Saturday, July 30, 2011

My First Giveaway! - Winner Announcement!!!

First of all I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to enter: My First Giveaway! I wish I could give you all a prize! But there can only be one winner..........




Congratulations!!! I have sent you a confirmation email and once you reply to that, I will be able to send you your prize: Insatiable by Meg Cabot!!!

Woo-Hoo!!! **throws confetti** Woot-Woot-Woot!!! **throws more confetti**
Okay, I'm done. :))

**cleans up all the confetti**
-KWB

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blog Hop Friday

Book Blogger Hop
This blog hop is brought to you by Crazy For Books
“Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

This week I went down to my local library and was wandering the shelves when I found (drum-roll please):



Being by Kevin Brooks

Synopsis: It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith's throat, what they discover doesn't make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts. In his naked, anesthetized state on the operating table, Robert hears the surgeons' shocked comments: "What the hell is that?" "It's me," Robert thinks, "and I've got to get out of here." Armed with a stolen automatic and the videotape of his strange organs, he manages to escape, and to embark on an orphan's violent odyssey to find out exactly who--exactly what--he is.

Sounds great, right??? I just can't believe I never knew about this book until now!!! Needless to say, I can't wait to dig into this!!!

-KWB

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review for A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks


Title: A Walk to Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2004

Synopsis: Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood...

Verdict: This was one of those stories you know will actually have an everlasting affect on you long after the book is through. It's a sad, yet heart-warming book, that you just have to have a copy of on your own shelf, so that you can re-read it through out the years. It's just that moving. **Warning: This book made me cry- and not many books make me cry!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

"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 Simon & Schuster, I got:



Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Clean by Amy Reed
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

-KWB

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My First Giveaway!

Edited: This giveaway is now over! But I would like to thank everyone that entered! :))

Since July 22 is my birthday and I've been looking for some special reason to have my first giveaway........... I figured, well here's my chance! So, the prize is going to be a pdf file ebook of Insatiable by Meg Cabot. To read pdf files you are going to have to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. This is an international contest (the prize will be emailed to the winner)! There will be only one (1) winner! All you have to do is become a follower (unless you already are one!) and fill out the form below! The giveaway ends July 30th!



Insatiable (Insatiable, #1) by Meg Cabot

Synopsis: Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own. And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . . If she even has one.

The (Almighty) Form: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGp1bTctN0w1NGR5VEhKWXN2WnAwRnc6MQ

Thanks! and Good Luck!
The winner will be chosen using random.org
-KWB

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cover Reveal: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Okay, I know I'm kind of late (and when I say kind of late, I really mean overly late) on the release news. But, you know what they say: 'Better late than never!' So, without further ado......... I present to you this beautiful cover:


Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.

Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.

Full of danger, forbidden romance, and exquisite writing, Lauren Oliver’s sequel to Delirium races forward at a breathtaking pace and is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes action of The Hunger Games and the bittersweet love story of Romeo & Juliet.

I, personally, cannot wait for this book to come out!!! March 6, 2012 is the date to mark on your calendars!

-Kristen ♥

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review for The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade


Title: The Ghost and the Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: The Ghost and the Goth, #1
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: June 29, 2010

Synopsis: Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker. I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

Verdict: A great book!!! I loved it!!! There was mystery, humor, romance, (oh!) and ghosts- lots of them! Can you think of any better ingredients for a book??? I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel: Queen of the Dead, which came out May 31, 2011.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Review for Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause


Title: Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: August 11, 1997

Synopsis: Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He's fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.

Vivian's divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?

Verdict: I really liked this book. It is so much better than the movie! In fact, the film doesn't even follow the actual events of the book. But this is definitely a must-read for all werewolf lovers.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

-KWB

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Synopsis: The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Verdict: (Okay, I know that is a book review blog, but how could I not gush over this?!?!) This was an ahhhh-mazing end to the Harry Potter series. I am sad that it's over, but I couldn't have asked for a better ending. Go HP!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publisher: Definitions
Publication Date: May 27, 2010

Synopsis: 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.
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives--and the way they understand each other so completely--has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Verdict: I am going to start out by saying that this is the strangest book I have ever read. I started this book with a butt-load of curiosity and the expectation that I wouldn't like it. But I was wrong, it was completely heart-wrenching and really good. I don't agree with what happened in the book, but I do understand it; and in the end I really wanted things to work out. Just note that this book is only for very mature teens as it does deal with incest.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, July 7, 2011

**Please Note**

There will be some major inactivity on this blog from Friday, July 8 to Wednesday, July 13. This is because I will be on vacation, living it up! lol

Please don't forget about me while I'm gone!!! I'll be back in just seven short days. Unfortunately, I will be bringing NO books with me to read. So, the two books I'm reading now, Possession by Elana Johnson and Forbidden by Suzuma Tabitha, will be put on hold until I get back.

So until then, Goodbye!

Now, I've really got to go, because I haven't finished packing yet! lol ;)

-KWB

Review for Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn


Tite: Voices of Dragons
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 16, 2010

Synopsis: On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons.

Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she's breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she'd rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them.

But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon interactions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unraveling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war?

In her young-adult debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn presents a distinctly twenty-first-century tale of myths and machines, and an alliance that crosses a seemingly unbridgeable divide.

Verdict: A REALLY GREAT book!!! I loved this book so much it left me craving the next installment!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Review for Black Wings by Christina Henry


Title: Black Wings
Author: Christina Henry
Series: Madeline Black, #1
Publisher: ACE
Publication Date: November 30, 2010

Synopsis: As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

Verdict: This book was so fast paced and action-packed that I could barely put it down!!! A definate must-read!!! I absolutely loved it!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review for Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne


Moonlight (Dark Guardian, #1) by Rachel Hawthorne

Synopsis: I see him and I know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.

KAYLA is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying-and thrilling-gene that will change her life forever.

LUCAS is dangerous, gorgeous ... and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

Verdict: This was a great book that got me addicted to this even greater series!!! I loved every page!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Review for Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter


Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) by C.C. Hunter

Synopsis: Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Verdict: I really really really loved this book. I liked the main character, Kylie, and could really sympathize with her. I also liked her two main love interests, and when I say this I am referring to the fey and the werewolf, becaue I really don't like normal human Trey. lol
Something else I really liked, was her friendship with Della, a vampire, and Miranda, a witch. I loved the mystery that cloaks over the book. And I cannot wait for the sequel to come out!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Review for Bite Me! by Melissa Francis


Bite Me! (Bite Me, #1) by Melissa Francis

Synopsis: AJ Ashe isn't your typical seventeen-year-old vampire—as if there is such a thing! She's stuck in the middle of a huge fight between her two BFFs. Her ex-boyfriend—whom she's still totally in love with, by the way—is now her stepbrother. A former classmate—who, um, she may or may not have turned into a vampire—is stalking her. And now, apparently, the fate of humankind lies in her little undead hands. What ever happened to the good old days, when all a vampire girl had to worry about was the occasional zit and hiding her taste for blood?

Verdict: I also really enjoyed Melissa's perception of vampires. It was interesting when you mix in the warlocks and then you have key holders and chosen ones! It's all very exicting!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Review for Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin


Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Synopsis: Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.

Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?

This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

Verdict: I loved this book and can't even begin to describe it to you. You'll just have to read it for yourself in order to understand how absolutely moving it is!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review for Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby


Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

Synopsis: Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha - cheerleading goddess and miss popularity - who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

Verdict: I really liked this book. It was a light and funny read that I really enjoyed. :))

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

-KWB

Review for Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow


Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1) by Lili St. Crow

Synopsis: Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Verdict: A great read that I thoroughly enjoyed. All I have to say is bring on number two, because the first one was action packed and left me wanting more!!!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

-KWB

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 4, 2011

Synopsis: In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Verdict: This book had me hooked from the first page all the way to the very last. I absolutely loved it! I had honestly not expected to like this book because I have had plenty of bad experiences involving angels books. But Unearthly has changed my whole view on angels + books. From now on, any angel book I read will be held up to the very high standard of Unearthly. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel! #TeamTucker

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers


Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers

Synopsis: I've got a few issues: I'm a vampire now. One of my classmates was found dead, with telltale fang marks. I didn't do it! (really!) Nobody believes me, so ... I'm going to have to find the real killer. I've already got three suspects. (three very cute suspects.) One more problem: I am seriously falling for one of them ...but what if he's the killer?

Verdict: This was a really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed!!! My only objection was to the lack of a sequel. But other than that, this was a really awesome and fast-paced read that had me guessing the whole time!!!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars (I usually don't do .5 as a rating, but a 4 was too low and 5 seemed a bit too high........ so I was stuck in the middle.)

-KWB

Review for Fallen by Lauren Kate


Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

Synopsis: There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Verdict: I loved this book! It took me a while to finish, because it was slow going at first and I kept setting it down to read other books. But by the end of this novel, I was hooked! I will definitely be reading the sequel: Torment!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-KWB

Review for The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver


Title: The Demon Trapper's Daughter 
Author: Jana Oliver
Series: The Demon Trappers, #1

Synopsis: Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

Verdict: This was a great read!!! I absolutely loved this book, from start to finish!!! And I can't wait for the sequel!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Review: Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway


Title: Almost to Die For
Author: Tate Hallaway
Series: Vampire Princess of St. Paul, #1
Publisher: NAL
Publication Date: August 3, 2010

Synopsis: On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker learns that her so-called deadbeat dad is actually a vampire king. And he wants Ana to assume her rightful position at his side, in spite of the fact that she has witch's blood running through her veins-from her mother's side.

Too bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana's parents are at each other's throats over her future. It's up to Ana to make a choice, but deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

Verdict: This book was awesome and I can’t wait for the next installment in this fantastic series!!! :)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Synopsis: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Verdict: This book was absolutely amazing!!! I know I've probably said this exact same thing for about a hundred other books; but this one book makes them all pale in comparison. This was a story that literally moved me to tears, which is something that doesn't really happen very often. But by the last page I was bawling. This is a book that you definitely want to see sitting on your shelf, so that you can enjoy the story and the characters and the world again and again!!! This is definitely an author to watch!!! Because I loved every single page of this book (except maybe the ending........ *sniffles*)!!!

I think this quote really describes how this book made me feel:
"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it."
— Markus Zusak

Moving on- The characters and the dystopian world had so much depth! Lauren Oliver is a literary genius! She literally had me harboring the same fears, hopes, and dreams as the characters. And I can honestly say that the whole idea of Delirium is so original; it was like a breath of fresh air. Not to mention the fact that she made this 441 page book go by in a lingering flash. (How about that description- lingering flash- it doesn't make much sense right? Well, it will..... once you read Delirium!!!) In my honest opinion, I would have to say that this book is probably at (or near) the top of the Best Books in the World list. :)) It was seriously that awesome! Now I'm going to stop this review before I really get out of hand with my fan-girling. :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Review for Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs


Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1) by Tera Lynn Childs

Synopsis: Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Verdict: I loved this book!!! It's WAY better than Ariel the Little Mermaid!!! I loved every page of it!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB
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