Sunday, April 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme started by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's to show everyone all the new books we got this week! The week I got:
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard from Random Buzzers

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme started by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's for us bloggers to spread the word about upcoming books. This week I'm waiting on:
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Summary: Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

I've read the first of this series, Beautiful Creatures, and I loved it. The setting is my favorite part of this series; I used to live in the deep south, and this series makes me miss it so much! I can practically hear the cicadas and see the heat waves when I read the first book. The authors' writing is so pretty, I love it, and I can't wait to continue this series with Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a blogging meme started by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's for us bloggers to show our excitement about upcoming books! This week I'm waiting on:
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Summary: Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.
Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.
Everyone except Jenna Fox. (From

I lololoved the first book in this series, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and I know tons of other bloggers who loved it too.  I had no idea the author was making a sequel, and I guess she didn't either at the time, because there was an epilogue that occurred like one hundred years in the future. And it was a total surprise to me that Locke and Kara were saved the same way Jenna was. I can't wait for this book!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Author: Cynthia Hand
 Rating: 5/5 Stars
 Summary: In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny? 

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart. (From

     I really loved this book; pretty much everything about it I loved. I loved Clara and her family, and I loved both of the boys and her friends and the setting and the angel part. First, I had always thought that Wyoming was miles and miles of corn and sheep and grass. Well, was I wrong. In the book Clara's family moves there, and I could just see the mist in the mountains and the clear river in the summer that they jump into. I actually want to visit Wyoming sometime.
    And the love triangle. Oh Tucker, oh Christian I love you both. It's impossible for me to choose one. Actually it isn't, I would go with Christian. But you don't know what I'm talking about because you probably haven't read it! Anyway, and I also love both of Clara's new friends Wendy and Angela. I love that they're total opposites yet they're both so awesome. Angela's so sassy! Haha.
    I've read a lot of paranormal romances where the creature is an angel, (Hush, Hush, Fallen, Crescendo, etc.) but this book portrayed them so differently than the other books, which is amazing because that's like trying to create a unique type of vampire for a book. It's just so hard because everything's already been done! I really liked how the background of the angels didn't get all bible-y, because I'm just not really into that.
    Another thing that I really liked was that I never saw anything coming. Usually I'm really good at predicting what will happen, and I did a little in this book, but only like a paragraph before it happened, so I liked that I could be so surprised. The ending especially. Didn't see that comin'!
    I really think you should read this, even if you're to really into the whole angel scene. I'm on one of those book rolls right now where I've been reading so many good books and I have so many awesome ones with me to look forward to reading in the next couple of weeks. When this stops, I'm going to be really bummed.
P.S. You know me, I can't help myself if the cover is pretty. The cover is even better in real life because it's got like a shimmer or shine to it. It's really cool.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a meme started by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's for us bloggers to show everyone the awesome new books we got this week! This week I got:
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney


I got all of these from my local borders that's closing soon. They had everything in the store at least half off, but most of the shelves were empty. I really had to scrounge for this awesome bunch. I can't believe I got Delirium. It's my dream come true. I'm so happy, this is the best day ever. Sorry the picture is so dark, but I'm too lazy to move to another room of the house that gets better lighting. I also got a book on netgalley but I'm not really sure what is it. I've never heard of it, but I requested it anyway and got it. Here it is:
Lost in Dreams by Roger Bruner

By the way, I'm reading Unearthly right now, and the review will probably be up sometime this week. But I'm kind of like, I have so many books to read right now and it's kind of freaking me out. Sometimes I like that. Like I'll go to the library and request like 20 books from the computer and then they all come in in like throughout the course of a week, and I become a speed reading beast. But I have a lot of books to read online and I don't have an ereader, and I really hate reading form my computer screen, but I want to read and review these books before they come out. But I also want to jump in my new pile of books. So I don't know. But anyway, what did you guys get in your mailboxes this week??

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Author: Kelly Creagh
Rating: 5/5 Stars
 Summary: Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game.

Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind.

Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it. (From

I was initially drawn to this book because I love Edgar Allan Poe's stories. I love how they are so creepy and eerie and gothic. Which was exactly what this book was. Everything was dark and mysterious, which I loved in contrast with the main character, Isobel, who is a preppy blond cheerleader. I really liked how even at times she felt stupid, but she stayed true to herself. She was a really strong and stubborn girl who stuck up for what she believed in.
    The romance between her and Varen wasn't an insta-romance like it is a lot of the time, either. At first, they didn't even like each other, but gradually as they were forced to work together, they became friends, and then they started to acknowledge their feelings.
     I also really liked how there was references to Poe and all of his works throughout the book. They were bot in the dream world and the real world. If you aren't already familiar with some of Poe's works, I recommend you read a couple of his famous works before reading this, like The Raven and The Cask of Amontillado. Also, I found it extra creepy how some of the characters form his stories came alive and haunted the catacombs of the dream world.
     I really liked reading this book, and I think it's for almost everyone. It's got the mysterious factor, but it also has a little bit of contemporary mixed in, which is really hard to do when writing a book with unrealistic things. But it kind of stays like a contemporary fiction book until it starts leading up to the climax towards the end. But you should definitely read it.
P.S. As I was looking for a picture of the cover, I noticed that some of the covers have Varen with a lip ring, and some don't. Personally I like it without, and I also think the hard copies are missing it too.