Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Release News!!!



I am so excited!!! Jeaniene Frost's book: One Grave at a Time (Book 6, Night Huntress Series ♥) was released today!!! Yay-Yay-Yay-Yay!!!!

OMG. I just might die of excitement before I even get a chance to read the first page. Wow. I can't really tell if my excitement is coming across to you, but trust me when I say that it is here and it's causing me to squeal like a little fangirl and dance a really embarrassing jig while chanting "I'm going to read about Bones!!! I'm going to read about Cat!!! I'm going to read about Bones AND Cat!!!"

AHHHHHHH!!!!! **Squeal** Yipee!!!! Whoop-Whoop!!!

Okay, **cleansing breath**, I think I'm done now. But, now I have to go and hunt down this book!!!

Bye!!!! :D

-KWB


**WARNING: This book is only intended for peoples 18 and older!!! **

Teaser Tuesday (4)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

My Teaser:
"I went to drag my gaze away from the door when Sebastian passed by, his head turning. It was clear by the falter in his step that he didn't expect to see me sitting there."
-pg. 56 of Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

-KWB

Monday, August 29, 2011

Review for Being by Kevin Brooks



Title: Being
Author: Kevin Brooks
Publisher: The Chicken House
Publication Date: February 1, 2007

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.

Verdict: Being was absolutely captivating and I could scarcely put it down. The story starts out with Robert Smith going to the doctor for a routine examination: an endoscopy. But what they see there was anything but routine. I don't want to give the story away, but what they see causes a whole set of events to unfold. Robert ends up going to Eddi (who is a girl) because she makes fake IDs and he needs a new identity. Then once Eddie becomes involved with all of Robert's problems, they end up having to go off together to live in hiding. Then a whole bunch of other things happen; some of it awesome and some of it really sad. But overall this was a book full of intrigue, fighting, romance, a whole lot of awesomeness, and a lesson that teaches you what it really means to be human. I absolutely loved it and will definitely be reading more of Kevin Brooks' books in the future. :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blog Hop Friday (4)

Book Blogger Hop

This blog hop is brought to you by Crazy For Books


“Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?”

Yes!!! I have chihuahuas!!! And I love them!!! ♥

-KWB

Monday, August 22, 2011

Checklist Monday (2)

This is a weekly meme created by Celise @ Incandescent Enchantments where you plan your book reveiws schedule for the week. After you finish the review, you go back to the Checklist Monday post and mark it as completed.

This week I plan ro review:
-The Eye of the Crystal Ball by T.P. Boje
-Ashfall by Mike Mullin
-The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
-Past Perfect by Leila Sales

-KWB

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox (3)


"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:

by
by
by

From Authors, I got:

by

I personally bought:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by
(I was actually super surprised when I found this on my public library's "For Sale" shelf!!! I snatched it up for a steal!)

-KWB

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review for Misfit by Jon Skovron




Title: Misfit
Author: Jon Skovron
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication Date: September 1, 2011

Synopsis: Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose.

Verdict: Misfit was so unlike anything else I've ever read and I loved every page of it! Jon Skovron put a whole new twist on the Heaven, Hell, and demon concept that really had my gears turning. Jael, the main character of this book, was a half-breed. She was half human (on her father's side) and half demoness (on her mother's side). Jael's heritage makes her a very special girl because half-breeds are pretty much hated by all the other demons because of the powers they possess. (Speaking of powers, the way Jon described how Jael controlled the elements was really awesome!) I really loved Jael's uncle Dagon, who was a Fish King demon. Jael's mother was actually murdered by this evil demon which left Jael's dad to be a single parent. Another aspect I really loved about this book was how we got to have lots of flashbacks of her mother and father's life. It was very cute to get to see they met and how they eventually fell in love. Speaking of love, I really liked Rob, the cute skater-dude with hidden depths. I also felt really sorry for Brittany, who is Jael's best friend, because she has been already been through so many hardships and she's only a teenager. Overall, I really connected with the characters and loved this book!!! It's definitely a must-read!!! ♥

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

-KWB

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson


Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns, #1
Publisher: Greenwillow/HaperCollins
Publication Date: September 20, 2011

Synopsis: Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.

Verdict: OMG! This is perhaps the only coherent thought I can muster about this amazing book. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a story about a girl chosen by God to do incredible things. She is chosen because she was willing to rise up to the challenge; she never lost faith and overcame many losses during the hard battle. Princess Elisa is the main character and the chosen one. She is definitely "one tough cookie!" At the beginning of the story she was scared and a little weak, she wasn't quite willing to stand up for herself and express her ideas. But a little time in the desert proved to herself and to others that she was a strong and independent woman capable of many things. I also loved all of the other characters in this book: Cosme, Humberto, Rosario and Lord Hector were all of my personal favorites. Parts of this book were very sad (Those of you read it will completely understand what I am talking about right now!) and made me really want to have a heart to heart talk with Rae Carson. But I understand how it may have possibly helped with the plot and I am maybe sort of willingly to live with it. Other than that though, this was an inspiring story that I really loved and really recommend! And I eagerly await the sequel! ♥

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (3)



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

My Teaser:
" 'Well then,' he says cheerfully, 'I suppose we could talk.' He has such a nice voice. Dark and warm. 'Talk?' I say cleverly. The quirk of his lips widen into a huge smile, and it is like the moon has just risen on a summer night. 'Unless you would prefer to be married to a stranger, of course.' "
-The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

-KWB

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Title: Eve
Author: Anna Carey
Series: The Eve Trilogy, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 4, 2011

Synopsis: The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Verdict: This year has brought us some great books. And Eve was no exception. I loved everything about this book. From the plot to the setting to the awesome characters. Eve was the main character in this book and she went through so much in just a matter of weeks. She had to make sacrifices and was witness to many horrors. Caleb was super sweet and in the end proved he would do anything for Eve. Arden was sort of Eve's partner in crime and they became very close friends. And like the good friends that they were, they did everything they could to help each other. This dystopian world Anna Carey created was very unique. It was our world we have today but many years into the future. A deadly plague has wiped out more than half of our population and the wilderness has pretty much taken over. The leaders of the new world began doing some truly horrifying and sickening things in order to try to recover from the disasters the plague has brought. But even in these hard and frightening times there were people who stood up for what was right, even at the stake of their own lives. Eve was a beautifully written story (with a beautifully designed cover) filled with loss, friendship, true love and determination. I would recommend this book to everyone but especially to fans of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel to come out, especially with that cliffhanger ending!!! :))

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Checklist Monday (1)

This is a weekly meme created by Celise @ Incandescent Enchantments where you plan your book reveiws schedule for the week. After you finish the review, you go back to the Checklist Monday post and mark it as completed.

This week I plan ro review:
-Eve by Anna Carey - COMPLETED
-The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson - COMPLETED
-Misfit by Jon Skovron - COMPLETED

-KWB

100 Follower Giveaway! - Winner Announcement!

Thanks to random.org we now have our new winner for the pdf ebook of Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon! I'd like to thank everyone who entered!!! But...... we can only have one winner.....



Laura Ann Dunks @ The Voice Within


CONGRATULATIONS!!! YIPEE!!! Woo-Hoo!!! **shoots some fireworks** I hope you enjoy your prize!!! ;)

Please Note- You have 48 hours to respond to my confirmation email before I have to pick another winner!!!

Thanks,
-KWB

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox (2)


"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.

I've missed this meme these past two (or has it been three?) weeks......... I know! Shame on me! But I'll be listing almost everything I've gotton since the last one. :))

From publishers via NetGalley, I got:



Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Eve by Anna Carey
Misfit by Jon Skovron
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees **Already reviewed.
Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison **Already reviewed.


From Authors, I got:



The Eye of the Crystal Ball by T.P. Boje
Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry
Paying the Piper by Rachel Brimble

And I also bought a whole lot of other books that will probably be stuck in my TBR pile for a good while.

-KWB

Review for Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison




Title: Tris & Izzie
Author: Mette Ivie Harrison
Publisher: Egmont
Publication: October 11, 2011

Synopsis: A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

Verdict: I really think this story had a great beginning. It really did, but after that it kind of took a turn for the worst. The idea behind the book was great! The execution, not so much. I really wanted to love this book. Izzie, was an okay character, but there were certain things she did that really made me want to slap her! For instance, there was one part when her ex-boyfriend, Mark, actually punched her (don't get me wrong- he had every reason to do it, but the bottom line is you don't hit girls) and she acted like it was no big deal and completely forgave him!!! Then when her boyfriend, Tris, tried to punch Mark back, she jumped on his back and was telling him to not hurt him! WTF!?!? There were certain parts that I really liked! For instance at the end (SPOILER)[I thought it was cool how the answer to defeating the evil serpent was actually in the past- in his memories!](END OF SPOILER). And I think the two couples were cute: Tris & Izzie and Mark & Branna. But that was kind of it for me. Mette Ivie Harrison had something amazing going at start of this novel and with more development she could of turned this whole story around into something amazing. But as it stands today my official rating is..........


An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

-KWB

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blog Hop Friday (3)

Book Blogger Hop



This blog hop is brought to you by Crazy For Books


“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

MY answer:



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Synopsis: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.
And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
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Yes, it does have a strange title, but it is actually a very inspiring book that I definitely recommend! :))

-KWB

Review for The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees


Title: The Juliet Spell
Author: Douglas Rees
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Synopsis: I’m Juliet.
At least, I wanted to be.
So I did something stupid to make it happen.
Well, stupid and wonderful.
I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.
I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?
Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.
Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.
Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed....
Will Romeo steal her heart before time steals him away?

Verdict: I love this book. The Juliet Spell has somehow changed me just a tiny bit. I will never look at William Shakespeare's work the same way again and I will always remember the brother that is not very well known- Edmund Shakespeare. The characters in this book were amazing, what they went through, how they coped and were able to move on- it was inspiring. Miranda, the main character, was strong and had depth. Drew was smart and sweet. Edmund was as charming as ever. Bobby was a cool best bud.
I've honestly never been one to enjoy theatre much; but this book made me want to audition for the next available production. Not many books can trigger that kind of response from me. But that was just another reason I loved this book so much, I felt emotionally tied to all the of characters. Whatever they felt- heartbreak, joy, magic- I felt it too.
Douglas Rees captured my heart and soul from the first sentence to the acknowledgments. He made me think about and question previously formed beliefs. I finished this book in one day and cannot recommend it enough- This book has everything: Drama, romance, fighting, heartbreak and friendship! Love, Love, Love!

An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review for Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst



Title: Drink, Slay, Love
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 13, 2011

Synopsis: Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops. Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees. The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

Verdict: Sarah Beth Durst is a genius!!! I loved this Drink, Slay, Love; the whole concept was unlike anything I've ever read! The main character- Pearl, was very easy to love. Even though she had done some bad stuff you were always able to forgive her at the end of the day. I also loved Evan, Bethany, and the unicorn!!! Yes, there really was a unicorn and I loved it! All the other characters in the book were also very likeable and they all felt like a motley crew with the vampire as their leader.
The vampires in the book were basically the "original" kind of vampire (no sparkles), they were set up in Families and were very scary, hard-core and blood-thirsty. Needless to say, I didn't like them very much, especially Jadrien! In the Families, you had your Mother and Father, who were the leader. And then the Mother and Father answered to the vampire King, who was pretty much evil personified.
Now, the unicorn-theory in the book was very original! I've never read anything like it! I can't really say anymore about it because I don't want to give away spoilers. Overall, this was a very good book that I think everyone will enjoy! And I really hope there is a sequel in the works! :))
An ARC was provided by Simon & Schuster for review.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

-KWB

Waiting on Wednesday (2)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Last Breath (Morganville Vampires, #11) by Rachel Caine

Synopsis: With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

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I honestly CAN'T WAIT for November 1, 2011 to get here so that I can my hands on this book!!! I ♥ The Morgaville Vampires Series!!!

-KWB

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you to Pixie @ The Bookaholic for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award. The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers.



The rules of the award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!

I have met some awesome bloggers and know this choice will be difficult but... MY NOMINATIONS ARE:

1. Karen @ I Read to Escape
2. Amie @ Mom Reads My Books!
3. Grace @ Paging Through Life
4. Maia @ My Book Diaries
5. Alexis @ YA Books: Beyond the Cover

**UPDATE: Since I just found out that Alexis @ YA Books: Beyond the Cover was already nominated for this award I decided to nominate one other blogger who really deserves it:

**Stephanie @ Steph's Stacks

-KWB


Teaser Tuesday (2)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

My Teaser:
"Around her, all traces of darkness had disappeared. The overhead sun had rid the world of shadows. Yet here she was, a child of shadows."
-Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

-KWB

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop! - Winner Announcement!

Yay!!! We now have our winner!!! I'd like to thank everyone who entered and became a follower- Thanks a bunch!!! I've said this before and I'll say it again: I wish I could give you all a prize, but there can only be one winner................




Shannon Johnson



Yay!!! Congratulations!!! Woot-Woot!!! **lets hundreds of balloons go flying through the air** I hope you enjoy your prize: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain!!! :))

Just a reminder- You have 48 hours to respond to my confirmation email before I have to pick another winner!!!

Thanks,
-KWB

Review for Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: December 2, 2010

Synopsis: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Verdict: **sigh** I just love a great love story. And that is exactly what Anna and the French Kiss is- a great love story. I loved the characters; because each one had depth. They weren't flat characters with one desire that you eventually forget about. All the characters had their own problems, were chasing their own dreams and most importantly had each other. Anna grows a lot throughout this story as she learns more about herself, she's not perfect, but it's one of the things I like most- it makes the characters more real.Now moving on to the other amazing character- St. Clair. He was also a very complex character and just awwwww!!! (This book definitely makes me want to hop on the next flight to Paris!) Meredith was one of Anna's new best friends when she moves to Paris and she loved soccer (or football as they call it in Paris). Rashmi also becomes a very good friend to Anna and was always offering very sound advice. John was St. Clair's best friend and was a very good artist. There is also Bridget which is Anna's best friend back in Atlanta. I don't want to give away any spoilers but I can tell you this- this book was amazingly awesome and you should definitely read it!!! It's a funny (some parts literally had me laughing out loud) and heart-warming rollercoaster ride that you'll want to get on again and again and again. :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Saturday, August 6, 2011

100 Follower Giveaway!!!


I JUST REACHED 100 FOLLOWERS!!! Thank you guys so much!!! ♥ I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you, because this is a huge step/milestone in my un-paid blogging career!!!

**dances around very happily and very embarrassingly**

Well you know what happens now, right? GIVEAWAY!!!

Detais to come.......... so stay tuned!!!

**UPDATE: Hello all my wonderful followers!!! Are you ready for the giveaway? If the answer is yes, then keep on reading.

Okay, the prize is going to be a pdf file ebook of Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon!!! To enter you MUST be a follower (this is after all a giveaway to thank my followers) and you must fill out the form below. For this giveaway I'm not going to require you do anything for extra entries, but if you would like to tweet about the giveaway, etc. it is very much appreciated! The winner will be chosen using random.org This giveaway will run from July 8- July 14, and the winner will be announced on July 15 (after the announcement, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my confirmation email before I have to pick someone else)! :))
Please note that this IS an international giveaway and that NEW followers are also welcome!!! Good Luck!!!
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

Synopsis: On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder. After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.” It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems. Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life. Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

The Form: NOW CLOSED!!!

Thanks again,
-KWB

Exciting News!!! :))

I am so super excited!!! Last night, FedEx brought me my prize that I won from the Meritverse forums!!!

What was the prize? you ask..... well, I got a signed copy of Firespell by Chloe Neill, a signed Firespell bookmark, and a signed copy of Black Night by Christina Henry! :))

Woo-Hoo!!! (I just wanted to let my readers know that I am in no way bragging- I am just so excited that I want to scream it to everyone I see, but I figured blogging about it would keep me from being locked up.)

**Something else that was neat: They also sent me a Congratulations card, but the cool part was that it was actully sealed using wax (like back in the olden days!). And the seal was a "C" (for Cadogen House (which is from another awesome series by Chloe Neill: Chicagoland Vampires))

So, do ya wanna see? What? Do I hear a "Yes, show us!" Well, I do aim to please. Which is why I took pictures!!!


-KWB

Friday, August 5, 2011

Blog Hop Friday (2)

Book Blogger Hop
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"What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?"

So hard to choose!!! But I would have to go with:




Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Synopsis: Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.

-KWB

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Review for Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter



Title: Uncommon Criminals
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society, #2
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: June 21, 2011

Synopsis: Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed. Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time. Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

Verdict: Uncommon Criminals was just as amazingly awesome as its predecessor: Heist Society. Ally Carter once again stole my heart with the story, the characters, and the loot (She always has awesome loot!!!). The crew was back together again for another adventure, we had Kat, Hale, Gabrielle, Simon, the Bagshaw brothers- Angus and Hamish, and Nick (who I've had a change of heart for- I no longer dislike him). In this story Kat learns a valuable lesson. She was faced with new problems and had to overcome new fears. We had a new bad guy, errr, girl in this story and she was perfectly devious and very skilled. Yes, so far all of the bad people in this series have been very bad but in an admiring sort of way.Throughout this whole story, I never knew what was going to happen next! I loved how I was constantly being surprised. I also loved **SPOILER: The new romance element between Kat and Hale!!! Can anyone say: Awwwwww!!!** One thing is for sure, I am dying to get my hands on the third book in the sequel!
Who knows, maybe I'll even steal the manuscript................. Katarina Bishop style!!! lol :))

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-KWB

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis: Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

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It sounds great, right? I mean come on! What could be better than a book that combines The Hunger Games and X-Men??? I, for one, can't wait!!! November 15, 2011 is the date to mark on your calendars!!!

-KWB

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

My Teaser:

"I'm not trying to... What's the phrase? Hook up?" The amusement in his voice was clear. "Or in a way I am, though not for purposes you think. I want to... recruit you? Yes, that's the right way to put it."

-pg. 13 of Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell

-KWB

Monday, August 1, 2011

Harry Potter Read-a-Long Kick-Off!

This mini challenge is hosted by Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews! Today is the first day of the Harry Potter Read-a-Long Kick-Off! And you have to take a quiz to see what house you would be sorted in.



Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?



My in-depth results are:

Gryffindor - 12
Ravenclaw - 10
Hufflepuff - 9
Slytherin - 9

-KWB
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