Friday, September 16, 2011

Winner Announcement & Apologies

First, I would just like to apologize for my infrequency with blogging lately. I've been busy the last couple and just haven't had the time that I would like to have to devote to blogging. Hopefully, things will slow down soon so I can.

Now, on to the good stuff!

I'm also behind on announcing the winner of my giveaway for Evernight. But I finally got the time to tally up the entries and let random.org select the winner for me. With that, the winner is...

Christina M.

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Bloodlines Review

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)
Description from Goodreads
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.
My thoughts
I absolutely adored the Vampire Academy series. And my favorite character? Adrian! So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that Richelle Mead was writing a spin-off series set in the Vampire Academy world and that Adrian was going to play a large role in it. I couldn’t wait for it to come out! And I think that’s why it kind of let me down. I had such high expectations it was impossible to measure up. That being said Bloodlines is a good book. I really did enjoy it, just not as much as I thought I would.
To me, Bloodlines started off slow. Aside from the cameo appearance of Rose, the beginning is somewhat dull. I understand the need to introduce readers to the life of the Alchemists but I found myself disinterested in it. Things do begin to pick up toward the end but the action from Vampire Academy just wasn’t there. 
Also, I found myself figuring out what was going to happen way before it happened. It was obvious to me at the very beginning exactly what happened at the court and what was going on between Jill and Adrian.
There were some things I liked. For starters, Adrian was in it! I enjoyed watching Adrian and Sydney go back and forth. Adrian is still hilarious. I also liked Eddie. I really see potential for an Eddie & Jill relationship. I think I would enjoy that a lot more than any of the other guys Jill was interested in. I also saw potential for Adrian and Sydney but I am curious to see how that will pan out. Sydney despite befriending and realizing that Moroi aren’t all bad, still has some deeply engrained beliefs about them. I’m just not sure how that’s going to play out.
Overall, I thought Bloodlines was a good book. I was hoping for more action and a better relationship for Adrian. However, I loved how the story ended and I can’t wait for the next book. Still have high hopes for this series!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WWW Wednesday

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts WWW Wednesdays...
To play along just answer three simple 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?
Nothing. I finished Anna and the French Kiss last night and haven’t started anything new yet.


What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Anna and the French Kiss and Paranormalcy. Both were really funny!

What do you think you’ll read next?
I brought Wildefire by Karsten Knight to read during my lunch so that’s what I’m starting now.

What have you been reading?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Pick-Me-Up

 
 
Monday Pick-Me-Up is a weekly post intended to get everyone over their Monday Blues by sharing quotes I thought were funny in the books I read the previous week. 


Sorry, it’s so late. I am definitely feeling a little sluggish today. I finished Paranormalcy  by Kiersten White last night and it’s hilarious. Here’s a couple of my favorites.


"Yes, I have a driver's license."

I leaned back against the wall, sighing. "Man, that must be so cool."

"It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it's so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all."


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"I can’t see through clothes or anything. Just glamour skin. Except I can see through all of you, since your clothes aren’t real.” I stopped, horrified. “I mean, I don’t look—It’s hard to see you, and I like looking at your real face, but I don’t try to see anything, because—Oh gosh, this sounds terrible.”
He had a funny look on his face, like he wasn’t sure what to think. “Huh. That’s never been an issue before. Maybe next time you could bring me some shorts."




What’s your Monday Pick-Me-Up? Leave me a comment letting me know. I need all the laughs I can get!
Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sisterhood Everlasting Review

Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #5)

Goodreads Description
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

My Thoughts
Sisterhood Everlasting is a difficult book to read. It takes you on this crazy journey where you go from laughing to crying and back again. It is a beautiful story about friendship, growing up, and realizing that there are some things in your life that have to change and some things that never will.
I loved this book. I didn’t read the other books in the series but I did watch the two movies. I don’t think that it’s imperative that you’ve read the other books or seen the movies but I think that it definitely helps.
There are four main characters: Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget. They have been best friends since they were born (literally). They are all four about to turn 30 and have fallen out of touch a bit, especially with Tibby. Then they all receive a package from Tibby with airline tickets to Greece.
However, they soon realize that their reunion is the not happy trip they had planned. Afterwards, they all go their separate ways and try to get their lives back on track.
This book is painful. There are times when you want to scream at the characters, “What are you doing?” But you can’t. They have to figure it out on their own. And the beautiful thing is they do. It may take a while, they may take a few detours, but eventually they all end up exactly where they are suppose to be. Together.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts WWW Wednesdays...
To play along just answer three simple 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?
I am currently reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I’m about halfway through it and it’s okay so far. I had very high expectations for this book, which is why it’s just okay right now. I’m still hoping things will pick-up and I’ll love it!


What did you recently finish reading?
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares.  It’s the 5th book in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. I LOVED it. I am hoping to have the review up tomorrow. It’s definitely a difficult read but well worth it.

What do you think you’ll read next?
This question is the one that always gets me. I’m bad about not having a reading schedule. I just pick-up whatever books I have on a whim. Right now, I’m leaning toward Anna and the French Kiss but I still have The Near Witch and Wildefire that I haven’t read yet.

What have you been reading?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

August [R.A.K.] Wrap-Up/Sept. Wishlist

August was my first time doing R.A.K. and I think that it's an awesome idea! I love sharing my love for books with others. Last month, I didn't recieve anything but I did send a book to someone.

Valia @ Word are Things recieved Darklight by Lesley Livingston


Also, this month I'm adding a September Wishlist in addition to the one of Amazon. I'm doing this so I can be a little more specific.

1) I love UK and Austrilian copies of books. A couple I'm dying for is UK copies of the Hunger Games trilogy and Austrilian copy of Fateful.
2) I will gladly accept used books or ARCs
3) I also love signed books

Books on the Top of my Wishlist
Son of Neptune
The Iron Knight
Drink Deep
Jessica Rules the Dark Side
Last Breath
The Night Circus
 Supernaturally
 It's Not Summer without You
 We'll Always Have Summer
 Illusions
 Enthralled
 Graveminder
 Entwined

Lament-Review

Lament - Maggie Stiefvater Pictures, Images and Photos

Goodreads Description:
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.
My Thoughts:
I’ve read a lot of books about faeries and I’ve really come to love them. I love seeing  each authors take on faerie lore and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater’s take in Lament.  
It’s obvious from the beginning that Deirdre is not your average sixteen-year-old girl. Her musical ability is exceptional to the point of almost unheard of. Couple that with clovers turning up everywhere Deirdre turns, the unexplained arrival of Luke, and the strange way her Grandmother has been acting and you have all the signs of great mystery.
The characters were well developed and the story line flowed well. I loved Deirdre’s Grandmother. I just wish there would have been a little more of her. I would have loved for her to explain what she knew about the faeries a little more. I felt like there were some questions that weren’t answered that well and could have been by her.
The other character I loved was Luke (of course). I loved how unselfish he was when it came to protecting Deirdre. He didn’t hesitate to put her needs before his own.
The ending was tough. I wish there was a little more resolution. I felt like there were a lot of things left up in the air. Maybe (hopefully) they will get resolved in the sequel, Ballad, which I can’t wait to read.
Overall, Lament was a great read with plenty of mystery to keep you on your toes.
Grade: B

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