Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Such a Rush

Such a Rush
A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.    

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly
My Thoughts:
When I was in middle school, I wanted to be a Navy Pilot and fly an F-14. Yes, this may have had something to do with the fact that my favorite television show at the time was JAG but that’s beside the point. The truth is I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a pilot. The thrill of it has always fascinated me. I even looked into flight lessons one time (I’m still saving up for those).  Eventually, I veered away from that idea but it was always in the back of my mind. This book brought it back to the front!
Due to my desire to one day fly myself, when I read the description for this book I knew that I had to read it. A girl…pilot…with two hot pilot guys…uh, yes please! And the good news? This book did not disappoint.
I loved Leah and her passion for flying. I love that she doesn’t apologize for who she is and where she came from. Since the book is told from her perspective you are able to see that she is embarrassed about her mom and living in a trailer, but at the same time when she talks to people about it she tells it like it is. This is my life, plain and simple. There was a couple times where she did get irritated about the things that people said to her but for the most part I thought she handled herself really well. Leah was not afraid to call Grayson out and tell him what she thought of him.
At first, Grayson threw me for a loop because it’s my son’s name and it’s not an extremely common name and it’s slightly weird thinking about a guy with the same name as your kid being hot. BUT, I got over it…fairly quickly. Grayson is hot and a badass. I didn’t fully understand his reasoning behind his decisions. I mean, I did, but I didn’t. Once you read the book I think you’ll understand what I mean. I admire his ability to overtake his dad’s business at such a young age. He was forced to grow up quickly and he handled it well. I also loved how he squeezed his hands to keep from saying something he’d later regret. I just thought it was super cute.
The one thing I didn’t love about this book was what everyone thought about Leah. I mean I get that the author was portraying how people use stereotypes and judge people without really knowing them but reading it was difficult. I felt bad that Leah’s best friend, Molly, and Grayson and Alec thought the worst of her simply because of where she came from. I guess the most troubling part of it was that this happens all the time in real life.
Jennifer Echols once again tackles tough issues while putting together a truly captivating story in Such a Rush. Like the title, this book is such a rush!
Grade: B+
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)
Title: Before I Wake
Author: Rachel Vincent
Expected Publication: June 26th
Why I Waiting:  I got into this series by doing the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge. I have fallen in love with series and can't wait to see what happens next!! 
Goodreads Description:
I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school...  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life.
What are you waiting on?
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (5)

Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1.       Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan- These books are great MG books that I would recommend to middle school age kids, especially boys. I know there’s a lot of MG/YA that doesn’t necessarily appeal to boys but this series definitely does.

2.       The Lost Hero series by Rick Riordan- I LOVE this series, even more than the original Percy Jackson series. Again, it’s great for middle school age kids but I also think this one appeals to an older audience.

3.       The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- One of my favorite series of all time. There is so much to be learned from these books. I hope people are reading these a million years from now.

4.       Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead- This is a great and entertaining series. The characters Mead creates are ones that you can't help but love.

5.       Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr- Excellent series that deals with making tough choices and learning to live with the consequences of those decisions.

6.       If I Stay by Gayle Forman- Heartbreaking, but so many lessons that can be learned.

7.       The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa- Great series dealing with your destiny and becoming the person you are meant to be.

8.       Anything by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices)- Clare is an excellent storyteller. I’m sure people will be reading her books for years to come.

9.       The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- Another heartbreaking story with many lessons to be learned.

10.   Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver- Great story about survival and standing up for what is right.

Which books made your top 10?
Thursday, May 24, 2012

First Annual Chicagoland Vampires Spring Fling

About the Chicagoland Vampires Novels: Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit, the heroine of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling series, found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. The sixth book in the series, BITING COLD, will be released on August 7, 2012.

Why I Love these Books: I first picked up Some Girls Bite at the University Supply Store while in college at the University of Alabama. I picked up all of the required books for my classes and then was browsing their book selection. I saw Some Girls Bite and picked it up. The description and cover sold me so I put it in my cart and bought it. When I got home and actually started reading it I was amazed. It was a great story with a great heroine and it was by a first time author. I can’t say enough about how much I love this series. I have read all of the books in this series and the first two in the Dark Elite series (which I also enjoyed btw) and Chloe Neill never fails to impress me with her ability to tell a great story with even great characters.
Merit is one of my favorite heroines. She strong, determined, and snarky. I love how she doesn’t take anything from anyone and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Throughout the series, she has grown as a character and I find myself loving her more with each book.
The Chicagoland Vampires is an excellent series that you must check out! The books are funny, well written, and have some kick ass characters. Oh, and I forgot to Ethan Sullivan who is a total hottie!

Did you Know?:  In the short time that she’s been identified as a witch, Mallory Carmichael, who was formerly (and still is?) Merit’s best friend, has memorized 142 spells by line and verse.
Giveaway Details
***U.S. ONLY***
- A signed copy of CHARMFALL
- A signed copy of HARD BITTEN
- 1-2 “I Survived Hard Bitten” buttons
- Chicagoland Vampires quote postcards
- Signed Cadogan House bookplates
- Chicagoland Vampires stickers

For this giveaway there will be two winners. Sorry guys, it is US ONLY. One winner will get the signed copy of CHARMFALL and the other will get the signed copy of HARD BITTEN. Each winner will receive some of the various swag listed above. I have it separated into two different Rafflecopter forms. You can enter both or just one.
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Good Luck to everyone and if you haven’t read this amazing series I urge you to check it out!!
And don't forget to check out the other stops to learn more about the Chicagoland Vampires and enter to win some cool prizes!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Wake (Watersong, #1)
Title: Wake
Author: Amanda Hocking
Expected Publication: August 7th
Why I Waiting:  This just sounds like a very interesting story. I can't wait to read it!
Goodreads Description: Lose yourself in the magic of Watersong, an unforgettable new series about two sisters who nearly lose their lives - and their loves - when they fall under the spell of three beautiful but deadly sirens.

First in a four-book paranormal romance YA series from bestselling author, Amanda Hocking.

What are you waiting on?
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Until I Die

Until I Die (Revenants, #2)Goodreads Description:
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series

My Thoughts:
Until I Die is the second novel in the Die for Me series by Amy Plum. I read (and reviewed) Die for Me last week and I didn’t love it. I was hoping that I would love Until I Die but again I just didn’t.
I keep trying to figure out what it is exactly that I’m not loving and I can’t really put my finger on it. I think it’s a combination of the writing style itself and also the characters. I just can’t connect to the book the way I do when I really love a novel. Until I Die doesn’t stir my emotions. I don’t feel for the characters. It’s kind of like when you’re going on a first date and the guy is nice and cute but you’re just not that into to him. Still, you go on a second date, thinking maybe the spark will be there this time. But it’s not. That’s how I felt with Until I Die. It’s not that the book isn’t good, the spark just wasn’t there for me.
Okay, so now to some of the stuff I actually did like. Again, the storyline itself was enjoyable. The pacing was good and kept me turning the pages. I liked that Kate begins training and learning how to defend herself. I love when the female MC can take care of their self. I liked the storyline about the “Champion” I thought it was an interesting twist. However, I did figure out early on who the real “bad” guy was. To me, it was obvious from the moment they showed up.
I really love the banter between Jules, Vincent, and Ambrose. I like how they go back and forth and how they joke around with Kate. I did feel like Ambrose was a lot like Jules was in the last book. I also thought it was odd who Georgia ending up getting a crush on.
I did enjoy this book more than the first one. It was about the same lines until the ending. I loved the cliffhanger! Now, I really want to read book three, just to find out what happens.
Grade: B-
Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: If I Die

If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)
Goodreads Description:
The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.
My Thoughts:
If I Die is the fifth book in the Soul Screamers series and is by far my favorite book in the series. Rachel Vincent drops a bomb almost immediately and the rest of the book you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the bomb to explode.
The main character can’t die in the middle of a series can they? Well, apparently Rachel Vincent didn’t get that memo. At the very beginning of If I Die, Kaylee finds out that she has less than a week to live. What’s worse, since she’s living on borrowed time from her mom there are no substitutions and exceptions. Kaylee will die.
I spent almost the entire book trying to figure out how Vincent was going to get Kaylee out of this mess. Her future was definitely looking pretty grim. Well, except for her love life. Kaylee’s love life finally starts to look up but of course this has to happen right before her death.  (I’m going to move on now from the love life part. I don’t want to give anything away but I definitely loved it.)
The sense of urgency in this book really pushed the story forward. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I thought Kaylee dealt with the knowledge of knowing that she was about to die pretty well, much better than I would have.
Tod gets a good bit of air time in this book which I loved. I loved learning more about him and seeing a different side of him. He helps Kaylee deal with her eventual death. He was the perfect person for this job since he’s the only one that actually died.
I also really enjoyed watching Sabine and Kaylee develop somewhat of a friendship. Their relationship will always be difficult because of the whole Nash/love triangle thing but I think all things considering they work together pretty well.
Be sure whenever you pick this book up that you’ve cleared your schedule. You are not going to want to put this book down!
Grade: A+

Rant: Grey's Anatomy Season Finale

First off, I realize that this is a book blog and the posts on here are supposed to be about books. However, seeing as this is my blog, I feel that I have the right to post something non-book related every now and again. So that’s what I’m doing.
Last night was the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy and all die hard Grey’s fans knew that one of the main characters was going to die. I must admit I had a bad feeling about this episode. I just knew it was going to be Derek or Lexie after watching last week’s episode. Then I heard that the original cast members resigned a two year contract so I narrowed it down to Lexie.
I kept telling myself that it couldn’t be her. There was no way that they would kill off Lexie Grey. Not after her and Meredith had finally gotten close. Not after Meredith had lost her mother, step mom, and her dad went off the deep end. Not after Lexie FINALLY told Mark that she was still in love with him. And certainly not after Mark had told Derek that he was going to tell her he loved her after he broke things off with his current girlfriend. No, this couldn’t all end with Lexie dying.
Yet, it did. Lexie died holding Mark’s hand. It was beautiful and tragic and for me completely devastating. Lexie and Mark were my second favorite couple. I wanted them to get together and stay together for years. As Mark said, “You can’t die. We’re meant to be together.” Yeah, that pretty much sums up how I felt. Yet, she did.
I’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning. For eight years, I have watched this show. I watched Meredith find out Derek was married. I was there when Izzy lost Denny. I cried when John Doe turned out to be George.  I worried that Izzy really had gone crazy with she started seeing Denny again. I watched Christina get left by Burke on their wedding day. I saw Meredith almost get killed by a bomb, drowning, & an insane shooter. The point is I’ve seen it all and though it was sad I understood. It made sense. But this I just can’t make sense of.
I know this is crazy. I know Lexie is a fictional character in a fictional story. I KNOW this but it doesn’t matter. After eight years, you get attached to characters and their fictional lives. You care what happens to them. I care.
I say all of that to say this. I don’t know if I can continue to watch the show now. I keep trying to force myself past this but I just can’t. Every time I think about it, I tear up. I don’t see how things can work out that can satisfy me. I honestly want to watch the show because like I said I’ve watched it for eight years. Maybe Shonda Rhimes has a reason for doing what she did. I just can’t see. But right now, I really don’t care. I’m just pissed and terribly sad.
Okay…rant over. Just had to get that off my chest.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)
Title: Fated
Author: Alyson Noel
Expected Publication: May 22
Why I Waiting: I've read some of Alyson Noel's previous books.  While some of the books tended to be repetitive (In the Immortals series), I enjoyed her writing style and this sounds like a really interesting series. 
The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.
What are you waiting on?
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday (4)

Top 10 Authors I Would Love to See on a Reality Show
Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, so this is actually just a top 5. Sorry, I couldn’t think of 10. Also, a couple of these have some inside jokes from the Romantic Times Teen Day panels (Ally Carter, Richelle Mead, & Rachel Caine).
1)      Ally Carter- She was on one of the panels at RT and OMG I actually plan on reading her books just because I loved her so much! (For those of you who were there may be a show about farming?) For those of you who weren’t there, apparently Ally has some experience with bulls/steers…
2)      Richelle Mead- Maybe she could do a reality show about going shopping at Bed, Bath, and Beyond since she isn’t willing to write a book about Rose and Dimitri going there.
3)      Rachel Caine- Hopefully, if she had a reality show she could go into a little more detail about that first kiss…with her cousin…who may have been a boy or a girl… (That last part she actually told me while I was talking to her at the Teen Day party. She said she wanted to stir the pot a little more)
4)      Kiersten White & Stephenie Perkins – I love both of their tweets and blogs. I also met Stephenie and she is hilarious so I think the two of them together would be epic.
5)      John Green (& Hank) – I love their vlogs and who wouldn't love to see them on a reality show?

So there's my top 5...Who made yours?
Friday, May 11, 2012

My Soul to Steal- Review

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)

Goodreads Description:
Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants

My Thoughts:
Drama, Drama, Drama, Action, Drama…Yeah, that pretty much sums up how My Soul to Steal plays out. Typically, I like more action than drama. However, in this book, the drama was just too damn interesting not to love. Throwing Nash’s ex girlfriend in the mix to an already complicated relationship was brilliant on Rachel Vincent’s part.
I loved Sabine. She knew what she wanted and there wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t do to get it. I can respect that. At times, she did take it too far but you still had to admire her dedication. Watching Sabine and Nash’s relationship and their interaction with one another it is apparent that there is still something there between them. Even though, Nash acts like nothings there, I think deep down he knows their relationship is more than friendship.
I grew to like Tod a lot more in this book. For the first few books, he annoyed the crap out of me. I’m still not sure what exactly changed but Tod is definitely winning me over. He is proving to be the more helpful and stronger Hudson brother and I think in the long run Kaylee will see that they are better suited for one another.
Kaylee has done some serious growing up in this series and I think she has turned into a very strong female MC. However, I think this book shows how even though she is willing to fight all of these demons she is still a teenage girl. She still has normal teenage girl issues which I thought was nice to see.
I’m really excited about where this series is heading and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Grade: A

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Die for Me- Review

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
Goodreads Description:
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

My Thoughts:
Ah, Paris the city every girl wishes she had the chance to fall in love in.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this book. I had heard a little bit about it but I didn’t know exactly what it was about. I think the description made it seem a little more ominous than it actually was. The description states, “two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity”. I don’t want to give too much a way but I just didn’t feel that they were being torn apart again and again for eternity. Kate is mortal so the most they can be torn apart is through her lifetime.
The story line had several mysteries and plot twists. There was just enough action to keep the story moving at a good pace.  I thought the idea of revenants was new and different. However, some of the things were a little strange (being dormant for three days, Kate sitting with Vincent while he was dormant, and the whole out of body experience thing). A couple of times I actually thought to myself, “That’s just weird! Who would do that?”
While the storyline was okay, I didn’t feel a real connection to the characters. I thought that their grief in the beginning wasn’t as sincere and relatable as it could have been. It was obvious that they were mourning, but I think it could have been better expressed. Also, I thought that most of the characters were flat. My favorite characters were Jules & Georgia. I think the story would have been much more interesting if they were the main characters. I had a couple of problems with Georgia but overall I thought she was more interesting than Kate.
To me, Die for Me, was just okay. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.  However, I have noticed that there’s a ton of people that loved it. My advice: If you were planning on reading it, read it. If you were on the fence, read it. If this idea didn’t jump out at you, skip it. I do plan on reading the second book in the series because I received an ARC at the Romantic Times Convention. I’ve heard that Kate grows a lot as a character so I’m hoping that I will enjoy it more.
Grade: C
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6)

Title: Biting Cold
Author: Chloe Neill
Expected Publication: August 7th

Goodreads Description:

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

What are you waiting on???
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

Top Ten Favorite Quotes

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This has to be the BEST Top Ten Tuesday topic ever! I love quotes. I love finding meanings in them. I love how they have the power to change us and also portray exactly what we are feeling. They are just beautiful.
So here’s my Top 10!
“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I first read this when I was in high school and at the time I thought that this couldn’t be more true. Now, several years later, I find that it is.
“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I loved this quote so much I actually have a bracelet with it on there. It just fits me. I’m so afraid that no matter how much I love someone that it will never be enough to make me truly happy.
“This is our story to tell. You’d think for all the reading I do, I would have thought about this before, but I haven’t. I’ve never once thought about the interpretative, the story telling aspect of life, of my life. I always felt like I was in a story, yes, but not like I was the author of it, or like I had any say in its telling whatsoever.” The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Don’t we all feel this way sometimes?
“Every story is part of a whole, entire life, you know? Happy and sad and tragic and whatever, but an entire life. And books let you know them.” Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
So true!
“When someone you love dies, people ask you how you're doing, but they don't really want to know. They seek affirmation that you're okay, that you appreciate their concern, that life goes on and so can they. Secretly they wonder when the statute of limitations on asking expires (its three months, by the way. Written or unwritten, that's about all the time it takes for people to forget the one thing that you never will).” Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
This quote really hit home for me. I read this book during a tough time in my life when I was searching for answers. While this book didn’t completely healed, I think it put me on the right path.
“That what I need to survive is not Gale's fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that.” Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
This is just a beautiful quote about not only being with the one you love but the one that you need.
“Send the messangers for the faery courts. This is the end.” Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
When I first read this quote in the synopsis it gave me chills and it still does every time I read it.
“I learned that love can transcend race and time, and that it can be beautiful and perfect and worth fighting for but also fragile and heartbreaking, and sometimes sacrifice is necessary. That sometimes it's you against the world, and there are no easy answers. That you have to know when to hold on...and when to let go. And even if that love comes back, you could discover something in someone else who has been there all along.” The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
My favorite part is the knowing when to hold on and when to let go. I think this is one of the hardest things to do when it comes to love.
“Ed, it was everything, those nights on the phone, everything we said until late became later and then later and very late and finally to go to bed with my ear warm and worn and red from holding the phone close close close so as not to miss a word of what it was, because who cared how tired I was in the humdrum slave drive of our days without each other. I’d ruin any day, all my days, for those long nights with you, and I did. But that’s why right there it was doomed. We couldn’t only have the magic nights buzzing through the wires. We had to have the days, too, the bright impatient days spoiling everything with their unavoidable schedules, their mandatory times that don’t overlap, their loyal friends who don’t get along, the unforgiven travesties torn from the wall no matter what promises are uttered past midnight, and that's why we broke up.” Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
This is the quote I wanted to use from this book. I don’t have the book with me and I couldn’t find it online so I used this. I thought it was pretty good as well. I’ll post the other one later once I get home and can copy it from my book.
“The fate of this man or that man was less than a drop, although it was a sparkling one, in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea.” The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Ah, this book has so many quotes in it that I love. It was so hard to choose just one. I love this one though because it really portrays perfectly how each of our lives are beautiful individually but in the end we are just a very small part of this extremely large thing.
Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Pick-Me-Up

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

Again, my quotes this week are coming from the Soul Screamers series. I am now officially waiting for Before I Wake. I am really enjoying this series, If I Die, was amazing. I highly recommend it. My review for My Soul to Steal will be coming out one day this week so keep an eye out for it. I also have a quote from Die for Me by Amy Plum. I'm about halfway through with it so you can expect a review for it sometime this week as well.


I couldn't resist another grin. " there a family discount?"
"Hell, no. Nash is paying full price. Plus tip.”  - Tod, My Soul to Steal

“As soon as the door closed behind my father, Alec turned to me, coffee mug halfway to his mouth. "You faced down a hellion to rescue three people from the Netherworld. Why the hell is he trying to protect you from me?" Alec, My Soul to Steal

“I'm dead, not impotent. Nasty rumors like that must be squashed before they gain momentum. Feel free to emphasize how very functional I am.”  -Tod,  If I Die

“Did we ever find out for sure about the possible forked penis?” - Emma, If I Die

“So is this a habit of yours, leaving your bag behind in order te strike up a conversation?" He grinned and nodded at the bench where I had been sitting. Lying beneath it was my book bag. "Wouldn't it be easier to just walk up to a guy and say hello?” Vincent, Die for Me

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Soul to Keep-Review

My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)

Goodreads Description:

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.And so is someone else.

My Thoughts:

My Soul to Keep really picked things back up for me.  I wasn’t incredibly impressed with My Soul to Save so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this book a great deal.

My Soul to Keep is the third book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. In this book they are dealing with classmates’ addictions to Demon breath, an extremely addictive and dangerous drug. Of course, there is more to the story but you’ll have to read it to find out. ;)
I thought this book allowed a lot of character development for Kaylee. She finally comes to terms with who she is and learns how to handle all of her new found powers. My Soul to Keep forces Kaylee to do things on her own without Nash’s help and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing that. I love when the female main character learns to take care of herself and becomes the rescuer rather than the victim. It’s refreshing.
I did grow to like Tod a lot more in this book but I still don’t feel a romantic connection between him and Kaylee. She is too in love with Nash and I think Tod is still in love with Addison. Addison had some more redeeming character traits in this book. I genuinely felt sorry for her in this time around.
The pace of this book does start off a little slow but things definitely pick up around a quarter of the way in. The ending was difficult and heartbreaking. As a matter of fact, it was so difficult and heartbreaking I immediately picked up the next book in the series, My Soul to Steal.
This book sealed my commitment to the series. I am now officially “all aboard” and I’m riding this series to the end!
Grade: B
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top 10 Books I’d like to see made into a Movie
Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Again, my list is in no particular order. As you can see I'm a big series fan. I know at least a couple of these the movie/television rights have been sold so hey there's hope! If any of these do get turned into a movie you can bet I'll be there.
Also, I just want to point out that I did not include The Mortal Instruments because the movie is actually in the works (I think they are still in the casting phase). I will definitely be going to see it as well!
Last disclaimer (I promise) I do suffer from the recency effect so books that I read more recently are more likely to end up on this list!
1) Wicked Lovely (Series)
2) Delirium (Series)
3)The Chicagoland Vampires (Series)  I think this one would be a better TV series but either would work  for me
4) The Iron Fey (Series)
5) Vampire Academy (Series)
6) The Summer I Turned Pretty (Series)
7) Anna and the French Kiss/ Lola and the Boy Next Door
8) If I Stay/Where She Went
9) The Immortal Rules

10) The Sky is Everywhere

Okay, so there's my list. What made your top 10?

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