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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!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Summary: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Review: I was a bit hesitant to read this book. I've been let down by books with a huge fan base before and these books have a super huge one so I avoided this book for as long as I could. I finally got around to reading it, and I enjoyed the story for the most part. It was very creative and I loved the world that you are suddenly brought into. There are some parts that were super predictable and I'm not a fan of the Clary/Jace romance, but other than that I found this book very enjoyable and I look forward to reading the rest in this series as well as starting Clockwork Angel when it comes out.

4 howls

Friday, July 30, 2010

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


So the question is, "Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year?"

That's a tough one.

I really enjoyed the stuff that I read by Julie Kagawa so far so she's definitely up there. I read The Child Thief by Brom and that was brilliant and I want to check out more of his work. He would be up there, but as I've only read one of his books I'm not going to say him. I loved the first Maximum Ride book and the first Bran Hambric book, but as with Brom I've only read the first of each series so I might not like the way the other books are done so those won't be up there. Right now I have it narrowed down to 3 authors:

Julie Kagawa
Kelley Armstrong
Rachel Vincent

Their YA books are really good in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading the stories and getting involved with the characters.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink


Summary: The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

Review: I have been waiting for so long for this book, and I was so happy when I finally got it. Lia is still a great heroine because she knows what needs to be done, and she's willing to do it. The part about Sonia and Luisa was a bit predictable, but it was still a great addition to the story. I really like Dimitri. I think if Lia goes back with James I would be very upset because he is a very useless character. I really hope that Michelle writes a companion novel(s) that cover Philip's search for the other 2 keys. I think that would be pretty interesting.

5 howls

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sniffing for Books (WoW 8)

Destiny has finally found the life that she has always wanted.
She is about to finish college, has a fiancé that loves her, and a great summer on the West Coast planned with her friend, Stephanie.
But her world is turned upside down when an antique clock mysteriously chimes thirteen times and someone attacks them, sending Stephanie and her mother to the hospital.
Alone, and without any help from the police, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she had left behind a year ago - her ex-boyfriend, David.
Together, they must solve the riddle of the thirteenth chime before the clock strikes thirteen again.
Yet as they face their own past and hearts, a trap over half a century old is waiting for them to become its prey.
For revenge, fifty years is never too long…



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Contest Hunt 5

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages is having a Hunger Games giveaway (ends Aug. 20).


Karen @ A Good Addiction is giving away The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (ends Aug. 3)

21 Pages having a Birthday celebration (ends Aug. 30).

A Hidden Haven is giving away Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill (ends July 30).

Bitten by Paranormal Romance is giving away any e-book by Leah Braemel (ends ???).

Eleni @ La Femme Readers is being super epic and is giving away some 2011 YA releases (ends Sept. 2).

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa


Summary: Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Review: This book was pretty amazing. There was more fighting, more twists, and more Grim so yeah I was pretty impressed with The Iron Daughter. I think I might be team Ash, only because Puck doesn't seem to try very hard to convince Meghan that he loves her. Grim was still a smart-ass which is always refreshing. I wish Meghan had a better taste in anime. Naruto? Really? Couldn't be Samuri Champloo or Dragon Ball Z? *sigh* Oh well at least I still like her as a character. I guess I sort of saw the end coming, but it was still happy/sad.

5 howls

New in the Den (IMM 15)

From Kristi at The Story Siren

Bought:

Heck to the yeah! I saw these books at my bookstore and I got them ASAP. I'm about halfway through The Iron Daughter and I'm loving it. I'll start Guardian right after.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa


Summary: Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....

Review: I didn't think this story was as good as The Iron King, but then again it wasn't a full story so I guess I should give it some slack. It was still a good story, but I wish more went on when Wolf attacked. I'm hoping he shows back up later in the series. I kind of want Liaden to come back in the series too. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Oh and yay for some more Grim! Even though it wasn't a lot. I'm so ready to read The Iron Daughter now.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


TELL US ABOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING!

I am actually reading nothing at the moment, but that's only because I just woke up a bit ago. I plan to read Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa today and I plan to start The Iron Daughter by her as well.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman


Summary: The prehistoric saga continues in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, the sequel to the award winning Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. In this story, Zan s troubled twin brother, Dael, having suffered greatly during his earlier captivity, receives a ruinous new shock when his wife suddenly dies. Disturbed and traumatized, all of his manic energies explode into acts of hostility and bloodshed. His obsession is the destruction of the wasp men, his first captors, who dwell in the Beautiful Country. When he, Zan-Gah, and a band of adventurers trek to their bountiful home, they find that all of the wasp people have died in war or of disease. The Beautiful Country is empty for the taking, and Zan s people, the Ba-Coro, decide to migrate and resettle there. But the Noi, Dael s cruelest enemies and former tormentors, make the same migration from their desert home, and the possibility develops of contention and war over this rich and lovely new land.

*Spoilers for the first book*




Review: I didn't like this book as much as the first one, but it's probably because throughout most of this book I hated Dael and I wanted him gone. He kept talking about how horrible his life was because he was imprisoned for 2 years. And your point is? Zan-Gah was imprisoned for a year while searching for you. I can imagine him complaining if say he was kidnapped while he was still a baby and he didn't know of love or family, but he did have all of that. It was just a silly fight that made him walk off. No one wanted him to be kidnapped so I thought his bitterness was unjustified. I still loved Rydl though. He is one of those characters you can't help but to enjoy because of his energy and his love. One thing I really didn't like was how Sparrow was randomly introduced. There was just a chapter where this character was introduced and then she isn't mentioned again for another chapter or so. Her placement in the book seemed a bit too random for me. If there is a third one to come out I will definitely have to read it. I do like most of these characters and the end of this book left me wanting more.

3 howls

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Summary: Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding--and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Review: It will be really hard for me to pick my top 10 YA books this year. I really admired, and felt bad for, Aura throughout this book. Her boyfriend dies and she has so many decisions to make because of her ability to see ghosts. Even though I'm not really a Logan fan he did have some good moments. My favorite character would probably have to be Dylan though just because he really got the worst of everything. He's the only one in his family that sees ghosts so he is probably hounded all the time for answers he doesn't have or doesn't want to share. I really liked this story and I'm curious to see what happens in Shift.

5 howls

2 Kickin' Contests to win ARCs

Carolina @ Carol's Prints is giving away 7 wicked ARCs (ends Aug. 9).


Alexandra @ Dark Fantasy is also giving away 4 ARCs (ends July 27).

Sniffing for Books (WoW 7)

Yeah I'm pretty excited for this. I hated how Fallen ended, but only because I wanted to read book 2 right after. *sigh*

Sea by Heidi R. Kling


Summary: Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.

Review: This book just took my breath away and never gave it back. I related to Sienna in such a way that I've never related to a character. I went on 2 mission trips with my church that changed my life in a big way. One was to New Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina hit, and the other was to Botswana, Africa so during this entire book it was like I was feeling all those emotions from both trips. I even felt some of the same anxiety because of my fear of heights/flying. The story was just wonderful and the end was so beautiful. Words just can't describe how much I loved this book.

5 howls

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind


Summary: Wizard's First Rule marks the debut of a new fantasy writer. Truly epic in scope and filled with burning intensity, it is the story of Richard Cypher, a modest woodsman in a world achingly beautiful, alive with the joys of nature: a world the reader comes to love as fiercely as do Richard and those around him. Though a mere woodsman, he is the one destined to battle the ultimate adversary - Darken Rahl, an evil mage who bids to destroy all that Richard holds good and beautiful, dooming him and the rest of the people of Westland to a living Hell of subjugation and degradation.

Review: This book was simply amazing. I haven't really read a lot of Fantasy books, but this one took me on a wonderful journey. I barely thought about it being 820 pages because I was so in love with all of the characters. I had part of the end figured out, but it was still a very enjoyable story.

5 howls

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain cover!

I haven't read The Dark Divine yet (I know shame on me), but I really want to and seeing the cover of book 2 makes me so much more excited to read these books. There's a contest up at Bree's site along with the cover so go check it out here.

Contest Hunt 4

Tiger @ All-Consuming Books is giving away a copy of Rick Riordan's Red Pyramid (ends July 27).


Bitten by Paranormal Romance got 300 followers and is celebrating with a giveaway (ends ???).

Tynga is holding 2 amazing contests. One for The Iron King (ends Aug. 2) and one as a Birthday contest (ends July 30).

Restoring Harmony is being given away over at The Bookologist (ends Aug. 7).

Ghosts of Ashbury High is being given away at Pure Imagination (ends Aug. 2).

Girls Without a Bookshelf is holding a super-amazing Birthday contest (ends Aug. 31).

Sara @ Babbling Flow is giving away 7 ARCs that I'm sure are on everyone's wishlist (ends Aug. 6).

I Heart Monster is having a Guardian of the Gate giveaway (ends July 24).

Monday, July 19, 2010

New in the Den (IMM 14)

From Kristi at The Story Siren

Won:
Gamers' Quest by George Ivanoff (signed with swag) from Good Golly Miss Holly

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (movie) SPOILERS

I just watched this movie, and it wasn't terrible. Maybe I'm being nice only because I had really high expectations for it which I shouldn't have had. I heard that Chris Columbus was directing it and my first thought was pretty much, "Oh wow he did Harry Potter 1 and 2! This movie is going to be great and super accurate!" I try not to do that, but it happened and of course I was let down. *shakes head* It's been a couple of months since I read the book and I've read a lot of other books since then so I didn't really have the book stuck in my head while watching the movie. If I knew I was going to watch the movie I probably would have re-read so I could prepare for it.

One thing I really found amusing was the scene where the kids get stuck in that casino/arcade for days. As soon as they ate the lotus flower it got very trippy and I laughed a lot. Keep in mind that I'm watching this with teenagers, 1 adult, and a 5 year old so everything about that scene was funny to us. The other thing I liked about the movie was the scene at the end with Medusa's head. The book doesn't really elaborate on what happened so I thought that was pretty appropriate given the character Gabe was.
For example, in both scenes where Percy uses the flying shoes Luke gives him, the music and the scene itself looked and felt like Chris took it straight from Harry Potter's Quidditch scenes and that just seemed lazy. I felt like he slacked off when making this movie because he already did 2 excellent fantasy movies. Maybe he thought that Percy didn't deserve as much attention as Harry. I don't know.
I was really disappointed that Ares wasn't in this movie. I didn't like him as a character in the book, but it would have been great to see him on screen. And I was a bit annoyed that at the camp they made no mention of him having a daughter. In all of the scenes where Percy was supposed to fight Ares' daughter (I keep forgetting her name), Percy ends up fighting Annabeth. I guess it's good for the romance that seems to be popular nowadays, but this is a middle grade series. Really now? What ever happened to cooties? *sigh*

I think that's all I really wanted to say about the movie. It's good enough to rent, or buy if you haven't read the books. I might go see Sea of Monsters, but I'm not sure. I might go see it for the same reason I've been watching the Harry Potter and Twilight movies which is I've read the books and my curiosity gets the better of me.

2 howls

Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Blogger Pounce

Book Blogger Hop


This is how I've gotten most of my followers and I love participating in the Book Blogger Hop. If you haven't heard of this then go to Crazy for Books to take part in it.

And to answer the question on the blog: RIGHT THIS INSTANT, WHAT BOOK ARE YOU DYING TO GET YOUR HANDS ON (PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE)?

I don't have just one book that I'm looking forward to. I can give you my list for the most part.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Firelight
Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink
The Haunted by Jessica Verday
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Absolution by Jennifer Laurens
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

That's just a few of the ones I'm looking forward to.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


Summary:Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Review:I heard a lot of hype over The Iron King and I haven't read a good book about fey in a while so I decided to pick this one up. Well I'm glad that I did. I loved the story and how you are immediately thrust into Faerie with all its wonder and magic. My favorite character is Grim. I have to wonder, with all the reference to anime, if Julie is a fan of Bleach and if she might have modeled Grim after Yoruichi (who is my second favorite character in that series). They both have that attitude when first meeting the main characters of "Why are you so stupid? All of this should be obvious". Now I know a lot of Team Puck and Team Ash hype has been going on too, but to be honest I don't know whose side I'm on. Puck is the sweet best friend, but his pranks can be really childish at times. Ash is the super attractive obvious love interest, but he has his moments when he can be a jerk. I guess I'm stuck in the middle for now. I am so ready to read Winter's Passage. I'm happy I already downloaded it.

5 howls

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Read-a-thon Update 3

I knew I would not do super well this week, but I'm okay with what I've done since this is my first ever challenge.


I'm almost done with The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I only have, maybe, 40 pages left. If I didn't have stuff to do tomorrow then I would just stay up a bit longer and read it.

The mini-challenge I participated in was at Not-Really-Southern Vampire Chick, and here is my entry:

Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared. Sirens and lights welcomed me back to the suburbs of Chicago. Over and over again they asked me the same question, with tiny variations. "You can hear me can't you?"
"You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.

Books used:
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli

Sniffing for Books (Wow 6)

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the faery courts, and in the final conflict, some will win…and some will lose everything.

The exhilarating conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless~

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face when she and Elias left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as they found their way to the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

Annah’s world stopped that day and she’s been waiting for him to come home ever since. Without him, her life doesn’t feel much different from that of the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again.

Except, Catcher has his own secrets -- dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah’s longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it’s up to Annah -- can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?


*stares*
I...*stares*

Yeah I'm that excited. I love both sets of books and I am so ready for these additions!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Read-a-thon Update 2

I finished Lover Awakened which I absolutely loved!
I started The Iron King which I am enjoying a lot, and this is the answer to a mini-challenge I did.

1. If a character that I really like gets hurt then I get really sad for the character.

2. One book that I read recently that made me want to throw the book against the wall was Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr. I loved the story, but the end made me sad.

It looks like I might get 3 books read if I'm really lucky. *sigh* Oh well.

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward


Summary: In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society. Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

Review: Tohr is still my favorite Brother so far, but Z comes pretty close after this book. I think this is probably going to be my favorite/least favorite story of the entire set. It is just so well done. I love that you get to watch all of the characters grow in this story, because of all the challenges they have to face. O was a super creeper in this story. I hated reading his parts because he was just too much. I am in desperate need of finishing up this collection of books. I'm slowly making my way through them.

5 howls

Monday, July 12, 2010

Read-a-thon Update 1

I'm almost done with Lover Awakened. That's all that I was able to read, but I'm pretty happy because it usually takes me a while to read adult books. I imagine all the YA books I plan to read will go by much faster.


I participated in a mini-challenge as well over at I Just Want to Sit Here and Read! Kate asked us to attach a song to a chapter that we read during the marathon and this was my answer:

1. I just read the chapter when Bella calls Zsadist weak, and I can hear Riot by Three Days Grace in the background.

2. Lover Awakened by JR Ward (Chapters 36-37)

3. Zsadist wants to "ahvenge" Bella, but Bella says he is weak. She didn't mean it in a "he can't take care of me way". She only meant that he needed to feed.

New in the Den (IMM 13)

I had a VLOG, but my mom took her laptop on her trip and mine has something messed up with the memory card slot so that won't be happening today. I don't have any pictures either because that will just take too much time and today I don't really have a lot of time to spare, but is what I got in my mailbox for the past couple of weeks.


Given for review:
Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman
Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

Bought:
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (my bookstore had this out 2 weeks early so I grabbed it.)
White Cat by Holly Black
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Won:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (from James @ Book Chic)
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (from Lauren @ Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf)

I also got some swag from James along with Before I Fall, and I got some cool folders and bookmarks from Club Nintendo!


Once Upon a Read-a-thon time!

Okay I've never done a challenge like this so I might not do very well. Just be warned.


The books that I want to read in this challenge are:

Lover Awakened by JR Ward
Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Whew *wipes forehead*

That's a lot for 3 days, even for me. I'm hoping to get through those books, but I'm helping with VBS this week so I might not get through all of them.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Contest Hunt 3

Pure Imagination is having a Summer Celebration Giveaway (ends Aug. 6).

Steph Su Reads is giving away Halo (ends July 30) and a paperback copy of The Hunger Games (ends July 23).

Shadow Hills is being given away at Teens Read and Write (ends July 23).

The Bodacious Pen is having a huge giveaway (ends July 26).

A Good Addiction is one of the blogs hosting a Fall Release Six Title contest (ends Aug. 8).

21 Pages is hosting an ARC Giveaway (ends Aug. 20).

La Femme Readers is giving away a copy of Firelight and The Replacement (ends August 20).

YABliss is having a July giveaway (ends July 31)

Angelfire is being given away at YA Highway (ends July 18)


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Summary: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

Review:I loved the story of this book. I though it was absolutely fabulous, and very well done. I didn't think that Samantha replaying her last day 7 times was repeating to much at all. Everyday she felt a different emotion and had different issues to deal with and I though the whole book flowed really well. Sam, as a character, left a bad taste in my mouth in the beginning. I was one of those people that were constantly picked on by the popular crowd and reading that from a different angle didn't make it any easier. Though towards the end she grew on me, and I loved the ending. I though it was very fitting for the book.

4 howls

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater



Summary: In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, inLinger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past...and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves...and is nonetheless drawn to Cole. At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love--the light and the dark, the warm and the cold--in a way you will never forget.

Review: Okay so I kind of forgot a lot of stuff that happened in Shiver because I don't own a copy of the book and I didn't get a chance to re-read it before I jumped into Linger. Maggie did a great job of telling what happened in Shiver without it being boring and pointless in this story. The story was so wonderful. I love the way that no matter what book you read by Maggie, either faerie or werewolves, you can easily get sucked into her world and her writing. Isabel has grown on me in this book. I love that towards the end she chewed Sam out. Don't get me wrong now. Sam is one of the best fictional boyfriends I've ever read, but he can be a pansy sometimes. Cole still needs to grow on me some. He was likable at the end (and I mean the VERY end) so I hoping that in Forever he grows a bit more as a character. I don't know how else to describe how much I loved this book.

5/5

Sniffing for Books (Wow 5)

Summary: 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.


Yep I have heard a lot of talk about this book so I'm pretty darn excited for it. :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Contest Hunt 2

Tales of Whimsy is giving away a copy of Forbidden Sea (winner announced August 9)


Bree Despain is having a huge Bookbag Blowout to go along with the new trailer for her book (ends July 14)

Forever Young is handing out a copy of Sea Change (ends July 17)

Reading Teen is celebrating getting 500 followers with a contest (ends July 23)

Tantalize is being given away at Bitten by Paranormal Whimsy (ends July 14)

Chick Lit Teens is sharing some books from BEA (ends July 17)

Reading in Color and Red House Books are both celebrating Blogoversaries (ending July 10 and July 31)

There are more contests up at The Neverending Shelf for her Birthday Bash

Monday, July 5, 2010

Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman

Summary: The hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people. Themes: survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature's wonders and terrors.


Review: I didn't really know what to think about this book. "A Prehistoric Adventure"? So there's a bunch of cavemen running around? *shrugs* Well this was actually a pretty good story. I really liked Zan, and how, while you were on his journey, you got to learn some survival skills. I though this was a good coming of age story that many can enjoy. What annoyed me a lot though was that you didn't really know the names of any tribes except for the Hru. all the others are known as "the wasp people" and "Zan's clan". Maybe in the second book you can learn more about the clans which would be really nice.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Summary: Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin.

Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage's protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone...


Review: I loved this story and the end was pretty crazy. I think Tohr might still be my favorite brother, but I think Rhage comes pretty close too. I'm really curious as to what the lessers will do later in the series, because their chapters are short and they are randomly placed in the books that they seem a bit insignificant. I'm waiting to see if they play a larger role in the overall story later on in the books. I'm so happy that Bella and Zsadist's book is next, because you kind of get a feel of their relationship during this book. I was going to be really sad if their book wasn't directly after this book. I'll probably have to go to the bookstore either tomorrow or Monday so I can get that one. I am liking these books a lot!

5/5

Friday, July 2, 2010

Book Blogger Pounce

Head on over to Crazy for Books to check out another week of finding great bloggers!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New trailer from Bree Despain

And check out her super huge contest to go along with it!