Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you have a safe and fun night! This is my first year staying in, watching scary movies with the hubby, and passing out candy. I love seeing all the little kids dressed up! What's your favorite thing to do on Halloween? Any of you dressing up or have kids dressing up? What are you/they going to be?

Trick or Treat!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: Nightshade


Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


From page one this book had me hooked! It starts right out with action and doesn't disappoint as you keep reading. I was confused at first about the roles between the Keepers and the Packs, but Andrea explains everything at just the right time.

Calla. I loved her. She was strong, fun, and firece but also had a vulnerability to her. The dynamics written between the members of the pack were wonderful along with the relationships between Calla & Shay and also Calla & Ren. I loved the interaction between Calla and the two boys (oh those boys!)and couldn't decide which one I liked better or who to root for!

This book had me on edge the entire time wondering what would happen next. Every time I thought something was going to happen I was thrown for a loop (and it was great!) and oh the ending! All I have to say is, I need the sequel, Wolfsbane, now. Andrea Cremer wrote an amazing book full of passion, action, deceit, and tough decisions. Just don't be surprised if you end up loosing sleep so you can read it!
I would definitely recommend this book to other YA readers out there!

Also, if you're interested in Nightshade then check out my post on the awesome promotions that went into this book! Go here for that! And I just finished reading Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon so I might have a review up of that soon too.

One last thing! Don't forget about the YAspooktacularevent! Contest ends Oct. 31st and winners will be announced Nov. 6th, so don't forget to enter into all the fun stuff there!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

YAspooktacular Story 2: A Soul Laid Bare, Part 11

It's time for Part 11 of A Soul Laid Bare! But first, YAspooktacular rules and information for those that have missed it!
  • Each guest must comment on EVERY post in a story to be entered. (If guest is reading story 1, then they must comment on story 1.)
  • You can enter for both Prize Packs by following story 1 & 2 and commenting on both
  • Winners will be selected randomly at the end of the event and will be checked to make sure they commented on each of the blog posts or a different winner will be selected.
  • This contest IS open internationally.
  • There are two stories you can follow. Story 1 is titled "Darkness" and Story 2 is titled "Soul Laid Bare" and there are awesome prize packs for each story.
  • The final entry forms will be posted at Once Upon a Review and Frenzy of Noise on Oct 29 and run til the 31st.
  • Opportunities to win Trick or Treat (ToTs) prizes are along the way and are optional, but are a fun way to earn more entries or prizes!

And now in case you missed the beginning of A Soul Laid Bare, here are parts 1-10 with direct links for you, friends!

Part 1-(this one has a Trick!)
Part 2-(this one has a Treat!)
Part 3- (this one has a Treat!)
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6- (this one has a Trick!)
Part 7- (this one has a Trick!)
Part 8
Part 9- (this one has a Trick!)
Part 10- (this one has a Trick!)

And now for the next spooooky installment of A Soul Laid Bare!
Part 11 written by Amber Skye! (You can check out her blog here)

Sami figured that with Jareth around, her practical protector and savior, and a bunch of other party-goers, she'd be able to hide safely from the crazy trio that included Mr. Cooper, Rosie, and Dylan. Or she assumed they were all crazy. She had no idea what they were anymore.

Sami weaved in between the party-goers, Jareth in tow, and made her way toward the kitchen where she knew a stash of booze waited. She needed some, just a little alcohol, to clear the haze infecting her mind. Jareth didn't protest, only followed her because he wanted the necklace she was none too willing to give up.

She pressed her way between the booze, sweat-scented bodies, and threw herself into the kitchen. The lock to the liquor cabin was broken. Somebody had probably brought a pair of bolt cutters. Sami doubt Alex did it. Too much of a goody-good, even though this party could totally get her in trouble.

"Here, drink some," Sami said, thrusting a can of a Bud Light in Jareth's hands.

Jareth looked at it, scrunching his face. "I need that necklace of yours."

"Drink and you can have it."

Sami wanted to see if she could get Jareth drunk and pull some answers out of him. Mr. Cooper—if it was him—wanted her body, and she wanted to know why. Since Jareth knew this little fact, then he had to know why.

Sami popped open her can and took a swig. She watched Jareth mulling over the can, as if he had no idea how to do it. "Ever drink before?"

"Has a terrible scent," he said.

"Yeah, the shit's awful, but there's a reason people drink through the awful taste, and I totally think you should give it a try."

He was about to put his lips to the beer can, when several loud screams erupted from the main party room.

Sami dropped her can. "What the hell's going on?"

Jareth held out his hand. "Give me your necklace. Now.

**Don't miss the next installment (Part 12) over at Reading Teen!!

Also, I'm hosting a TREAT! Just click HERE and fill out the form to win an ARC of INTRINSICAL by Lani Woodland and DECEPTION by Lee Nichols! That's it! No tricky-ness here!
And click on the picture below to read the beginning of Story 1: DARKNESS!

Also, feel free to follow my blog, but it's not necessary for winning any of the YAspooktacular prizes! :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

YAspooktacular-Darkness Part 9

So for those of you following the YAspooktacular event of awesomeness, Part 9 of Darkness is now up! It's the part that I got to write, so check it out!

But first, in case you missed the beginning, lovely readers, then here are Parts 1-8 with direct links for you all!

YAspooktacular story 1: Darkness

Part 1- (this one has a Treat!)
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4- (this one has a Trick!)
Part 5- (this one has a Treat!)
Part 6- (this one has a Trick!)
Part 7- (this one has a Treat!)
Part 8

And now you can go read the section I wrote (Part 9) over at Books and Makeup by Michelle and Leslie! Make sure you check out the rest of their awesome blog along the way!

And don't forget to comment on each part for a chance to enter the grand prize for this story! Trick or Treats are optional but a fun way to win more entries and prizes!

Also, go read story two, A Soul Laid Bare! Link to the first part is on the side bar and tomorrow I will be posting part 11 to that story here on my blog!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


UPDATE **Go HERE! for all of the information, links to each post, post dates, and any other explanations on the YAspooktacular event!**

Hey friends, guess what started today? That's right! The YAspooktacular (Tales from under the Grave) event!

So here's the deal. Two spooky stories were written in 13 parts each and will be posted on various book blogs for you to read. We've got writers like Kimberly Derting, Heather Brewer, Christine Johnson, Myra McEntire, and so, so many more (along with some aspiring writers too--like me!) that have taken part in writing these stories! Links to the next part of each story will be provided on each blog.

And here's how the prizes work. At the very end of each story you will have the chance to enter a giveaway for a prize pack! There is one prize pack for each story (you can enter just one or both, it's up to you!) and there will also be an international prize as well! But to be eligible for the giveaway you also have to comment on each part of the story on the different blogs too, so don't forget to do that!

Also, along the way some blogs might host a Trick or Treat (ToTs) where you can win mini prizes or more entries into the grand prize packs! Each ToT will be different and the rules for them will be told on each blog that is hosting them. For all the rules, explanation of prizes, and list of blogs hosting the story parts, go here!

The section (part 9) that I wrote for the story, DARKNESS, will be up on the blog Books and Makeup by Michelle and Leslie on October 26, so make sure you check that out! And I will be hosting Part 11 of the story, SOUL LAID BARE, on October 27, so come back for that!

So, here are the first parts of each story! Just click on the pictures!

(Each of these two links will also explain the contest and prizes in a little more depth for you. And these two bloggers were the brains and start of this whole event so YAY! for them! They rock!)

I'm so excited to be a part of this event! It's such a unique opportunity to be able to 'work' with published authors when I'm still just an aspiring writer! ;) It's been a lot of fun to be a part of and I hope you all enjoy it!!

Follow the event on Twitter here!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween fun & more!

Fun stuff coming up, friends!

Starting Friday is the YAspooktacular event! It's going to be an awesome event with prizes and fun! Two stories are going to be written--Soul Laid Bare & Darkness--by published authors, debut authors, and aspiring writers! Different blogs will post sections of each of the stories for you all to read (I'll be posting one!) and commenting on each post enters you into the contests for the awesome prize packs. The stories are going to be amazing! I got to write a section of the story Darkness, and from what I've seen so far , it's awesome! Go here (or click on the "Tales from the Grave" button on the right side --> )for all the info and rules! Yay!

Also, lovely readers, in November I will be having a giveaway for Matched by Ally Condie so keep an eye out for that! The book comes out Nov.30th and click here for my review!
And happy book release day to Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (go here for a teaser post on the book!) and also to Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick!! I got to pick up my copy of Nightshade to today, yay!, but I couldn't find a copy of Crescendo, boo, so I'll be getting that one later. What are you guys excited to read? Any of you plan to read either of these books or both?

I rearranged my books today. I had too many (yes, there are layers on some of those shelves) for my small bookshelf and had to make a new one. I don't have enough room in my apartment for another whole bookshelf so this is what I've got for now. Still pretty to look at! What do your bookshelves look like?

Review: Uglies Series

Hello friends! I feel like I've been slacking. I haven't done a real post in a while so I figured it wass about time!

So...on to the Uglies review!

Description (for book 1:Uglies)

Tally is about to turn 16, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world--and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all Tally's choice will change her world forever...


Uglies is the 1st book in the Uglies series followed by Pretties and Specials and there is also a companion novel Extras. I'm going to review all these books together since I've been spending the last week reading them. I really liked this series. The writing is fluid and a style that I like. The pacing of each book is exciting, I don't think I felt a dull moment in any of them, and the overall arc of the story in the books is great. The story is really intriguing and after I finished Uglies I had to go out and buy Pretties right away because I just wanted to keep reading!
The characters well developed too. You see not just physical, but emotional character changes in them and even in a world completely different then ours, Scott Westerfeld makes them extremely relatable. The books also focus on the ideas of how much emphasis is put on beauty to how much reliance is laid into technology. They had me thinking about those kinds of subjects in a fresh way. So, all in all, I loved this series and I am definitely hooked on Scott Westerfeld's writing now! (ps.-he's one of the authors that I met at a book festival a little while back, go here to read the post about that!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mockingjay Winner!

The winner was drawn randomly and that person is....

Mr. Paul W. Hankins!

Congrats! I hope you like it and that it builds your "street cred"!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and stay tuned because I will be having more contests coming up in the future because I just love sharing books!

Now I'm off to finish some editing and then read some more of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. (If you haven't picked them up yet, I recommend you do! I haven't been able to stop reading them all weekend.)