Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The Rules By Stacey Kade





Author: Stacey Kade
Series: Project Paper Doll # 1
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley for review
Released: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Disney Book Group

 1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don't get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don't fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane's survival--and that of her adoptive father--depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) "project."

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief's son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening--and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules. (Synopsis)

                                                          Review

Let me start off by saying that this is the first sci-fi book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. The story is told in present tense and also in flashback. We also get to see through the eyes of two characters, Ariane our main character, and Zane her prospected love interest. As soon as Zane was introduced he had his own chapter and after that they alternated. 

The characters: Ariane, I really liked her and my heart was really breaking for her when she would describe what they would do to her back at GTX, the facility where she was born and where she lived for the first 6 years of her life, until her “father” rescued her. Mark her father, took care of her for 10 years and he is the one that set those 5 rules that were never to be broken. He worked at GTX and would get the inside scoop if they were looking for Ariane. I liked him in the beginning but then he became suspicious. Zane was one of the popular guys in school but at home, he could not be any more useless to his dad, who was the head of the police department. I was not fond of him what so ever, he mistreated Zane way too often. Zane’s mom left a day before his birthday the year before so he’s been dealing with that. Jenna was Ariane’s best friend, she wanted to be Rachel’s friend and part of the popular group, but Rachel couldn’t care less about her. And then there’s Rachel, the mean girl. I must say that there was some major bullying in this book, not a lot but just a few and those were hurtful, obviously I did not like her, she was a bully and was only happy at other people’s expense.  

Ariane goes to a regular school and is supposed to be unoticed, but when Rachel humiliates Jenna, Ariane has had it with Rachels’ mean ways and wants to find a way to get back at her. That is where Zane comes in; he has come up with the perfect plan to get back at her because he is also fed up with her evil ways and he wants Ariane to be a part of it.
Ariane’s reaction to Zane coming up to her to talk:
Zane: “I need to talk to you.”
Ariane: “What do you want?” I stared at him. We had no classes together this year, and obviously we didn’t run in the same social circle. Because I’m allergic to bitch.
Lol, I had to share I thought that was a funny part. I literally laughed out loud!
Zane comes from “the popular group” so Ariane has no idea what he would want with her.

I thought the writing was great like everything flowed together very well and the plot was good, I was really into the story from the beginning. The story went at a good pace. I liked this book and I enjoyed reading it and I'm looking forward to seeing what's going to happen next in the story. I give this story 4/5 stars. I recommend this book to sci-fi readers, I think they would really enjoy it. 



XO Itara 



Saturday, April 27, 2013

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IMM In my mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren. 
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This was from an order I got from Amazon.




Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor




The Selection by Kiera Cass
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Firelight by Sophie Jordan




Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Tempest by Julie Cross
A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young




To my surprise..... this one was signed!!!! 

In my Kindle:


BKoD       LUCID       Ethan 


      


      


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I received this book from Putnam Books/Penguin as a Goodreads giveaway winner.

Well this took me awhile..... I hope you all enjoy looking at the beautiful covers as much as I do. 


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Feature Follow # 1


Gain New Blog Followers 

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Q:  Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book? 

I love this question. In my Twilight days I used to listen to the soundtrack of it in my car. I love listening to it because I would replay the movie back in my head, all the songs with their correspondent scenes. It was the only CD in my car ever. I didn't get the soundtracks to the other movies because I did not get that much into it, but I still watched all the movies. I think that a movie's soundtrack is so important! I remember being so wrapped up in all the songs and I thought they were a perfect fit, I still think so. I really loved the book and having the soundtrack I just thought there was more to love.



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Sunday, April 21, 2013

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In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren showing all the books received 
for review or purchased. 
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Second Part of my huge book haul. April 6 – April 17 2013
Netgalley:
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     The Bane by Keary Taylor
     Buried by Gerilyn Marin
      Crush. Candy. Corpse. By Sylvia McNicoll
          Aris Returns: A Vampire Love Story (An Infinity DiariesNovel) by Devin Morgan
          Survivor (Alone 2) by James Phelan – Publish April 30, 2013
      Lichgates (Book 1) by S. M. Boyce
      Scrap  by Emory Sharplin – Publish May 17 2013
      A Taste of You by Sorcha Grace – Publishing May 7 2013 (An adult novel)
      Untimed by Andy Gavin
      Double Crossed by Ally Carter
      Quite Contrary by Richard Roberts
      Nothing but blue by Lisa Jahn Clouch
     Colour wielders by Dawna Raver
      Tides by Betsy Cornwell
      The Siren’s Secret by Heather Ostler
      Promise Me Something by Sara Kocek
      Mira in the present time by Sita Brahmachari
      Wanted by Caroline B. Cooney
      The Gold dust letters by Janet Taylor Lisle
      The Rules by Stacey Kade
      Kindness for weakness by Shawn Goodman
           The Vampire’s Promise (Book 1 Deadly offer) by Carolina B. Cooney
      Changleing by Zilpha Keatley Snyder 
      Burning by Elana K. Arnold
       Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review: The Hollow 1 By Jessica Verday






Author: Jessica Verday
Series: The Hollow Trilogy Book 1
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Author’s Info:  http://www.jessicaverday.com/

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. 

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.  (Synopsis)

“Spectacular! The Hollow keeps you reading from beginning to end without coming up for air.” --L.J. Smith, bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries and Night World (I had to include this blurb, I love The Vampire Diaries!)
                                                     
                                                                     Review


This book starts off really sad at Kristen’s funeral, where Abbey does not understand why they're having this event because Kristen was not found so Abbey still has hopes that her friend is still alive. I was so rooting for Abbey! When she meets Caspian he helps her cope with her recent loss. As she finds out secrets Kristen had hidden from her, she wonders how close they really were and that their friendship was not what she thought. 

This story is about love, loss, friendship, and betrayal. I really liked this book, although very sad, as Abbey tries to deal with her situation but also very hopeful as her relationship with Caspian blossoms. This was the second series I read and I loved it, I re-read it last year and it was just as good the second time. I thought the characters were relatable and the plot really drew me in. I love that it ties in with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

I give this book 5/5 stars! I loved it. When I bought the book I didn’t know it was part of a series, but when I found out I emailed Jessica and she told me the whole series was available. So awesome! I bought it right away because I had to know what was going to happen next. I recommend this book to fans of the Immortal series by Gillian Shields. I read these two series back to back and I love their similarities.


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Monday, April 15, 2013

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I received this book via Goodreads first reads as a giveaway.

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder (Signed book & book mark)
Somehow my camera is not working to upload the picture I took :( 

Netgalley: Received from April 6 – April 12 2013

I’m splitting up in two parts, this week is the first part. There are just so many books! So thankful I got these.  

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence - Publish June 25, 2013
Runes (Book 1) by  Ednah Walters – Publish May 20 2013
The Rose Thorne by Mette Ivie Harrison – Publish May 14 2013
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid – Publish April 23 2013
Demonic Dora by Claire Chilton – Publish Jun 30 2013
The After Girls by Leah Konen – Publish April 18, 2013
Girls and Monsters by Anne Michuad – Publishing April 30, 2013
Breathless (Elemental Book 5) by Brigid Kemmerer
Spirit (Elemental Book 6) by Brigid Kemmerer- Publish May 28, 2013
Hush by Stacey R. Campbell
Georgetown Academy (Books 1-3) by Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Thin Space by Jody Casella– Publish Sep 10, 2013
The Time I Joined The Circus by J. J. Howard
Money Run by Jack Heath
The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan
Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun – Publish April 10, 2013
Storm by Evan Angler – Publish May 7 2013
Full Blooded by (Currently reading)
Forbidden Love by D A Wills
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Night Book 2 ) by Shana Abe Publish Aug 13 2013


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I'm really looking forward to reading these. I'm going to be a busy girl!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: Everneath 1 By Brody Ashton





Author: Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Book: Bought Paperback

Author’s Info: Brodi Ashton's blog

 Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

 She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

 Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's... (Synopsis)

                                                        Review

This story really captivated me, I love Greek myths. This story is about Nikki, after she comes back to the Surface she starts getting her emotions back, since she was in the Everneath where Cole sucked all emotions out of her. Which is exactly what she wanted, not to feel anything because her life was a series of literal unfortunate events. I really felt for her because nothing was going right for her and I understood why she wanted the pain to go away.
In the beginning of the book I went back and forth from Cole to Jack, until I figured out who was she would be happy with, but then it was a no brainer. And as she tries to figure out a way to stay in the Surface she finds out secrets, some of them are why she is so rare and why and how she can stay up there.

I really enjoyed this book, I especially liked the last half of the book where all the action happened; and an ending that I did not see coming. I give this book 4/5 stars, I really liked it and I can’t wait to read the next one.  
Happy Reading! Midnight Fantasies

Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: Spellbinding 1 By Maya Gold


Spellbinding



Author: Maya Gold
Book: Netgalley provided the book for review
Author Info: Goodreads Profile

It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.

Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.

A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth. (Synopsis)


                                                                      Review

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. What got my attention was the beautiful cover. As I read the book, I noticed that there were many similarities with other books I have read and just the YA genre in general; an awkward girl with a crush on the jock and yet another love triangle. I can’t complain though cause who does not like a good love triangle! I really like this story and also enjoyed the Salem witches involvement and history. I love stories that have backgrounds and history to them; it makes it feel more real to me.

Abby was a good character to follow, I enjoyed her point of view although she lives kind of a sad life because her brother is a jock and gets all the attention from their dad, and their mom died. So she doesn’t get noticed in school, she’s kind of in the background and no one notices her and at home it’s the same. She also only has one friend, and it’s sad to me. I want to be her friend and bring some happiness in her life. I also like Rem, he’s my favorite character, not because he’s described as being gorgeous (maybe a little) but because he was so mysterious; I wanted to figure him out and find out all about him.

I give this story 4/5, I really liked it, I just wish there were more books out I would love to know more about these characters.


Happy Reading! Midnight Fantasies.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: The Changeling Quest (Children of the Fae Book 1) By Maria Moloney





Author: Maria Moloney
Series: Children of The Fae Book 1
Book: Sent to me from the publishing company O Books of John Hunt Publishing
Author’s info: Children of The Fae Website
My Rating: 4/5


The full power of the freezing water crashed into them, knocking them off their feet, snatching Tara’s breath away. She managed to hook one arm around the handrail, trying her best to hold onto Lucy with the other. As one side of the bridge collapsed, Lucy’s feet scrabbled to keep a footing, but she slipped down the wooden planks. 
Tara lost her grip, but managed to grab Lucy’s hand as she held it out. She was left dangling over the water.
‘I can’t hold on, Tara. Don’t let me fall! Please don’t let go!’ Lucy begged, her hand beginning to slip from Tara’s. 
There was no time to think. ‘No, I won’t let you go, Lucy.’ With that, Tara let go of the handrail and they plunged together into the raging torrent.
Tara realises there is something strange about herself when every time she goes into water her fingers begin to web and legs feel funny. But then her sister Niamh is a changeling, a fairy child exchanged for a human child ten years before. Now it’s time for Niamh to return to her own world, and Tara and friends, Lucy and Jared, intend to go with her. (Synopses)
                                                                    Review

From reading the synopses I thought, Oh wow this book is going to be adventurous, and it was! This story is about a girl called Tara who lives with her sister Niamh, Uncle Fergus, and her mom. Uncle Fergus has told stories about this child from another world being changed for another, Niamh and Tara not knowing what to believe set out to find out who Niamh really was and to find Tara’s actual sister. As Niamh could not keep the excitement to herself, she invited her best friend Lucy; who could not go anywhere without her big brother Jared, so he also went on the journey. So much happened to these poor kids there had to be someone plotting against them, there was evil plotting and betrayals. But not all things that happened were bad; there was magic, wonder, and innocence. They were in danger because of who they were and they couldn’t change that, they had to find a way to survive while trying to find out who they were. Princess Donella was a special character for me because her parents were trapped in a secret island called Ynys Is and her Aunt Marvaanagh never showed her any affection. She wasn’t happy living with her aunt, she looked forward to her annual visits to her other aunt, Aunt Gwyn; she was the only one who Donella felt really cared for her. I thought all the characters had great development but I really was rooting for Donella to find happiness.

I really enjoyed this story. The scenery was amazing, the descriptions of the castles, and the dresses. It was all so enchanting, I felt. In the Otherworld things are not what they seem, and that was a huge part of the plot; the excitement of finding out the mysteries. Although I didn't figure out the secrets ahead of time, I enjoyed the unraveling of the secrets. I was at the edge of seat a lot in this story and I can’t wait for the next one, I’m sure it will also knock my socks off.  

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

IMM: In My Mailbox 1





1. The Changeling Quest: Children of The Fae Book 1, by Maria Moloney
2. Thoughts To Die For,  by C. G. Rousing (Signed with a nice personalized message)
3. Parched Book 1, by Z. L. Arkadie (Signed with a nice personalized message)

These books were sent to me for review.
I'm in the middle of The Changeling Quest and I just started Thoughts To Die For. I'm so excited to be diving right into these.

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