January 31, 2012

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Teaser Tuesdays #12


So sorry I'm late! I just was reading Forever Princess (The Princess Diaries #10), and I couldn't do anything until I was finished!

Meme by Should Be Reading!


*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!
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



"For what it's worth, I really care about Adam. A lot," Lisa finally said. Amelia looked at her over her glasses.

"It's complicated," Lisa said. "I have an obligation to Sundeep."

"I'm not going to break my brother's heart," Amelia said.
"It's up to you to tell Adam, but you ought to do it soon."


p. 15, The Beautiful Code (The Start Up #3) by Sadie Hayes



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January 30, 2012

Musing Mondays #14



Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading!


This week's musing asks…

How far along are you in your current read before you start thinking about what you’ll read next?




That depends of the book I'm currently reading. Meaning, if it's really good, I don't think about any other book. Or if I think about the next read, it's usually the next book in the series.
I usually get so obsessed with a good book that I don't have time to think of any other books! :) After I've finished that book, I can think about next one.

This is probably the main reason why I read only one book at a time. I don't have to time to think about other books :)


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January 27, 2012

Bookish Ramblings: What Bloggers Hate The Most a.k.a Dos and Don'ts for Authors


I just have to write a little about this subject, original post by Vicky!
Though I'm not on Twitter, so I won't say anything about that, just some rambling about the subject.

How not to behave on the Internet and how to approach book bloggers and request reviews.

I don't have much to say about the whole How to behave on the Internet- subject.

Of course I'm also aware about the whole war- situation between authors and reviewers and it's pretty nasty.

I don't like when someone's mean just because they can, no matter author or reviewer. Or belittling anyone.

I've read many posts about the situation and I was honestly surprised to even see this kind of thing going on.

And then to the whole subject of How to approach bloggers and request book reviews. I'm not an expert, these are just some pet peeves I've gathered on my short book blogging "career".

Requesting book review without reading my review policy


This is probably the biggest problem for me. And why? Because I hate to say no. It may not be a big thing to an author, but it is huge for me. I feel like I'm letting people down by saying no. But I'm usually only saying no because I don't read that kind of books. Which is clearly stated on my Review Policy - page.
Of course, if it's near some genre I read, it doesn't hurt to ask. But if it's some of my big no-no's (memoirs, religious literature) it feels bad to tell the author that thanks, but no thanks.

I've been lucky to have only couple of those kind of requests, since it's always quite unpleasent to turn someone down.

Requesting book review via comments


Unlike Vicky, I haven't had review requests via Facebook. But it was quite.. weird? to have a review requests through comments. Especially when they were automatically moved to spam- folder, and I didn't notice them until way much later.

It's much easier to contact me via email, that's why I've tried to put my email address so that it's easy to find. I'd hate to miss good because of spam-folder.

Requesting book review via spam email sent to X amount of people


Of course, it takes huge amount of time to sent personal message to every blogger. And this isn't such huge problem for me. But at least hide the other receivers' email addresses.
I haven't receive many of these, and despite this pet peeve, I've said yes to this kind of review requests. So it's not absolutely no-no, but it still feels impersonal.

Requesting book review with ultimatum "you promise review, I'll send you my book"


This is related to the Review Policy, since there's clearly stated that I have last saying in this matter.

And it's really hard to tell if I'll even be able to write a review without seeing the book!
Since many times I don't even know the books name when I receive this kind of email.

There might be just the sentence mentioned earlier, "You promise me review, then I'll send you my book". This is just plain rude.

Actually, let's take that back. Since I just remembered what is RUDE. The ultimatum mentioned before I can live with, but if someone sends me an email with "You promise me a GOOD review, then I'll send you my book". Then I won't even answer to that email. That's a deal breaker. I get upset nearly never, but then I'm actually mad. That book/person will be blacklisted forever. I have memory like an elephant in some things.

Ki$$ a$$


Well, I don't mind some Ki$$A$$ing, when it's well deserved (haha). Probably everyone loves some K.A. occasionally.

But when it's a story of how beautiful my blue eyes are (no, there's no that good pic of me anywhere, and BTW, they're BROWN) and my golden hair shines like the sun (it's black..) and how well I paint houses (you have no proof!) it just makes me ignore the whole message.


And don't take this the wrong way, this isn't a hate post against authors. I've had amazing emails from amazing authors! They know my name and efficiently make their point, without threats or ultimatums :) I've met few authors who, even through emails, seem to be the nicest persons on Earth (this isn't K.A., just stating a fact).

So don't let this post scare you from emailing me! I still feel warm and fuzzy inside every time I receive review request.



TGIF at GReads! #1: Buy or Borrow?




Who’s ready for the week­end?! I know I am!

I’m intro­duc­ing a new(ish) fea­ture for Fri­days to re-cap the week’s posts & to pro­pose a ques­tion for my fol­low­ers.

Feel free to get involved by link­ing up at the bot­tom.
If not, I’d love to read your responses in the com­ments. Thanks!

This Friday's Question:

Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?

I've just noticed that my library has some pretty great selection nowadays! I found Uglies there, and Hunger Games, and Evermore, Blood Magic etc., so now I tend to borrow more books than earlier.

But as I've mentioned earlier, I do love to buy books, especially the ones I know for sure are great.
So if I borrow a book from library and love it, I have to have it, ASAP.

But then again, our library's selection is, of course, limited. And there are so many great books out there, so I can't help it, I just have to buy them. Physical copies, of course. And if I absolutely love a book I bought as a paperback, I have to buy hardcover copy of it, too.
Complicated? Or more like annoying, since I can't use all my money to books! Or I could, but stuff like food and clothes are also nice to have once in a while.

And since I'm hardly working now, I can't use all my money to books. So library it is! And occasionally I borrow books from my friends.

January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #14



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




Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Expected publication February 7th 2012


Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old.
Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build.

His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again.
If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together.

But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...


Don't forget A Bite's Tale giveaway, open internationally!

WWW Wednesday #16


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?




What are you currently reading? My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski
Unfortunately I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like to, so I haven't finish this yet. This is extremely funny book!



What did you recently finish reading? Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
I found this from a flea market, so I just had to read it.. Even though this wasn't on my TBR- list. Like so many other books..




What do you think you'll read next? The Beautiful Code (The Start Up #3) by Sadie Hayes
Yay! I got this from Sadie and can't wait to read it!




Don't forget A Bite's Tale giveaway, open internationally!

January 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #11

Meme by Should Be Reading!


*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!
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Ribba hopped onto my shoulder, her green lips pressed together. "They used to be a couple back in their theater days," she said.
"But after Crong joined the League, they were always on different sides of the kingdom. He still talks about her all the time."
I couldn't stop staring at the couple. It was the weirdest pairing I'd ever seen. One misstep from Halga, and Crong would be crushed.


p. 41, My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski



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Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist


Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist

Expected publication: March 20th 2012
Publisher: ALADDIN M!X
Format : Paperback
Pages: 240
Source : For review from the author
Buy : Amazon | Book Depository



Calliope Meadow Anderson wishes her life could be more of a fairy tale—just like the stories she writes. Her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, her parent's marriage is falling apart, and to top things off, she found out she needs hideously large and geeky glasses.

But Callie soon learns they aren't just any glasses—they are magical and let her read people's thoughts. For the first time ever she's answering all the questions right in math class, and gets a glimpse of what goes through people's minds all day, including what Ellen—and her longtime crush—really think of her.

As if dealing with these crazy glasses weren't enough, Callie tries out for the lead in her school's production of Cinderella and actually gets the part. Instead, Callie chooses to let Ellen have the lead and be Ellen's understudy—just like she has done for their entire friendship.

Add in a new girl who has something to hide, a secret admirer, a best friend stealer who isn't what she seems, and Callie's year just went from ordinary to extraordinary.

Can this supporting actress learn to be a leading lady in her own life? Or is she destined to stay in the background forever—even with her super-freaky-magic glasses?



*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Calliope is kind of a loner and she likes to write stories. She's kind of geeky, and it certainly doesn't help that she'll need glasses.
That's when her sort of fairy godmother steps in, and that's when Callie receives her magical glasses. And they're magical because they let her see people's hidden thoughts. And she realizes that nothing's like she thought it was.

I really don't want to spoil too much, because this is such a wonderful story to read! Basically she learns that nothing's what it seems and everyone has hidden secrets, even the friends you think you know the best. Or your parents. And the one you think is the bad guy, isn't always. The motives behind people's actions might not be what you think they are. And, the most important thing I should've known when I was growing up: What ever you think about yourself, it may not be what the others thinks.

I have to say that I absolutely adore the picture of Jenny the 7th grader (can be found on her homepage)!
It's about excactly the same as mine! I'm few years younger than Jenny, so in my 7th grade picture I'm not wearing polo shirt, but a flanel shirt. Orange. And brown. And my glasses were a little smaller, since it was year.. umm.. seriously, I can't remember and I'm too lazy to count.
But anyway. I was the girl with the frizzy hair (I do have frizzy hair still, but now I know how to use straightening iron...). I was also 10 cm's (4 inches) taller than any other boy or girl in my class. So yeah, I feel the pain. 

I also had louzy best friend, who made me and this other girl compete for her attention, until she found a boyfriend, and me and the other girl became friends. So it was kind of painful to read this book, but painful only because it reminds us, the girls with frizzy hair, what it was like to be that age. Especially when you didn't have magical glasses! Just ordinary ones. And nearly braces *shudder* It's nice to see how someone excactly like you, or me, survives it. 

This is the book for all those frizzy haired girls who survived, or will survive, their lives even without the magical glasses!






Huge thanks to Jenny! I couldn't be happier! :)





Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers.

They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris.
Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.





Goodreads | Facebook | Homepage


January 23, 2012

Musing Mondays #13



I'm back again! My daughter had her 5th birthday this weekend, so I spent my time baking, cleaning, cooking and so on. But it's Monday again, and time for the Musing Mondays!

Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading!


This week's musing asks…

Why do you think that the Young Adult genre is so popular with even the adult readers? Do you read YA books, yourself?


Well this is a tough one! Even though I do read mostly YA.

Why I like them myself is mostly 'cause they're so full of life. Usually there's teenage problems, they're easygoing, many times there's also some comedy included.
There's always new love, full of excitement. And with that you also get that rush of adrenalin, cause it's just so exciting!
They're also quite easy to read, which is quite pleasant, considering I only use English when reading books (and writing here, right! Oh, and commenting. And emailing. Okay, so I use lots of English, just not IRL).
There's also amazing storylines, everything is possible!

So I guess the main reason for me reading these books is that I'm still quite young at heart (even though I'm old at face, I mean, age) so it's nice to experience those teenage feelings without having to live them through again. When I was a teenager, it was matter of life and death just when I didn't get to see my friends. Geez, dramaqueens!


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January 22, 2012

Sorry!


.. for the silence! My little sister came to visit me few days ago with her one year old son, so there's been lots of stuff to do! And today we drove to her place (took only 4 hours..), and we'll go back home Saturday. But I'll try my best to get to internet, even though I'm, again, in the middle of nowhere.

January 21, 2012

On My Wishlist #11

Meme hosted by Book Chick City!






A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood #1) by Penelope King


Some girls share clothes, a bathroom, or a bedroom. Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has to share, too. Only she shares her body--with a demon.

Liora just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people away crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron, and he lights her world on fire. She can’t let him know she transforms into a demon named "Lucky" at nightfall—a demon with an entirely separate personality who passes out Torment, Justice, and Revenge like Halloween candy.

Turns out Kieron is the one who should be afraid once Lucky discovers his true identity and motivations. Liora wants to love him, but Lucky thinks he’s public enemy number one. And having a demon with a vendetta show up during a romantic date puts a serious crimp in any relationship.

Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one that fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers is quite another.

Being bad has never been so good...


January 20, 2012

Interview & Giveaway (INT): Veronica Blade


Thanks again Veronica, for this interview! She's also hosting a givewaway for her latest novella, A Bite's Tale, and there will be two lucky winners!



Hi Veronica! Thanks for joining us at Mind Reading? today!

My pleasure. Thanks for having me!



Please introduce yourself and your latest book, A Bite's Tale.

I’m a YA paranormal addict who loves to write. It’s my very favorite thing to do. My hubby will attest to how grumpy I get when I miss a day.

A Bite’s Tale is about werewolf girl (Cinderella) who desperately wants a normal life, especially after her werewolf alter ego physically hurts the boy she's fallen for. Since she’s afraid she’ll hurt someone again, she closes herself off and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t forget the boy she loved.




You've written some paranormal romance now. Is there a reason you chose that genre?

Because I love it! For the most part, it’s all I read. When I do occasionally veer off, it’s to write chick-lit (like Blind Date, Checkmate) which is super fun as well.



Would you mind telling us what you're currently working on?

Blind Date, Checkmate has been doing so well that I got inspired to write another Chick Lit. From Fame to Shame (temporary title), a YA novella, will be released in a few weeks. This is about twin sisters — one a starlet and the other a good girl — who switch places. With lots of romance, of course, but no vamps or anything.

However, this coming spring, My Wolf’s Bane will be available, if anyone's itching for another of my paranormals. My Wolf’s Bane is about a teenage shifter who’s caught in a centuries-old battle between her kind and werewolves. Of course, as with anything I write, it’s more about the romance and less about the werewolves, vamps or witches.




Both Something Witchy This Way Comes and A Bite's Tale have very unique titles, how did you came up with them?

I agonize over my titles. I’ll think on it for days or weeks before I come up with something I really like. Then I survey my friends, family and beta readers. A Bite’s Tale was originally attached to a different novel, but the title worked so well for the Cinderella story, I stole it and renamed the other book Icing on the Stake (vamps and witches – this will probably be released in the beginning of summer).



I'm sure you love all your characters, but who's your favorite from A Bite's Tale?

I like Dunston. Yeah, I know I’m weird, but I just love how he’s an ancient vampire, possessing all the scariness of someone who has that much power, yet he’s still capable of loving our hero, Remy, to the point of doing anything to protect him.



Which is cooler, vampire or werewolf?

I go back and forth on that, depending on what I’m writing. Right now, I’d say werewolves, because I’m in love with Zack from My Wolf’s Bane. And I don’t even care that he’s too young for me.



If you'd have to become any kind of creature from paranormal genre, which would that be?

Shape shifter. Why be limited to turning into a wolf? And why be a vamp who can only drink blood? I like real food.



Ever visited, or even heard about, Finland? (Something I have to ask from everyone :))

I’ve heard of it, of course! I’m not big on traveling, but I’ve seen pictures. Beautiful!



What's the best book(s) you've ever read?

I’m a bit of a book whore, so picking a favorite is like choosing between children. But if you had a gun to my head, I’d say Jemima J by Jane Green or Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Totally different genres, but both are so good! I had the honor of reading Susan Hatler’s upcoming release, Shaken, which was gripping. Y’all probably shouldn’t expect a nice relaxing read on that one.



Free word, anything you would like to say to my readers?

You rock for having me on your blog and stop by my Facebook page to say hi — I love hearing from readers!




Thanks again Veronica! :)

Some links
A Bite's Tale in Amazon
A Bite's Tale in Goodreads
Veronica's homepage



And now, the giveaway!
RULES
Giveaway is open internationally

There will be two winners; US winner will win a paperback copy of "A Bite's Tale" novella; international winner will win an ebook copy of "A Bite's Tale" novella

Entries are verified.

Contest ends Feb 3th 2012



Here's the FB pages mentioned in the first question:
Veronica's FB page and
FB page for Something Witchy This Way Comes

Giveaway is over!


January 19, 2012

The Time Will Come #17

The Time Will Come is a meme hosted by Books for Company!






The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.



The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1) by Kelley Armstrong


After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down.
She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are.

But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness.
But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour.

And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

CAN'T-WAIT-TO-READ!

January 18, 2012

STOP CENSORSHIP.



What is SOPA? SOPA explained here. And why I have problem with it? Here and here are few good reasons.

“It’s obvious that the US has too much influence on the internet and the world’s politics. SOPA/PIPA is one of many newer laws that is passed in the US but really is in effect outside of their borders. The UN and other bodies should actually fight back and say that this is not OK, ” the insider said.

“The internet is a global infrastructure and can’t be run in one single country. Besides fighting SOPA, we must also take away the possibility for a single country to rule over the global infrastructure.”

The Pirate Bay: PIPA/SOPA Won’t Stop Us!

...Still doesn’t sound that bad, but consider this: Any site that allows users to post content is “primarily designed for the purpose of offering services in a manner that enables copyright violation.” The site doesn’t have to be clearly designed for the purpose of copyright violation; it only has to provide functionality that can be used to enable copyright violation.

This means that YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Gmail, Dropbox and millions of other sites would be “Internet sites…dedicated to theft of U.S. property,” under SOPA’s definition. Simply providing a feature that would make it possible for someone to commit copyright infringement or circumvention is enough to get your entire site branded as an infringing site.

Why SOPA Is Dangerous


Waiting on Wednesday #13



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




If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Expected publication August 28th 2012


A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy — he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend... and her promise.


Why?
Sounds intriguing and mysterious :)


WWW Wednesday #15


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… * What are you currently reading? * What did you recently finish reading? * What do you think you’ll read next?





What are you currently reading? The Anti-Social Network (The Start Up #2) by Sadie Hayes Have to read this now. Can't stop reading.




What did you recently finish reading? The Start-Up (The Start Up #1) by Sadie Hayes This was so good and had a huge cliffhanger in the end, so I had to start the second book immediately!



What do you think you'll read next? The Beautiful Code (The Start Up #3) by Sadie Hayes I'll start this as soon as I've finished with the second book. And as soon as I receive this from Sadie, of course! :)


January 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #10

Meme by Should Be Reading!


*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!
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




"What the hell is wrong with you?" she said. "You like reading over my shoulder?"
Adam froze, hoping to God that by not moving he would turn invisible. "You sick little geek. No wonder you don't have any friends."


p. 6, The Start-Up (The Start Up #1) by Sadie Hayes



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January 16, 2012

Cover Crazy #16



Meme hosted by The Book Worms.


By The Pale Moonlight
by Jennifer Hendren


Makenna Wilhelm knows all of her friends have their quirks, but when Ty shows up naked in her yard one morning, she finds it beyond weird.
Stranger still are the deep gashes across Ty’s chest and his sudden ability to hear and smell things that no human should.

During a moonlit night, Ty’s secret is revealed. He’s no longer the boy she’s crushed on forever, but rather a werewolf with one serious aversion for all things silver.

Makenna is left wondering if he’s to blame for the recent death of one of their classmates, the apparent victim of an animal attack.
With the help of Melanie, the dead girl’s friend, they manage to shed doubt on Ty’s guilt only to discover Makenna was the intended prey. Even worse, she’s still a target.

In a race against the full moon, the trio struggles to find who murdered the young woman. However, without a way to cure Ty, they have no way of knowing who poses the greater threat: Ty or the unknown enemy.

I LIKE
* PURPLE! Purple, purple, purple!
* Black trees with PURPLE.
* Love the font.


I DON'T LIKE
* There isn't much going on, but it doesn't really matter, 'cause it's pretty and purple!



Musing Mondays #12



I'm back again! My daughter had her 5th birthday this weekend, so I spent my time baking, cleaning, cooking and so on. But it's Monday again, and time for the Musing Mondays!

Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading!


This week's musing asks…

What devices –if any– do you read books on? Do you find it enjoyable, or still somewhat bothersome? Or: If you only read the print books, why haven’t you chosen to read on any devices?

Real book is always better than ebook, no surprise there!

I do read ebooks, with my PC or laptop, mostly because that's the method authors prefer. Of course, it's cheaper and faster to send digital copy with email. And I've found free ebooks (like in Amazon), which doesn't happen with bound copies.

But even if I have a digital copy of a book on my computer, I don't really count it until I have a physical copy of it in my bookshelf, then I got the book. And if I read a really good book, I have to buy it.

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January 12, 2012

The Time Will Come #16

The Time Will Come is a meme hosted by Books for Company!






The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.



Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)
by Kendare Blake



Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill.
Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before.
She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.


I've got this on my computer for a while now, just haven't had a chance to read it :/

January 11, 2012

WWW Wednesday #14

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?



What are you currently reading?
The Dig (Zoe and Zeus Trilogy #1) by Audrey Hart
Yay! Finally on this one!




What did you recently finish reading?
A Vampire for Christmas (Sweetblood #2.5) by Laurie London
Not so great.



What do you think you'll read next?
The Start-Up (The Start Up #1)
by Sadie Hayes

This got postponed a little, when I received Seeing Cinderella. But it's on this month's TBR pile.

January 10, 2012

A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Piñeiro, Alexis Morgan


A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Piñeiro, Alexis Morgan

Published: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Format : Ebook
Pages: 384
Source : Netgalley
Buy : Amazon | Book Depository



All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.



*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Okay. I have to say that I'm probably not the right person to read short stories. There's usually not enough time for the character development or to concentrate on the plot. And that's pretty much why I didn't like so much about this book. I just wish there had been more to the plot, so I really wasn't left satisfied. No matter how much "action" in the book. That's why I'm having trouble with writing a review, because these stories left me kind of empty. So I will be writing only about the first story.

Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London (SweetBlood #2.5)

There's basically two main characters, Trace and Charlotte. They were involved, but Trace wiped Charlotte's memory, because he's about to start his job in a vampire council. And because his dad told him not to do people.
Then they meet again, and they get involved, again.

That's about everything there happened. I actually did like the beginning, when Trace saved Charlotte from the trouble, but after that it was just.. white noise. Nothing really happened. As I said, this whole book left me kind of empty, so.. there's nothing really to say. Which is sad, 'cause I really liked the idea of vampires mixing with Christmas, but it didn't work out so well.








Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for this book!

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Something Witchy This Way Comes by Veronica Blade


Something Witchy This Way Comes by Veronica Blade

Published: November 30th 2011
Publisher: Crush Publishing Ink
Format : Ebook
Pages: 368
Source : Review request from the author
Buy : Amazon



Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her hope of an escape from her inadequate life.
But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s objective. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other.

When Hayden Anders, the most delinquent kid in school — and the toughest — offers self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, the timing couldn’t be better. Though the idea of hanging out with a bad-boy that tempting is unnerving, staying alive amidst warring witches takes priority. She vows to hold onto her values and not surrender to the bad-boy she begins to secretly want.

Together, Tessa and Hayden uncover the truth about the two factions — a truth that explains why the covens will stop at nothing to lure her to their side.
Tessa has only a matter of weeks to form an alliance with one coven or the other, but the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all those she loves — including Hayden.



*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
No surprise, I loved this book as well! There's two main characters, Tessa and Hayden, a good girl and a bad boy. It's a very common setup, but this book definitely stands out.
It turns out that Tessa has some magical power. This she learns one day, when she's asked to principal's office. Hayden is asked to be her bodyguard. After that everything speeds up, and there's no dull moment!

I'm not sure who I liked more, Tessa or Hayden. Tessa was a strong female lead, who is sometimes quite whiny, but not too much, even though she prefers celibacy and remembers to tell you that. Hayden, on the other hand, doesn't whine, even if he has a good reason. He's quite over-the-top macho at the times. I was surprised that it didn't annoy Tessa. She could have at least pretend to be annoyed, just for the sake of feminism. But nobody's perfect, and woman sometimes wants some macho around, so I really liked him. Okay, I loved him.

There's also a hint of a love triangle, when a mysterious guy, Chait, enters the scene. I was just disappointed when nothing actually happened between Tessa and him. I know, it's wrong for me to wish that kind of things, but I just can't help myself. They would've had a perfect opportunity when Hayden decides to be a bigger man and steps aside, but they just wouldn't take the hint. Damn. But I'm still happy there was even some amount of love triangle.

It was definitely positive that both Tessa and Hayden were narrators. You knew what both were thinking throughout the whole book. That's especially the reason why it was so fun to follow how their romance progressed.

Plot contains many twists and no one's what they seem. We find out secrets from both Hayden's and Tessa's families, unfortunately they're not all that nice ones.
But that doesn't matter, because they just make this book even more intriguing! This is fast-paced book full of action and romance and I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, who's after good read! :)







Thanks again to author, Veronica Blade, for this book! Again, I wasn't disappointed! :)





Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children.

By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales.
She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters.
Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.





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January 09, 2012

Cover Crazy #15

Meme hosted by The Book Worms.


Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Anna, a tender-hearted southern girl, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people.
She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about.
If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip forces Anna and Kai to face the reality that hope and love are not options for their kind.
When it's time for Anna to confront her demons, will she choose to embrace her halo or her horns?

I LIKE
* Contrasts in colors.
* Love the dress!
* How there's good and evil, light and dark.
* Love the title placement.


I DON'T LIKE
* There might be even too much contrast?

Top 100 YA List - Update

Here's my update! Even though Demi's blog doesn't exist anymore. :( And there isn't any huge changes in this, but at least I've managed to read some of the books :)

Demi from Only Somewhat Queer posted the "Top 100 YA List" and I'm in, too!
You can participate as well, here's the rules:

Bold all the ones you have read.
Italicize those that you have on your bookshelf.
Underline those you really want to read or want to read soon.
And strike out those that you don't even intend on reading.

1. Alex Finn – Beastly

2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)

4. Ally Condie – Matched

5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills

7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)

9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)

10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)

12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2, 3)

13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret

15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)

16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)

17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)

18. Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)

19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)

20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)

21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)

22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse

23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply

25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)

26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere

27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest

28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)

29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)

31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why

33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)

34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines

37. John Green – Looking for Alaska

38. John Green – Paper Towns

39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)

40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2, 3)

41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)

42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)

43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)

44. Lemony Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)

46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)

47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

48. M.T. Anderson – Feed

49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)

50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)

52. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger

54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

55. Mary Ting – Crossroads

56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)

57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)

58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now

61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)

63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road

64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)

67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion

68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind

69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline

70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust

71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book

72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )

73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)

74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks

79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)

80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip

81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride

82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key

83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever

84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

85. Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (1, 2)

86. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies (1, 2, 3)

87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days

88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy

89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)

90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)

92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host

93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)

94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees

95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)

96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)

97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)

99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)

100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

Musing Mondays #11

A meme hosted by Should Be Reading!


This week's musing asks…

Are there any “raved reads” –books that everyone seems to be talking about– that you’re hoping to get read this year, yourself? What books are they, and why are you hoping to read them? Is it because you want to say you’ve read it? Or, would you have chosen to read it, even if you’d discovered it yourself, and no one was raving about it?

Only hundreds of them! But here's few for now :) And I want to read them because of the recommendations, since they count for something.



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