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, November 24, 2012

Inbetween by Tara Fuller

Summary: Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

Review: Inbetween was a great read! It's nice to discover a new book where the characters don't annoy you! I didn't have a problem with any of the characters, which is a rare thing. My favorite was Easton though. Don't ask me why, but from his first scene I knew he was going to be my favorite. Cash was a very close second too. Cash made me think of my best friend which is one of those nice things that makes a story more personal for the reader. Finn was cute. I want to see him in later books. I'm sure we will, but I'd like to see how things are holding up for him. I admire Emma a lot. She tried so hard to figure out why things were happening to her, and she fought against something she didn't understand. Some people would say that's foolish, but it was one of the qualities I liked most about her. We need to talk about Anaya too. She is a great character, and I can't wait to see more of her. I'm sure she has a backstory worth diving into. There's also, Scout. I hope we see him more in later books. I think he could prove himself a bit more. I liked him, but I think he needs to redeem himself some.

Am I done gushing over characters? I think so. Now, we shall talk about relationships. The obvious relationship is Emma and Finn. I know it's cliche' to say, but they were perfect for each other. I liked how Emma was curious enough to learn about Finn on her own, but he was still given the opportunity to tell her about his past. Emma's digging helped move the story along. Finn's willingness to open up about his past showed that he was honest. He had some moments where he kept things from Emma, but Anaya helped that along. I won't say any more than that. *zips lips*
Another relationship that I was 100% behind was Emma/Cash. I don't mean "relationship" like they were in one, but they had a friendship relationship. Did I mention that Cash made me think of my best friend? Yes? Good. I have gotten a lot of crap about why I wouldn't date my best friend, because he's a guy and blah blah blah. It was refreshing to read a M/F best friend relationship without having the obvious sexual tension there. Mega bonus points for that. Another thing I loved about Inbetween was the dual-narrative. I think this might be the first book I've ever read where I actually like the dual-narrative. I rolled my eyes when I saw POVs would be shifting between Emma and Finn, but I felt like this was one of Inbetween's strengths. You got to see the personal strengths of Emma and Finn, and you got to see how they both dealt with the effects of their actions.

One last thing, then I'll be done. Tara told me that Blurred, book 2 is going to focus on different characters. This excites me. I want to read more books like this. I like authors giving other characters the spotlight. Like I said, Finn and Emma were fine, but Cash and Easton were my favorites. I want the minor characters to see some happiness too.

5 howls

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe

Summary: It's the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind-part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez's newfound power rockets out of control, it's a Narcolym who could change her fate...if she can trust him.Dez's guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

Review: First off, I got this book for free from Trisha. She was at YALLFest which was a nice surprise. I was standing in line with a friend, I turn, and I see her with Destiny's Fire. Pretty darn cool! I went over and asked if I could buy a copy of her book. You know what happened? She just gave me a copy for free! She said they were having giveaways so I could have a copy. That was pretty great! Thank you Trisha so much! You know what's better than getting a free book, though? Reading the book and loving it!

I liked Dez from the moment she was introduced. Usually it takes a while for a main character to catch my eye, if it even happens at all, but I was taken by Dez immediately. The only thing about her that did bother me was her ignorance when it came to Jace. Take it from a female with a male best friend. It isn't that hard to tell when your "friendship" is changing into something else. I loved, loved, loved the story. I really did. I don't read a lot of steampunk stuff, but I LOVE shapeshifter books. I hope more books like Destiny's Fire so I have more incentive to read steampunk novels. Destiny's Fire has an emphasis on the powers of the shapeshifters. Naturally, Dez excelled at her training. That's one thing about the story I wish had been different. I don't want this to be a spoilery review, so I'll try to make it vague. I wish Dez's training had been more built up. Some trial and error. That might have made readers more anxious, in a good way. If that makes sense. o_O
The only other complaint I have about the writing is Lane/Lana's name. She is referred to as Lane thoughout some of the book, and she's referred as Lana through some of it. I understand giving characters nicknames, but Lane/Lana is a one letter difference. Seemed unnecessary to me. This was a truly great book though. I want more!

4.5 howls

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Summary: Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

Review: I have been extremely excited to read The Catastrophic History of You and Me since I started seeing great reviews of it. I'm proud to say it did NOT disappoint! Patrick is definitely my favorite character. He was cute and cool, but not an in your face "perfect" guy. Brie was a good character too. She was innocent enough for you to like her, but malicious enough for you to dislike her too. What sealed my love for this book was that I read it as two separate books. One book was about death. Losing someone you love. Dealing with the stages of grief. Trying to move on from it. The second book was the book of heartbreak. Loving someone and them not loving you back. Trying to pick up the pieces of your heart after someone has smashed it. I wish I had this book when I was dealing with both of those issues. Easily, this is one of the most touching books I've read. I absolutely recommend it!

5 howls

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Summary: Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt….

Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?

Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?

Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.

Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.

Review: I've wanted Tilt out ever since I put down Triangles. I greatly enjoyed reliving some experiences through the eyes of Mik, Shane, and Harley. Honestly, I probably related more to Harley than any of the others. I almost got caught up in similar stuff that she dealt with. Shane and Mik were still sweet, flawed characters. Probably my favorite part of Tilt was getting to know Alex better. That was an absolute treat. He might be my favorite simply because he had the best attitude out of everyone. It was nice getting inside Bri's head too. I definitely approve of Ellen giving us that little bit of insight to each of these minor characters. Dylan's poems usually came after Mik's, Chad came after Harley, and Alex's usually came after Shane's (which makes sense because those were the consistent people the kids' lives), but it was nice getting a bit from characters like Bri, Tyler, and Kristy as well.

One thing that truly shows the skill Ellen Hopkins has with her writing is the little 1-page long poems from the perspective of secondary characters. She conveyed just as much emotion in these poems as she did with Mik, Shane, and Harley's multi-poem stories. I hope that makes sense. I think I would have liked Tilt more if I hadn't read Triangles because nothing in Tilt stunned me. There were a couple sad things that happened in Tilt that I don't think was in Triangles (it's been a while since I've read Triangles), but none if it was stuff that I didn't already see coming. That's gotta be my only complaint with Tilt. That being said, this was a fantastic book. I'm always delighted to see what Ellen has to give to us.

4.5 howls

Monday, July 23, 2012

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Summary: This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. 

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

Review: This is my very first David Levithan book. Let me share a little story. I've been catching up on John Green's books recently and I told myself that I would work on David Levithan after because they are the 2 authors I hear the most about when people talk about Contemporary YA. I was going to have Will Grayson, Will Grayson be my first David book, but I wished that I could read Boy Meets Boy first because I've heard a lot of things about it. Imagine my joy when I see BMB in a used bookstore. Yep. So excited.

Now to the actual book. The characters were very well done. They were lovable, but flawed. It was nice seeing the different sides of them. Even though you're following this story through the eyes of Paul, he obviously has good and bad encounters with each of these other characters. Noah was sweet. He might be my favorite. Kyle, Tony, and Joni were all great characters as well. Tony actually made me think of a friend of mine in real life. Reading Tony's relationship with his family made me think that's how my friend would be treated if he was gay. Luckily, I don't have to worry about that since he's straight, but if he was gay I would have to give him this book ASAP.

The story was adorable. Probably what I liked most about it was that, to me, it didn't read like a "boy falls in love with another boy" story. Obviously that's what it was, but it felt like every other "girl and boy fall in love" story. That's important to me because I'm one of those people who believe that your sexuality doesn't matter.  Falling in love is falling in love. Maybe it's easy for me to say that because I'm never going to have to deal with the things some of these characters dealt with, but that's a personal conviction that I have. People have been getting so caught up in the "oh my gosh two people of the same sex are in a relationship". It shouldn't be about the people in the relationship, but the emotion in the relationship. If that makes sense. *Rant over. Sorry* I wish I went to Paul's school. The people there seem pretty tolerant of everyone regardless of if you're gay or straight. That's the only problem I had with the book. Paul's whole down seemed to be okay with everything and that's unrealistic. I like how light this book was considering how heavy a topic it is though. And to make up for the "perfect town" background, Paul mentions a couple of times that he knows there are schools/towns/families much less tolerant than his. Overall I thought this was a wonderful book and I can't wait to read more of David's books.

4 howls

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Series Review: The Summer series by Jenny Han

Summary for The Summer I Turned Pretty: Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Review: This was a very cute contemporary series. Jere and Con were both fantastic characters with their flaws. You just couldn't help but love them anyway. Belly was a sweet character too. I related to her quite a bit which doesn't happen too often. It was refreshing because I felt like I could connect with her better than most characters. I think Suz and Laurel were my favorite characters of the whole series. They're the moms so of course they're looking after their own kids, but they look after each others kids too. It was nice seeing  best friends work like that and make sure everyone knows what's best. I think the Summer series was great, but it was predictable. The only time I was genuinely shocked by something that happened was during the last book, We'll Always Have Summer. You find out something in the first few chapters that actually made my jaw drop. I liked how the events taking place were measured by summers. Even though my favorite season is winter, I thought that was a cute little detail that set this series apart from some others I've read. Even with the predictability of the stories, I would definitely recommend picking up this series if you want a quick, fun read. I read each of these books in a day. I just couldn't put them down. And I'm very happy I read these books over the summer. I could picture things better than I probably would have if I read them in the winter or something. My favorite book was probably It's Not Summer Without You. I love the whole story development in that book especially.

The Summer I Turned Pretty: 4 howls
It's Not Summer Without You: 4.5 howls
We'll Always Have Summer: 4 howls

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Summary: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Review: I'm going to try to keep this review of Looking for Alaska spoiler-free so forgive my vagueness. Alaska is a very complicated girl, and I adore her. I don't agree with all of her choices (and I'm including the second half of the book), but she was still fantastic. What can I say about Pudge? I need him in my life. Seriously. Takumi, Colonel, and Lara were great characters too. They all had very interesting pasts which make them all very likable. I think Alaska might be my favorite though. I don't like comparing book characters, but I couldn't help comparing her to Margo from Paper Towns. The difference was as Paper Towns went on, I liked Margo less and less. My enjoyment of Alaska's character never changed while I read Looking for Alaska. The story was incredible. A bunch of teens in a boarding school isn't the most unique idea, but John Green is obviously great at what he does. He found a way to tell this story without it being dull and repetitive. I found a bit of the book predictable, but that didn't make it bad. It just gave me more time to reflect on what was going to happen.

I'm thinking that John Green is one of the most fantastic individuals ever. Clearly, I'm late to one of the most amazing parties of all time. Looking for Alaska has to be my favorite John Green book so far. Keep in mind I've only read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns so there are still a couple books I need to catch up on. Sorry for the short review. There's only so much I can say without spoiling stuff.

5 howls

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Series Review: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Summary for Darkfever: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Review: I've seen many positive reviews for The Fever series, even some that claim this to be the best UF series out there, so I knew I would have to pick it up soon. Luckily my friend bought me the entire series and I tore through them. Mac was a good character to read throughout the series. She annoyed me in Darkfever because her whole "pink and perfect" image made me want to barf. I hate those kinds of girls. I grew to like her though because she got a reality check decently fast. Barrons is certainly swoon worthy, but I don't approve of all of his methods. Sometimes I thought he was harsher than he needed to be, but for the most part he was decent. One thing Karen did extremely well was fleshing out her minor characters. As wonderful as it was to read V'lane, Dani, and Ro as minor characters, there was still plenty of development for them and Shadowfever really hit every good and bad nerve when it comes to caring for them.

The story was written very well and it wasn't dull which was nice. I don't read a lot of UF or a lot of books about Fae (I'm working on fixing both of those problems) so I wasn't sure if I would like this series as much as everyone else seemed to. I am happy to announce that I absolutely loved this series. There was some minor things that got on my nerves, but for the most part it was great. The only constant thing I can thing of that really bothered me was the future parts of the series. Every now and then Mac would say something like, "I would later regret this decision" or "Barrons/Dani would later tell me..." so I knew that even if Mac was in grave peril, she would somehow survive. Of course she's the main character so I expected it to an extent, but I found that I didn't worry about Mac's safety as much the more I read the series. She was still in a lot of trouble all over the place so it didn't take too much away, but just enough for me to not care about her so much. There was one other thing in Shadowfever that bothered me in terms of storyline, but I'm not going to say what because of spoilers. I don't know if I can pick a favorite book of the series. It certainly wasn't Darkfever or Bloodfever. They were great books, but I loved the ending and the development in the rest of the books more. Not my favorite UF series, probably because I'm partial to shifters, but it is absolutely worth the read. Go get these books if you're in for a great adventure!

4.5 howls

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Review: I wish it hadn't taken me this long to read Cinder because it was so good! Cinder was a very sad, but likable character. Iko, Kai, and Pheony were all great characters as well. I don't have a favorite character though, and I wish I did. I thought I could connect with Cinder in one aspect of her life, but not so much as I continued the story. I love the idea that Cinder is a cyborg. It's unique, and the setting this book is in requires a lot of world building. I had to keep reminding myself that the characters in Cinder are in New Bejing which isn't an area I'm used to reading about. Usually books I read are set in America or in Europe so for me characters usually look a certain way. I know that's bad, but that's just how my brain works. Some parts of the story felt predictable, but that's okay because they were still good twists and they kept the story interesting. This is certainly a book I would recommend to anyone who reads retellings and wants a new take on a classic story.

5 howls

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bonds of Fenris by S.J. Bell

Summary: Talia Thornwood's life ended one year ago, when she became a werewolf. She survived the attack, and the horrifying transformation a month later, but the life she has now is barely worth living. She lurks about in a filthy, run-down house, with too many werewolves crammed into too small a space. Every day is a struggle against the stress of human contact, the romantic prodding of her obnoxious packmate Pierce, and the gnawing hunger for flesh in her soul. 

She's all but resigned herself to a dreary existence on the margins of society when she meets Corwin. Corwin is a werewolf like none other. He walks among humans as if it was nothing, and can keep his wolf under control even when the moon is full. Talia's mind is suddenly opened to the possibilities before her, and the realization of how little she really knows about lycanthropy.

Corwin claims that he can teach her how to cope as he does, even how to transcend her affliction. But it will not be easy. It is a hard education that requires her to question everything her pack taught her, and confront exactly what she has become. And, more amazingly, what she never stopped being.

Review: Bonds of Fenris is an excellent story to show readers what might be going on in a human’s head as they change into a werewolf. I knew it was a sort of growing up story and I naturally assumed it was about Talia growing up, but every character had their chance to grow. I liked all of the characters a lot. They showed great depth and strength. Pierce annoyed me though. He took some getting used to. I liked the concept of Bonds of Fenris very much. There are a lot of books about shifters out, but I haven’t seen too many go into detail about how a new wolf might feel after being infected. This book does a great job with getting you into that mindset. The fear and the confusion. I saw the ending coming though. It wasn’t something I figured out from the first chapter, but a few pages before the big shock thing is revealed I knew what was going on. I do indeed recommend you checking this book out if you want a good read from the POV of someone who doesn’t like to be a wolf. In a lot of shifter books I’ve read, the main characters feel at home in their wolf skin, but no one in this pack was like that. It was a nice change from the rest of the shifter books out there.

4 howls

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Summary: Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.  

Review: Nevermore was a nice paranormal young adult book, but the characters were pretty generic. I might just be sick of the typical young adult story. Varen was the misunderstood goth kid which his foot in the paranormal world. Isobel was the obnoxious, preppy cheerleader. That being said, they were good to read. Isobel annoyed me a little bit, but for the most part I liked reading them. Reynolds might be my favorite character. I only say "might" because I haven't quite made up my mind about whether I like him or not. I'm interested to see how his character is handled in Enshadowed. Pinfeather and Scrim were interesting little characters as well. I'm rather curious about them in general. Like I said, this is a paranormal young adult story, but there were some interesting characters/situations. I liked the Nocs. They were creepily different. I hope to see more of them in book 2. It didn't feel like Nevermore was 500+ pages either. I thought the story moved at a decent pace. So while Nevermore isn't exactly the "fresh, new" story people might be waiting for, I feel like it is certainly worth checking out. I enjoyed it very much, and I can't wait to read Enshadowed.

4 howls

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Summary: Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment is a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance- and is unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, desolate netherworld—he turns to the angel to save his former mate, only to despair at the path he himself must take to set her free. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vies for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past, and a future that he doesn’t know he can live with… but can’t seem to turn away from.

Review: I ended Lover Reborn with all the feels. All of them! What am I honestly supposed to say about this book? First off, Tohr is my favorite Brother. He always has been, and he probably always will be. I was nervous about this book mostly because he's my favorite and I wanted him to be happy, but I wasn't sure if that was possible with past events. He grew a lot throughout this book which was exciting to see. I liked getting to know No'One as well. I don't remember her being introduced into the series to be honest (it's been a while since I've read a BDB book), so it was nice to meet her as a semi-new character. She seemed to grow a lot as well. I loved watching her relationship with Xhex evolve. I liked seeing Layla again. She gets some hate from people, and I'm not really sure why. She wasn't my favorite person in this book, but I don't hate her. Can I just say I loved Lassiter in this story? He was just fantastic. The story was excellent, and you get a better look at Xcor and his group of followers. There was friction in another relationship because of some stuff that happens in this book, but it was believable. As much as I like seeing characters happy I do enjoy seeing some conflict as well. There are some things I wonder about after ending Lover Reborn, but I won't go into speculation or anything because of spoilers.

4.5 howls

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

Summary: Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

Review: It's time for Payne and Manny I guess. I've actually been wanting Manny to have his own book ever since he was introduced. He is a sweet character, but he's also very strong. I ended up feeling bad for him through a good chunk of this book though because of all the mind-screwing that goes on. Payne wasn't a character I could really judge straight off. You get to know her a bit in Sanctuary, but now she's in the mortal world with the Brotherhood so she has to learn a completely new lifestyle. Her ignorance was cute. I found it absolutely hilarious the way she had to learn certain things. I liked the way her relationship worked with Manny mostly because it leaked into Jane's relationship with V, and I thought it went along well. I also liked how Manny wasn't like, "Oh. Mate? Okay then." He was conflicted about the whole thing which I felt was more realistic. Maybe it's because he's a human and he had no prior knowledge of the Brotherhood's customs. Another thing I liked was the conflict between older couples. I know that these books are romances and they're about HEAs, but no relationship is perfect. There will be issues and it's good to see some of that realism crop up.

4 howls

Friday, April 6, 2012

A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing by Terry Spear

Summary: Meara Greymere is in charge of the cabin rentals on the rugged Oregon coastline, so her brother and his mate could take a delayed honeymoon. But while Hunter is away, the she-wolf intends to play—she just has to convince the right alpha male to rent one of the cabins, and she’ll take it from there. But when Finn Emerson arrives with every intention of pretending to be her lover, she's not going to take this lying down. She knows he'll tell her brother what she's up to and put an end to her game.

Finn Emerson is an ex-Navy SEAL, formerly one of Hunter Greymere’s team members, and now he's trying to track down a gray wolf, who's already made an attempt on one of their team member's lives. Finn believes Hunter will be targeted next, only to discover Hunter is off with his mate on a honeymoon, and he fears Hunter’s sister is in grave danger. But the former SEAL soon learns protecting the unpredictable sexy she-wolf is a mission and a half and protecting her isn’t all he wants to do.

Review: Ohhhhhhhhhhh Finn...I don't know if there are any proper words to describe you. I adore you and you aren't even my favorite alpha. I enjoyed getting to know Finn very much. He was a joy to read. Meara was a treat as well. I knew she would be fun. After reading Hunter's book I've been wanting hers. Of course she had her moments when I wanted to smack her, but she was great for the most part. Her attempt at finding a mate was cute. She was obviously ready to settle down which I completely understand. I was wondering if Finn was going to actually grow some balls when I was reading A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing. Lucky he proved his muchness so he definitely gets a thumbs up from me. The story was excellent of course. It has mystery, action, and of course the twists were wonderful. I always enjoy returning to this series because they're all very well done. I especially like this story because you think you know who the bad guy is, but I highly doubt that you're right. It's a clever, but sad situation. Bah I've said enough. No spoilers in this review! Just go and read this series!

5 howls

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary: Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival

Review: I haven't read too many Dystopia's, but The Hunger Games is pretty incredible. Katniss is one of those female characters I'm proud to look up to. She's strong and she has a great heart. She isn't my favorite, but she's still a great character. She's a bit slow when it comes to guys and such nonsense, but in her world it truly is nonsense. My favorite character is Prim. She's kind and innocent. She is the one thing that Katniss would do anything for. That is quite clear as you read THG. Gale is a good character as well. He's honest. He doesn't hold back what's on his mind. I enjoy reading his parts in books because he has so few, but he has a good mind. Peeta is a nice character as well. He's crafty, and smart. This series certainly has a great selection of characters. The story is sad though. For such great characters, they have a very hard life. Their world is not something I would want for America. Ever. Watching Katniss as she has to kill other people is heartbreaking. Especially because you already have seen the love she has in her heart. I completely recommend this book. It's brilliant.

5 howls

New in the Den (IMM 28)

From Kristi at The Story Siren

Why is it important that I bought Prisoner of Azkaban? Well, because it's the e-book! Yes! If you haven't heard, you can buy the Harry Potter books for e-readers now! I thought about starting with Sorcerer's Stone and going up, but PoA is my favorite and I knew I needed to buy it first.
Already read A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing. <3 That's all I've got to say.
Yep. Got Tohr. I'm in the middle of Payne/Manny's book, but this one is coming up next.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Summary: There is a door at the end of a silent corridor, and it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Here are just a few of the things on Harry's mind:

• A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey
• A venomous, disgruntled house-elf
• Ron as Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
• The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams

. . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

In the richest installment yet of J.K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

Review: Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite Harry Potter book, but it's still very good. I like seeing characters like Neville grow even more. Especially during the scenes with the DA. You get introduced to a few new characters like Luna. She's sweet, but strange. Certainly a unique character. If you have a hard time fitting in with people then I recommend you pay close attention to this character. You also get introduced to Umbridge. Ugh. She's my least favorite character in the entire series. Absolutely cannot stand her. Sirius annoyed me a bit in OotP. He acted quite childish in certain parts.

The story was good. I liked seeing the rage that Harry struggled with throughout this book. That struck a chord with me, and it was nice to see those internal battles. I liked seeing Harry's self-doubt as well. He didn't know if he was a good guy or a bad guy and I think a lot of people struggle with this every day. That was encouraging for me. Dumbledore keeps showing these great moments where he is clearly supposed to be a "God-character". Sometimes I want to hug him and sometimes I want to strangle him. And that ending? Oh gosh. That ending.

4 howls

Friday, March 30, 2012

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Summary: Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

Review: Goblet of Fire is very close to being my favorite Harry Potter book, but Prisoner of Azkaban still holds that title. The characters are still great, but we get a bit more with this book. We meet the students of Durmstrang and Beauxbatons which are 2 new magical schools. It would be nice to know more about wizarding academies in places like America and Spain and Japan, but this was a nice taste of what else is out there. It shows that Rowling put thought into the world outside of London just like she did with Hogwarts.

I loved reading about the Triwizard Tournament as well. It was great seeing Charlie again in Goblet, and learning about the different kinds of dragons. The third task was my favorite though. I like the creativity of throwing so much at the contestants, and putting them through a challenge of facing everything they should know about. Seeing Dobby again was nice as well. I wish you could have gotten glimpses of him in the movies, but oh well.

4. 5 howls

Monday, March 19, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions: 3/19/2012

It's time for another Book Blogger Confession hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Tiger at All-Consuming Meda.

Question: Everyone LOVES that book! Why don't I? How do you handle being the one reviewer who doesn't like a book that's taking the blogosphere by storm? Do you write a review? Pretend you didn't read the book?

I always hate when people recommend a book to me, or I hear a lot of hype over a book, but it doesn't always work with me. Case and point: Twilight. My IRL friends know how much I dislike these books. No reviews are not on my blog because I read them before I started my blog, and I don't know if I actually put in the effort to read them again when I know I'm going to give them a negative review. It seems like a waste of time. I know these books are popular though and that's fine. I have friends who did very much enjoy these books. I didn't. Sorry. There are also books like Divergent and Shatter Me that got crazy good reviews. I've read both books. I've enjoyed both books. I didn't like them quite as much as everyone else though. I believe I gave them both 4 howls on my blog, so yes I did like them a lot. Yes I will read their sequels. I was a little disappointed (not sure if I was disappointed in the books or myself) because it didn't quite hit the mark I was looking for. Another book I've seen decent reviews for, but I didn't like was Dust City. I was confused through a lot of the book and the ending fell flat. Again, no review because I read it at a time when I was unable to put up posts. I let my friend borrow it because she thought it would be a good read. She couldn't finish it. I've seen a couple blogger reviews and they liked it. They thought it was unique (which it is). I just didn't get into it. Wings by Aprilynne Pike is another example. I like fey books. I'm always up for reading a new book about them. I even looked past the blurb from Stephanie Meyer because I was so sure I would like this book. No. I didn't like any of the characters except for Tamani (sp?), and the story was rather dull for me. I've seen negative reviews of Wings, but better reviews of the others so I might try this series again. I'm not sure. Final example: House of Night series. I've read Marked, and it was...okay? That's the best way I could describe it. It had a decent start. I guess what ruined it was I started to read the summaries of the later books to see where it was going and my first thought was, "Zoey becomes a bit of a slut." She had 3 different guys she was bouncing from? I'm alright with love triangles, but there gets to be a point when you get sick of them. And HoN was that series that made me gag because of it. This being said, I liked what the Cast women did adding Wiccan rituals with vampire lore, and I've been slowly collecting these books in case I want to read them again. So no I haven't completely written them off. Again, thank bloggers for that. I've seen better reviews of the later books than I did of the first couple so I was encouraged to give this series another look. I think that's all I've got to say on this topic.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Summary: J. K. Rowling continues to bewitch readers everywhere with the third book in her magical Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry's ongoing exploits, along with those of his contemporaries, teachers, and relatives, are as imaginative, entertaining, and mysterious as ever. For during Harry's third year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he must face his greatest challenge yet: a confrontation with Sirius Black, an escaped convict and madman who is rumored to be in cahoots with Harry's archenemy, the Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort. This alone would be daunting enough, but Harry's task is made even more trying when he discovers that Sirius is suspected of being the one who killed Harry's parents.

For Harry, the Hogwarts campus has always been a sanctuary, but when Black escapes from the horrifying clutches of Azkaban Prison, all clues suggest the madman is headed for Hogwarts and Harry himself. As a result, the school starts to feel more like a prison than a sanctuary as Harry finds himself constantly watched and under guard. What's more, the terrifying Dementors - the horrifying creatures who guard Azkaban Prison - are lurking about the campus looking for Black. And their effect on Harry is a devastating one.

Still, life at school offers plenty of distractions. Harry really likes the new teacher for Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Lupin, who might be able to teach Harry how to defend himself against the Dementors. But Professor Snape's behavior toward Lupin has Harry wondering what secrets the two men are hiding. Harry's friend Hermione is also acting very strangely. And, of course, there is the tension caused by the ongoing Quidditch competition between the Gryffindors and the Slytherins and the never-ending bullying of the Slytherin leader, Draco Malfoy.

One of Rowling's greatest strengths is her ability to stack mystery upon mystery in a way that keeps the pages turning without frustrating the reader. Her clues are always fair and bountiful, but it's easy to lose track of them in the midst of all the high suspense, spell-casting action, and unexpected plot twists. That's okay, because Rowling ties it all neatly together at the end in a way that will leave readers snapping their fingers and muttering, "Oh yeah. Forgot about that one. How clever!"

Review: Words cannot describe how I feel about this book. Prisoner of Azkaban is by far my favorite HP novel, and I'm positive it will remain my favorite until the day I die. This is the book where you get introduced to a couple of my favorite characters. There is a good bit of character development as well. Especially in Hermione. I think she learned a lot about herself in PoA, and I think she is starting to realize that brains aren't everything. Harry also has to learn that the things you hear about a person are not always what is the truth. This becomes important again in later books. And you get introduced to friends of Harry's parents and you learn a bit more about their past which is always a fun little thing to do. You also meet various new creatures (of both the light and dark variety). The magical world gets expanded a good deal as the students get to experience their first trips to Hogsmede. I'll add that I have read this book countless times, but I've only just realized that there is a typo (at least one, but there could be more) in the book, and there are some bits that didn't match with previous books just right, but it did not take away from my love of it at all! I have no idea what to add to this. If you've read Harry Potter then you know exactly how incredible this series is. If you haven't, go read it!

5 howls

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cover Reveal: Bonds of Fenris

I was recently contacted by S.J. Bell about being part of a cover reveal for his book, Bonds of Fenris. I like this cover a lot. It's a nice, simple, silhouette style. It definitely makes it obvious this books is about wolves which is super exciting! Anyways, here is the cover:

And here is a little blurb about Bonds of Fenris:

Talia Thornwood's life ended one year ago, when she became a werewolf. She survived the attack, and the horrifying transformation a month later, but the life she has now is barely worth living. She lurks about in a filthy, run-down house, with too many werewolves crammed into too small a space. Every day is a struggle against the stress of human contact, the romantic prodding of her obnoxious packmate Pierce, and the gnawing hunger for flesh in her soul.

She's all but resigned herself to a dreary existence on the margins of society when she meets Corwin. Corwin is a werewolf like none other. He walks among humans as if it was nothing, and can keep his wolf under control even when the moon is full. Talia's mind is suddenly opened to the possibilities before her, and the realization of how little she really knows about lycanthropy.

Corwin claims that he can teach her how to cope as he does, even how to transcend her affliction. But it will not be easy. It is a hard education that requires her to question everything her pack taught her, and confront exactly what she has become. And, more amazingly, what she never stopped being.

Bonds of Fenris is a paranormal novel by S.J. Bell, due to be released through Smashwords on May 7, 2012. Visit the author's website at . Cover art is by the delightful Stephanie Mooney, at .

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

If I Die by Rachel Vincent

Summary: The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.


Review: I wanted to punch Nash and Kaylee more in If I Die than any other. I especially wanted to punch Nash at the end. I wanted to punch Tod too, but Tod is still my favorite. The story was fantastic. I enjoyed the part where Kaylee went back to Lakeside. I haven't read My Soul to Lose yet so I don't know anything that happened when Kaylee was there the first time. Something that got on my nerves was how Kaylee was trying to be "meh" about everything going on in this book. With that said, it was a relief to watch her break down because clearly the whole situation was bothering her. I like how quickly this book moved. Everything happened within a week and that kept the story moving very well. I wasn't too surprised by the ending. Maybe it's because I know more books are coming so I figured something similar was going to happen. I wish I had more to say, but I'm trying to stay vague to avoid spoilers. You know what would help with that? If you would just go out and get this series right now. Go. Now. Rachel Vincent really doesn't hold back when she writes her stories. If you want a series that will keep you on your feet, then pick this one up.

5 howls

Monday, February 27, 2012

New in the Den (IMM 27)

From Kristi at The Story Siren


This is the other book I won from a contest over at Within Pages. For some reason I can't find the blog anymore or else I would have linked it. :/

That's all I got this week.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Summary: Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Review: This review is going to have some spoilers from Graceling and from Fire so I wouldn't recommend reading this unless you've read those as well.

I'm not sure where to begin with Bitterblue. My favorite characters in books usually aren't the main characters, but Bitterblue was my favorite from Graceling and she was still one of my favorites in Bitterblue as well. She was strong, but fragile at the same time and it was an interesting combination to read. There are lots of new characters you get introduced too, but 2 of the most important characters are Teddy and Saf. You meet these guys early on and they're decent guys for the most part. Saf was great, but he was a bit of a brat during part of the book. I forgive him though. He's just too dang adorable. Then there's Teddy. He would be my favorite if it wasn't for Bitterblue. He was just...*gushes*. There are more minor characters I'm not going to get into, but this book was ripe with twisted and broken characters. I loved reading every one of them. Even the bad ones.

The story was great as well. It didn't have nearly as much action as Graceling or Fire, but it held its own. Bitterblue was more about how a young queen had to rebuild her empire after her father wrecked it. Some parts were heartbreaking, and some parts were inspiring. There were some great twists and the last 100 pages might have been my favorite parts. Of course there was a lot of sadness in those pages as well. Bitterblue learned a lot about her father throughout this book and my heart broke for her. There was something that I still wonder about by the end of the story, but this was still a fantastic read. I think it definitely stood up to the legacy of Graceling and Fire. And yes, past characters do return. Not just Katsa and Po, but Skye, Helda, Giddon, Raffin, Bann, and even Fire. It was a fantastic cast of returning characters for sure. I would definitely pick this one up if you're a fan of these books.

5 howls

Monday, February 20, 2012

New in the Den (IMM 26)

From Kristi at The Story Siren

I already had Graceling, but I suddenly realized I could buy stuff internationally now so I went ahead and bought the UK cover. I <3 these books!

I won Nevermore from Amelia at The Authoress! I don't have this book in my hands right now, but my mom called me to let me know the book is at the house so I think I'll pick it up when I go visit this weekend.
I won Bitterblue(!!!!) from Jessica Spotswood (author of Born Wicked). There was a lot of squeeing when I won this.

I also won another book, but I like to wait until I actually have books to put them on here. As far as I know, the other book I won hasn't arrived yet. Pretty darn good set of books up there. Mmhmm

Book Blogger Confessions 4

It's time for another Book Blogger Confession hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Tiger at All-Consuming Meda.

February 20th: Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook/etc with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you're on friendly terms with them?

I know becoming friends with an author shapes how you view their work. I don't want to promote a book I didn't enjoy simply because I'm friends with an author. Of course I follow them on Twitter and I've talked to a few on there, but I'm far from friends with them. I'm always surprised when they take time out of their day to reply to something I said. I've met a few authors when I went to my first book festival last November and they were all really nice, but I don't want that to affect the way I review their books. This is hard for me to say because one of the authors I met was Ellen Hopkins and she's my favorite author so naturally I want to love all of her books. So far I have enjoyed them all greatly, but there's always the chance that she could write something I don't mesh well with and I don't want to force myself to like a book if it wasn't meant to be. Especially since I've met Ellen and she's very sweet. She deserves more than that from a fan. I'm also a huge smart-ass. I'm very sarcastic and I know it doesn't always come across in my text so I try to leave that sort of thing off my blog because I don't want to have the same issue with authors that other bloggers have had. It would be unfortunate to get into a fight with an author I like simply because of a misunderstanding, or because 1 book didn't fit in my life from their entire collection of works.

I am very good friends with an author. We became friends because I read his book and loved it. We started talking about it and now we talk about all kinds of things. It probably wasn't the smartest thing ever for me to befriend an author after 1 book. Mostly because his book is non-fiction and that isn't my genre at all. I don't regret it though. He just finished working on his second book and it's editing now. He has given me the privilege of reading chapters of it as he finished so I could give my opinion. Even he could write something I'm not particularly fond of, but hopefully that won't happen. He's the only author I'm "friends" with so I don't think it's a big problem.

I don't know if I would become friends with my favorite authors even if I had the chance because there are issues that can come up between people such as what each person believes. I know there are some bloggers that won't read books about angels/fallen angels because of their beliefs. That's fine. I'm a Christian, but I haven't found a book that made me uncomfortable due to what I believe. I've read books with angels/demons, vampires, witches, faeries, homosexuality, and emotional problems. I don't think my belief in God should affect how I read fiction. I am more selective of my non-fiction because of this, but if a fictional book sounds good to me then I'm going to read it. I don't want to become friends with an author, and then say I can't read any more of their books because we have a difference in beliefs. P.S. If I jumped to another topic with this last bit, my bad.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Paper Towns by John Green

Summary: When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night - dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

Review: Yay for finally reading my first John Green book! I had no idea what to expect when I started Paper Towns in all honesty, but I'm very impressed. Unfortunately this is another book I enjoyed in every way except for the characters. Margo was okay. Ben and Radar were okay. Q was okay. None of them stood out for me though. They had their good moments, and they had their moments when I wanted to smack them. I did care for them. Especially when Q started to assume things about Margo. I'm not going to go into more detail because of spoilers, but I was reading Paper Towns and I kept thinking, "No! No! No! That is not going to happen!" I think that says something that you don't have to relate to any certain character, but you still care about what happens to them. I loved the story. It was essentially a scavenger hunt, and it was very well done. I felt the end was rather bittersweet. My favorite part might have been the road trip at the end. I feel like that's where you get the most out of the characters, because that's when Q interacts with them the most. He spends so much of the book trying to figure out Margo and it feels like the minor characters get shoved in the background for most of the book. Other than that, I must say I am very much looking forward to my next John Green book.

4 howls

Monday, February 13, 2012

Safe and Sound video

Here's a link to the music video Safe and Sound from The Hunger Games soundtrack. I'm surprised the blog world hasn't blown up already about this, but here it is. Enjoy. :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Summary: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Review: Last year I pretty much heard, "blah blah blah READ ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS!" Well I finally did, and I was pleasantly surprised. I worded it like that because I don't read a lot of comtemps, and I assumed Anna was going to be a lot of some random girl kissing some random French guys. I loved the way Stephanie developed the story. Anna wasn't annoying the way I thought she was going to be. I think the reason why she didn't obsess over Toph the way she probably would have is because she was in Paris, and he wasn't around. I liked that. It gave us the chance to get to know Anna with a minimal amount of male influence. St. Clair was a sweet guy, but some things he did bothered me. I think he needed to grow up a lot during this book, and I was pleased to see him do so. I saw a definite change between the St. Clair at the beginning and the Etienne at the end. I don't know if I have a favorite character or not. All of the characters seemed good, but none of them stood out enough for me.

I think the story was adorable. It wasn't a girl drooling over the first guy she met. It was a girl developing a friendship and then acknowledging her love for this friend. Personally, that is how I like my love stories. There was a moment when I thought Anna was getting a little creepy obsessed, and that's when it looked like things might heat up between Anna and St. Clair. That didn't last very long so I wasn't too bothered by it. Overall, an adorable read that deserves the hype it's getting.

5 howls

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Summary: Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is yet another book I'm kicking myself for not reading sooner. I liked Mara a good bit. Her sense of humor and attitude reminded me of myself. It was literally like reading myself as a character in a book. Mara is the closest I've come to that. It was actually a bit creepy. I don't know how I feel about Noah. He's a decent character for the most part. He isn't my kind of man though. He still seems to be a bit of a player and that's a turn off for me, and he smokes. Ewwwwwwwwwww. Other than that, he's a pretty solid guy. Daniel and Joseph were cute characters. I can't wait to see more if them in future books. Favorite character? Probably Daniel/Joseph. I guess my only complaint about the story is that it read like a very creepy contemporary, but it isn't. That threw me, but the story was still engaging and I highly enjoyed it.

5 howls