Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Giveaway: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto


Have you read Halo by Alexandra Adornetto?
Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior ; Ivy, the healer ; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
I might even be able to find a copy of Halo at a local bookstore, and send it to the winner as well if the winner hasn't read Halo. :) We will see.
UPDATE 9-2-11: I got a copy of Halo so if you haven't read this one either. I will give it away with Hades. If you have read it let me know so I can give it to someone who hasn't

Bethany and Xavier are even closer since battling Jake Thorn and his evil influence (in Halo) and Beth and her angel siblings must still protect Venus Cove from the Dark Forces.  When a party game – a séance – inadvertently releases Jake from the Underworld, he disguises himself and tricks Beth into taking a ride on his motorcycle. When the highway opens up and swallows them, Beth learns too late that she’s now a prisoner in hell. What happens to angels there? As her archangel brother, Gabriel, her sister Ivy, Xavier, and her best friend, Molly search for her, Beth must weigh Jake’s bargaining for her freedom: one night with him, and she will be released back to Earth.  Can Jake be trusted in this wager? And is he also using Beth to engineer the fall of the archangel Gabriel? Xavier has already lost one love – when Jake tricks him into thinking that Bethany is dead, his grief and anger result in a betrayal that will leave Bethany – and readers – wondering if he is so good after all.  It will be up to Beth to use everything she’s learned about her powers as an angel – and about love – to free herself and those she loves from the clutches of Hades
Available today from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is Alexandra Adornetto's highly anticipated new book 'HADES', the sequel to her sensational bestselling debut, 'HALO'.

Mini Book Review: Reborn by Ley Mesina

AUTHOR: Ley Mesina
TITLE: Reborn: A Goddess of Night Novella



SOURCE: Author

TYPE: E-book

Lily Westbrook discovers that being half witch and half vampire is more of a challenge than she thought. When her powers mature on her eighteenth birthday, she unlocks a mystery that many witches thought was a legend.

After moving back to her birthplace in Cedar Creek, MA to attend Kensington University, Lily is instantly pulled deeper into the world she was kept from- the world of witches and vampires-uncovering the truth about her past and discovering who she is meant to be.

The story is about a war between Witches and Vampires. Which that alone is different from the whole werewolves/vampire rivalry so it gave it a nice little twist on the story front.

In the beginning of the story I had a really hard time keeping up with what was going on because so many characters kept showing up, and different things happening to them. Apparently, I'm easily confused. I will say on some stories that would probably work for me as long as I'm eased into it, and I can separate what's going on. Does that make sense? Don't feel bad it didn't to me either.

Once Lily was away from the person taking care of her, and at her new school that's when I started to enjoy the story a little more. I found myself being able to enjoy the characters. (at least some others I didn't like to much.) Lily was introduced to Xander and Drew who were the sons of Arthur an old friend of Lily's parents, and also Roxanne who came to find help for her parents. Like I said it was at times confusing, but I got use to it. 

Part of the story consisted of The Goddess of Night, which you realize soon who she is. It's said that there's always just one and when a new one is born the other dies. Who vice versa I can't remember. I think this part intrigued because I've read different books that have used her as part of the storyline. (namely The house of Night series) So to me it was nice to see her used a little differently.
I think it has potential to be a lot more, and I was sad to just see it end so hopefully I'll be able to read more. There were errors throughout, but I'm not perfect, I'm not an editor. (I'm horrible at commas and punctuation. As you can probably tell.) so it didn't bother me as much as it did some people. I read because I enjoy the characters and the storybuilding.

This was a mini review. I know it may have totally sucked, but what are you going to do.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Do I look like that kind of girl?

Guys, I get it okay, or you know what actually I don't get it. Why..why..why is it that when you stand over in the YA section of a book store all of a sudden you're a "Twilight kind of girl." Don't take this the wrong way because I read the books. Yes. They helped my love of reading. Yes. Seriously though? Do I have a stamp on my forehead that I can't see that says "Hey I'm standing here so therefore I must love Twilight. It is my bible."  A little over-dramatic I know. I guess you're wondering what brought this up. I always have a reason behind my crazy postings. So here it is...
My story
I walk into a bookstore today, and like always I go to the YA section because let's face where else would I go right? I'm looking at the bookshelves for a bit when this guy (Probably close to my age) comes over,and asks me what kind of books I read. I thought okay this isn't so bad he's just being nice. I then tell him I like different things. I don't have a set genre I like really, it's just whatever sound good at the moment. Then he says, "You look kind of like a twilight girl. I'm not sure why though." At this point I was ready to walk away, or I was hoping the friend I went there with would come over. Didn't happen. Then he goes on about how he likes sci-fi and fantasy and his dad has this thing for zombies. Which he's not sure why because they're something I don't remember what he said after that. I just wanted him to leave. Sometimes I wish I would carry around a little tape recorder to capture some of the weirdest stuff people say.

Sorry, I had to let that out. It's just irritating I guess. 
Am I being mean? Should I have engaged in that conversation more? What would ya'll have done? Has anyone ever said you look like (insert whatever here) type girl? 
FYI- I had Some Girls are by Courtney Summers in my hand.

100 most popular YA books

Well seeing as how I almost have everything in order here what with all the changing I've done. I decided to give it a little rest for right now. I was going through my reader, and came upon this "100 most popular Ya books" and I was like I'm going to check this out. So here it is everything I've read will be in bold. If I read the whole series that will be bold, and if just one book just that will be bold. :)
 I haven't read a whole lot, but I actually have a lot of them on my shelves. (I will italicize those and highlight in green)

1. Alex Finn – Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Callagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie – Matched
5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret

15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3, 4)
18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest 
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) 
30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3) 
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book

72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3, 4)
87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees

95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped
Read: 51/321
Have not read: 56/321
Yeah, that's good for me I guess.

Wanna win Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Alright, I've seen this book on a lot of my Australian Friends blogs (and for the few Americans that have read it on their blogs) I remember awhile back reading a review from Bibliophile Brouhaha and commenting how I would love to be able to read it. So I went in search for it, and couldn't find it. I even made it where if Book Depository was to get it to let me know. Sadly, I have yet to get it so here is my post. :) I'm determined to find a way to get it.

For more info check out Nic at Irresistible Reads

Author Site and Blogs

Author Sites and Blogs

Adele Griffin (Tighter, The Julian Games)
Alyson Noel (Soul Seeker and Immortal Series)
Andrea Cremer (Nightshade series)
Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices Series)
C,j Redwine (Defiance)
Claudia Gray (Evernight Series)
Debra Driza (Mila 2.0)
Gayle Forman (If I Stay)
Jay Asher (13 reasos why)
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures)
Kiersten White (Paranormalcy Series)
Kiki Hamilton (The Faerie Ring Series)
Lauren Kate (The Fallen Series)
Lauren Oliver (Delirium Series)
Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)
Melisaa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods, Frozen, Witches of East End)
Mike Mullin (The ashfall series)
Pam Langsam (Vegas Dazzle)
Rachel Hawkins (School Spirits, Hex Hall series)
Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy, Bloodlines)
Stephanie Meyer (Twilight, The host)
Suzanne Collins (The hunger games series)
Veronica Rossi (Under the never sky series)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Hunger Games Teaser

I'll admit the only reason I wanted to watch the VMAS was to see The Hunger Games Teaser. Also so I could video it and put it up for those who might not have gotten a chance to see it. (From the looks of twitter though a bunch of people did.) Oh, well here it is again just in case. :)
It was ok I suppose. I mean it wasn't the actual movie trailer so you can't be to hard on it. Just to show Katniss running through the forest was kind of like ok that's it really? You couldn't have given us another character in it. Anyways, I don't know.
So what did you think of it?

Blog Tours

What is a blog tour? It is basically a way to promote a book. For a better explanation go here: 
 These are the tours I've done throughout my blogs life. If you click on the banner to the tour it will take you to it. Remember tours can be anything from reviews, character interviews, author interviews, excerpt, teasers. 

Note: for the most part my reviews on the pages will be short and to the point, but I will make a separate page for the longer review once the book is published. :)
2011 TOURS
 Feb 17th Interview with Sophie
Aug 12th

Pyxis by K.C Neal (Dec 5th)

Dec 29th


2013 TOURS
July 4th

  2014 TOURS
January 9th Stops here: January 9th
January 9th Stops here January 24
March 11 Stops here March 11th
March 11 Stops here March 26th
April 8th
March 11 Stops here May 1st
March 11 Stops here May 8th (No link)
March 20 Stops here May 20th
May 28 Stops here May 28th
March 28 Stops here June 25th (No link)
March 28 Stops here June 25th (No link)
July 12th
July 12th
The Unfinished Life of Alison Stone Aug 22nd
Sep 30 Stops here September 25
Sep 30 Stops here September 25-Guest Post
Sep 30 Stops here September 30-Q&A
Sep 30 Stops here September 30-Review
sep 30 Stops here October 4-Playlist
Oct 14 Stops here October 14-Review
Oct 14 Nov 4th

Oct 13

2015 TOURS
Jan 25th
Oct 14April 3rd-Review and Favorite Quotes
Oct 14 April 3rd- Review and Excerpt
Oct 14April 19th-Meet the Characters Profile
May 12th
Oct 14May 29th-Review
Oct 14 May 31st- Review
Oct 14June 19th-Review
June 26June 26th-Review
July 12thJuly 12th-Review
July 12thAugust 23rd-Review and Quotes
July 12thAugust 26th-Interview
Oct 13 Sept 17th-Review
October 8th
Oct 13October 13th-Review and Quotes
October 16th
Oct 13 October 31st
November 12th

2016 TOURS 
Oct 13Feb 21st-Review

Oct 13Feb 26th-Review
Oct 13Feb 27th-Review
Oct 13Feb 28th-Review

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