Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt, #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 8, 2012

Synopsis: Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?


Verdict: Oh my goodness. This book is crazy (in a completely good way)! It takes place sometime in the future. Humans (aka Hepers) are almost extinct and the world is basically ruled by vampires (and no, they do not sparkle). These vampires are vicious, blood-thirsty, and completely ruthless. They do not befriend hepers, they eat them. The main character of this book is a heper posing as a vampire. Let me tell you how hard this is- he has to make sure to stay freshly shaven, never sweat, never smile, never laugh, never squint, never sneeze, never cough, have perfectly shaped fingernails, show absolutely no emotion, stay out of the sun so he doesn't tan, and much, much more. Basically, if I had to try to pass as a vampire, I would fail miserably and be eaten. So, the vampire ruler has decided to host another Hunt. Which is when a few lucky vampires are selected to participate in hunting down and eating the last remaining hepers (it would be like us winning the lottery). Unfortunately, our guy is chosen as one of the lucky hunters. This is really bad news, seeing as he doesn't actually have any vampires strengths- his true identity would be revealed and he would be eaten. (Yes, being eaten is a repeating underlying theme in this book.) And to make matters worse, this vampire girl he has nicknamed Ashley-June got picked right along with him and if he isn't careful he might actually find himself falling for her....... or ya know, being eaten. Like I said earlier, this book is crazy! I didn't particularly like Ashley-June, but hey, that's just me. I did like the other heper characters and hated every. single. vampire. And that ending...... OMG!!! I'm just dying to read the sequel! There were a few times during the book, where I thought I was going to have to give it a lower rating. But by the end, I was hooked and am giving it the four stars it deserves! Overall, it was a fantastic read for lovers of dystopian worlds and vampires that actually eat humans and burn in the sun. :))
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop! which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer, Reading Away the Days, and Reading a Little Bit of Everything. 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.
For this blog hop, our purpose is to promote a charity. So, I'd like to share the BookEnds Charity.

BookEnds is built upon a powerful belief in our children: A belief that all children should grow up not only with abundant love, food and care but surrounded by the limitless literacy possibilities books provide. We also believe that our children need to be given the opportunity to learn to assist others.

BookEnds is built upon a belief in the power of economy: Driven by our children, BookEnds simple business model transforms every $100 into $500 worth of books.

BookEnds is built upon a belief in our community: BookEnds is a testimony to the significant impact that a simple group of committed people can make.

BookEnds is built upon the belief in sufficiency: It is not that we need to purchase more books we simply need to recycle our books into the hands of children who do not have adequate books to develop literacy skills and to engage and inspire them with a love of reading.

BookEnds is built upon a simple idea that works.



Giveaway:
The Cozy Reading Corner's prize for this hop will be a pdf file ebook of Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep!!!
Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1) by Jennifer Estep


Synopsis: My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy—a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .

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This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is contacted on April 5th, he/she will have 5 days to respond to my email before a new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is read my giveaway policy, become a follower (unless you already are one) and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Trailer: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Synopsis: In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.


Trailer:


-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blog Tour: Oldsoul by Dan Haring (Interview)

Hello Bloggy Followers! I am so thrilled to be participating in this virtual book tour for Dan Haring's debut novel: Oldsoul!

And..... we have Dan here with us on the blog today! :)) But first, a little bit more information about him:
Dan Haring has been drawing and writing for most of his life. He earned his degree in animation from BYU and has worked on such films as The Incredible Hulk and Disney's Tangled. He's from a tiny town in Utah called Goshen, and currently lives in Southern California with his wife and children.

Author Website: http://danharing.com/
Twitter: @danharing
Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today!

Thank you so much for having me! I'm excited to be here.

1. Describe Oldsoul as a tweet (140 characters or less)!

Jason in an Oldsoul. He's got a dead girl in his mind, a girl to save, & is up against an army of immortal bad guys only Oldsouls can kill. (Barely got it in under the wire)

2. If you could re-title Oldsoul what would you call it and why?

I might consider calling it Old Soul, just because that's what it tends to get called a lot anyway. Otherwise I don't think I would change it.

3. What inspired you to start writing?

I've always loved writing. I wrote super emo poetry for the most part in high school, but never much prose. Just a short story here and there. I had an idea for a scene one night a few years ago, not really knowing where it would lead, and I just sat down and wrote it. That more or less turned into the first chapter of Oldsoul.

4. What kind of research if any did you do for Oldsoul?

Most of the souls within Jason are based on real people from history, so that was the majority of the research I did, and it was really fun. For instance, I learned about the Massagetae people, who I'd never heard of before and kind of stumbled onto. But their leader, Tomyris, ended up playing a fairly big part in the story.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?

Not really. I wrote Oldsoul in gmail, just so I could have it wherever I was. Sometimes I'd work on it during my lunch break at work. I do most of my writing on my laptop at various places around the house.

This or That...

Ebook or Real book?

Real book. I love the feel and look of them on the shelf. But I just got a Kindle, so we'll see.

Twitter or Facebook?

Ooh, that's a really tough one. Facebook might have a slight edge just because i have more old friends on there. But Twitter is usually more fun.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate, in everything. I can't believe so many people prefer vanilla.

Past or Future?

Future. You've got to learn from the past, but there's no sense in dwelling on it.

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?

Honestly, I don't think there's anything that would be considered strange. Just pens and a few pads of paper. But I do have something awesome, which is this amigurumi Batman my wife made for me.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Thanks again!
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Oldsoul by Dan Haring
Synopsis: Jason Gouvas doesn’t want to believe he has special abilities or that he's an Oldsoul-- a vessel for the souls of people who have passed away, but the dead girl in his mind can be very persuasive.

Her name is Erin, and through her Jason is able to access the knowledge and skills of the souls within him. And with a group of power-hungry immortals bent on destroying the Oldsouls and overthrowing humanity, he's going to need them all.

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Trailer:


To visit the other blogs particpating in the tour, head on over to Krista's blog: CubicleBlindness.
-Kristen ♥

Monday, March 26, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games


Title: The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth

Synopsis: In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Written by Suzanne Collins 

Verdict: I am a HUGE fan of the books. And when I first heard that they were making The Hunger Games a movie, naturally, I was nervous. Then they started casting the actors and actresses and I approved of everyone. THEN, they started showing little clips and trailers from the movie and I was getting pretty freakin' excited. I bought my "District 12 Tribute" shirt and was a complete goner. I was obsessed. I have listened to the songs from the soundtrack more times then I care to admit. I have discovered two Hunger Games parodies on YouTube (they're both actually really cute- I'm a fan! You can check them out HERE and HERE.) I bought my tickets THE DAY they went on sale. Hype was building up around the blogosphere, on Twitter, Facebook, it was everywhere! Then March 23rd arrived. I was once again getting really nervous. What if my expectations were too high? What if it was another Twilight? What if I absolutely hate it? I shouldn't have worried. IT WAS AHHH-MAZING!!! I'm not saying it's completely perfect, because perfection is impossible. But it's pretty darn close. First of all, it's stays very close to the book. A rarity in book-to-movie adaptations. I will admit that it was a tad bit rushed, but that's only because they had SO MUCH too try to fit into their time constraint. Next, there were some things they changed that made me wonder how it will work out for the sequel such as SPOILER: Peeta doesn't lose his leg?!? SPOILER OVER. But like a said, this movie was pure awesome-sauce. Especially for those of us who have read the book. Those who haven't might find themselves being slightly confused and not forming as deep a connection with the characters. But overall, it was enjoyed by all!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox (22)

"In My Mailbox" is a meme created by Kristi at The Story Siren that features books that I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week.
This week I only got one book from Netgalley, but it was an awesome one!
 by

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kick-Butt Characters Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Kick-Butt Characters Giveaway Hop! which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Good Choice Reading. 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.
For this blog hop, everyone is giving away books with kick-butt characters! There are so many kick-butt characters to choose from. So, instead of me choosing. I'll let you do all the work! You can choose which PDF ebook you want from the list below.  :))
You can choose fierce Katniss Everdeen from  by or bold Rose Hathaway from  by  or intellectual Claire Danvers from  by
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This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is contacted on March 29th, he/she will have 5 days to respond to my email before a new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is read my giveaway policy, become a follower (unless you already are one) and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

Trailer: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent, #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Synopsis: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Trailers:





-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Hunger Games Soundtrack!

Hello Bloggy Followers! I am so excited to announce that The Hunger Games Soundtrack has been released! Yay!!! I'm definitely going to be purchasing a copy today!  :))


 Title: The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

Songs:
01. Abraham's Daughter - Arcade Fire
02. Tomorrow Will Be Kinder - The Secret Sisters
03. Nothing to Remember - Neko Case
04. Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift (feat. The Civil Wars)
05. The Ruler and the Killer - Kid Cudi
06. Dark Days - Punch Brothers
07. One Engine - The Decemberists
08. Daughter's Lament - The Carolina Chocolate Drops
09. Kingdom Come - The Civil Wars
10. Take the Heartland - Glen Hansard
11. Come Away to the Water - Maroon 5 (feat. Rozzi Crane)
12. Run Daddy Run - Miranda Lambert (feat. Pistol Annies)
13. Rules - Jayme Dee
14. Eyes Open - Taylor Swift
15. Lover is Childlike - The Low Anthem
16. Just A Game - Birdy

-Kristen ♥

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry

Title: The Earthquake Machine
Author: Mary Pauline Lowry
Publisher: Authorhouse
Publication Date: September 2011

Synopsis: The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda's world but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda's life is her family's Mexican yardman, Jess. But when the INS deports Jess back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation. Determined to find her friend Jess, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Boquillas, Mexico. There a peyote-addled bartender convinces her she won't be safe traveling alone into the country's interior. So with the bartender's help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jess. Thus begins a wild adventure that explores the borders between the United States and Mexico, adolescence and adulthood, male and female, English and Spanish, and adult coming-of-age and Young Adult novels.

About the Author: Mary Pauline Lowry has worked as a forest firefighter, screenwriter, open water lifeguard, construction worker, and advocate in the movement to end violence against women. Due to no fault of her sweet parents, at 15 she ran away from home and made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. She believes women and girls should make art, have adventures, and read books that show them the way.

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While The Earthquake Machine has received rave reviews, several book bloggers commented that the novel's current cover doesn't do the book justice.
So Mary Pauline Lowry asked award-winning author/photographer/cover designer Suza Scalora to create a cover for The Earthquake Machine that's as lush, enchanted, and edgy as the novel itself. And here it is!
What do you think of the new cover?

-Kristen ♥

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox (21)

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


I received:
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-Kristen ♥

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Giveaway Hop!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I absolutely *love* this holiday! My grandma's parents were part Irish, so I like to think that I'm at least 1/4 Irish. Which works for me!  :))  Today I am participating in the "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Giveaway hop, which was organized by Kilt and Keeley. This day is really special for all fans of the ahhh-mazing Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready! This giveaway will run from March 17-March 19! The winner will be contacted on March 20 and will have 5 days to reply back to my confirmation email, or else a new winner will be chosen. This is an international giveaway because the prize will be emailed to the winner!
The prize is the MP3 format of the song I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab for Cutie! If you have read the series, then you know the significance of this song. ;) Do you want to know something else awesome about this giveaway? If you win, you will be entered into another grand prize giveaway for the very last SHINE ARC at the end of this event. Yes, you read that correctly winners from each participating blog are entered into a grand prize drawing for the very last SHINE ARC. I am so excited! And I know you must be too. So fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win!  :))

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop! which was organized by Kathy @ I'm a Reader, Not a Writer, Books Complete Me, and Author Cindy Thomas. 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 Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe!!!

Destiny's Fire (Kythan Guardians #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Synopsis: It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

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This is an international contest because the prize will be emailed to the winner. After the winner is contacted on March 22nd, he/she will have 5 days to respond to my email before a new winner will be chosen. To win all you have to do is read my giveaway policy, become a follower (unless you already are one) and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! :))

Friday, March 16, 2012

TGIF (8)

TGIF is a weekly feature hosted by GReads! that has a different question each week.


This Friday's Question: Social Networking: Do you use Twitter or Facebook to promote your blog? How has it benefited your book blogging experience? If not, how do you promote your blog? Share your twitter handle and/or Facebook link!

Yes! I use both Twitter and Facebook to help promote my blog! When I first started my blog I didn't have either and it only took me a month or see to realize what an efficient tool Twitter can be! I will admit that like so many, I didn't really see the point of Twitter at first..... but now I'm addicted! I'm constantly checking my news feed on Twitter and posting tweets! My Facebook page is more recent. I created it about six months ago and have 306 likes, but I'm ashamed to say that I'm really bad about keeping it updated. In fact I just checked and the last time I posted an update on my page was in January. Yikes! But no worries, you can also count on Twitter to be updated!  :))

Tweet me at: @kmichelle_10
"Like" The Cozy Reading Corner HERE.

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Title: Shooting Stars
Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: February 28, 2012

Synopsis: Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.

Verdict: I love being a book blogger! I love being able to promote books I love through my reviews! But sometimes you come across a book you love so much that you're afraid your review won't do it justice. Shooting Stars is one of those books. There were so many things I loved about this book and it had only one fault. But first, the things I loved. The characters were all awesome! In the beginning you are introduced to Jo-Zo, paparazzo extraordinaire! Her father is a very famous paparazzo and she decides to also go into the business because it pays really well and she is saving up money to go to photography school. You also meet her best friend, Mannie, who is super sweet and also a paparazzo. Jo's father is flying back and forth from L.A. to Japan, so Jo is pretty much left alone except for her neighbor/cousin Wendy. Jo is very good at what she does. She has a distinct advantage over the other paparazzo that I will let you find out once you read it. Antyways, since she is so good at what she does she is contacted to do a very special undercover assignment. Which she accepts, not because she really wants to, but because of the $$$$. She thinks she'll be able to get in, do her job, and get out all without a hitch. But things don't go exactly as planned..... Which is one of the things I loved. Allison Rushby completely shocked me, but I loved it! I absolutely loved this book! The only fault? It wasn't long enough- I didn't want the story to end! But I'm crossing my fingers that there might be a sequel in the future! <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Trailer: Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Title: Pretty Crooked
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Series: Pretty Crooked, #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 13, 2012

Synopsis: Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”-known to everyone as the Glitterati-without them suspecting a thing, is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her-evening the social playing field between the have and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of burglaries at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could he wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?


Trailer:


-Kristen ♥

Sunday, March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox (20)

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

This week I received:
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I bought the Kindle version of  by

-Kristen ♥

Friday, March 9, 2012

TGIF (7)

TGIF is a weekly feature hosted by GReads! that has a different question each week.

This Friday's Question: Promote An Author: Is there a particular author you wish got more recognition? Pick one author & tell us why we should read their work.

There are so many authors that I'd like to talk about (Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jackson Pearce, Richelle Mead)! But since the instructions say to pick only one, I have decided on:

Jennifer L. Armentrout

The first book I read by Jennifer was Obsidian, and I fell in love..... I immediately wanted to get my hands on the sequel, Onyx, but it doesn't come out till August 14, 2012. That's when I won a giveaway for her book, Half-Blood, and lo and behold, I fell in love again! Half-Blood reminded me alot of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy. And I devoured it! But, the sequel, Pure, doesn't come out till April 3, 2012. :'( Luckily, Jennifer released a prequel to the Covenant series, so I'll be reading that very soon. And she also released a prequel to the Lux series! I'm in Heaven, and will also be devouring that prequel ASAP!  <3



-Kristen ♥

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Title: Dark Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy, #3
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: May 29, 2012

Synopsis: I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

Verdict: I absolutely love this series! Dark Frost picks up right where Kiss of Frost left off. Gwen is searching for the Helheim dagger and she still isn't quite sure where she stands with the notorious Logan Quinn. From the very first chapter, Gwen is plopped right into the thick of the action and the story speeds along at paper-cut speed. In this book friendships are tested, discoveries are made, hardships are faced, new enemies are made, and Gwen receives a furry surprise! I zipped right through this book and am now dying to get my hands on the sequel (that teaser chapter at the end was just cruel!). As usual, all the characters are just wonderful! Vic is the same average, everyday, bloodthirsty talking sword. Daphne was being well, Daphne. Carson is as adorable as ever. Oliver makes me smile and has totally got Gwen's back. Nickamedes is growing on me and Logan is..... **swoons**! Oh, let's not forget Grandma Frost who is totally still kicking it! As usual, Jennifer Estep only left me with one complaint: this book was far too short! I loved every page and can't wait to continue the adventure in the sequel! I can't really say much more without giving away any spoilers, but if you are already a fan of the series you're definitely going to want this book in your hands as soon as it comes out. If you're not already a fan, then what are you waiting for? Go down to your nearest bookstore and pick up the first book in the series, Touch of Frost! Trust me- you won't regret it! <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters, #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: March 13, 2012

Synopsis: HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .


Verdict: I had heard a lot of good things about Starters, so of course, I had to find out for myself! And let me tell you, the praises everyone are singing are completely true! This book was awesome! The story takes place after this nuclear war has killed off everyone between twenty and sixty. So the only people left are Elders (those over sixty) and their grandchildren and Starters (the young unclaimed minors). The main character is Callie and she is a Starter. She has no living relatives except her younger brother, Tyler, who is sick. Callie, Tyler, and their friend Michael live on the streets. They need money to get water, food, a home, and medical assistance for Tyler. It is illegal for minors to work, therefore Callie ends up going to this place called Prime Destinations where she will get paid to rent her body. This means that an Elder will be able to "take over" her body for a few days in order to relive the days of being a teenager. Callie agrees to do it for Tyler's sake. But things don't go exactly as planned..... This is when the adventure really starts! New friends and enemies were made and there was romance blooming. Lissa Price completely shocked me there at the end and I have some new suspicions that will hopefully be revealed in the sequel (which I am definitely looking forward to). Overall, I thought Starters was a fantastic read that I totally recommend! <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Monday, March 5, 2012

Kick Off Party: The Guardian's Wildchild by Feather Stone (Interview)

Today, is the Virtual Kick of Party for Feather Stone's debut novel: The Guardian's Wildchild! You can see her post HERE. And..... we have Feather here with us on the blog today!

Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today!
1. Describe The Guardian's Wildchild as a tweet  (140 characters or less)!
The Guardian’s Wildchild is a story of a free spirited woman’s struggle for the higher good while having to give up what she values most – her freedom and her heart. It’s about a meticulous naval captain trapped between his moral code and a dark force. The dark force is winning.
2. If you could re-title The Guardian's Wildchild what would you call it and why?
The Higher Good
Throughout the story, the motive for Sidney’s actions was always for the higher good even if it meant the ultimate sacrifice, one’s life.  Her advice to the captain when he was threatening to walk the dark path was for him to consider the higher good for all.
2. What inspired you to start writing?
The memory of a paranormal experience I had was so powerful that it followed me for days.  I decided that to take the wind out of its sails I should write about it.  Five years and one thousand pages later, the power of that event still was as strong.  I’ve made peace with it, though.
4. What kind of research if any did you do for The Guardian's Wildchild?
The story required that I learn about naval command structure.  Fortunately I had a friend who served in the Canadian navy during WWI, and some other acquaintances who served in the Canadian navy during peace time.  I had travelled a few times on a cruise ship so that gave me the information I needed to know about being on the ocean.  The paranormal experiences I’ve had since childhood were useful in creating the scenes of Sidney applying her Guardian powers.
5. Do you have a specific place where you write?
I create the stories in my head during all my waking hours.  I go to sleep creating dialogue and scene descriptions.  When I wrote The Guardian’s Wildchild, I was a slave to every nuance of the story no matter where I was or what I was doing.   At the time I was working as a paramedic.  My passion for my work fortunately put the story-creating on hold while I was taking care of my patient.  But once that was done, my brain was back to Sidney and Sam.  I couldn’t wait to get home and back to the keyboard.
This or That...
Oh, now you’re messing with my brain.  Is this a psyche test?
Ebook or Real book?
I’m of the older generation so I still prefer a real book.  However, I love reading enough that I can make the switch – if I have to.
Twitter or Facebook?
Neither, or is it nyther (LOL).  I’m Canadian, you know, so I speak with my ancestors’ Scottish and English dialect.  Yes, I figured you could tell.  Anywho, I much prefer person to person.  I don’t even like talking on the phone.  Can’t see the eyes, you see.   Got to see those pupils in case there’s deceit.  Just kidding.  I’m getting pretty good at both tweeting and facebook(ing).
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Like, are you serious?  Chocolate, for pete’s sake.  Vanilla?  Yuk!
(Yay! Me and Feather both agree on this subject.)
Past or Future?
Both.  I’ve studied my family’s genealogy.  My family participated in National Geographic’s study of the origins of the human race.  We sent in samples of our DNA and received information about our distant ancestor’s path, leaving Africa about 50,000 years ago, ending up in northern Scotland, known as the MacKay Highlanders.  Best be nice to me, now.  You remember Braveheart?
 As for the future – there is so much potential of discoveries and awakening of the human race.  Too bad we’re so focused on destroying the environment and each other.
And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
This is our Leo.
(Awww, he's adorable!)
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

The Guardian's Wildchild by Feather Stone

Synopsis: Sidney Davenport is known as Wildchild to her Guardian mentor, Greystone. She rebels against rules. Wildchild is gifted in the paranormal, but carefully conceals her powers from the world. Even in the crises that threaten her life, she refuses to use her powers of telepathy, telekinesis, space/time travel. If her enemies discovered the truth of who she is, her Guardian people would be destroyed. She calls upon her spirit guides, Seamus and Celeste, to guide her through a mine field of the insane - Madame and Captain Butchart.

Sidney leaves her home on Hawk's Island to help the underground stop two people who are about to cause worldwide madness. Unskilled in esponage, she is arrested and sentanced to death. But, God help Sidney, she can't deny her attraction to the man who has orders to perform her execution - the tall, dark eyed Captain Waterhouse. He's meticulous, disciplined and lives by the strict rules expected of an officer of the American navy.

Captain Waterhouse is about to scrap his higher morals to bust out of his hell. When a female prisoner is delivered to his ship, he has no idea she is capable of turning his disciplined life into a storm of unimaginable experiences. His prisoner's enemies, he discovers, are also the ones who hold his life in the palm of their hands.

Through stunning imagery, an intricate and adventurous plot, and a strong cast of characters, Feather Stone gives readers a fast paced story woven with murder and magic.




-Kristen ♥

Sunday, March 4, 2012

La Estrella (The Star) by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro

Hello Bloggy Followers!
I received an email from Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro, the authors of La Estrella, about their book. La Estrella is currently printed in twenty Spanish-speakers countries, and will soon be published in Brazil (Portuguese), but it has yet to be published in English! If we want to read the book in English we can request it here. I am very excited to read this book, so I requested it. And I was hoping that you guys would also help sign the petition so that this book can be translated into English.  :))

La Estrella (The Star) by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro


Synopsis: The boy’s eyes glittered so strongly, presaging an imminent rupture of The Quietude. Lan was perfectly aware of the prohibition of touching a Star Walker, but right now there was no turning back as their fates had inevitably been sealed off.

Centuries ago a catastrophe turned Linde into a hostile place; since then, the survivors have learned to live in isolation within the boundaries of the Safe Limits. But, the planet is constantly subjected to a change in shape and people are lost, never return. After a violent planetary transformation, Lan, a courageous girl from Salvia clan, wakes up in the middle of the desert, only to be rescued by her worst enemy.
 
 
A young man marked by a curse.
A village hiding the biggest secret ever to be kept.
A love as dangerous as it is impossible.
A world whose surface is forever undergoing changes… when getting lost is the equivalent of death.

Book Trailer:


The Making of the Spanish Cover:


-Kristen ♥

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Quotes (1)

Hello Bloggy Followers!
I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE [reading] quotes! I also LOVE [reading] books and I LOVE blogging. I have already combined my love of books and blogging to create The Cozy Reading Corner. But I have yet to add my love of quotes. This is where this post comes in. I have decided to compile a whole bunch of quotes about books/writing. And since there are literally thousands, this is just part one in what I hope to make a series. So, pop some popcorn, sit back, and relax my friends and let me bring the quotes to you.  :))

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
G.K. Chesterton
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L'Engle
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
Mark Twain
“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Paul Sweeney
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
J.D. Salinger
“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
Mark Twain
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert
“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
Henry Ward Beecher
“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
C.S. Lewis
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
“I cannot live without books.”
Thomas Jefferson
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison
“You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little [messed] up.”
Pat Conroy
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
Cornelia Funke
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William Styron
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
Mortimer Jerome Adler
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
George R.R. Martin
“From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it.”
Groucho Marx

“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books.”
Julian Barnes
“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
Cassandra Clare

“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”
Christopher Paolini
“I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”
David Foster Wallace

“What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.”
Neil Gaiman

“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.”
Cornelia Funke

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”
C.S. Lewis
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”
Walt Disney Company
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”
Alan Bennett
“Books may well be the only true magic.”
Alice Hoffman
“I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
J.K. Rowling
“Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
Arnold Lobel
“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.”
Karen Marie Moning
“I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading accident. I hit a book mark and flew across the room.”
Steven Wright
“All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”
Nick Hornby
“Only bad books have good endings.
If a book is any good, it's ending is always bad - because you don't want the book to end.”
Pseudonymous Bosch

“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.”
Jane Yolen
“You know, it's hard work to write a book. I can't tell you how many times I really get going on an idea, then my quill breaks. Or I spill ink all over my writing tunic.”
Ellen DeGeneres
“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.”
Jasper Fforde
“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”
Isabel Allende
“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”
Diane Duane
“'How can you tell? That I like books, I mean.'
'The look on your face when you walked in, somehow I doubted you were that impressed by me.'”
Cassandra Clare
“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
Stephen Fry
“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose.”
Neil Gaiman
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies...The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin
“Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?”
Cornelia Funke
 
I hope you enjoy all these fun quotes! And definitely check back here, because I plan on having more up on the blog soon!
-Kristen ♥
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