Monday, February 25, 2013

Cover Makeover Reveal: Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe

Astarte's Wrath
(Kythan Guardians #0.5)
by Trisha Wolfe
Expected Publication: March 6, 2013

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarian her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps its way into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

YA-Mature: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older.

Cover design: Stephanie Mooney

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Day is at the very top of my TBR Pile, one I've been dying to read since last year, and yet, now that it was published, there it is on my shelf.. waiting and waiting to be picked up. And I hate it. I hate the fact that I can't read it just yet. Gayle Forman is one of my favorite authors ever so I know that this book is amazing and I can't stop myself from pining for the sequel, Just One Year. It was revealed by USA Today last Wednesday and here it is:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

DELIRIUM Read-a-Long Discussion Post #2 (Chapter 8-14)

1) Lena says she is looking forward to the cure because it is a "chance to be reborn: newer, fresher, better". Although we don't have "the cure" can you relate to Lena?
-In a way, I understand Lena's eagerness for the cure especially with the kind of past she had and the pain it brought her in the present. I think alot of people can relate to it although I can't begin to imagine myself without love no matter how painful it is or how broken it made me. “You can't be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes.” Same as with pain, I guess. You can't ever be out of pain if you haven't experienced it in the first place. It's not always perfect in love.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

With All My Soul Mini-Reading Challenge Participation Post

I am so participating this mini-challenge. No way I'm going to pass this up. I loved the Soul Screamer series and as you can see there on my left sidebar, I'm Team Tod. I can't wait read With All My Soul but at the same time dreading the fact that this is going to be the last book.

Anyway, the challenge is to read AND review WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent by April 30, 2013. This challenge will start on March 19. If you are interested in participating, head over at Fiktshun to know more about this mini-challenge and for the sign-ups.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Double Crossed by Ally Carter

Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story
(Gallagher Girls #5.5, Heist Society #2.5)
by Ally Carter

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

2013 TBR Pile January Extra Challenge

Extra Challenge for this month:

Now, isn't this a great challenge? I really had fun doing this. Sometimes I end up doing ridiculous combinations that doesn't make any sense but cracks me up anyway. One time, I was in our school's library and decided to do this challenge and I might have laughed a little too loud when I came up with one. After a lot of fussing, I finally decided on this:

Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon
by Cath Crowley
Published: August 1, 2010

"Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers."

It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.

His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.

Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.

But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

DELIRIUM Read-a-Long Discussion Post #1 (Chapter 1 - 7)

Here are the questions and my answers for Chapters 1-7 of Delirium:

1. What is your first impression of the world building in Delirium?
-It's interesting actually. It definitely made me ponder on certain things the first time I was introduced to it. At first, I don't really know how to picture it. There are a lot of rules to follow like in socializing with other people, the use of resources are pretty much limited including electricity and personal cars, and curfews for everyone.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: Deception by C.J. Redwine

I remembered gushing on the cover of Defiance last year. And now I can't stop gushing about the sequel's. I know most of you probably saw it already - it was revealed last Tuesday on YABC - but there's no way I'm not going to share the gorgeousness.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)
by Ally Carter
Published: February 5, 2013

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting--or stealing--whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. So instead of being the heir--this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
by Jessica Sorensen
Published: December 13, 2012

There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock is one of my Top 10 Books read in 2012, also probably one of the best book I've read ever and most definitely my most favorite werewolf book! Oh, and also has one of the best book boyfriend ever! (Kyle is just gorgeous) And best romance. Ohmygod, enough.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

February Releases: Week 2 + Free Previews

Another of new releases this week!

Breaking Point
(Article 5 #2)
by Kristen Simmons
Expected Publication: February 12, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

I'm BACK To READING! + Weekend Plans

Hell week is officially over! I finished my last exam at around 8PM yesterday and the guys decided to do that elevator thing again which I gladly declined, saying I'd take the stairs instead. I really don't want to end up being stuck inside on the off-chance that it WILL malfunction this time especially if I am about bursting with relief that exams are over but the traitors suddenly pulled me inside. Good thing they noticed the camera and decided against it or by some leap of faith we'd all end up at the Discipline Office by Monday.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses
(The Morganville Vampires #1)
by Rachel Caine
Published: October 3, 2006

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Last Dance by Kiki Hamilton RELEASE + Giveaway

The Last Dance
by Kiki Hamilton
Release Date: February 14, 2013

Two people couldn't be more opposite...

Kellen Peterson, the gorgeous star quarterback of the Griffin High football team, seems to have it all. Until the night of the Homecoming game, when Kellen gets tackled and suffers a traumatic brain injury - an injury that changes his life - including his ability to walk, talk and throw a football.

Ivy Ly is a senior and counting down the days until she can escape to college. Though her parents have big plans for her to be a doctor, Ivy is afraid to tell them she'd rather pursue music as a career.

Ivy's best friend, Mira, is obsessed with Kellen. When Ivy is asked to tutor the injured football player upon his return to school, she thinks it's the perfect opportunity for Mira to get to know him better - but sparks fly - in more ways than one...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies
by Isaac Marion
Published: November 1, 2011

R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February Releases: Week 1 + Free Previews

February! Another month. Only 28 days for reading but must make it count, right? Hmm. Valentine's Day... what else? Oh. Only 11 more months before 2014. Way eager, huh? Yeah, you'd say that, too. Especially if the last book you read ends in a huge cliffhanger and you'd have to agonize for a year.

Anyway, let's focus on the present. There's a lot of things that can take my mind off the waiting. So many new releases to look forward to this month! If this is all I'm going to think about, no doubt time would pass by faster than I can blink. So here goes some awesomeness:
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