Saturday, October 29, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature done by The Story Siren.

For Review:

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

What did you get this week?

Thursday, October 27, 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.

If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

I would eat with Ash from The Iron Fey series because of how awesome he is (and hot!) and I would serve macaroni and cheese. Why mac and cheese? Because it combines pasta and cheese.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Giveaway of Thin Air

Want a chance to win a copy of Thin Air by Lynn Seresin? Enter below for your chance!

To enter for the grand prize, people have to collect all the letters from the blog tour. The grand prize for this blog tour is a signed paperback copy, and an earring much like the kind Alice would wear. Enter here for the grand prize.

Check out the author on:
Goodreads | Lulu | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Facebook

Monday, October 24, 2011

Interview with Jus Accardo, Author of Touch for the Touch Blog Tour

Touch (Denazen, #1)Today I have a great interview for you guys! I got invited to interview Jus Accardo, author of Touch for the official Touch blog tour!

Thanks for letting me hang today, Anna!

1) What is your favorite part of a book to write?
I love the first time the hero and heroine meet. With Dez and Kale, it was a blast! They run into each other--like, almost literally--and each see the other as a way to get something they need/want. Dez to piss off her dad, and Kale to escape. At the end of a book, I love looking back to how it all started--especially when it's not Love At First Sight.

2) What was your reaction to finding out you'd be published?
There was screaming--and Snoopy Dancing :) It was all really surreal. It still is! Knowing I get to share Dez and Kale with the world makes me unbelievably happy.

3) What are three things you cannot live without as an author?
Coffee--it's like my drug. My critique partners--they're made of pure gold and full of sparkly happies. And my computer--for obvious reasons...and also, I think we've got some weird, love/hate bond thing going on.

Jus Accardo4) Do you ever find yourself to dislike a character after writing them for a long period of time?
I can't imagine that ever happening--at least not with any of my current characters. I get attached to them. I have characters in early works that I cannot wait to get back to. They're kinda like old friends!

5) When you wrote your book, did you find that the ending changed from what you planned?
 The ending is totally different from what it started as. It's changed
completely once, and has undergone some additional changes to make it, um, a bit more badass :)  I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature done by The Story Siren. I only got two, but they both look great!

VariantProphecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1)

Variant by Robison Wells
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday: The I'm Featured! Edition

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. This week I got featured on Alison Can Read! Thanks to both Alison and Rachel of Parajunkee for having me!

This week's question is:

What superhero is your alter-ego?

Truthfully, I am a superhero addict. My favourite existing superhero is either Rogue from X-Men or Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. If I could make up a superhero alter-ego for myself I would be Book-a-nista. The power? Super speed reading of course! :) What about you guys?

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release: March 22, 2011
Pages: 358
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive.

Wither has been a book that I have been dying to get my hands on. Although I was not a fan of the cover, I had heard such great things about it that I decided to pick it up from my local bookstore upon their recommendation, and am I ever glad I did so! At the beginning of the book I was a little irked by some of the themes covered (to be spoiler free, I won't mention those) but as I continued to read, I found myself able to overcome that sensation by means of the quality of the book. The writing was great, though at times a bit repetitive. I also found Rhine to be a bit frustrating because of her constant changes of heart. On the other hand, I was also refreshed to find that the protagonist wasn't perfect. The plot moved fairly fast, with a few slow points here and there. I would recommend this book to mature teen readers who enjoy dystopian books. Overall, there were so many questions left unanswered and such a cliffhanger ending that I will be for sure be going to get Fever when it comes out, but until then, Wither gets a 4/5.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature done by The Story Siren. I got a ton of books this last little while and they all look so great! And I know I'm late, but I just got such a steady flow of books!

For Review:
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)The Son of Neptune  (Heroes of Olympus, #2)A Marked Past (The Mercer Legacy #1)

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (THANKS TO SIMON & SCHUSTER CANADA)
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (THANKS TO HACHETTE BOOK GROUP CANADA)
A Marked Past by Leslie Deaton (THANKS TO THE AUTHOR)

Evernight (Evernight, #1)

Evernight by Claudia Gray (THANKS TO BRENNA)
The Book Lover's Journal (THANKS TO BRENNA)
The Near Witch

Gone by Michael Grant
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1)Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2)

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard
What did you get this week?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard

Everything We Ever Wanted: A NovelTitle: Everything We Ever Wanted
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Release: October 11, 2011
Pages: 352
Series: None
Sara Shepard, the bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, delivers a powerful novel of family dreams, lies, and delusions. Everything We Ever Wanted begins with a phone call with allegations that rock an upper crust Philadelphia family to its very foundations, unlocking years of secrets and scandals that expose the serious flaws in outwardly perfect lives. A moving, intelligent, and unforgettable novel, Shepard’s Everything We Ever Wanted is exceptional contemporary women’s fiction that will be embraced by book clubs everywhere.

If you didn't know I am a pretty big fan of the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard, so I jumped at the chance to read anything else by her, even if it broke my not usually reading adult books. So boy was I excited to find that I liked it just as much as her young adult books.

The cover for this book was interesting. It intrigued me and some of my friends who saw me reading the book. Two of the most common questions I got was "Who are they?" and "Where are they going?" and to be honest, I'm not quite sure. I look at this cover as giving more of a feeling of reconcile than literally being two of the characters. I like the fact the season is changing, and how that could be construed as symbolism for changes in a seemingly steady relationship. I also quite liked the simplicity of the font used for both the title and Sara's name. It tied the entire cover together nicely I found.

For starters, this book was told from multiple points of view including that of Sylvie, Charles, and Joanna. These characters all had very different points of view and they were going through very different things in their lives, but somehow they were all intertwined. My favourite character of the story was Joanna because she didn't come off as spoiled as some of the other characters did, though the spoiled feeling was not a negative feeling, I just found that I could relate to Joanna because she didn't come from an uber-rich family. I also liked her take on events and how she dealt with difficult situations. There were no characters I did not like, but I did have my favourites.

The story of this novel was packed full of drama and shock, the twists took me on a roller coaster ride of unpredictable turns with equally unpredictable characters. Though often flashbacks don't work for me in stories, this novel pulled them off, using them in a way that flowed in with the story. I also liked the story having been told from multiple perspectives because it gave such insight into what was happening inside the story. Sara's awesome writing also contributed to the whole story because of it's quality and ability to weave a tale with turns for the unexpected. And the ending. I did not see that coming at all, but overall I was pretty happy with it.

This book is one of those books that makes you happy not to have too much drama in your life, but you enjoy the drama you get to read about in the book. I found myself loving this book with only a few complaints, and for that reason I give this book a 4/5.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Top 5 Multi-Talented Authors

Today I've put together a list of my favourite multi-talented authors. What is a multi-talented author? In this case they are an author who can write for multiple age groups. Here is my list of my top 5 multi-talented authors:
1) Sara Shepard
If you have read any of Sara's Pretty Little Liars books or The Lying Games books, you know just how well this author can write. Well, as of October, she is entering the adult literature world for the second time with her book Everything We Ever Wanted, which successfully continues her great writing streak from the Pretty Little Liars series.

2) Suzanne Collins
As you may know, Suzanne Collins is the author of The Hunger Games, one of my all time favourite books. What I didn't know, until recently, was that she had also written a middle grade series called The Underland Chronicles. Through writing in both age groups, she has proven that she truly is a multi-talented author.

3) Rick Riordan
Hands up for who has never read anything by Rick Riordan. Not many hands went up because of his huge success with his series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. He also wrote The Heroes of Olympus and the Kane Chronicles. But what has he done outside of that age group? Well, he has also written several adult books including the Tres Navarre series. If you're like me and you loved the wit used in his writing, you can't wait to read his adult books as well.

4) Melissa Marr
You may recognize the name Melissa Marr as the author of the Wicked Lovely series, her young adult series. Well, she has just recently released her first adult book Graveminder. Personally, after reading her Wicked Lovely series (and loving it!) I cannot wait to read her first leap into adult fiction.

5) Kelley Armstrong
After falling in love with both the Darkest Powers Series and the Darkness Rising series, I learned that this author actually began in adult literature. So of course I'll be checking out her Women of the Otherworld series when I get a chance.

A noticeable trend above is that it really boils down to is being able to weave a story that appeals to the reader and their specific age group. The authors above have successfully done so with multiple age groups and they have proven themselves as multi-talented authors.

What would your top five be?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Brightest Kind of Darkness by PT Michelle

Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness #1)Title: Brightest Kind of Darkness
Author: PT Michelle
Publisher: Patrice Michelle
Release: June 27, 2011
Series: Brightest Kind of Darkness #1
Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

When I got contacted by PT Michelle in regards to reviewing her latest young adult novel, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I didn't know how addictive, mysterious or romantic this one novel could be. Did I mention I very much enjoyed this book?

My first thought on this cover was "Why have I not seen this before?" shortly followed by *drool*. Needless to say, I adore this cover. The way that the fonts are simple with the cover model in a vibrant red dress. Just brought the cover together nicely. I also like the addition of the raven feathers against the autumn forest and how it is foreshadowing for the book. The cover came together in a truly haunting fashion that will keep a potential buyer's eye over many other books.

I will not lie, I have a large crush on Ethan. There, I said it. Now that that is off my chest, I really did enjoy the main characters for various reasons. The only characters I did not care for were most of the secondary characters because I felt they did not get enough attention throughout the book. My only other large problem with this book lies in the fact that the main characters fell in love too instantaneously for my tastes. I know I say this about a lot of books, but I find it really takes away from the strength of the characters and plot. My favourite character of this book was definitely Ethan, because I often agreed with his opinions, though Nara did find a place in my heart with how she was not afraid to save others.

The storyline of this book took the reader on a mysterious journey; one of unknown forces at work and gorgeous guys with dark secrets. I loved the fact that you were rooting for the 'good guys' even when you didn't know who/ what the 'bad guy' was. I loved all of the twists that came at all of the best times, throwing off any predictions the reader might have. The writing was also enjoyable, though it was simple. Saying that, it was not simple in a negative way, just not too complex. The end was good too, and I cannot wait for the second book to be released.

I would reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys mysterious paranormal books with some romance involved. Overall, I would give this book a 4/5 for having great aspects that overpowered the minor flaws.

Thursday, October 6, 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.

If you could pick one character in a book, movie or television show to swap places with, who would it be?

I would probably choose Elena from The Vampire Diaries on TV because she gets to hang out with both Salvatore brothers. On top of that though, she does stick to what she believes in and is never one to give up easily.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Eve by Anna Carey

Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1)Title: Eve
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: October 4, 2011
Pages: 320
Series: The Eve Trilogy #1
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.

So as you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of distopian books. They can be so diverse and varied from one another, and that variety is one of the things I adore about this genre. So, when I saw Eve for the first time on Goodreads and read the synopsis, I was hooked. I felt a draw to this book and when I entered the realm of Eve, I had a very troublesome time tearing myself from the final page.

The cover of Eve sparks many questions in the reader's mind. First it was the obvious questions such as; Who is this girl? What or who is she running from? Where is she? After these questions, the beauty of the cover began to really set in for me. I love the fact that it is not completely black or dark, but it does convey the dark, troubled feeling of the book. Also, I just love the font the title is in. The cover came together beautifully with all of it's different aspects.

In my opinion, good characters make you feel emotions for them and with them. The main character Eve made you feel for her, think about her and wonder what her life was like in comparison to your own. Eve also featured strong characteristics, she was able to adapt to different situations. Eve's love interest was intriguing because of just how different the world he came from was from Eve's. One of the most interesting aspects of this story was how the relationships formed so much differently from how they do for most books. I quite enjoyed how the relationships played out between all of the characters, whether romantically or just as friends. Altogether, reading about these characters was very entertaining and interesting to do.

The world built in Eve was believable and totally different at the same time. The writing described the setting in a way that made it understandable to the reader as well as keeping a bit of a foreign feel to it that is crucial to dystopian books. It was this balance that really made the setting really pop for me. The writing was very descriptive and informative, making sure that the reader knew all about the characters and their motives behind their actions. When it came to the plot of Eve, it kept moving at a swift pace, taking you from one event to another without delay.

How could I sum up my feelings about Eve? The first word that comes to mind is awesome. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian or someone who has yet to try out the genre. Without a doubt I would give Eve a 5/5.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons WhyTitle: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Release: October 18, 2007
Pages: 288
Series: None
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
Before reading this book, I had heard phenomenal things about how raw and emotional it was. So when I saw it in a store I knew it was time for me to read it. After completing this hugely emotional book, I found myself so stricken by all the emotions Clay went through. The only downside I found in this entire book is that I didn't see more of other characters interacting with Clay. I would have preferred a little more character interaction. Other than that, I found this book to be emotionally thrilling, while covering a topic that most either ignore or tip toe around. I love that, as the reader, you are able to take such a clear look into both Hannah and Clay's heads with only one true point of view. On a note separate from the actual story, I loved the use of tapes and how original the whole novel turned out to be. Altogether, I would highly recommend this book to all teens to get a different perspective on what life truly means. Thirteen Reasons Why gets a 4.5/5 for covering such a dark piece of subject matter with grace and dignity without tip toeing around it at all.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

In My Mailbox: The Smart Chicks Kick It Edition

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature done by The Story Siren. This week I was lucky enough to be able to attend an awesome author event. What event? Smart Chicks Kick It 2.0. On the stop I attended there were six awesome (and funny!) authors; Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Sara Zarr, Beth Revis, Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Margaret Stohl. Needless to say, I was starstruck the moment they entered the room. Though I may have bought a few more books than originally planned, I had an amazing time. If you get a chance, definitly go to one of the tour stops.

For Review:
CrossedShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Touch

Crossed by Ally Condie (Thanks to Penguin Group Canada)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Thanks to HarperCollins Canada)
Touch by Jus Accardo (Thanks to Entangled Publishing)

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Beautiful DarknessRaised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5)Enthralled: Paranormal DiversionsFateful

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (SIGNED!)
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (SIGNED!)
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (SIGNED!)
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (SIGNED!)
Enthralled edited by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr (SIGNED!)
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (SIGNED!)

So what did you guys get this week?
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