member Giveaways - LibraryThing

Blood Duty by CR Daems and JR Tomlin

Fast-Tracked by Tracy Rozzlynn

Verita by Tracy Rozzlynn

Won from Goodreads First-Reads giveaways

Illuminated by Erica Orloff

Starlighter by Bryan Davis

Received from the Goodreads Bookswap
The Dark Deeps (The Hunchback Assignments #2) by Athur Slade

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray

Marked (House of Night #1)
Betrayed (House of Night #2)
Chosen (House of Night #3)
Untamed (House of Night #4)