Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ New newish and SWOON-WORTHY covers. Pardon my fangirlism, but who could stay quiet after seeing the covers for The Lost Prince and The Iron Legends? The other covers are of series I've seen, me particularly being excited for Scent of Magic. And there isn't even release date! *goes cry in a corner*

    

  

♔ And also new book trailers! And I have to say I LOVED Until I Die's. It was very unique, and Paris is nothing short of gorgeous.





♔ Another The Golden Lily teaser. Should that be included with the book trailers? BAH! It's The Golden Lily and it deserves its own point/crown/section. Gosh, I really, really cannot wait to read that book.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox 10

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and originally inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie, used to showcase the books we bought, borrowed, got for review...

For review

    

 Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Intangible by J.Meyers
Timepiece by Myra McEntire

I got Glitch! GLITCH! Oh my gosh you should have seen me when I saw my request had been accepted. It was my birthday, too, so that made my day even happier. I also received Intangible (thanks to the author!) which I'm excited to read since it's about TWINS. Well, not identical twins (they are boy and girl), but it's still awesome. I've read the first few chapters and it seems like a very nice read! And then Timepiece! Of course I'm going to buy the first book very soon so I can read the second in time. Cannot wait!

Bought


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

It was the International Day of the Book, and I couldn't resist buying The Fault in Our Stars and Thirteen Reasons Why. I'm positively ready to start crying with these books. And then I got Storm, which I have already read and LOVED. Even preordered the second book, which I think will be out this August (YAY!).

From the library


City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Finally got this one. And my local library had it in English, how cool is that? After the fiasco with the Spanish translation of the first book, I'm ready to give this series a second opportunity. I'm hoping I'll love this series as much as everyone seems to do. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

♔ Details

Title: Storm - Elemental #1
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington
Release date: 24th April 2012

♔ Summary
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .
♔ Review

I had been hearing amazing things about Storm, and ever since i read its summary, I knew that it was a book I had to get as soon as it was out. Now that I've read it, I can say it was one of my best decisions.

Storm takes us to a world where, even when everything seems normal, it's not. Humans are humans, though they are a little different; everyone has an affinity to one of the five elements (earth, air, fire, water and spirit -the combination of all the others-). The level of "power" varies in every person. Maybe they're just attracted to activities involving that element, nothing magic at all. On the other end, though, are the Elementals, the ones who have so much power that it has been decided that they have to be killed.

One Elemental is dangerous. Okay, now imagine a family of four brothers, all of them Elementals. They live knowing they are practically sentenced to death, yet they never give up and try to go on. But it's not always easy; those with powers that know what they are are committed to making their life hard and pushing them to explode, to use their powers so everyone realizes what a threat they are. Reading about the Merrick brothers is one of the best things of the book. Their relationship is one of tension, anger and undying affection. Their roles were delightfully defined: Michael, the oldest brother, taking care of them now that their parents can't; The twins Nick and Gabriel, another reasons to read the series (since I'm a twin, too), with their polar opposite characters but identical appearance; And Chris, the little one and our main character in this book.

Becca is one of those characters that easily gain your heart. She's a normal girl who has to deal with her life: living with only her mother since her father left when she was little. Life is hard enough now with the false rumors everyone is spreading about her, when she gets tangled with the Merrick brothers by saving Chris's life. Oh, and talking about characters, there's one particular boy who snatched all my attention for a while. Hunter is the new boy in school, a mystery of its own, even in the end.

There was a lot of love drama in Storm. Highly enjoyable, things got to a steamy point while everything tangled even deeper. And there was a love triangle. It was painful, I was pinning for the two totally swoon-worthy boys!

Undoubtedly the best part of the book is how the author described the powers. Those moments were beyond enthralling. The way she wrote it, it was as if the elements themselves called to the brothers. Gosh, it was beautiful. You have to read it in order to understand it. The whole book it's very fast paced and with lots of action. Beware! You won't be able to put it down a moment when you read it. Which you totally have to do. Soon.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Follow Friday (13)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Parajunkee & Alison Can Read , used to meet new friends from the blogging world!


Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

That actually happened to me recently, while reading Touch of Frost. The book's summary and beginning of the book promised a strong, independent, kick-ass heroine that I'd love. However, the way she acted as the story went on totally clashed with my idea of her. She criticized and scoffed at everything! I really hope it gets better in the next books, since I've heard so many good things about them.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

♔ Details

Title: Elemental - Elemental #0.5
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: K Teen
Release date: 27th March 2012

♔ Summary
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream. 
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead.
♔ Review

This is going to be a short review since it was also a very short story (sadly!). In no time I was wishing for it to never end.

Brigid Kemmerer lets us see a glimpse of what it's like to have power like Michael Merrick does. He controls the Earth, but his power is so big that it can easily get out of control and do something irreparable. His parents, his little brothers, are all suffering because of him. They almost treat him like a ticking bomb, expecting him to explode so they can declare him dangerous. But we also get to see an outsider's view of him. Emily, who couldn't do but trust what her parents said about him -- and then learning that was far from the truth.

There's so much tension in this book, it's almost palpable. Tension in him, with his powers, within his family, with everyone outside it. In Elemental we only get a glance of his brothers: the twins, and the youngest of them. Not much, but enough to make me intrigued and want to learn more about them!

Something was there between Emily and Michael. Yeah, SOMETHING. Oh, boy, their attraction-repulsion feelings was so strong and clearly depicted it left me breathless. How could a book be so intense right from the start?

Wow. This novella left me amazed. I really, really cannot wait to read the next and first book, Storm.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and it's used to showcase the upcoming releases we're excited about.


This book seems just like an epic clash between the light and dark sides, which means... total AWESOMENESS. Wendy Higgins is a lovely person, which only adds to how much I'm dying to read this book. Oh, and you should read Gianna's Seven reasons why you should read Sweet Evil. It's hilarious and I can't find a better way to convince you to read Sweet Evil.


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

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, 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 to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday evening news

♔ Big evening news! Michelle Hodkin has revealed the cover for The Evolution of Mara Dyer! GORGEOUS.


♔ They've released the book trailer of Struck and I even got goosebumps while watching it. Book trailers are getting better and better these days!


♔ The fantastic book of The Immortal Rules has been optioned for a movie! Of course that doesn't mean anything, but since it can mean EVERYTHING, it's an excellent reason to get excited about it all over again. I mean, come on! Seeing Allie, Zeke, Kaidan in a movie? Gosh. So much awesomeness. Read Julie Kagawa's original post!

♔ Today is the big, big day for readers. Today is the International Day of the Book, St George's Day, the day when all the bookstores go out on the streets on bookstalls and sell books, when everyone buys books. Here in Catalonia it's also the day of lovers, our original Valentine's Day. It's traditional that men give a rose to women, and women gift them in return with books. I've always found it so sweet! Today I went to Barcelona to hunt for English YA books (sadly, there are just a few bookstores with little stock). It was packed! Here are some photos:



 

And here are the treasures I found while hunting:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

♔ Details

Title: The Immortal Rules - Blood of Eden #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: 24th April 2012
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♔ Summary
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.
♔ Review

I'm so happy I could read this amazing book before its release date, because the wait was killing me. The only downside is that now I have to wait longer for the next one! Sometimes I think it'd be better to wait for the series to end so I could read all of them after the other, but nah! I'm not one to wait, and besides, I love getting excited about books that are going to come out with other fellow readers. And, come on! Julie's take on the fey world was wonderful. I was dying to read her own take about vampires.

Onto the book! The world setting in itself was fantastic. The book takes us to a reality where circumstances have decimated the population, and now all the cities are ruled by vampires. They give shelter (if it can even be called that) to humans in exchange for blood. Each human must donate blood each month. It's practically like keeping animals in a safe fence. But then there are the unregistereds, people who live in the fringes of the city and survive scavenging for food. They are rebels who refuse to obey the vampires, and are to be executed if discovered. Allie's life as an unregistered is harsh. However, she won't ever do a thing for the monsters. But she can't flee the city because there are rabids outside; bestial, soulles creatures that live on blood, non-rational, mad with bloodthirst. They prey on the outside of cities.

Allie was a character that was very easy to like. I immediately connected with her! It was just the way she fought to go on, her courage, her hope... She hates the vampires the most, but eventually she becomes one of them.Who could blame her, when faced with the possibility of really dying? Allie then has to struggle to come to terms that she's now one of the monster she used to furiously despise. THAT was one of the best things of the book. When I read Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, I fell in love with her creepy little monsters. And in The Immortal Rules, the main character herself is one of them! Being able to see through Allie's eyes was scary, enthralling and I can't find more words to describe its awesomeness. If something, Allie was a fighter. She never went down without a fight. Vampire instincts apart, she fought with a katana! How cool is that? I've seen heroines with powers, physical strength, guns, swords... but katanas? I found it incredibly fitting!

Julie Kagawa did an incredible job defining the different creatures in The Immortal Rules. Humans, vampires and morbids. Vampires were really vampires, not human with long teeth. And morbids, well, there was really no question about them. Allie was a vampire, but she still thought a little like a human. But because of what she is, they shunned her. Usually that bothers me a lot, with the other characters being unfair to her, but this time it didn't; it was only the just amount to feel real. And I liked that the author  questioned the term of "demon" through all the book!

The characterization was outstanding. I felt like I knew personally all the characters! There were quite a few characters who I fell in love with. So... Zeke's turn! I loved him. I loved him for his strength, his faith, his relentlessness, his protective side. Oh, boy, how I enjoyed reading about him. And against what he always believed in, Zeke fell in love with Allie. Now, before I begin fangirling, this was a love I delightedly read. It wasn't the main focus of the story, but it was a very important part nonetheless. Needless to say, it totally won me over.

With a great ending, The Immortal Rules is a book I found creepy, but still very funny at times. When I finished it, all I wanted to do was reread it so I could remember every little detail of this beautiful story. I think it's a book everyone needs to read right away with its lovable characters, fast pace, never ending action and the destroyed but somehow sill utterly beautiful world that wraps up this incredible book.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Follow Friday (12)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Parajunkee & Alison Can Read , used to meet new friends from the blogging world!


Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

I'll choose my all-time favorite kick-ass heroine, Rose from Vampire Academy and then one that I've read about recently, Allie from The Immortal Rules. Allie has her abilities, of course, so she'd put out quite a fight. But then again Rose's been trained to fight vampires (not the ones from The Immortal Rules, but oh well). Since Rose's been my favorite heroine since many years ago, I'd like to think she'd be the one to win!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

♔ Details

Title: Poison Study - Study #1
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin
Release date: 1st June 2004

♔ Summary
Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
♔ Review

Poison Study is the first book of the Study series written by Maria V. Snyder. I read Touch of Power (also written by her) and I thought I had to read some of her other books. So when the starts aligned and the opportunity presented itself, I couldn't let it pass!

The world Maria creates in Poison Study is magic, simple and beautiful. Ixia was reigned by an unjust king when Commander Ambrose took the power from him to right things. Ixia is divided in different Military Districts (MD, for short) and ruled according to the Code. The same Code that dictates that Yelena must me executed for murdering her adoptive father's son. She's an orphan, but she's not an assassin; General Brazell and Reyad, his son, brutally abused her and a lot of other orphaned children that they had taken "under their care". Yelena did what she did fully conscious of her acts. She just wanted to spare the other children that would surely come after her. She's set to prison to wait to be executed. Except, luck seems to be on her side and she's offered the position to be the Commander's food taster.

It was impossible not to grow to love Yelena. At such a young age, she's faced uncountable horrors. And, even when she has to face death (even when being a food taster), she remains strong. Her courage was something I greatly admired through all the book. It was quite fascinating seeing her getting acquainted with poisons. Not that I'm going to jump and fill her position, but it was something I hadn't seen before. Oh, and let's not forget the side characters! Every one of them was so unique it was easy to differentiate and remember them.

But, of course, this is a book by Maria V. Snyder! And, as such, it didn't lack the uniquely characteristic love story and love interest. Let me introduce you to Valek. Thoughful, gorgeous, quiet, severe, caring Valek. He's one of those love interests that you immediately discard as such, as things go on you think "no way!" but in the end you can't help falling in love with. He was always composed, and on the very few scenes when he was a bit awkward I found him adorable. Their love scenes were so rare that they were always like a treat.

Magic is also finely intrincated throughout the book, although it was too little, in my opinion. I wanted to know more about it! Since the next book, which I'm obviously planning to get my hands on soon, is titled Magic Study, I don't think I'll have to worry that much. The only downfall of this book was that it didn't invest me emotionally. I'm blaming a reading slump or something along those lines, because the story itself was very original and sweet.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and it's used to showcase the upcoming releases we're excited about.


I have a particularly lovely friend who is super excited about Storm, and now I've caught her enthusiasm and I'm also dying to read it. As much as I love fantasy and paranormal creatures, I think the theme that I like the most is powers. And here they have the different elements (fire, water, earth and air) for powers! I can't wait to see how they are played out on the book. 


Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ Surprisingly, this week I didn't see any cover reveal! Buuuut there are some new awesome book trailers I'm very excited about. I think The Selection's trailer is prettier, but Sweet Evil's background music is something in its entire way.



♔ I forgot about it last week, but there are new teaser images for the book trailer (set to be released on April 18th!) of City of Lost Souls. They remind me that the movie is on its way! I couldn't be happier. Here are some of them:




♔ Author Amy Plum will publish another two-book series with HarperTeen! Here's a little about the new book:
Author of the DIE FOR ME trilogy, Amy Plum’s JUNEAU, about a seventeen-year-old girl who has been raised to believe that her family, and the rest of their village, escaped World War III by moving to a remote area in the Alaskan wilderness – but when everyone in her village mysteriously disappears, she’s forced to set off in search of them, only to discover that her life has been a lie and there never was a third World War.

♔ Maggie Stiefvater has released an excerpt of the first two chapters of her new book, The Raven Boys. You can read them here!

♔ And, just to end things right: THIS FRIDAY I'M GOING TO SEE THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE! I'm angry with you, Spain. Well, at least I'm not in Italy; there the movie will be out on May 1st.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox 9

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and originally inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie, used to showcase the books we bought, borrowed, got for review...

For review

    

Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Keep Holding on by Susane Colasanti
The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Thank you so much Penguin Young Readers Group and Faber and Faber for these fantastic books! I'm excited to read all of them, but Keep Holding On... Ugh. It sounds so amazing I'm tempted to start it tonight and see for myself.

From library


Fire by Kristin Cashore
La Estrella by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

After reading the awesome first part Graceling, of course I couldn't resist waiting more for the second book, Fire (titled "Fuego" in Spanish). I've read the characters are different from the first one, but I don't care! I just need more graceling goodness in my life right now. La Estrella (in English, "The Star") is a Spanish YA book. I usually don't read many books by Spanish authors, but this one sounded amazing and I hope I like it. And then Birthmarked. I don't really know what it's about or why I picked it up, but I'm hoping it'll be a nice read.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

♔ Details

Title: Graceling - Graceling Realm #1
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Houghton Miffin Harcourt
Release date: 1st October 2008
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♔ Summary
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
♔ Review

I'm never book at summarizing a book with just a few words. All I can tell you is that, if you haven't already, you should get started on Graceling right NOW! Its level of awesomeness was even higher than I first expected. I really need more books like this one in my life.

It surprised me how quickly Graceling gained my love. Its mysterious world, delightful characters and intriguing power struggles form an overall so enticing you can't help falling for it. There are seven kingdoms, and while they are at peace, the dread for an upcoming war between them hangs in the air, in their everyday life, unabated. Humans mill about the different cities, doing their chores; gracelings, people gifted with "graces", some kind of magical power or abilities, serve the kings of their respective kingdoms. They are clearly distinguished from humans because of their different-colored eyes.

Katsa is a graceling; one of her eyes is blue while the other is green, and her grace is killing. She discovered her "gift" when she was young and accidentally killed her cousin. His uncle, the king, kept her close even when everyone feared her (but within a distance), and now he uses her to do his dirty work, which usually includes threatening, killing and mutilating his subjects. These errands have earned her the reputation of being a ruthless, merciless assassin. Ah, but I loved Katsa. She was one of those main characters that you instantly grow attached to. Life hasn't been kind to her, but she has remained strong and knows that what her uncle uses her for shouldn't be allowed. But he's the king. That's the problem. Nonetheless, she is part of a Council, an organization with sympathizers all over the seven kingdoms. They work in secret to, in their own way, right the seven kingdoms and maintain peace within them.

There are many great characters in this book. Prince Raffin, Helda, Bitterblue, Po. Oh, Po. His momentaneously-hilarious-but-then-thoughtful-name Po is a nickname; his real name is Prince Greening Grandemalion! His family named him Po after the tree that has golden and silver leaves, like the color of his eyes (Yep, you guessed it right! He's a graceling!). He was quite a mystery at first, but as I got to know him better I couldn't help falling for him. You should have seen me. I was like "hello book boyfriend~" and gushing all over Po as I learnt more and more of him. He's everything a prince from an exotic, isle kingdom should be. His grace are combat skills, and he's the only one who can stand a chance in a fight with Katsa. Their battles were EPIC, I enjoyed each and every one of their clashes!

But in the end not everything is as it seems. Katsa discovers there's more about her grace, learns that she's not a monster designed to kill and, along with Po, she has to fight a graceling with a grace more deadly than hers.

With a world that's insanely beautiful, graces that in the end are like an extension of one's soul and unforgettable characters, Graceling is a splendid book that I read all the while feeling that pleasant and heart-warming feeling that precedes a really good book that you know it's going to be your next favorite.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Follow Friday (11)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Parajunkee & Alison Can Read , used to meet new friends from the blogging world!


Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

That's what happens to me with most movie adaptations of books. I'm glad there'll be a movie adaptation, but I always fear it will be nothing like the book. I've been hearing The Hunger Games was actually very true to the book. I'm so glad! But now I'm dreading how The Host movie will turn out to be. I LOVED the book, so I really hope they don't change much in the movie.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and it's used to showcase the upcoming releases we're excited about.


One of my most anticipated books for the year is Defiance. Gorgeous cover. Amazing summary. I really, honestly, can't wait to see how it turns out to be! I always love strong, fighter heroines. And Defiance sounds like the perfect example.


Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

♔ Details

Title: Grave Mercy - His Fair Assassin #1
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: 3rd April 2012

♔ Summary
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
♔ Review

What a nice historical book! To be sincere, historical has to be the genre that I've read the least, but I'm definitely intrigued about. Oh, believe me, I've tried. But those others just weren't for me. You can imagine how happy I was to see that I liked this book so much.

Ismae is a girl outcasted by everyone. Her mother tried to have an abortion when she was pregnant of her, and that has left poor Ismae scarred and marked by Death, who they say is her real father. When her father tries to marry her to a despicable man, she escapes with the help of priests and herbwitches to a place where they say she'll be save. So they take her to St. Mortain's abbey, a convent that serves Death. There, she is trained as an assassin to carry out his wishes. And kill. But even as a handmaiden of Death, she is a bit special. She can see marques, shadows on a person's skin that shows how they will die. At first I was a bit worried because I thought it would be too much like Mara Dyer, but then I saw I had nothing to worry about!

As a result of  an unexpected development of events, she ends up in court, just at the center of the whirlwind of conspiracies, treason and murder. Another great thing about Grave Mercy being historical? I got to see all the power struggles between the ranks of society. It was fascinating. I admit to being a little confused about countries, governors and wars sometimes, but it didn't keep me from understanding what was going on in the book.

All the characters were so well defined, I had a lot of fun reading about them! Some of them were very unique. The love story wasn't what I expected. There were some very sweet scenes, and some others that didn't work for me.

All in all, it's a very nice historical read that will keep you hooked until the very end. I have no idea what the second will be about (it was very conclusive), but I'm looking forward to it!

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Monday, April 09, 2012

Monday morning news

♔ New covers! They are certainly pretty, but I don't find them as appealing as other recent covers. My favorite is without a doubt Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I've read books about her, and I can't wait to see what she has to show in the YA genre. Although I have to say I'm not too fond of zombies...

    

    

♔ Onto the SUPER AWESOME trailers. The first one is of The Immortal City, and all I can say after watching it is that I need to read it as soon as possible. It's really something! The one of Of Poseidon is very simple, but beautiful at the same time. And I can't say much of Insurgent because I haven't read Divergent yet and I wouldn't want to get spoiled.




♔ The first images of the Hush, Hush graphic novel are out! You can see them here. And a little teaser... :




♔ As a celebration of Kai's birthday, Marissa Meyer has posted on her blog an excerpt of Cinder's sequel, Scarlet. *cue fangirling* To tell you the truth I was a bit worried whether our two lovely main characters from Cinder would appear on the next book or not. After all, the second books is a retelling of Red Riding Hood! But I think I won't have to worry about that anymore :D
He should have been sleeping, but after countless hours of staring at the shadows above his bed, he’d finally given up and decided to come here and attempt to do something productive. He was dying for a distraction. Any distraction.
Anything to chase away the thoughts that kept rotating around in his brain.
So much for those good intentions.
Taking in a measured breath, Kai glanced up at the empty office. It was supposed to be his father’s office, but the room struck Kai as far too extravagant to be a place for work. Three ornate tasseled lanterns were lined up on a red-and-gold ceiling, hand-painted with elegant dragons. A holographic fireplace was set into the wall to his left. A sitting area with carved cypress furniture surrounded a miniature bar in the far corner. Silent videos of Kai’s mother shimmered from picture frames by the door, sometimes paired with flashes of Kai growing up, and sometimes all three of them together.
Nothing had changed since his father’s death, except the room’s owner.
And perhaps the smell. Kai seemed to recall the aroma of his father’s aftershave, but now there was the distinct stench of bleach and chemicals—remnants of the cleaning crew scrubbing the room raw after his father first had contracted letumosis, the plague that had killed hundreds of thousands of people all over Earth in the past decade.
Kai’s attention fell from the pictures and snagged on the small metal foot that sat on the corner of his desk, its joints caked with grease. Like a revolving wheel, his thoughts came full-circle yet again. 
Linh Cinder.
Read the post on her blog here! 

Sunday, April 08, 2012

In My Mailbox 8

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and originally inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie, used to showcase the books we bought, borrowed, got for review...

For review


Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Thank you Harlequin Teen for the review copy! I hope I can read this soon. It sounds amazing. I think it's time to read a nice paranormal c:

Bought

    

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

I saw this at a very low price on amazon (I think 0.99 or something like that) and I. Couldn't. Resist. Lately I've been enjoying mythological YA themed books, so of course I couldn't let this pass. And the first book I read by Maria V. Snyder was Touch of Power and I immediately fell in love with her writing. Poison Study has been on my wishlist for a long time, and I couldn't wait to read something else by the author.

And finally, Elemental is the prequel of the Storm series, the first book coming out later this month. I've heard only great things about this one, and when I saw it while browsing for books it was practically screaming at me to buy it.

By the way, Happy Easter! :)
 
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