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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer Reading

These are a few books that I absolutely must read this summer, whether because they are awesome-looking new releases, or because they're the next book in a series I'd like to get caught up in. 
  • The Stolen by Liz Braswell (2004)
  • Paths Not Taken by Simon R. Green (2005)
  • Ghost Town by Rachel Caine (2010)
  • Chimera by Rob Thurman (2010)
  • My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent (2010)
  • Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (2010)
  • Illusions by Aprilynne Pike (2011)
  • Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (June 21)
  • A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (June 21)
  • The Siren's Cry by Jennifer Anne Kogler (July 1)
  • Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray (July 5)
  • Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris (July 12)
  • Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn (July 12)
  • Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (July 26)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finals and Stuff

I have finals next week and then family visiting from out of state for the next two weeks, so I may not be around much on the blog or Twitter. If you email me, I'll still answer fairly quickly, but I probably won't be making any new blog posts at least until finals are over. Sorry, guys!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

REVIEW: Six Moon Summer by S. M. Reine


Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.

Rylie's parents force her to attend summer camp, but she's just as miserable at the girls' camp as she was at home-- there's nothing vegetarian for her to eat at the mess hall, she hates hiking and archery, and the other campers taunt Rylie mercilessly. One night, the bullying goes too far, and Rylie runs away. She doesn't get far. It's a full moon, and she isn't alone in the forest.

She wakes up unharmed in her cabin the next morning with no memory of what happened. The only sign something has changed are the healed scars on her chest, her increasingly keen senses, and her sudden craving for raw, bloody meat.

A boy from the other camp seems to know what's happening to her, but Rylie isn't sure if she can trust herself with Seth. He's way too cute and he knows way too much.

Rylie soon learns that she only has until the end of summer before she becomes just like the monster that attacked her: a man-eating werewolf hungry for human flesh. Unless she can find a cure, she's going to transforming at the end of the summer and lose her life to the hunger.


Book: Six Moon Summer by S. M. Reine
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: The Blood Journals, #1
Obtained: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (3 Zombies)

This was a really short book, so I have less to say about it than I usually do. Also, it's almost midnight and I'm really tired. So. Rylie was kind of difficult to like. She was sort of petulant and bitchy, especially at the beginning, but she grew on my throughout the book. Her love interest Seth was the same way. Scratch that, I just didn't like the beginning.

I have to be honest, for the first fifty pages or so, I did not want to keep reading. If I'd bought this book, I wouldn't have. But since it was a review book, I soldiered on. And I'm really glad that I did. The end was awesome and I couldn't stop reading.

The plot was very B-list horror movie in the best way possible, it just wasn't quite executed how I would've like at first, but as I got further into the story, it really really really grew on me.

My biggest problem was that I didn't understand anything about Rylie and why she was acting the way she did at first, but once I started to get to know her better, I started really enjoying the story. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel, especially with the ending of Six Moon Summer!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (45)




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa.
There isn't a summary yet, but I couldn't resist making this my WoW as soon as the gorgeous cover was released.

This series is definitely one of my top five EVER. And I don't say this lightly. Ash is the sexiest guy on earth (well, one of them) even if he is fake. I don't care. I still love him. I'm so excited that this next book will be from his POV. I just hope we get some Grimalkin in there, because he's awesome, too. And so is Glitch. Just sayin'. If you haven't read the rest of this series, you should definitely start before Knight comes out so that you can freak with the rest of us.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cover Trends (11)

COVER TRENDS


Cover Trends is a feature here at Braintasia Books where I discuss aspects of book covers that I've seen recently that seem to be popping up in a lot of books. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they aren't, but they're all getting quite common. These book covers tend to only represent YA, UF, and PNR since those are the genres I read, and as such, the covers I see.

This week's trend is  BLUE WONDERFULNESS. I'm kind of in love with this trend, actually, since blue is one of my second-favorite colors (purple, red, black, and white are my favorites). I've been pleasantly surprised with the most recent cover trends, and I hope that this good-streak continues.

Examples:



   I'm crazy in love with all of these covers! What do you think of this trend?

Monday, June 6, 2011

REVIEW: Bone Gods by Caitlin Kittredge


Ever since crow-mage Jack Winter was lost in Hell, there’s only one woman who can save Black London. Her name is Pete Caldecott.

Witch hunts are on the rise and supernatural turf wars are reaching a boiling point. Then, just when it seems life couldn’t get any worse for Pete, Jack reappears—but he’s no longer the man she’s always known. Hell has changed him forever. And he’s brought back with him a whole world of trouble…

BONE GODS

A cabal of necromancers are using ancient, unspeakable magic to turn the tide of war in their favor. Then, as the city is about to sink into chaos, Pete receives a chilling directive: To end the war, you must kill the crow-mage. Beset from all sides, Pete finds herself turning to an unholy source for help…even if doing so could destroy Black London—and life as she knew it—once and for all.


Book: Bone Gods by Caitlin Kittredge
Release Date: November 20, 2010
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Black London, #3
Obtained: Bought
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

Bone Gods is more similar to the first book in this series, Street Magic, than the second book, Demon Bound. It is, unfortunately, from Pete's POV once again. I honestly prefer Jack, since he's a sexy magic man and all that fun stuff. Very sexy.

There's nothing wrong with Pete, though. I actually kind of like her. She's tough, and cool, and interesting. I just like Jack more, because he's, well, Jack. If you haven't read Demon Bound, then Pete is amazing. If you have read Demon Bound, you spend most of your time thinking that you wish it was Jack, not Pete. I hope that the next book follows the pattern and goes back to Jack's POV.

The mystery was pretty freakin' fantastic. I love Caitlin Kittredge's amazingly random plots. Or so they seem, until everything comes together and you have this totally awesome Duh! moment. It's beautiful, really.

The reason it didn't get the whole five zombies is that I spent the beginning of the book going JackJackJackJackJACK, because, OMG, he wasn't even in it for like the first half. It was practically a crime. But he was so wonderful in the second half that he earned back most of the brownie points that the first half got rid of.

So. Go read this series. Now. I promise you, it's really really really awesome, and stuff. (It's the 'and stuff' that's the best part. You'll see.)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

In My Mailbox (43)

The Story Siren


In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in regularly.  All you have to do is post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.



For Review:
 Forgotten by Cat Patrick
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Gifts:
Hourglass by Myra McEntire from Steph @ Steph Su Reads



Thanks to everyone who sent me books this week! What did you get in your mailbox?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Currently I'm . . .

I stole this awesome list from Alexa @ Not Enough Bookshelves because it was just irresistibly fun and list-y!

Current Book(s): I'm reading Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready, Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward, Falling Under by Gwen Hayes, Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, Daemon Eyes by Camille Bacon-Smith, and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead right now.

Current Playlist: Crossfire by Brandon Flowers (love the music video!), Til Death by Wynter Gordon, Someone Like You by ADELE, Soldier by Ingrid Michaelson, Freaks & Geeks by Childish Gambino, Skinny Love by Birdy, Right Before My Eyes by Cage the Elephant, Pineapple Girl by Mister Heavenly, My Pet Snakes by Jenny and Johnny, People Say by Portugal. The Man, Hard to be Good by My Little Pony, Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes, Hey Neil by Pineapple, El Paso by Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Bad Love by White Lies, and Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Till the World Ends by Britney Spears

Current Color: Purple

Current Drink: Sweet Tea

Current Food: Sashimi

Current Favorite Show: Supernatural

Current Wishlist: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!!!

Current Needs: For school to end.

Current Bane(s) of my Existence: College Algebra

Current Celebrity (Girl) Crush: Rachel McAdams because of this



Current Outfit: Jean shorts and a t-shirt

Current Excitement: Summer is coming! (Take that, Game of Thrones!)

Current Link: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/


So, that's a little snapshot of me at this very moment (2:21 PM, Sunday, May 29, 2011)!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blog Hops (24)

Book Blogger Hop

“Share your favorite post from the last month and tell us why it’s close to your heart!”

My favorite post from last month was Ten Summer Books I Can't Wait For because I'm shallow and I really can't wait for summer.






















What are you doing to prepare for an upcoming zombie apocalypse and/or the return of Mel Gibson to the silver screen? (Both of which could be terrifying.)

Umm . . . Is that a trick question? I'm not doing anything special for either, but both are definitely on my things-I-hope-never-happen-in-my-lifetime list.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

REVIEW: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton


This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. It's a natural next-read for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Becca Fitzpatrick. But instead of mythical creatures, blood magic has everything to do with primal human desires like power, wealth, and immortality.

Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick—the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic. Drawn together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick must find out who else in their small Missouri town knows their secret and will do anything to take the book and magic from Silla.


Book: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: The Blood Journals, #1
Obtained: Won from Rachel @ Fiktshun
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

I had pretty high expectations when I started Blood Magic, and it was a bit different from what I'd expected, so I had a hard time getting into it at first. But, once I did get into it, I was hooked. Nick and Silla's story was dark and witty and entertaining to the very end.

Silla was amazing and really interesting to read about. I loved hearing about her 'masks' and how she reacted to her parents' deaths. She was a very realistic character, and very readable. I absolutely loved her.

Blood Magic was written from dual perspectives, so I can't leave out the hilarious and sexy Nicholas, either. He was the most entertaining character, and at the beginning when I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book or not, Nick was what kept me reading.

The huge mystery was pretty easy to guess, but still enjoyable to read about because I could see why the characters couldn't guess. I had some pretty huge information that they didn't.

If you're a fan of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick or something similar, I would recommend this book to you, but don't come looking for a happy story, because this book sure can bring the sad.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (44)




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young.
We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.

The premise for this one sounds really interesting! I can't wait to read it. What are you waiting for this Wednesday?