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Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (movie+spoilers)

I had a huge problem with how Half-Blood Prince was made into a movie, but after a lot of encouragement from friends I decided to give movie-makers another shot. Boy am I glad I did. This movie definitely did the book justice. There were some minor differences and I really wished they had introduced Bill into the movies before this one, but overall it was really good. The scenes they took from the book were mostly on key. Of course some parts had to be condensed like when Harry, Ron and Hermione waited and observed the Ministry of Magic in order to sneak in. That entire part of the book took a bit of time, but they shortened it well for the movie. I also loved how they incorporated Dobby in this movie. He was always a secondary character, but I hated how he was neglected after Chamber of Secrets. Even the smallest moments with Dobby had the greatest impact. The end when he was stabbed was especially tragic after having all these refreshing memories of such a light character. I loved the dance scene! That and the scene with Harry and Hermione at the Potter's grave are tied for my favorite. No the dance was not in the book, but I think it was a great way of showing what a fantastic friend Harry is. I thought it was beautifully done and I have no problem with them adding that into the movie. The two scenes that made me want to cry the most were both towards the beginning. The first was when Hermione wiped her parents' memories. Reading it in the book didn't bother me, but seeing her images disappear from the pictures around the house was especially hard to watch. I've always respected Hermione for being proud of being muggle-born, but I never realized how much I cared for her as a character until that scene. The other scene that was difficult to watch was when George and Lupin came to the burrow and George's ear was cursed. The twins are my second favorite characters so to watch Lupin stumble into scene while supporting George was rough to watch. I'm sure part 2 will be extremely sad for me because of the final battle. There were some little details that were wrong, and there were some things I would have liked to see but they didn't include them. It was still a fantastic movie and I most certainly look forward to part 2.

4 howls

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New in the Den (IMM 20)

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Summary: Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa-the last Dragomir princess-must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most..but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

Review: I was really hoping to see more Strigoi in this book. The summary makes me think that there would be this huge thing throughout the book with them, but they only appear in the last few chapters. The whole ghost part was really interesting though, and I wonder how Rose will deal with being shadow-kissed later on. I'm a already a bit thorough Blood Promise as I write this and there have already been new developments surrounding that. I will say that Rose's mom has slightly redeemed herself in Shadow Kiss. I'm still not a huge fan of hers, but she's getting there. I can't think too much less of her than I did in Frostbite. I think it would be pretty great if she turned Strigoi though. It would be pretty amazing to read an epic battle between mother and daughter when both of them are such great fighters. Ah but that is only my speculation of what could happen. I enjoyed this book, and I'm ready to catch up so I can get The Last Sacrifice when it releases.

4.5 howls

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lover Aveneged by J.R. Ward

Summary: Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It's also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he's approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.


Review: I think Ehlena might be my favorite female right now. I don't really know why, but I like her attitude and how she wasn't instantly in love with Rehv when she first met him. He actually had to work to be with her. I loved that we got a better look at iAm and Tez. I wonder if they will ever get mates of their own and how that will affect the flow of the rest of the books. I thought the story was done very well, and I like that you get a bit more info on sympaths. Learning more about Rehv and Xhex is always fun, but I kinda started to get annoyed at Xhex after a while. I loved Rehv though. He's still not my favorite. I don't think anyone can beat out Tohr, but they can try. This is another great installment in this series.

4 howls

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Summary: Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys were so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then the real trouble begins--someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself!

Review: I freaking love Dobby! He isn't a favorite character, but he's such a cute one. It's hard to stay mad at him for almost killing Harry through most of this book. I like the new elements that come with CoS. You really get to learn more about the history of Hogwarts and of the four Houses. You also learn more about Voldemort which is always very exciting. I've been brushing up on my snake-language, but if there was anyway I could really learn how to speak it I think that would be really cool. Even though I'm not Slytherin I still think it would be a really neat thing to learn. I loved the Polyjuice Potion bit and I enjoyed Moaning Myrtle more now than I did when I was a kid. This is yet another wonderful book in this amazing series. I have really been enjoying these re-reads a lot.

5 howls

Monday, September 27, 2010

New In The Den (IMM 19)

I'm Such a Horrible Blogger + Contest Crazy Mini-Challenge 1

I haven't done IMM in weeks, and I haven't really promoted the Banned Books Challenge that I've been doing. *sigh* School has been beyond hectic. Meh

Anyways, here's a list of all the books I've read/reviewed for the Banned Books Challenge.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Burned
The Golden Compass
Identical

Now for Princess Bookie's blog post. Sorry for no pictures, but I'm a bit short on time because of (go figure) school.

My top 5 books for 2011:

1. My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (My Soul to Keep was so great. I'm pretty much dying to get my hands on this.)
2. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (Does this really need an explanation? Didn't think so.)
3. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (The end to another fantastic series. So sad to have it go, but I needed this book months ago when I finished Dead-Tossed Waves.)
4. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (I loved her other YA books so I know this one won't disappoint.)
5. Teeth (anthology) (So many great authors. 'Nuff said.)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Summary: Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow's five children—live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They share only a predisposition for addiction and a host of troubled feelings toward the mother who barely knows them, a mother who has been riding with the monster, crank, for twenty years.

Hunter is nineteen, angry, getting by in college with a job at a radio station, a girlfriend he loves in the only way he knows how, and the occasional party. He's struggling to understand why his mother left him, when he unexpectedly meets his rapist father, and things get even more complicated. Autumn lives with her single aunt and alcoholic grandfather. When her aunt gets married, and the only family she's ever known crumbles, Autumn's compulsive habits lead her to drink. And the consequences of her decisions suggest that there's more of Kristina in her than she'd like to believe. Summer doesn't know about Hunter, Autumn, or their two youngest brothers, Donald and David. To her, family is only abuse at the hands of her father's girlfriends and a slew of foster parents. Doubt and loneliness overwhelm her, and she, too, teeters on the edge of her mother's notorious legacy. As each searches for real love and true family, they find themselves pulled toward the one person who links them together—Kristina, Bree, mother, addict. But it is in each other, and in themselves, that they find the trust, the courage, the hope to break the cycle.

Told in three voices and punctuated by news articles chronicling the family's story, FALLOUT is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy begun by CRANK and GLASS, and a testament to the harsh reality that addiction is never just one person's problem.


Review: *sigh*

I'm a bit out of practice with reading Ellen's books. I was getting so confused between Summer and Autumn's stories, but I got everything figured out. I liked all 3 of Kristina's children, but I think Hunter might have been my favorite. I don't know why, but he was just a great character. Each of these stories were as beautiful and broken as Kristina's. I don't want to say a lot for fear of spoilers, but if you guys haven't read this series yet then you absolutely have to. The end was pretty awesome.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Summary: Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.

For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.


Why it is Banned:
Satanism/occult

Review:
This is the series that helped me fall in love with reading. Returning to Harry's world was such a wonderful experience and I'm only sad that I don't take time out to re-read this wonderful series more often. I'm not a fan of the parts with the Dursley's, but I know it's necessary to the story so I'm not going to complain about it. I can't really read these books without having the movie also play in my head. That isn't really a bad thing with these early books, but later on it gets annoying. The reason why this series is banned is because people seem to have it in their heads that it supports Satanism. Really? I cannot stress how much this annoys me. Religion is a choice and no work of fiction should sway anyone towards a specific religion. And where would Satanism be in this book? Voldemort? Harry is trying to kill Voldemort so how is the series promoting Satanism. Wicca? Don't even get me started. Again, religion is a choice in the real world. In Harry Potter's world you don't get the option. You are either born a witch/wizard, or you aren't. This series in no way says, "Come join this religion kiddies!" This is a series that is loved by man children and adults. I don't understand why it keeps coming under fire, but it does.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Burned by Ellen Hopkins


Summary: Raised in a stern, abusive Mormon household, a teenage girl starts to question her religion and struggles to find her destiny.

Her father is abusive, her mother is submissive, and her church looks the other way. Confused and angry, Pattyn Von Stratten acts out and is sent to live with an aunt on a Nevada ranch. She finds the love and acceptance she craves, with disturbing consequences.

Why It's Banned: Language, explicit sexual context, religious context, abuse

Review: It's because of books like this that I love reading. When you can read a book that makes you look at religion in general and say, "What the hell?" then you know you've found a book worth reading. I like Pattyn because she is much stronger than I probably would be if I was in that situation. She has the guts to defy her father and she can still stand with her head held high. I love that Ellen's books have very real characters and very real situations. They're all gritty and beautiful, and until you read that last line you have no idea what's going to happen next. This was one of those books I thought I was going to be able to predict what happens, but I was stunned at the ending. And of course it really isn't an ending is it? You get to try to figure it out on your own, but it seems pretty obvious what happens next. I give Ellen major props for being able to write such strong stories without needing a paranormal aspect to make them catch. While Burned is not a favorite of mine, it is really good and I will always love this book.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman


Summary: Sorry can't find a good one. And I don't have the book on me anymore. I'm sure most of you know what this book is about anyways.


Why It's Banned: Religious context


Review: I have heard so many good and so many bad things about this series. After reading this book I'm still not quite sure what people have against it. I thought it was a cute MG Fantasy that any child would be happy to read. I love the idea of humans all having personal daemons as their partners. It's really nice that the story takes place in the real world. Other great fantasy novels (Harry Potter and Graceling) take place in magical worlds. That's great and everything, but sometimes it's nice for children have adventures in the real world too. I'm quite excited to read The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. I've heard that the movie is good so I'm going to have to check it out and see if it stays true to the original story.
4 howls

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Identical by Ellen Hopkins


Summary: Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for Congress. Everything on the surface of their lives seems Norman Rockwell perfect, but underneath run deep and damaging secrets.

Kaeleigh is the good girl-her father's perfect flower, something she has tried so hard to be since she was nine and he started sexually abusing her. She cuts herself and vomits after every binge, desperate to feel something normal. Raeanne uses painkillers, drugs, alcohol, and sex to numb the pain of not being Daddy's favorite. Both girls must figure out how to become whole, but how can they when their world has been torn to shreds?
Why It Is Banned: Sexual references, language, drug use
Review: I think so far this is my favorite Ellen Hopkins book. This is the second time I read this book, and let me tell you that after finding out the end and re-reading it I feel so stupid for not letting everything click the first time. Of course I guess that's what makes Ellen an amazing writer. The story is to die for and I can't stop loving Ian. He is beyond perfect. You want your silly supernatural boyfriend? I'm more than happy with my own personal Ian. Oh and Greta? She is super great. Greta is hands down my favorite character because of everything she does and says in the book. I don't know what else to say without sounding too fangirly. I'll just leave off with I love Ellen's books and I'm so happy I'm re-reading them. I need to get my own copies of all of her beautiful books.

5 howls

Monday, September 6, 2010

New in the Den (IMM 18)

From Kristi at The Story Siren

Again sorry for no pictures. I'm hoping to have a vlog next week.

Borrowed from friends:
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Bought:
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (yes I finally get to read these books)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Out of Dust by Karen Hesse
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
A Lion Among Men by Gregory McGuire
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Alice by Whoopi Goldberg
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Stray by Rachel Vincent


Summary: There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I'm one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I'd been warned about Strays -- werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever -- and whoever -- I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays -- 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them . . .


Review: I love Rachel's YA series (Soul Screamers) and when I saw this in my bookstore I bought it instantly. I finally got around to reading it and it was super amazing. Faythe as a character is really wonderful. I was a bit confused at first because there seemed to be some bad air between her and Marc. You finally figure out what went down between them, and I'm curious to see how it all works out. I'm also curious to see where Jace ends up in all of this because I quite like him. I loved all of the characters because they all had a good mixture of strength and softness to make them very likable. You get to know Faythe very well in this book and you get to know one of her big weaknesses. I hope we learn more about her brothers in the later books. The story was just fantastic and I loved how everything played out. This wasn't some dainty little introduction book where you just meet all the characters and nothing bad happens. Oh no. From the first chapter you are put in the mystery of the story and you get to figure everything out with Faythe and the Pride. I'm very excited to get my paws on Rogue, but I have to order it since my bookstore doesn't have it. Ahh the wait.

5 howls

Friday, September 3, 2010

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


Do you judge a book by its cover?

Yeah I do very much, but I try not to. There are some books that you just can't help, but adore the covers (Forgive My Fins, Raised by Wolves, Shade) and the stories are hits. Others you love the cover (Wings) and the stories are misses. It's all about the risk you take when reading the books.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ban This! and Updates

So I usually post Contest Hunt on Tuesdays, but I lost the notebook where I wrote the contests down in so I can't post this week.


My posts might be a bit off since I started school back and my professors seem to find joy in my pain. I'll try to keep posting regularly, but it might not work out the way I want it to.

Yesterday was the last day for the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge. Here are all of my reviews from August:

Nightlight by the Harvard Lampoon
Lover Revealed by JR Ward
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Falcondance by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Now I'm starting a new challenge. It is the Ban This 2010 Challenge hosted at Bites.

These are the books I want to read between now and October 15th.

The following by Ellen Hopkins:
Identical
Tricks
Crank
Glass
Fallout
Burned
Impulse

Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1-13 by Lemony Snicket

I think that's enough. Ellen and Lemony's books are quick reads, but Harry Potter might hold me up a bit. I look forward to revisiting these stories over again.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New in the Den (IMM 17)

From Kristi at The Story Siren

Some of these books (Embers and Stray) I've had for a while, but I forgot to add them in the last IMM post. I don't have pictures either because I'm pretty tuckered out from school. So sad.

Won:
Embers by Laura Bickle (from Lisa Loves Books Of Course)

Bought:
Stray by Rachel Vincent
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Norton Anthology of English Literature (volumes 1 and 2)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles


Summary: Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares — has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

Review: Gosh this was such a good book. I loved Perfect Chemistry and I knew I was going to love this and boy was I right. My favorite character is probably Mrs. Reynolds. She is just amazing. I kinda loved Caleb too. He was such a great character. I hated his family though, and all the people at school. They annoyed me way too much. I loved the romance in this book, and I loved the convenience of Maggie and Caleb working together. It was quite amusing. Oh and the gazebo was probably the best part of the entire book. I'm quite ready to read Return to Paradise because, with an ending like that, I just have to see what happens next.

5 howls

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


This week's question:

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

Yeah I do use a rating system. I use wolf howls because it goes along with the theme of my blog. I didn't want to use moons because that's associated with werewolves, whereas my blog is just wolves.

5 howls=I loved it.
4 howls=I liked it a lot.
3 howls=It was okay. Definitely has potential.
2 howls=Not really my thing.
1 howl=Why did I bother picking this up to begin with?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin


Summary: You Killed Wesley Payne is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of his life. The question isn't whether Dalton's going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he's gonna get the girl. He always (sometimes) gets the girl. The real question is whether Dalton Rev can outwit crooked cops and killer cliques in time to solve the mystery of "The Body" before it solves him.

Sean Beaudoin (
Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue) evokes the distinctive voices of legendary crime/noir authors Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson with a little bit of Mean Girls and Heathers throwin in for good measure. This smart, slick, and alluring detective novel that will tease you, thrill you, and suck you in.

Review: I didn't really know what to expect reading this book. A crime novel with teenagers? What have I gotten myself into? Well fear not because this book was fabulous. The only reason why I didn't give it full marks is because I am not familiar with crime noir books, but it was still a good story with interesting characters. This book was absolutely hilarious. The lingo in the book can be a bit confusing, but there is a glossary at the back that explains what words/phrases mean. Another bit of awesomeness is that at the end you can read 2 works that Dalton (the main character) wrote. They are both mentioned in the book, and I think that was a really interesting thing that Sean did.

4.5 howls

I received this book in a contest as an ARC from Aine. It gets published in Febuary 2011 and I recommend you pick it up.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sniffing for Books (WoW 11)

Summary: YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.


I DON’T THINK SO.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Contest Hunt 9

Sara @ Babbling Flow is giving away more amazing ARCs (ends Sept. 8).


Ondine: The Summer of Shambles is being given away at Lost for Words (ends Sept. 3).

25 Hour Books is giving away Zoe Winters' Blood Lust collection (ends August 25).

Carol @ Carol's Prints is also giving away ARCs (ends Sept. 6).

There is a Back to School Bash at Reading Teen (ends Sept. 23).

Confessions of a Bookaholic is giving away Extraordinary (ends Sept. 20).

Reviewer X is giving away Tell Me A Secret (ends August 27).

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward (spoilers)


Summary: Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood's bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the songs and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mater, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood's mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love....

Review: Alright this will have spoilers so be warned.

First off I absolutely loved this book. The entire story sent me on an emotional roller coaster. I was disappointed at first because of the way that Phury lost his virginity. I think if you can control the first time you have sex it should be with someone special. Not the way that he did it. But now, after having read the whole story and thinking upon it, I realized I got it wrong. He regrets how it happened, and he loved Cormia enough to stay with her. I hated reading about Phury's addiction, but I know it's a part of him so I had to get over it. Oh and fangirl moment. OMG Tohr came back!!! He's my favorite so forgive my excitement. I can't stop thinking about how much I loved this book. I think the only book that could beat this for my favorite is Lover Mine, only because JM is a close second favorite and I am excited to read his book.

5 howls

Shadow HIlls ebook!

Congrats to Anastasia Hopcus for her book Shadow Hills being released in e-book format.

I haven't read this book yet because I haven't seen it in any bookstores and I don't have an e-reader so it would be pretty silly for me to get the e-book. I'm sure it will be just like Sea though. I'll get it after searching forever and it will blow my mind. Here's the summary for those that haven't heard of this book:

His love captivated her... his secrets might kill her.

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward


Summary: Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father's war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that cannot include her..

Review: I was excited to read V's book because I wanted to know more about his visions. I was a bit disappointed that the focus was only on one vision and even that one wasn't mentioned very often. It was okay though as the vision was quite important. Especially at the end of the book. V and Jane are both very sick individuals which I guess makes them perfect for each other. I loved the end because it was different from the other books, but it was still a bit of the same. I was super shocked at the how the beginning played out. Talk about mother of all twists. I wasn't expecting that at all. I wasn't expecting the end either. This will probably end up being one of my favorite books in the series.

4.5 howls

Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop

Today's question:

How many blogs do you follow?

Overall? I have no clue, but if you follow me and leave a comment telling me so then I'll follow you. :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


Summary: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


Review: Another book in this series that I was very late on. Again Cassandra thrusts you into her world, but this time a new character is introduced, Imogen. Imogen made me think very much of Umbridge from Harry Potter. They both jump to conclusions and they discover what is right and what is wrong throughout the story. None of the characters stand out to me except Alec so I'm looking forward to read more with him in it. I still don't like the Clary/Jace thing, but now things between Clary and Simon are complicated so I'm not really rooting for either of them. This is just another great YA modern fantasy novel and I look forward to reading City of Glass.

4 howls

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sniffing for Books (WoW 10)


Yup, it's Cassandra Clare's new book. I haven't finished City of Ashes or City of Glass, but this one sounds good too. I hope to pick it up soon after it's released.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Contest Hunt 8

I'm posting this a day earlier than I normally do because I might not have time to do it tomorrow.


There is a Mega-Epic-Contest-of-Awesome (yes that's the name of it) going on (ends Aug. 21).

Reading with Tequila is having a 1000 followers contest (ends September 30).

Eating YA Books is having a 250 followers contest (ends Aug. 26).

Girls Without a Bookshelf is giving away Angel (ends Aug. 22).

Top 8 and What's Your Status are being given away over at A Life Bound by Books (ends Aug. 29).

The Book Scout is celebrating their Blogoversary (ends September 2).

The Scorch Trials is being given away at The Lateiner Gang (ends Aug. 24).

You can win Sleepless at Good Choice Reading (ends Aug. 27).

The Hiding Spot is giving away The Eternal Ones (ends Aug. 31).

Fantastic Book Review is giving away Clockwork Angel (ends Aug. 27).

25 Hour Books is giving away Infinite Days (ends Aug. 20).

Confessions of a Bookaholic has another Prize Pack up (ends Aug. 19).

Confessions of a Book Addict is having an awesome End of Summer contest (ends September 7).

Bloody Bookaholic is also giving away The Eternal Ones (ends September 1).

Halo is being given away at The Naughty Book Kitties (ends ???).

Steph Su Reads is giving away some Jeri Smith-Ready books (ends September 3).

Demon Lovers's is having a 400 followers celebration (ends September 19).

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Summary: Hai has always been an outsider. With a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, she is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. Hai's broken falcon wings are a painful reminder of the life she once led on the island of Ahnmik. And here in Wyvern's Court, the avian and serpiente royal family keep their distance, refusing to acknowledge her cobra bloodline. They know that Hai's magic is so volatile, she can barely control it, and images of the past and future threaten to overwhelm her.

When Hai's cousin, Oliza Shardae Cobriana, abdicates the throne of Wyvern's Court, Hai has visions only of destruction: the serpiente king Salem, dying in her arms; the dutiful guard, Nicias, unable to save a generation of children; and Wyvern's Court engulfed in flames.

Now Hai will do anything to protect her new home - even if it means betraying the very people who need her most.

Review: This book was horrible, yet beautiful. It was by far the darkest of the series. I still think Wolfcry is my favorite, but boy this one sure does come close. I'm really glad that Hai got her own book because her visions are interesting to read about. And all the internal struggles she had to deal with in this book were really sad. I loved all the twists in this book and I'm kind of sad that I've finished this series. I'm also happy that I've read yet another satisfying series by Amelia, and I look forward to read all of her other books.

5 howls for sure

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater Rhodes


Summary: Oliza Shardae Cobriana is heir to Wyvern's Court, home of the avians and serpiente, whose war with each other ended just before Oliza was born. But hatred is slow to die, and not everyone likes the expressive way in which Urban, a serpiente dancer, is courting Oliza--especially not Marus, her reserved avian suitor. And when Urban is found beaten in avian land, Oliza is filled with despair. How can she be expected to lead a unified society if her people still cannot live peacefully together?

Before Oliza can try to mend the rift in Wyvern's Court, she is kidnapped by mercenaries, who take her deep into wolves' territory. As Wyvern princess, all Oliza has ever wanted is to see a future where she can find love and take a mate without inciting another war. The time is now. She owes it to her people--and to herself.

Review: Gosh this was such a wonderful book. In terms of conflict and romance it was by far the best one. I never realized what a strong character Oliza was until I read Wolfcry. She showed how a true queen should act and what a true queen should do in order to honor and protect her people. Even so, the ending caught me off guard. I'm excited to read Wyvernhail. It has to be beyond amazing in order to beat this one.

Without a doubt, 5 howls. Very fitting if I do say so myself. :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Black Butler vol. 1 & 2

Summary: When a terrible fire claims his parents, Ciel Phantomhive must step up as the head of his father's company and as Earl Phantomhive. It would be a lot for the young boy to handle were it not for his faithful butler, Sebastian. Ever at Ciel's side, it seems there's little Sebastian can't do, whether it's saving a dinner party gone awry or probing the dark secrets of London's underbelly. He's almost too good to be true...or at least, too good to be human...

Summary: Sebastian Michaelis. Occupation: Butler. He makes his master's afternoon tea, polishes the silver, and ...heads up murder investigations?! As London is seized by fear when Jack the Ripper begins his killing spree in Whitechapel, Queen Victoria commands Ciel Phantomhive and his seemingly superhuman butler Sebastian to step in. What will happen when the case takes a surprising turn that shatters one of the few truths Ciel holds dear?

Review: I liked these volumes a lot, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Sebastian is pretty wonderful. At least for the most part. I thought this was a clever idea, but the other servants in the mansion are really annoying. It's cute when one or two characters are playful and immature because that seems to be common in manga and it's expected. But it seems in this series that the only person that takes anything seriously is Sebastian. Even Ciel doesn't do very much. All of the useless characters was a bit of a turn-off for me, but I still recommend this series to anyone that is a fan of manga and I will definitely be finishing this series when I get the chance.

4 howls

Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Summary: Nicias has never felt completely at home among the avians and serpiente in Wyvern's Court, despite his loyalty to Oliza Shardae Cobriana, the heir to both thrones. He is a falcon, the son of two exiles from Anhmik and images of this distant island have always haunted his dreams. But when Nicias's visions become more like reality, his parents have no choice but to send him back to the homeland and a royal falcon they've tried their best to forget.

If Araceli won't bind Nicias's newfound magic, it could destroy him. In a place where everyone is a pawn, only one other woman has the potential to save Nicias. But she holds the keys to a dangerous power struggle that will force Nicias to choose between his duty and his destiny.

Review: After finishing this book, a part of me wants to skip Wolfcry and go straight to Wyvernhail because I want to get to know Hai better. I can't do that though because I adore Oliza and I want to get to know her better too. I loved Nicias in this story. As of right now he's my favorite character. The story was still fantastic which is something I believe I've gotten used to. I enjoyed reading this book very much, and I hope we go back to the falcon world later because there seems to be some unfinished business there. Overall this book was absolutely splendid.

5 howls

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


The question is:

How many books do you have on your 'to be read shelf’?
What? I'm supposed to keep track? Oh dear. I'm just kidding, but I do have a lot of books. Probably about 200. Of course some of those I'm not going to read yet. My immediate TBR shelf houses probably 50 books.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

After School Nightmare vol. 1 and Blackbird vol. 5

Summary: You have just awakened to find your darkest, ugliest secret revealed to classmates who would do anything to destroy you. This is what's happened to Ichijou Mashiro, whose elite school education turns into the most horrifying experience of his life when he's enlisted by a mysterious school nurse to take an after-hours class. Only those who pass the class will graduate, and the only way for Mashiro to pass is to enter into a nightmare world... where his body and soul will be at the mercy of his worst enemies. Can Mashiro keep his life-long secret - that he is not truly a "he" nor entirely a "she" - or will he finally be "outted" in the most humiliating way possible?


Review: It's always refreshing to discover a new manga series with incredible artwork, but it's even better when the story is interesting too. I love this idea and the characters are all very dark. As far as romance goes there are 2 very different options for Mashiro. Kureha is a student who is undergoing the same special class as Mashiro. She has a very dark past, but a promising future. Sou is another student in the same program as Mashiro and Kureha, but he takes it to the extreme. I'm curious to see what is in his past, and I want to know more about his sister. Maybe I just like the darker manga, but I found this volume to be visually stunning as well as deep in the nature of the story. I believe it's only 10 volumes so if I can find the others I will be sure to pick them up.

Summary: There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand...or her life!

Misao thinks she's come to terms with being the bride of prophecy and dating a tengu lord, but is she ready to bear her handsome demon an heir?! Kyo's grandfather is impatient to secure the power of the prophecy and the line of succession, and he doesn't care which of his grandsons fathers Misao's baby. If Kyo doesn't act fast, he'll lose Misao and the leadership of the clan. But despite his desire for Misao, Kyo is hesitant to consummate their relationship, for that will bring about catastrophe...

Review: I really like this series, and every volume I read keeps reminding me why. I'm not big on how forceful Kyo is, but he never pushes Misao further than she's willing to go. The story itself is great and the art is just stunning. I cannot wait until Volume 6 is released in America so I can get my hands on that one. I've been borrowing them from a friend, but I really need to get copies of this fantastic series for myself.

Both volumes get 5 howls from me!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sniffing for Books (WoW 9)

This is the book after The Maze Runner, which was pretty darn amazing, so I'm excited for this one. It comes out October 12!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Summary: ZANE COBRIANA, COBRA shapeshifter, thanks the gods every day for Danica, his hawk pair bond, and the peace their union has brought to the avian and serpiente. Soon, Danica will have a child to carry on their royal line. But what should be a happy time is riddled with doubt.

Syfka, an ancient falcon, has arrived from Ahnmik claiming that one of her people is hidden in their midst. The falcons are more powerful than the avians and serpiente combined, and Syfka shows nothing but contempt for Zane and Danica’s alliance. To Zane’s horror, his own people seem just as appalled as Syfka is by the thought of a mixed-blood child becoming heir to the throne. Is Syfka’s lost falcon just a ruse to stir up controversy among them? The truth lies somewhere in their tangled pasts—and the search will redefine Zane and Danica’s fragile future.

Review: I think I liked this book more than Hawksong simply because this one goes more in depth of what struggles Danica and Zane faced now that they are mates. Their solution of what to do for the baby was creative and it sort of showed how Wyvernhail came about. I was quite interested in the falcon clan and I expect Falcondance to give more insight to them. I found the search for the falcon to be pretty predictable. It wasn't bad, but it was predictable. I'm sure my opinion of these books will only get higher as I read the rest of this series.

4 howls

Contest Hunt 7

Tiger @ All Consuming Books is giving away Infinity (ends Aug. 17).


Confessions of a Bookaholic posted more prize packs (ends Aug. 19):

Fiction State of Mind is hosing a Crossover Sunday giveaway (ends Aug. 15).

The Publication Follies of Alexandra Shostak is giving away your choice between Matched or Beautiful Darkness (ends Aug. 30).


Monday, August 9, 2010

Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Summary: In a land that has been at war so long that no one remembers the reason for fighting, the shapeshifters who rule the two factions agree to marry in the hope of bringing peace, despite deep-seated fear and distrust of each other.

Review: I have a soft spot for shapeshifters so I was happy when I finally decided to start reading this series. I loved Amelia's Den of Shadows series, and this series has a strong start as well. I really liked the idea of the prince and princess of two opposing sides mating because of the tension that stretches during the story. Of course it is expected that the pair put aside their differences and learn to work together to make everything work. I was a bit concerned though because halfway through this book nothing significant happened. Danica and Zane are together for some time, and everybody was pretty okay with them being together. For some characters it took some getting used to but there were no assassination attempts, and other characters kept commenting how safe Zane and Danica are. That all changed though when someone does attempt to take the life of them. Actually there are a couple attempts. This was a solid start to a series I am very much looking forward to finishing.

4 howls

New in the Den (IMM 16)


Won:
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

The Wish List by Gabi Stevens

Bought: (I'm aware these are very out of order from how they are in the video)
Nightlight by the Harvard Lampoon
Lover Revealed by JR Ward
Lover Unbound by JR Ward
Kiss Me Deadly
M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
Sword Quest by Nancy Yi Fan
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Harry: A History by Melissa Anelli
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Willow by Julia Hoban
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
Pocket Companion to Narnia by Paul F. Ford
Chalice by Robin McKinley
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Rumors by Anna Godbersen
Envy by Anna Godbersen

Non-Book Related:
Linkin Park messenger bag
NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) bag

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Kiss Me Deadly


Summary: Full of dark seduction and modern romance, this short story collection presents a variety of talented voices sure to satisfy every werewolf, ghost, fallen angel, zombie, and shape-shifter’s dark desires.

Review: The Assassin's Apprentice by Michelle Zink: I liked the story a lot. I liked that if Michelle wants to she can pick it right back up and make a whole series out of it. She can back up to before this short story took place, or she can do a follow up after the story.

Errant by Diana Peterfreund: I have so missed my unicorns. If you've read Rampant and you're waiting on Ascendent then I think you should pick this up. It isn't a whole book filled with people killing unicorns. It's more of how 2 people on opposite sides of society can become friends through a unicorn. I thought this story was very, very good.

The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney: I've never read anything by Karen before, but wow this story was good. I loved the main character's attitude. That's what caught me in the story before I even got into it. Any story that has "I heart Princess Leia. Sue me" in it gets major kudos from me. I really want to see if Karen uses this to make a series, or if she does a follow-up story in another antho.

Lost by Justine Musk: This was really sad. The ending was really beautiful, and I really hope Justine does more with this story in the future.

The Spy Who Never Grew Up by Sarah Rees Brennan: I really like reading new twists on familiar stories, and there is no more familiar of a story than Peter Pan. Yeah you heard me. I don't think I would want to see anything else come out of this story. It was a great story, but the attitude of the MC made me think that this was just going to be a short story in an anthology. Nothing more. I am very eager to read Sarah's other books. They sound really good, and I've heard good things. I just never picked them up. Now I want to read them very badly.


Dungeons of Langeais by Becca Fitzpatrick: A short story about Chauncey! Honestly I don't remember much of Hush, Hush and what I do remember doesn't have a lot to do with Chauncey, but I think I remember that it's his fault Patch and Nora are in the situation they're in. I was happy to read more about him just because he seemed to be a small character in Hush, Hush. The biggest thing I learned in this story is Chauncey has guts.

Behind the Red Door by Caitlin Kittredge: I'm still trying to figure out if I liked this story. I like the idea, but I don't like Jo. She annoyed me. I liked that this story had the whole love triangle thing going on. I guess Caitlin kinda cheated by skipping large periods of time, but I think it worked well. I liked the end a lot. So I guess I like this story, but it is no where near my favorite.

Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan: I was beyond excited when I found out this story was about Sister Tabitha. I didn't like the sisters in Forest, but I wanted to know more about them. This story gave me the insight I was looking for and now I pity Tabitha. I still don't like her, but now I understand. This is without a doubt one of my top stories.


Familiar by Michelle Rowen: I think this might be my favorite. It was such a cute story, and if you want a swoon worthy man then look no further than Owen. I hope there are more stories or a series coming from this so we can see more of Brenda's life as a witch. That would make me super happy.

Fearless by Rachel Vincent: This is just under Familiar for my favorite. If you haven't read the series then you'll probably be okay with Nash in this story, but personally I wanted to punch him. I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be pre-Kaylee and everything, but my opinion of Nash was never really high. I liked Sabine though. I thought she had a great attitude and I want to learn more about maras.

Vermillion by Daniel Marks: I thought the premise of this story was interesting, but overall it was too confusing for me to read and enjoy. I really wanted to like it, and I'll be checking out more of Daniel's stuff to see if it was his writing or just this particular story.


The Hounds of Ulster by Maggie Stiefvater: More faeries! I am a bigger fan of Maggie's faerie books than I am of her wolf books so when I read this I was super excited. Of course now I'm sad because who knows if she'll pick up fey again, but if I ever need a reminder of her wonderful, magical world I can always read Lament, Ballad, and this wonderful short.

Many Happy Returns by Daniel Waters: This was another really beautiful, but really sad story. I've heard of Daniel's Generation Dead books and I want to read them. Reading this story made me want to read them that much more.

Most of the stories I enjoyed greatly and for that I give it 4 howls.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Ultimate Reviewers Challenge update

I've been meaning to do an update on this challenge for a while, but I kept forgetting. I'm such a bad challenge participant. I probably spelled that wrong.

This was my original list of books I wanted to read. For the ones that I've already read I have links set up:
Nightlight by the Harvard Lampoon
Lover Revealed by JR Ward
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
White Cat by Holly Black
School's Out Forever by James Patterson
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

That's the progress I've made so far. I'm pretty proud of myself. I hope everyone else is doing well too!

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


This week's question:
"Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what are you favorite reading tunes?"

If I'm reading on the road then I might listen to my ipod. It depends on my mood. If I'm listening at home then I'll probably read while watching TV, or I'll put on Pandora while I'm in my room. So I'll probably be listening to something, but I don't really have any specific music I really listen to.