Wednesday, January 19, 2011

a simple Bloodlines Countdown

Classes began again this week so things are getting hairy again *sigh*
But this was pretty exciting to see: Bloodlines
Can't wait to see where the new Richelle Mead spinoff series goes;really hoping Adrian is in it:)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

•¸¸.•*¨*•☆ •¸¸.•*¨*•☆wishlist 01•15•2011

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where you list all the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here


It's been a while since I've done a wishlist but this one is exciting! I liked the cover, summary, and then got hooked by the 30 page preview I read for it. It's called Blood Red Road and sounds like it could be just my kind of book:

Hardcover 448 pages
Reading level/Genre: Young Adult 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/imprint of Simon&Schuster 
(June 07, 2011)


Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.(product details via goodreads.com) 

So check out the sneak peek!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

01.11.11 Across the Universe by Beth Revis Exclusive!

Today is the official release of Across The Universe by Beth Revis!
And io9 will be posting a 111 pg excerpt from 11:11 AM Eastern to 11:11 PM Eastern today, 01.11.11. This is an io9 EXCLUSIVE!
Btw, this awes0me banner is by Jeremy at Novel Thoughts!

Review: Across the Universe is a Sci-Fi YA set in the ship Godspeed as it travels through the stars for centuries towards a new dream. In it, Amy and Elder come crashing together amidst time, space, and dark secrets. 
Told in both point-of-views, the relationship between them builds little by little in a realistic fashion that requires the gaining of each others' trust before anything else. The process of cryogenic freezing is just the beginning to this strange adventure as the pair struggle to find truth in a society that seems founded completely on lies. Not only is Amy left struggling with the pain of wondering whether her family's sacrifice is worth all the risk, but murders of some of the other "frozens" has created discord and danger on the ship! 
Honestly? I was hooked just by reading the first chapter! And I think you will be too. It's a fun mystery mixed with creepy dystopic Sci-Fi anyone would enjoy:) So watch the fabulous ATU book trailer(narrated by Lauren Ambrose)below and then look for the exclusive i09 excerpt!



And in this next clip, Beth explains where she got her inspiration and shares with us the detailed layout of spaceship Godspeed:




So how bout it? Could YOU survive a cryogenically frozen state in order to travel Across the Universe? 
Would you want to? 
ATU Facebook fan page   ATU website   

Be sure to check out the ship on the website! it's an interactive site where you can explore the ship design. I love that you can even zoom in and out on any level. I didn't really understand how the cargo boxes on Feeder level looked until I saw them on the site so it's a great help if you like visualizing what you read:)


You can find Beth Revis at:
Website: http://www.bethrevis.com/
Blog: http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bethrevis

And Penguin Teen at:
Website: http://www.penguin.com/teen
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/penguinteen
Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/penguinteenbooks







Available for purchase:

               Barnes and Noble  BookPeople Austin,Texas


Sunday, January 9, 2011

No Words...

My post today was supposed to be about a book. 
But I just can't get the tragic events of Saturday morning out of my mind. As I'm sure you have heard by now, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head at a community event. Eighteen other people were also shot; six have been confirmed dead, including 9 year old Christina Taylor Greene.
This is not about politics. I just want to express my condolences for the victims and their families. All are in my prayers and thoughts tonight. May those hurt recover fully and quickly. May there be peace for the ones lost in this senseless act of violence:
-John Roll, 63, a federal district court judge
-Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, Giffords' director of community outreach
-Dorwin Stoddard, 76, a pastor at Mountain Ave. Church of Christ
-Christina Greene, 9, a student at Mesa Verde Elementary
-Dorthy Murray, 76
-Phyllis Scheck, 79
*as reported by The Pima County Sheriff's Office

Friday, January 7, 2011

Review: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Title: Practice Makes Perfect
Author(s): Julie James
Reading Level/Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Hardcover:304 pages
ISBN:978-0425226742 
Publisher: Berkley (March 03, 2009)

I wanted so badly to put this in my top ten of 2010 because even though it came out in 2009, I didn't read it until this summer. And I love, lOvE, LOVED it! Julie James Rawks!! 
This was my first of her books but I definitely started reading them all; Practice Makes Perfect was a sweet, witty, legal romance that had me laughing and gasping at some of the antics that the leading peeps, Payton & J.D., cook up for each other.
As they contend for a solo spot in their law firm to make partner, their long standing competitiveness, avoidance, and general annoyance with each other turns into blood thirsty war....and fireworks;)
If your looking for a contemporary romance with a hilarious yet smart leading lady, get this book. It's my favorite of the 3 Julie's written so far. Her others are Just the Sexiest Man Alive and Something About You. Can't wait for A Lot Like Love in March!

Bookish Things...

Ever since I finally got my new computer a couple months ago I've been slowly getting it set up the way I like it and also buying little accessories for it. It's a 13" Macbook Pro so this is what I've gotten so far:


First thing I needed was a protective skin since I like to be able to snack while I'm working. I managed to find a reasonably priced one with the "Google Library" print I love from Decalgirl after finding a coupon on Melissa's blog.


Then I saved up for this spectacularly awesome case that I'd been eyeing since last January. It's called the BookBook by Twelve South and is my favorite thing right now.
I have the one in black but am materialistic enough to want the red one too, lol

If all goes as planned I'll also be getting my eReader with eInk soon as well. My eyes sure do need the respite from lcd screens.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

GEtting GraPhic: Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs


Title: Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
Author(s): Patricia Briggs
Reading Level/Genre: Graphic Novel
Hardcover:168 pages
ISBN:978-0345509888 
Publisher: Del Rey/Dabel Brothers (August 25, 2009)

I love graphic novels but I'm also really picky about the artwork. I wasn't too excited about how Mercy looked, which I felt to be reeeally inconsistent throughout. She would look too masculine and then suddenly oversexualized on the next page, and her face/hair/everything look completely different from the drawings of her inside the book, not to mention nothing like how she looked on the original book covers. And I loved her on the book covers, especially on Iron-kissed.  
But the story was ok, as it tells about Mercy meeting Tad and Zee for the first time, and also her first meet-up with Adam. However even the storyline was a bit shaky since it seemed to wanna veer completely away from what was described to happen in the books in some instances. Like how Stephan and she discuss her being a walker from the get-go, when in the books Mercy says she didn't realize he knew what she was. Nonetheless I enjoyed seeing Stephan illustrated, especially since he vastly differed from my own imagined form of him. Though you can see in the panels below Mercy already looks oddly different from the previous rendition of her character basically just a page before. 


Overall though, I still liked seeing what Zee and Adam and others looked like in comic form and as a fan I'll definitely read the next one that comes out too, since I like reading every available piece of a story I can.
(read &reviewed on my goodreads March 2010)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Reading Challenges & Resolutions

Well, 2011 is almost a week old and I've had time to mull over my hopes and dreams for the year. When it comes to blogging, there are many things I'd like to accomplish but I've decided to keep it simple so that I do go overboard. So here are what I've decided on:
  • Get better Organized! 
  • Keep up with Email and trash old messages to avoid confusion
  • Buy eReader so I can read eBooks faster and without eye exhaustion
  • Participate in a Reading Challenge from genre I've never read before 
And that brings me to the Challenges. As mentioned, I looked for something to read outside of anything I've read before and it turns out that would be... 
*drum roll*

Christian Fiction!

It's a genre that I didn't even know existed until fairly recently. It's being hosted by Jamie @ The Book Junkie's Book Shelf. The Challenge is to read at least 12 Christian Fiction books between January2011 and the end of the year in December 2011. I already picked one book called Head in the Clouds based solely on the adorable cover and title.

  


The next challenge is inspired by all the great new books I've heard about for 2011. It's the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren

You can read the rules for participate on her site but basically it's read 12 YA/MG books between now and the end of the year by new/debuting authors of 2011. Though a couple may change depending on my reading mood as I go along, my tentative list includes:
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano*
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis*
  • Unearthly by Cynthis Hand
  • The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 
  • Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
  • Vesper by Jeff Sampson
  • The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver*
  • Warped by Maurissa Guibord
  • Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sherif


 This last challenge is meant to get around to reading some books I've wanted to get to but haven't yet, as luckily many of them have been offered free on Amazon or BN.com for the nook. The Show Me the Free Reading Challenge is being hosted by The Unread Reader and it's a great idea! So check it out if you're in the same boat and want to give yourself a nudge to read all those Kindle freebies you keep downloading ;)
 I may add a couple more later but for now these 3 are plenty. And if you have any suggestions or books that fit these challenges that you feel are definite *must-reads* then feel free to let me know in the comments and I'll look for them:)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

❥My Top 10 Most Coveted Books of 2011❥


There are a ton of books coming out this year and I don't know if I'll be able to keep up but these listed are definitely gonna be my priority and pre-ordered/purchased asap :)


There are 3 romance titles, 5 YA, and the rest Adult/Paranormal Fiction. I cheated a bit at the end and listed 3 books by Richelle Mead as 1 spot in the list because honestly, I couldn't bear to not include them all. Her books pretty much end up purchased by moi no matter what lol




I read chapter 1 of Across the Universe off the link from the FB page and was sucked in from page one. It's been a while since I've read a good straight up Sci-Fi book, especially one in the YA range, so I'm excited. And I was lucky enough to win a copy from LibraryThing so I'll be posting my review as soon as I finish:D
It releases January 11th 2011 though, so you don't have to wait but a few days to yourself copy too!


I love lOvE LoVe dystopics so when Melissa Marr mentioned Divergent was fab on twitter, I promptly took note. Her rec's haven't lead me wrong yet, and I can't wait to pick it up when it releases May 3, 2011.

The cover alone got me wantin' this baby. But read the summary and it gets even better! 
It's a YA dystopian where everything "is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play." It releases June 7th, 2011.
How Possession starts:
Good girls don't walk with boys. Even if they're Good boys--and Zenn is the best.



The Dark and Hollow Places. I absolutely love that title. And book 1, Forest of Hands and Teeth is one of those zombie books that has stuck with me so I can't wait to read this when it comes out in March 22, 2011.



This dark romance has me addicted, thank God it releases January 25, 2011!

Yep, pretty much the same story here;except it doesn't come out till May 31, 2011 so I have to endure a torturous wait :-/


I read chapters 1&2 of Werewolf in Manhattan on Vicki's website and fell in love with the story immediately! It's a mix of the adorable cover and her writing that did it, and I'm seriously excited to get my paws on it when it releases this week January 4, 2011!



Ever love a character(s) so much you wish ya knew 'em? That's how I feel about Mercy and her crew. Such a funny, interesting, and exciting bunch of characters and plots! Even if you think you don't usually like paranormal fiction I think you'd enjoy these books:) River Marked releases March 1, 2011.



Marr's Wicked Lovely series has been one of the best darkly fey YA I've read and now her  Adult Fiction novel Graveminder seems just as delicious! It releases May 2011 and is about a girl named Rebekkah Barrow, and her grandmother Maylene's strange ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.” 
Count me in for that creepy-creeps for sure!!




As I said above, Richelle Mead's books are a must for me. Bloodlines is set to release around late summer/early fall of 2011. It's a YA spin-off from her Vampire Academy world, which I loved. I'm hoping that the side characters she mentions as continuing on in it include Adrian. Don't get me wrong, I loved Dimitri but Adrian was always tugging at my heart as well.
Iron Crowned( March 2011) is the 3rd in her Dark Swan series and I can't wait to see how things work out between Eugenie, Dorian, and that other guy. haha!
But it's her Georgina Kincaid series that really gets me all affected,lol. Damn, I love this story. Seth and Georgina just have to make it! Succubus Revelations, book 6 doesn't release till September 2011 and I just don't know how I'm going to cope with all that coveting till then :P