Monday, February 28, 2011

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Title: Dear John
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Release: October 30, 2006
Pages: 335
Series: None
Synopsis:
"Dear John", the letter read. And with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives changed forever.
When Savannah Lynn Curtis comes into his life, John Tyree knows he is ready to turn over a new leaf. An angry rebel, he had enlisted in the army after high school, not knowing what else to do. Then, during a furlough, he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. The attraction is mutual and quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah vowing to wait for John while he finishes his tour of duty. John must choose between love and country. Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover how love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined.


Review:
Dear John was a true tear-jerker romance novel. I got it for Christmas this year and I'm only just now getting around to reading it. But once I started, I had a very hard time putting it down. My favorite part of every Nicholas Sparks novel is how emotional they make you, they connect on such an emotional level that gives them the ability to yank your heartstrings at will. The writing was so smooth and flowing, and even though it's a stand alone book, it didn't leave out much in the way of details and information. The characters in Dear John are also very well developed and mature in a way that I didn't believe possible for such a short novel, but it happened. The overall reason that I loved Dear John would have to be how well the whole thing came together and how the ending was sad and I wish there was more, but there was a nice note of closure that brought the whole book together. For the next while I will be sitting and wondering what happened in Savanah and John's respective lives, wondering if they ever met again or if John found happiness elsewhere. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance story with the only flaw being that there's no sequel to find out about what happens later in life to the characters.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!
"Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?"
Never! I love my name and it works for me as my bookshelf is literally at the bursting point!

Follow My Book Blog Friday

So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

Q. Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it...

My favorite show at the moment is Vampire Diaries. Vampire Diaries is a show in it's second season that follows a girl who finds out she is in love with a vampire, Stefan. Danger ensues as she also realizes that Stefan's brother Damon, is also a vampire. The series follows the trio through all their collective struggles against others with not-so-good intentions.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

White Cat by Holly Black

Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release: May 4, 2010
Pages: 310
Series: Curse Workers
Synopsis:
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
 
Review:
I ordered White Cat several days ago for the simple reason that I had seen so many great reviews and I wanted to check it out for myself. Once I did, I was hooked. Beware, there are some spoilers below.

The cover of the copy of White Cat that I read is the paperback edition. The paperback is different than the hardcover as the font changed, they took out the series name, and the smoke that went over the cover model's face before, as you can see to the side. Personally, I like the new cover better, though both are great. Although, I really love those posters someone made that were in the book (as you can see one of them below).

The characters of White Cat were very interesting (in a good way!). I adored Cassel and how great at conning people he was and how he used it to try and impress his family of curse workers because he believes himself not to be one. Then there's Sam, Cassel's roommate who is faithful to the end. And then there's Cassel's two brothers Barron and Philip who seem to just be ordinary brothers, though secretly they have been using Cassel for their own agenda. The cast of characters was very fun and complex at the same time.

The setting of White Cat was so unique to fit the characters and their curse working. In White Cat, everyone is forced to wear gloves to prevent cursing through touch, which happens to be the only way to curse someone. Now, not everyone is a curse worker, but those who are try and stay in the dark as they are persecuted for being different and being looked upon as dangerous.
OK, the writing. First off, I would just like to point out that it's not very often that I find, or read, a book written in a male perspective that I enjoy. I can happily say that White Cat was an exception to my rule, it also totally changed my view on male perspective books. I loved how fast paced this book was and how Holly had a way of intertwining the details from the past and of the slightly changed world that you need to know for the current storyline so the book keeps moving at a good pace right from the beginning. I can't imagine how much hard work Holly must have put into White Cat to make all the different cons and just to build this amazing world that the book is set in. It's so intricately woven that didn't know what was going to happen until it hit, and trying to imagine how much thought had to go into writing White Cat is just brain numbing.

White Cat was a great con story that took me on a roller coaster ride of a time. Overall, I would give White Cat a 5/5 for being so darn awesome and making me want to run out to the store to get all of Holly Black's other books.

Looking For New Music?

Hey guys, I just had to tell you guys about a band that I happen to adore and listen to quite often while writing reviews. Who is it?

Marianas Trench!

Here are some of their different songs from their most recent album, Masterpiece Theatre. Please let me know what you guys think or if you have suggestions for music that I should listen to.











There you go. What do you guys think?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday and Book Blogger Hop!


So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven't read Science Fiction before...any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?

I am a fan of science fiction! Though I don't think I could ever choose a favorite!

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

"What book(s) would you like to see turned into a movie?"
I would really like to see The Iron Fey Series be turned into a trilogy of movies. I'm reading the third, Iron Queen, right now and I'm already fantasy casting it in my head.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cover Reveal: Everlasting

Hey guys! As you can see above the cover for the final book in the Immortals Series just came out. I don't know about you guys, but I love it! They are closing the series with a fully blossomed flower to perhaps show how their love has grown over the last five books. I also love the colour scheme. I mean, pink-y purple? YES! So what do you guys think?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

In My Mailbox

Hey guys! In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. This week I got two books that I'm very excited about:

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)

White Cat by Holly Black
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

What did you get?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!
"Tell us about one of your posts from this week and give us a link so we can read it (review or otherwise)!"
One of my favorite posts this week would have to be my WoW post because I'm very excited for Bloodlines by Richelle Mead to come out. I love to participate in meme's like that!
 
 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday


So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

What is your favorite romance hero-type? Stereotype wise. Do you like the strong silent type or the brute macho man?

I love a quiet but strong and will stand up for a lady kind of hero. If they are polite and strong, I tend to fall for them.


The Time Will Come


Every Thursday a meme occurs over at Books for Company where you post about those books that you have on your shelf that you've been meaning to read for what seems like forever.

The book that's been sitting on my shelf for what seems like forever would have to be Inkheart. There's no particular reason that I haven't read it, there's always just another book that comes along.


Library Hop!


Hey guys! I just recently found a new blog hop that features books you get out in the library! I think it sounds fun since there's no other hop like it! It's hosted by Lazy Girl Reads.

This week I have two books from the library:

Dash & Lily's Book of DaresThirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Waiting On Wednesday: Bloodlines

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It's all about those books you just can't wait for and are counting down the days till they come out.
This week for WoW I have chosen (and I know I'm a day late)...

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.

While there is nothing released about the book on Goodreads, I am still very excited for Bloodlines because I am loving Vampire Academy right now. And the cover is awesome!!! I love how they took a step away from the Vampire Academy covers and didn't try and do the same cover for this book.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday


So Follow my Blog Friday is a meme held by Parajunkee and it's where you answer the weekly question and then link yourself and you go and check out other blogs of your interest.

What is the book you are currently 'pushing'? (Pushing mean trying to get people to read it)

At the moment I'm not really pushing any books in particular, though I do try and push book a little bbit in my reviews.


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books made to help showcase your blog to other bloggers out there with the same interests!

"What are you reading now and why are you reading it?"

Right now I'm reading both City of Ashes and Three Cups of Tea. I'm reading City of Ashes because I read the City of Bones and enjoyed it and so I decided to give the rest of the series a shot. I'm reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson to learn about the work that's being done over in the Middle East about education for children.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release: October 19, 2010
Pages: 427
Series: Hush, Hush #2
Synopsis:
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Path hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.


Review:
I just got Crescendo about half a week ago, though I unfortunately couldn't jump into it right away because of how busy I was at the time. But when I finally could get started, I wasted no time getting into it. And then it took me all of two days to finish it. I'm still thinking about what happened now. WARNING: SOME MINOR SPOILERS BELOW!!!

Okay, did anyone else see the other picture that was shot that was just like the cover of Crescendo? It was a promotional picture or something and it was really awesome. If you didn't here it is and look at PATCH! He may be one of my favorite YA cover models out there! Anyways, the cover on Crescendo is one I really adore for many reasons. Firstly, it matches Hush, Hush fairly well with the color scheme and the cloudy weather theme, though this time its raining and there's lightning, also the title text is the same as the first. Secondly I love the little hint of color in the feather and the author's name. Thirdly, the pose of the cover model is very intriguing as it makes you wonder what she's looking at. It's eye catching and intriguing.

The characters in this book were great, though I didn't agree with some of their actions. The one part of the book I didn't like had to do with the characters actions in the fact that Nora and Vee would break into people's houses for their own gain. Other than that we have the same great cast of characters as in Hush, Hush apart from one new character: Scott. Scott was a character that I didn't care for in the beginning, though as the book went on, he slowly grew on me. He seemed like a bit of a jerk at the beginning, then you realize he can't help it and you feel bad for him and you look past his hard exterior. There were some other characters as well that I found myself not liking as much until towards the end when you find out that it was all only set up to seem that way, that they didn't mean to treat one another that way. I found the characters to be addicting in this novel as Nora was always interesting to read about with her troubles slowly threatening to ruin her life. Vee was fun as a best friend character because I just love her faithfulness to Nora, she will never let Nora down. And then there's Patch. He was just as dark and edgy as in Hush, Hush which was pleasing that he wasn't turning all goody two shoes. Oh yeah, he's still amazing-ly hot in this book!

The story in Crescendo was one that kept me guessing until the end. I really loved it. All the twists and turns that popped up that you didn't see coming until they hit were amazing! It was so unpredictable in the best way possible! And if you couple that with the great writing skills of Becca Fitzpatrick, you get this amazing book that is hard to put down and when you do, you're still thinking about it. One thing that I found in Crescendo that I didn't expect to find, and was pleasantly surprised by, was the bits of humor that got thrown in from time to time. Altogether, the writing was great and so was the plot.

I would have to say, in this case, the sequel was just as good as the first book. I don't say that often, but I really liked Crescendo a lot. When you pile together it's speedy plot, it's addictive characters and it's great writing you most definately get a 4.5/5 in my books.

Waiting on Wednesday/ Cover Reveal: The Power of Six

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It's all about those books you just can't wait for and are counting down the days till they come out.
This week for WoW I have chosen...


 
They caught Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

And Number Three in Kenya.

They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight
.
There it is! Isn't it intriguing? I love the little swirly of water drops and the fact that they kept some of the last book on it with the red and orange title, though this time instead of fire theme, its clearly water themed. Maybe that's a hint as to what the new character's (Number Seven) legacies are? I really love how they kept the tag line as well, though this time it's different. Overall, I really like it and I think it will look good next to I Am Number Four on my shelf as well. The Power of Six comes out on August 23rd, 2011. A while to wait, but I'm very excited for this one because I enjoyed the first one so much.

PS: I really like the rough edge they're keeping on the cover!

Are you guys excited?

In My Mailbox: The OMG-I-JUST-GOT-MY-FIRST-ARC Edition

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme held by The Story Siren.

OMG. It may be easy to tell from the title of my post, but I just received my first Advance Readers Copy in the mail yesterday!!!!! I would just like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada so much for the book!

Now what book did I receive???


Red Glove by Holly Black

Yes I got Red Glove!!! And for those of you who were wondering, Red Glove comes out on April 5th, 2011. It's the sequel to the highly successful White Cat by Holly Black. I don't know about you guys, but I'm dying to read this book!


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