Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Review: A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
Title: A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl
Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Publisher: Quercus
Release Date: 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Source: Bought it
Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy, a cool, slick, sexy boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants.

In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself.

How do girls handle themselves? How much can a boy get away with? And in the end, who comes out on top? A bad boy may always be a bad boy.

But this bad boy is about to meet three girls who won't back down.

This is the story of three high school girls that get involved with a bad boy and the consequences of that. It is a short story wrote in verse and we get a glimpse of the three girls falling for the same boy. He moves from Josie to Nicolette and finally to Aviva looking for one thing. Sex.

I would describe this story as a cautionary tale of what happens when you get involved with a boy who looks for one thing only and you know it but choose to ignore it.

I recommend this to all girls stating high school as this could help them make the right choices.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

Title: Wake
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: Dream Catcher, Book 1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 210
Source: Bought
My Rating: 3 stars
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....
It was very interesting to see Janie getting sucked into dreams. Because that was what was happening. She couldn't help but be sucked into someone's dreams when she was near them. Some of them were nice but some of them were pure nightmares and it was almost impossible to get out of them.

The story is short just about 230 pages and the writing is simple and to the point. It didn't take me long to finish it. The plot was pretty much simple too with the big surprise in the end. I did not expect that about Cabel!

The romance between Janie and Cabel was pure sweetness. That's what it comes to my mind-sweet-they were so cute together and you could see how they bonded with each other, because they both have scars and burdens but they helped each other.

Overall I liked it. I wouldn't have read this if I hadn't seen it at the bookstore at the time. It was a sweet story and I'm looking forward for the rest.


Friday, October 21, 2011

1st year Blogoversary!!!!!!

Yep I made it! My blog is 1 year old! I can't believe it!
Technically my blog's birthday was on Wednesday but with university being so hectic I almost forgot it.
But that won't stop me from celebrating today with a nice cupcake and lots of books to give away!

But first let me tell you the story of how I ended up creating a blog and entering the book blogging world with the most amazing and fun people! That's right, I mean you!

It was months after I finished my first YA book (Twilight) and was looking for something similar to read. It was the first paranormal book and until I picked up Twilight I'd never thought of reading anything containing vampires, werewolves, etc. At the time is was too freaky for me but in the end I found out that's exactly what I like lol!

So where did I look for other books like that? The internet of course! Well I could have gone to the bookstore but internet was the first thing I go to for information. So after many google searches I ended to my beloved GoodReads site and from there to bloggers. I found out that there are indeed a lot, a lot, a lot, A LOT of people reading and talking about books! Needless to say I was ecstatic! After a couple of months following some blogs I decided to create my own and a year after that here I am. :)
Sometimes I really love internet and google.

So that was the short version (I think) of how I ended up blogging in the first place. So now on with the giveaway! 

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma 
You Against me by Jenny Downham
So Shelly by Ty Roth 
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Illuminated by Erica Orloff
A Dark so Beautiful by Jocelyn Davies

It's open internationally (as long as book depository can ship to your country)
You can enter only once.
5 WINNERS!!!!!
Extra entries:
Twitter Follower +1
Tweet it +2
Open till November 30th.
EXTENDED - ends December 16.
*********Giveaway is now closed*********
The winner has already been emailed.

*Some titles are not out yet so if you end up picking them keep in mind that you'll get the titles after they are published.
Winners will be emailed.



Monday, October 17, 2011

One For The Money MOVIE TRAILER!

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is being turned into a movie which I think will hit the theatres this year. Now even though I loved the book and the characters-they were so hilarious- I can't say the same for the movie. Just by watching the trailer I don't think I'll like it.

The choice for Ranger is just perfect I think but Morelli I don't think so. Anyway I'll have to see the movie to get the whole picture.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Book Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Cold Kiss
Title: Cold Kiss
Author: Amy Garvey
Series: stand alone book so far
Publisher: Harper Collins
Expected Release Date: September 20th, 2011
Format: e-book, ARC
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 2.5 stars

"It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn't going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn't think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder.That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest."
When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can't imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she's inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved. 
Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can't turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him-and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.

Cold Kiss was my first book about zombies and I found myself waiting anxiously to read it. Sadly I was dissapointed. When I heard it was about zombies my first thought was that the book will be filled with a lot of zombie action but found that the book was focused on Wren and her feelings for her undead dead boyfriend. See the zombie in this story is her boyfriend that she brought to life because she couldn't handle the loss.

Throughout the book we get glimpses of how their relationship was before Danny died and Wren realizing as the time passes that the Danny she brought back has nothing to do with the Danny she fall in love with. There wasn't really any action in it but it kept me reading in the hopes I would find some in the end. Needless to say I loved Danny's and Wren's relationship, at least the 'alive' Danny.

In this story we are being introduced to the new love interest named Gabriel. I couldn't see a connection between Wren and Gabriel unfortunately and just couldn't believe that those two were falling for each other. Wren acts selfish pretty much throughout the novel and Gabriel just stood there. If I were him I would be long gone.

Another aspect of the story was Wren's family and their magical abilities which was not explained at all in the book. By the end of Cold Kiss we know nothing about their abilities expect from the fact that the women do have magic but not their uses or where it came from and what kind of powers they have. 

Overall I liked the book. I was just expecting something else.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish
This week's Top 10:
Top 10 Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open (because of the cliffhanger or because the ending was MINDBLOWING, etc.)

I'll try to stay spoiler free. If there is a spoiler there will be a mention at the beginning of the sentence. 

1) Delirium by Lauren Oliver. OMG! That's a cliffhanger!! Although I expected it from a review that spoiled the ending it was still socking. 

2) The Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld. I am mad with the ending of the last book. He give me the ending I wanted but with a very bitter taste afterwards. Also after I read this series I felt that there is more to this world. I hope he writes more books.

3) The Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong. Even though the ending of the last book left us with a lot of questions it didn't bother me since she gave a sense of finality with the characters. It just felt right. It's hard to explain. Go read it, it's good!

4) A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies. Another strong cliffhanger. I will not say anything because I'll totally spoil it to you. I recommend reading this.

I can't come up with other books that either had a really great ending or bitting your nails ending. So it's Top 4 for me. :) 
What's your top ten?


Monday, October 3, 2011

Eve by Anna Carey BOOK TRAILER!

Eve is one of the books I'm dying to read and recently got through Netgalley so I can't wait to start reading it! Then I saw the trailer. Is it me or book trailers are becoming really good? (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Gathering)

Here is the synopsis of the book and trailer.

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Book Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Title: Wondrous Strange
Author: Lesley Livingston
Series: Wondrous Strange, Book 1
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Release Date: September 2009
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought it
My Rating: 4 stars

Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .
For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.
Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.
This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.
Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.

I loved Wondrous Strange! I had my doubts when I started reading it because I'm not into faeries that much but this book was a big surprise for me. Faeries are a little too creepy for me but this book managed to keep all those aspects and facts about faeries without the creepiness.

Wondrous Stange is told both by Kelley-a 17-year old actress, and Sonny-a guard of the Gate which connects the mortal world and faerie world. I loved those two! They had such a connection and they were both down to earth. And Sonny.... he was so kick-ass and so into Kelley from the first moment even though he wouldn't admit it. And I loved LOVED that scene where the two of them were reading from Kelley's script.

The writing was also fantastic, it flowed so nicely that I didn't want to stop reading. The plot is original and you can see that Lesley has a strong connection with theatre and I loved all those theatre-related scenes. There are references of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream play that I found interesting and let me tell you that you don't have to know Shakespeare's play to understand this book. Although it may make you want to read it. 

All of the characters were fantastic even the minor ones, and I loved how Kelley didn't believe Sonny right away about the faeries. She actually laughs at his face, something you don't see often.

This book is perfect for those who don't like faeries because this one is so different from all the other faerie books and so good it'll make you want to know more about them.


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