Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh Review

Hi Everyone! 
Today I am reviewing:

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: August 28th, 2010 
Source: Bought!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Nevermore is one of my favorite books ever. It is completely unforgettable. It may be long, but each page is written with pure beauty and excitement. 

I will always remember how this book inspired me to research into the world of Poe's stories myself after I read Nevermore for the first time over a year ago. This book started my journey to loving my now favorite short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Poe and Poe's other works.

I really liked how Poe's work was incorporated into the story of Nevermore. I enjoyed reading Isobel's reactions to Poe's works and how the character's worked in the supernatural dream world. 

Isobel Lanley is one of the most courageous and ever-changing characters ever. She grows up and changes so much during one school project. She is funny, stubborn and determined. I love the creative idea she comes up with for the Poe project presentation. The presentation is one of the most hilarious and incredible scenes I have ever read! If I had thought of giving myself a pseudonym for my blog, I would have chosen Isobel after her. Isobel Ivashkov.

Varen Nethers has a more of a sly sense of humor and is a true intellectual. Varen is a reader and a writer. He is very smart in his knowledge of writers, especially Poe. I love the scene where he wears a shirt with the word's "hooligan" written on it. You have to read this amazing book to find out why that fact is so witty! He is satisfyingly quiet, a thinker and has a unique style. 

I enjoyed the steady blooming romance that occurred between Isobel and Varen. They start out the tale barely knowing each other and grow throughout the book from reluctant acquaintances, to unlikely friends to outstanding romance partners. I enjoyed every scene between the two of them. Especially the ice cream scene!

There are also amazing secondary characters. From Isobel's strict but caring father, Isobel's video-game obsessed younger brother Danny to Isobel's humorously eccentric friend Gwen. 

Every page of Nevermore is written in a captivating tone. Creagh is a true artist in writing descriptions of setting and events. My only complaint is that the dream world is, while enchanting, completely confusing.

Anyways, read Nevermore and fall in love with its amazing story!

Thanks for Reading!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Everyone! 

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books they are eagerly anticipating! Its a great way to add new fantastic books to your TBR pile!

This week I am waiting on Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.
Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.
(Cover photo, synopsis and publication information all provided by GoodReads)

I have not had a chance to read either of these authors' other books yet, but I have heard great remarks about their books. I wish I could have read this book at the beach this summer. It sounds like the perfect beach read for me because I love relaxing contemporary books with a little flair of vengeance! 
I cannot wait to dive into this book because it sounds like a fun-filled ride.

Thanks for Reading!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Moa by Tricia Stuart Shiu Blog Tour Post

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I am participating in a Novel Publicity blog tour for Moa by Tricia Stuart Shiu's book Moa!
Its about a girl who visits one of my many desired vacation spots- Hawaii! 

You can win many prizes by clicking on the above banner! 
If the banner does not link right, just click here!

Here is an excerpt from the book that was provided by Novel Publicity.

Eighteen-year-old, Hillary Hause’s left thumb searches frantically to turn on the “I’m Okay to Fly” hypnotherapy recording. Her nerves on edge, fuchsia fingernails press into the blue pleather armrests of her airplane seat.

“No spells can help you now,” she whispers to herself under her breath—then checks to see if anyone notices. Nope, they don’t.

The plane lifts through the early morning, gray fog of California, “June Gloom” giving way to the azure sky, and Hillary covers her curly brown head and retreats beneath the questionably clean plane blanket cranking the volume to drown out the drone of the engines.

“Outer shell close to breaking.” This time she doesn’t care if anyone hears.

I hover just beyond her “outer shell”—a movement in the periphery, a faintly familiar scent, a fond memory just beyond recognition, a non-human observer. Before the week is up, Hillary will save my life, as I will hers. But, for now, more about Hillary.

The drink cart rolls past the blanket, which has, by now become a moist steamy cave.

“Hey, freak. I hope your plane crashes.” The memory reverberates through her brain despite her attempts to distract herself with the hypnotherapy recording. She increases the volume, but the ugly conversation, which occurred just before school ended, still haunts her mind.

“I guess the only people they check on those flights are the suspicious ones,” Krystal Sykes, a bully from her home room, leans in as Hillary hastens to grab books for her next class. Krystal, also a senior, has hounded Hillary since the first day of freshman year and this is the final day during the final hour at this tiny high school of 376 students —where everyone knows everyone else’s business.

“Look, Krystal.” Hillary turns her eyes toward the sneering blonde. “It’s the last day of school, we’ll never see each other again. Can you give it a rest?” These are the most words the two young women have exchanged in the entire four years of high school.

A look of shock replaces Krystal’s smug snick, “Oh, so now you talk.” She leans in, so close that her spray tan becomes a patchy Impressionist painting. Her pores are blotched with cakey, two shades too dark powder, her unblended cream eyeshadow creases across the center of her lid and her tropical breeze flavored breath threatens to strangle the words right out of Hillary.

“I know all about your witchcraft practices and have made a few spells of my own. Trust me. You’ll never make it to your sister’s house in Hawaii.” Krystal’s backpack jingles and Hillary watches her spin around and skip down the hall.

Hillary is not a witch. She has, however, carefully crafted a “shell” to protect herself from bullies like Krystal—who, as far as Hillary can tell—is not a witch either. She has watched Krystal throughout elementary, middle and high school and has not been able to discern whether or not she practices witchcraft. No matter what Krystal’s background, her intent is to harm. And there is nothing worse than a spell with an aim to hurt. Hillary has had no choice but to remain in a constant state of defensiveness.

The twenty-minute recording ends and Hillary falls into a troubled sleep—feeling every bump and hearing every creak of the plane.

With about an hour left in the flight, Hillary awakens with a “turtle headache.” Hillary’s older sister Molly taught her this term which means a headache caused by sleeping too long underneath the covers of one’s bed.

Sadly, Molly lost her husband, Steve, last year in an unfortunate surfing accident. The throbbing pain in Hillary’s left temple could be the result of remaining submerged beneath an airplane blanket and wedged between the window and armrest, or it could be from worry about how Molly and her niece, Heidi are dealing with their devastating loss.

Disoriented, Hillary pokes her head out just in time to glimpse puffy clouds and sparkling sea below. A flood of excitement and sheer wonder flows through Hillary in the form of a tingle from her head to her toes. And then, a lovely thought:  “...And for an Everlasting Roof, The Gambrels of the Sky...” She will enjoy this plane ride, thanks in part to Emily Dickinson.

Information about Moa, its sequel and the author!

About Moa: Eighteen-year-old, Hillary, anticipates adventure as she embarks for trip to Honolulu, but gets more than she bargained for when Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, pays her an unexpected visit. Get it on Amazon.

About Statue of Ku:  The second book in the Moa Book Series, "The Statue of Ku" follows Hillary and Moa as they jet to Egypt on the Prince’s private plane to reclaim Moa’s family heirloom, the inimitable statue of Ku. Get it on Amazon.

About the author: Tricia Stewart Shiu combines her addiction to the written word with her avid interest in the healing arts and all things metaphysical in her novels Moa and Statue of Ku and looks forward to finding new ways to unite her two loves. Visit Tricia on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.

Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Review

Hi Everyone! 
I am so happy to come back to blogging! 
My time at the beach was relaxing!

(Cover Photo provided by GoodReads)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 
Publisher: Henry Holtz and Company 
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Source: Bought!
Rating: 4/5 STARS 
Add To GoodReads!

I had high expectations going into Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I wanted to dive into the world of Ravka feeling like I was eating all the delicous hot fudge and mint chocolate chip sundaes I ate last week. The type of treat I wish I could dive into forever. I wanted the story to be even better then I expected. 

The Before section appeared like it honored my wish. It was styled like a wonderful fairy-tale. I felt grief when the magnificent section ended. I wish the whole story could have been written in the Before section’s style that I eased into so easily.

Bardugo creativity in her plotting of the story honored my wish as well. I liked how the mysterious ending to the Before section was continued ingeniously, at the perfect point, as a memory of Alina. Along with Alina, I was constantly unsure if the Darkling should be trusted. Every event of the story was significant. Every character brought excitement. 

Sadly my wish was not honored fully because of my mixed feelings for Alina as a protagonist. I liked how she had no desire to be special and was a caring friend. I disliked how she constantly was insecure and vain. She constantly cringed about her own ugliness. I enjoy some characters that desire beauty but they usually understand that beauty does not necessarily mean a happy life. Likewise, I liked her strength to not give up and keep moving forward. I empathized with her flaw of being too trusting but I never really cared about Alina. It was the other characters I cared about. 

My wish was granted by the incredible characters of Mal and Darkling and the amazing connection they both had with Alina. Mal was so sweet, so brave and so captivating. Every page without Mal left me sad. After the brilliant beginning, I feel in love with Mal and my love for him grew throughout the whole story. I missed him as much as Alina and I only knew him for about fifty pages. His friendship with Alina was real and admirable. I love how he brought out the best in Alina and was unwavering loyal even when he was mad. I would love the world if Mal is the protagonist and voice of the sequel!

The Darkling is one of the most brilliant characters brought to the world of books. Along with Alina, I was never sure he was good or bad. Along with Alina, I learned that he is complex and has undenyingly good reasons for the injustice he commits. He acknowledges the true darkness of the world he lives in. He is enchanting at the same time as being terrifying. I enjoyed every romantic and tension-filled moment between him and Alina. 

Overall, Shadow and Bone may not be as delicious as a hot fudge and mint chocolate chip sundae, but I enjoyed experiencing its story and meeting its characters. 

Thanks for Reading!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Blogspiration- When There Was Music!

Hi wonderful readers!

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA& Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers & writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author's choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.

When you will be reading this blogspiration, I will be at the beach where my internet connection is limited to my small smart-phone so I will not be able to post another post till next Sunday. 
Still, I am excited to share will all of you two of my favorite songs in the world!

They are both songs that make me happy and remind me to take chances!

"I'm Yours" by James Mraz was introduced to me last summer when I was in Paris. I was walking with my friends in a summer program, eating a delicious nutella crepe, when my friends and I heard this song playing loudly. We decided to see what was going on and what we found was a miraculous sight. 

This man did this and more tricks with the ball to the beat of "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz!
I also love the song itself because it is a magnificent song about love and sweet to listen too!
It is all about how Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov's romantic relationship should be like. 

The other song I choose for this blogspiration is "Say What You Need To Say" by John Mayer. I love this song because it is all about being brave enough to do say what you always wanted to tell others and trust that others want to hear about your opinions and personal problems. 
The worst problems can be solved by a little venting. 

Thanks for reading and listening to my blogspiration!
Videos sourced from YouTube. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Author Interview: Lynda Meyers!

Happy Friday Everyone!
 I hope everyone is having an amazing week!

Today I am happy to present an interview with Lynda Meyers! 
Lynda wrote an amazing book called Letters From The Ledge
You can find my review of Letters From The Ledge here and add it to GoodReads here

Here is the interview! 

1. How did living in New York City influence your writing of Letters From The Ledge?

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about the city. It is definitely fast-paced and impersonal in some ways, but it's also full of human beings, just like you and me. We all have the same hopes, same fears, and we all need each other. I didn't pick the setting of the story per se, that's just where I saw it happening when the scene opened in my mind, but in hindsight I think it was the best place to show that no matter where you are - even in one of the biggest, most bustling cities on the planet, you can still connect. It's possible to find like-minded people to share life with - and even in the midst of millions, you don't have to feel alone.

My next book (Truly, which is set to release Christmas 2012) takes place in New York City as well. However, I have another book that's not yet released that takes place in San Francisco. I lived there for about ten years and it's one of my favorite cities. 

2. Please explain the New Adult genre and why you choose to write a book in that fantastic way?

New Adult is technically targeted to readers 18-25. I'm sure that's not a hard and fast rule, but basically this genre seeks to reach kids just graduating high school through the college years and a little bit beyond. When I was submitting Letters From The Ledge to publishers, I went two full rounds. The adult fiction editors said it was too YA for adults. The YA editors though it was too adult for YA. I was told that if I wanted to rewrite the story so that it focused on set of characters or the other it would stand a better chance, but I was committed to the story as it stood. I wasn't willing to change the story or the characters to fit the market - lucky for me the market changed to fit my characters!

The story actually has three different generations of characters in it - Brendan and Sarah who are seventeen and eighteen, then Nate and Paige who are in their mid-twenties, and Frank and Ginny, who are less prominent characters but are in their forties. In addition to multiple age groups, the story involves complex thematic elements that a broad range of readers have experience with, such as suicide, rape, cutting, drug use, adoption, rejection and father issues, just to name a few.

That wasn't done for effect or with an eye toward broadening the audience, it just happens to be how the story played out. The result, however, is that depending on the age and emotional perspective of the person reading it, there is a broad range of readers. Although I agree that it fits bets in the New Adult category, because all the primary characters fit into that range, so far the book has been read and enjoyed by readers as young as twelve and as old as seventy-seven! Letters From The Ledge is special and unique in many ways, but in my heart I was writing a genre that did not exist at the time I wrote it: 15-30 years olds. I am so happy that New Adult is finally being recognized, and is in fact the fastest growing segment of book sales!

The main character in my next book, Truly, is twenty-five, and a lot of other books I have in mind are geared toward either YA or New Adult, but I am not ruling out books written for traditional adult audiences either. I know a lot of writers try to find a niche market, and in fact their is a lot of advice out there encouraging writers to pick and genre and build a fan base around it. I would rather write what is on my heart at that moment and decide where it belongs on the shelf later. If the writing is good, the fan base will come on its own.

3. Who is your favorite character in Letters From The Ledge?

My favorite is Brendan, for sure. He is my main man - the underdog I love to root for, the kid who does not know how strong and capable he really is on the inside. Who doubts himself but wants so desperately to be believed in. I love Brendan with all my heart. It does not hurt that he is also smart, cut, and really gifted, not to mention hilariously funny! I also like Nate. I feel Nate was Brendan and Brendan will be Nate some day. As we give out and pay it forward, others follow that give and sow into the next generation. Nate is the kind of man that men should be. He is not perfect, but he loves  selflessly, and when he screws up he admits it. I couldn't ask for more than that.

4. What are your future plans as a writer?

I have so many more stories to tell - stories that have been pushing on my heart, aching to be told. I want to write as many of them as I can, but writing is not a constant practice for me. There is an ebb and flow to it right now and perhaps that is because I have teenagers in high school and young adult children who are getting married and going off to college. My relationships always take priority for me. If I hid myself away to write all the time I will miss out on my actual life. 

Life is meant to be lived, and it is because of a vibrant and fully-lived life that I can write when I am supposed to write and live when I am supposed to live. The one balances the other. Unfortunately that makes it kind of impossible for me to predict when a book will be finished or how many more will be written. I only know that I will write as much as my life allows! It is an inextricable part of me and how I process the world. It also connects me to people in ways I simply cannot accomplish on my own. Books are a unique vehicle for one-on-on connection, yet with a global reach. 

5. My signature question!  If you could control any element, earth, water, fire, spirt or air, what would it be and why?

I would pick air - most definitely, because it could affect so many of the others. Air could move water, it could blow out or stoke a fire, and it could be powerful enough to move earth or even people or objects. Seems like it would come handy in a lot of ways!

I definitely recommend trying Lyda's book. 
Thanks for the well-thoughout answers Lynda!
Thanks for Reading!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg Reveiw

Hi Everyone!
I am happy to share with everyone today a review of a book that speaks directly to my soul!

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg 
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Source: Bought!

“A work in progress. And the possibilities are endless. (Eulberg 242)

Truly, the above statement is the theme of Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg that makes this one contemporary novel extraordinary. It is all about musically oriented students growing up during their senior year at a performing arts school. The amazing characters learn new amazing lessons each step of the way. None of them are perfect but they are each searching for an answer to the question: What should be the next step I take in my journey towards a life of promise after high school ends?

It is their senior year.  The year Carter, Sophie, Ethan and Emmie have been feeling a paradox of feelings for; they feel a rush of excitement for their future while at the same time feeling unsure of who they want to be and what direction they want to go.

This book means so much to me because next year is my senior year where I will have to discover which college I want to go to, how to best say goodbye to my high school friends and what job I want to prepare for. 

Take a Bow reveals the stress and anxiety performing arts students feel. The ins and outs of being in a band, of auditions. I am a proud member of my schools drama club where I lived through many amazing experiences acting in musicals and taking part in nerve-raking auditions. 

I completely adore Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg because it is amazing, incredible and a one-of-a-kind story of friendship and disagreements. The characters are magnificent, the distinct points of views are outstanding and the story is full drama-filled excitement!

The Characters!

Carter is my favorite because he, like me, is quiet and becomes nervous when deciding to take a new direction in life. I adore him because he is friendly and caring despite being famous. He knows that there is more to a successful life then money. All Carter wants to be is normal. I feel connected to Carter because I am also searching for happiness in my own right.

Sophie is controlling, deceitful and deserves to receive karma. I enjoyed reading her chapters because I always wanted to look into the eyes of a girl who believes fame is the answer to being triumphant. Sophie is not likable but she has a flair in her that makes her mind exciting. Surprisingly I have a small factor in common with Sophie. Like Sophie, I enjoy singing the song “Send In The Clowns” from A Little Night Music. I find it inspirational!

Ethan is an amazing imperfect character. His fatal flaw came from his nerves to be in front of a crowd. I totally understand the frustration he feels with dealing with the aftermath of his past mistakes of drinking and cheating. I admire his unwavering love for Emme and enjoy seeing how much he helped Emme throughout their senior year. He is a true friend despite his past mistakes. When he sang the sweet song he wrote for Emme, I was bursting with happiness. 

Emme is a radiant redhead who is the heart of Take A Bow. Emme is a caring friend, a passionate songwriter and is not afraid to put those who wronged her in their place. True, in the beginning of Take a Bow she completely does not realize that Sophie is a bad friend. But who wants to know that their childhood friend is a fraud. Before and during the story of Take a Bow, Emmie bravely reprimanded Ethan for his mistakes. She helped Carter be brave enough to reach his dream. She was loyal to her friends and bandmates, Jack and Ben. I am thankfully that she learns to trust that she is brilliant enough to be a songwriter.

Amazing themes!

I plan to forever embrace the following grand themes that Take a Bow embodies.

The journey and the friends who experience it with you is the most important part to a successful and happy life story.  

It does not matter where your talent lies; what matters is how you embrace it and that you believe in yourself.


The story of Take a Bow is constantly changing. Every page adds a new thought, a new remark, a new moment to reminisce. Everything in this unforgettable book is a mark of true life. 

Trust me. Take A Bow By Elizabeth Eulberg is one story that you will wish never ended. 

Thanks for Reading!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Unforgettable Giveaway at Literary Exploration

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm a sharing an exciting event going on in the blogosphere.
Anna from Literary Exploration is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the amazing reach 
of 1500 followers on her blog. Her blog is as amazing as its name. 
She is giving away amazing prizes: Signed copy of Of Poseidon, signed copy of Monumental 14, signed copy of Struck, signed copy of Shadow and Bone and various Fierce swag. All the prized information is sourced on Anna's 1500 Follower Celebration blog post that you can find here!

Thanks for Reading!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Showcase Sunday 4!

Happy Sunday Everyone! 

Showcase Sunday is a weekly book haul hosted by Vicky @ Books Biscuits and Tea! 
This week I am celebrating about receiving or buying the following books!

For Review:

Thank you NetGallery and Kennsington Publishing for providing me with this amazing e-arc! I read this amazing book already and I hope everyone reads Spark sometime in their life. Also, thanks Brigid Kemmerer for offering and contacting her publicist so I, and many other bloggers, could read Spark as soon as possible. Not only are you an amazing author; you are an outstanding person!

Thanks NetGallery and Abrams Books Publishing for providing me with an e-arc of League of Strays by L.B. Schulman! I am looking forward to reading it.


Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris and Stunning by Sara Shepard

Technically my sister bought Stunning, but we both read and enjoyed the latest installment in the Pretty Little Liars series. I also enjoyed Unraveling because it was a fast-paced book with great characters. 


I won Dreamless by Josephine Angelini in Emily at Emily's Crammed Bookshelf's 300 Follower's Giveaway! I am looking forward to starting the Starcrossed series soon. Thanks Emily for the wonderful gift! 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 8, 2012

ArchairBEA- The Future of Book Blogging

Hi Everyone!
Design Credit to Emily from Emily's Reading Room

Today I sharing my plans for the future and burning questions I would love more experienced book bloggers to answer. 

Sizzling Future Plans!

I want to branch more into the community for casual talks on twitter. I want to create a blogging event and more fun discussion posts. Since I am more of a spur of the moment idea-maker, I will not list many bursting ideas today. Mostly I just want to be happy and feel relaxed when I talk to the blogging community, comment on blogs and create my posts. I desire more days of laughing happily at comments, writing reviews with excitement and chatting on Goodreads and Twitter.

My Radiating Tips!
  1. Make Blogging Friends.
  2. Comment on blog reviews and posts you enjoy.
  3. Chat on the amazing websites of GoodReads and Twitter.
  4. Write reviews and create discussion posts that you care about.
  5. Be nice and considerate.
  6. Do not be afraid to make mistakes! If you make a mistake admit it and learn from it. 
  7. Have Fun!
Sparkling questions of mine! 

How can I create a beautiful button and header image?
What is the best way to ask a fellow blogger if its alright to trade or borrow a book they own?
What constructive criticism would you like to give me to make my blog better? 

A steaming question you might have: Why an I using many adjectives related to fire? 
Because I read an amazing book this week called Spark by Brigid Kemmerer. I urge everyone in ArmchairBEA to check out and buy this amazing book in August when it comes out!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA: Best Books of 2012!

Hi Everyone!

I had a fantastic time yesterday reading everyone's interviews and comments on my blog! 

Today the scheduled post is, created by the Armchair BEA staff, is Best Books of 2012 
where I will share my favorite books that I read so far this year and books 
cannot wait to read that are promoted at BEA 2012! 

My Top 4: Already read!

1. The Ivy: Rivals by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

I absolutely loved this book! Its the third book in a terrific series about a girl name Callie's first year of college! It is well-written and has outstanding characters! I cannot wait for the last book in the series, Scandal. Scandal is the book I happily keep creating ideas for late at night on what might happen. I urge you to try this unforgettable series!

You can read my detailed review of my love for this book here!
2. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

This book is so amazing, unforgettable, fun and heartwarming. I never found a book before that I enjoyed reminiscing scenes I love as much as for this one. I absolutely enjoy each of the amazing characters (Especially Adrian and Sydney) and I am waiting impatiently for any excerpts, title reveals or cover reveals for Bloodlines 3. This is a book I feel should be remember in the years to come. 

You can check out my Golden Lily review here! 
3. As Dead As It Gets by Katie Alender

I spent a whole night loving this incredible book! There were so many passages in this story that I had to read outloud to my friends because they the elegant words, lingering lessons and thriving themes were so remarkable in this book! 

You must check out this book on GoodReads here! 
If you want to start with the first book, Bad Girls Don't Die, you can find it on GoodReads here! 

I recommend starting with the first one. 
4. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

This book is an incredible debut because it was really well-written, has five wonderful male characters, a strong heroine and is a fun ride. I also love how the setting of this book is in my home state of Maryland. I had the pleasure of meeting Brigid a month ago and she is really friendly and awesome! This is another unforgettable book by a wonderful author! 

You can find my gushing review here!
My Top 4: Books I am sure are going to be epic!

1. Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a series that I grew up in. I cannot wait for its epic conclusion! 
Holly Short is my favorite badass heroine ever! 

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
So many amazing reviews about this book! 
I love really liked the concept of an assassin in historical times! 

3. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
I loved Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series! 
I cannot wait to see what excitement her new series brings!

4. Crewel by Gennifer Albin 
It has an awesome synopsis, I love the beautiful and colorful cover, 
and I have read so many fantastic reviews on this story!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introduction Post!

Hi Everyone! 
Welcome to my blog!
Nice to meet all of you!

Design made by Nina at Nina Reads!

This week I am participating in an amazing event called Armchair BEA. You can find information about the excitement here! I am looking forward to meeting the participants! 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I love reading, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes, enjoying Rob Reiner or Christopher Nolan movies, listening to music, especially Stand By Me by Ben E. King and We Are Young by the band Fun, and hanging out with friends. I love chatting with my fellow bloggers and recommending my favorite books to the book blogging community. I have been blogging since January 16th, 2012. I started blogging because I wanted to have the chance to tell book lovers my opinions on books I read and something to do while I impatiently waited for books to come out. 

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Adrian Ivaskov! Ever since I read his first scene in Frostbite by Richelle Mead, I wanted to meet him. He is funny, exciting and unafraid to challenge society's rules. I'm sure it would be an enjoyable dinner!

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

My favorite post was my first and only discussion post so far. 
Its called: Element Control: Discussion Post! 

The idea came to me one day as I was walking home. I was thinking about a book I was currently editing a review of, Storm by Brigid Kemmerer. I thought of what element I would love to control and I became curious to know what others would wan to control. I am a very curious person, so I decided to create a discussion post on: What element would you want to control and why?

I will always be thankful for Sarah, Mimi, Sara, Alexandra, Jasprit and Hilda's unforgettable answers!

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

I will always remember my elementary school years, waiting to turn eleven. I stubbornly believed that once I turned eleven, I would find an owl perch outside my door with a Hogwarts letter on its leg. I always wanted to go to the wonderful magical school of Hogwarts because I wanted to learn Defense Against the Dark Arts, be Neville's friend, be capable of magic and to have the chance to fly in the sky. 

What is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

My favorite book I read this year is tied between The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead and The Ivy: Rivals by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur. Both books had endings I cannot stop thinking about, outstanding characters, are well-writen and full of meaningful drama. Both books caused me to question my life choices and provided a chance to become completely absorbed in a wonderful story. 

Thanks for reading!