Monday, October 24, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!, which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Rhianna @ The Diary of a Bookworm. A "hop" is when participating blogs hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. So, to find the linky all you have to do is click the link for one of the above blogs.
The Cozy Reading Corner's prize for this hop will be a pdf file ebook of Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter!!!

Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Synopsis: A fiercely individualist Goth girl wakes up to discover that the whole world has gone Goth and she's actually — gag — popular.
Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They're considered the "freaks" of their high school. But when Jade's smart mouth lands her in trouble — again — her principal decides to teach her a lesson she'll never forget.
Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up in an alternate universe where she rules the school. But her best friends won't talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth. Only Clarik, the mysterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques. And only Mercedes, the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade's stuck in a virtual reality game — because she's stuck there, too, now living the life of a "freak." Together, they realize they might never get back to reality...and that even if they do, things might never be the same.
This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is announced on November 1st, he/she will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is become a follower (unless you already are one) and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (6)

"In My Mailbox" is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week.

From NetGalley, I got:



From the Library, I checked out:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Title: Ultraviolet
Author: R.J. Anderson
Publisher: Orchard
Publication Date: June 2, 2011

Synopsis: Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?

Verdict: Ultraviolet absolutely captivated me! I loved every word of every sentence on every page! R.J. Anderson has told us the wonderful story of Alison Jeffries, a very unique sixteen-year-old girl who has a very special ability. She is able to see sounds and taste colors; every letter of the alphabet has their own color and personality. I loved reading about how Alison perceives the world; the stars sung to her and her music gave her splashes of color. Everything was beautifully written and I was so bewitched by this story that I ended up staying awake until the wee hours of the morning just to finish it. I can't talk about the book all that much without giving anything away, so I'll be keeping this review kind of vague. The ending was magical and just as it should be. I loved how Anderson gave the reader the power to choose what they wanted to believe and I really hope a sequel to this book is in the making! Overall, I just want to convey how much sheer awesomeness is in this book. It teaches the reader a very valuable lesson, for instance, I feel like I understand much more about mentally ill patients than I did previous to reading this masterpiece and I will be forever grateful for that lesson. The bottom line is, you need to read the book because it is ahhhh-mazing! <3

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Healer, #1
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: December 20, 2011

Synopsis: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the 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....

Verdict: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder is a wonderfully awesome story! I absolutely loved this book! Snyder has created a whole new world with awesome characters. Avry is the main character and she is a Healer. This means that when someone is sick/hurt, she has the ability to absorb their sickness/pain and take it into herself because being a Healer gives her the ability to heal way faster than normal everyday people. Unfortunately, there is one type of sickness that even a Healer can't survive, and it's called the Plague. It swept through Avry's world and killed thousands of people. False word got out that the Healers had started the Plague, so they began to be hunted down. Avry is the last Healer. The world that Avry lives in is divided into Fifteen Realms, but ever since the Plague these realms have been fighting with each other and her world is a total disaster. It is believed that only one person can put a stop to all this destruction: Prince Ryne. But there is one little problem; he is sick with the Plague. So, a band of his faithful friends are out searching for the last Healer *cough* Avry *cough*, this little group is led by Kerrick. When Kerrick captures Avry to heal Prince Ryne the adventure really starts, and you'll definitely want to be around for the ride. Overall, this book took me on a wonderful journey that I  absolutely adored! It's a great read that I definitely recommend.  <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Friday, October 7, 2011

I'm Still Here!!!

Hello my faithful Followers (and/or newcomers)!!! I know that is has been a while since my last post...... **cough-cough**  But, in my defense, I have been REALLY busy. But never fear, I am still here! <---Ohhh, that rhymed!!!  :))  But, seriously even though you haven't really heard from me this past week, I have been reading and lots of book reviews will be coming up really soon!!!  :))

But antyways, in the hopes of attaing your forgiveness, I am going to show you the neatest thing that I have found (and tried!).

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Bookmarks

Here is what you do:

You get some paint swatches, and hole punch a hole at the top. Then you get some pretty ribbon and tie that through the hole. Next, you get some cool stamps and put those on the swatches. Let it dry..... and BOO-YAH!!!! You have awesome, hand-made bookmarks that are cute and just how you like them.  :))

(Everything in BOLD is the supplies that you'll need.)

Enjoy and have Fun!
-Kristen ♥

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review for Crave by Melissa Darnell

Title: Crave
Author: Melissa Darnell
Series: The Clann, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 18, 2011

Synopsis: Savannah Colbert has been shunned all her life by the kids of the Clann. And when she undergoes some drastic changes after a strange illness, Savannah learns secrets about the group and about herself—dangerous secrets. For the Clann are powerful magic users, and Savannah herself is half Clann and half vampire—a forbidden, unheard of combination. Falling for Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman isn't just a bad idea—it could be deadly if anyone finds out. But her attraction to Tristan—and his to her—isn't something either of them can resist for long.

Verdict: What a cliffhanger! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel to Crave!!! I absolutely loved the story and characters. This book is told from the point of view of Savannah -who is the main character and is half vampire and half witch and Tristan -who is a full blooded witch. Vampires and humans aren't supposed to be able to have kids with each other (and are not supposed to be with each other to begin with), so Savannah is pretty special. Tristan is actually the future leader of the witches, aka the Clann. And Savannah and Tristan are pretty much forbidden to ever be together. So, them falling in love stirs up a lot of trouble. And this trouble and all of these other complications is what made this book so captivating. Melissa Darnell definitely put me under a spell, because I found myself unable to put this book down and ended up staying up until the wee hours of the morning just so I could finish it. Which brings me back to this killer cliffhanger! The only reason I'm not completely going crazy, is because there was a little excerpt of the sequel, Covet, at the end. Overall, this was a fantastically superb read that I definitely recommend! :))

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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