Sunday, February 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

Yay! I have finally gotten around to doing my first In My Mailbox! This is a weekly meme hosted by the glorious Story Siren and if you would like more information just follow this link!

This week I'm planning on at least putting a dent in the Netgalley arc's that the publishers have so graciously let me look at (if you don't have a netgalley account, you need one! I seriously feel so special getting to read and review these books before they come out! LOTS of titles to choose from, so there is definitely something for everybody!). They are:

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. The cover is what first intrigued me. Then the description did as well. Now I get to read it! *Happy Dance!*

Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1) by L.A. Weatherly. The cover for me is only ho-hum, but the description sounds extremely intriguing.

The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp. I've always wondered what it would be like to be homeless and if I could handle it and be resourceful enough. I guess I'm going to find out. Seems pretty intense.

We'll just leave at that for now as my computer and internet at deciding to go against me and I need to get to bed. Yay for reading!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Tris and Izzie

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This, I just REALLY, REALLLY love that cover. The colors really work for me and a guy without a shirt is, no offense, always a plus, and that is an adorable boat in an adorable lake with adorable little flowers falling. PLUS, Tristan and Isolde, in a re-telling, is just too good to pass up! You agree you say? Well, I'm glad, we can wait together salivating until it comes out in October. Yeah, sorry, it's a ways away.

Tris and Izzie
Mette Ivie Harrison

From Goodreads (don't forget to put it in your 'to-read' list!!)

(UNOFFICAL description, subject to alteration) 

A modern retelling of the German legend "Tristan and Isolde", "Tris and Izzy", is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until-- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love withTristan, the new guy at school. 

Light, contemporary romantic fantasy for teens.

Have a happy week!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Apology and Review: The Vespertine (The Vespertine #1) by Saundra Mitchell

First off, let me start off by saying that I am not dead. Nope, just lazy. Well, it goes deeper than that really. I just started a new job and after work my energy is shot! Seriously, it's ridiculous. So, not only do I not have enough energy to blog properly, I barely even read!!! That's the worst part of all of it (and I even had to return some library books unread because it hadn't the time!!!). But, it's been a week now and I am gradually getting used to things so I am reading again (hallelujah!) and blogging will become more frequent as a result. Thank you for your patience! ^__^

Now, without further adieu, the review...

Overall Impression: ***

Where recieved: Netgalley (if you don't have an account, you should!)

Release Date: March 7th, 2011 (ie- this is my FIRST ARC EVER!!! It made me feel very special, and you can do it too!)

Short synopsis (Goodreads): It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

My Review: Let me start off by saying I actually read this book quite a while ago. I just haven't gotten around to posting it yet. I'm not too sure of the policy of how soon to release a review (and I can't figure out how to contact the publisher through netgalley) so I just thought I would post my review as close to the date as possible (and now I want to get it off my review pile so I can move on to other understand I'm sure).

Anyways, I first heard about this book from the Story Siren. She was talking about how the cover had changed a couple of times. I do like the cover. The colors are calm, but the fact that she is running engages you and makes you want to find out what happens. I feel that the story was a lot like that. What I liked most about it was I wanted to know what would happen with the characters. They were engaging. The story line itself was interesting, but not as diverting as I had originally wanted it to be, thus the 3 stars. 

The writing in places was very descriptive. Poetically so, sometimes. Other times, though these are in the minority, it was a little difficult to understand. 

The book starts off toward the end, so I knew something was going to happen, and though it wasn't the most engaging plot line sometimes, I wanted to know what had lead to the stark contrast of circumstances. The end was, well, not the end. There seems to be a continuation of the series, which is good, because there definitely needs to be some more explaining. 

Normally with books like this there are hints as to what will be coming next, but there wasn't as much, so I have NO CLUE what will be transpiring come the second book. That can be a good thing, but it can also be like "well, I guess it will be important, but I'm not too sure". This book jumped around quite a bit. It took me a sentence or two to reassert where I was in the story and what it had skipped. I liked the characters fair enough and was glad that they seemed to evolve throughout the story. So many sad things happened though! There wasn't enough good to balance it out for me! Not that I didn't like the book, but it just wasn't as uplifting as I was expecting or am used to.

Worth a read when you have the time, but not something you need to put at the top of your reading pile.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Burn Bright

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

This week my book of choice is:

Burn Bright
by Marianne de Pierres
Release: March 1st (not as far away as I thought!)

What first caught my attention was the cover for this book. This usually happens, but I think that this cover is exceptionally awesome! Don't you agree? (yes, I think you do).

Then I read the title and decided that I simply could not wait to get my hands on this book! Read and be hooked: (from goodreads)

Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

I've decided to try and participate more in some meme's that are out there on the blog-o-sphere. This one is hosted Breaking the Spine and you blog about an upcoming book that you are looking forward to.

My pick for the first ever Wow is.....

River Marked by Patricia Briggs. I LOVE the Mercedes Thompson series and this one the 6th and comes out in March. I went to Patricia's blog the other day and the first chapter of the book was posted and I read it and now I really, really, really want to get my hands on it, like now. Guess I'll just have to be patient for another month (re-read the series while I'm at it) but seriously, if you haven't read these books yet, you most definetly should. They have werewolves, vampires, the Fey, action, a fantastic female lead, romance (nothing explicit) and are just overall very well written stories. I love this world and cannot wait to immerse myself in it again.

Until next time!


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