Monday, February 28, 2011

Crazy over Covers (1)

Beautiful book covers to go crazy for! Click on picture for a link to the Goodread's description. Which on is your favorite?





I can't pick a favorite! I think they're all gorgeous!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Review: Haven

Description:

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.

But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.

Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first.

Review:

This book had a good plot line that kept me engaged the entire time and the characters were so easy to fall in love with. Violet was a great character. Occasionally she'd do something where I'd want to grab her by the shoulders and say "Don't do that!" but it was probably those instances where her unique personality came through the most, so even then it she was still a great character. And Aidan...oh Aidan. What's better than a mysterious guy that we get to see more and more snippets of as the story goes on and I won't say more about him because I don't want to ruin any of the fun about finding out who he is for yourself! The other side characters, Violet's friends, were great additions to the story as well and it was fun to see what each of their special gifts were.

Even with some themes that have been used commonly through Young Adult, this book still holds its own and bring its own special twists to the story that kept me interested and wanting to know what would happen next and how it would end.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Winners!





Yay! We have our winners! And they are....


1. Swag prize pack goes to: Erinberry


2. Clockwork Angel goes to: Kyla


3.Anna and the French Kiss goes to:
Kelsey


4. Life as We Knew it trilogy goes to:
ZombieGirrrl


5. The mystery box goes to:
Orchid


Congrats to all the winners!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, friends. I've had family in town lately along with my birthday and valentine's day stuff going on. And along the theme of love (yes, I'm a day late but I think that's okay!) here is a review on Delirium, a book centered around love with its own unique twist.


Description:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love
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Review:

This book was amazing guys. I read it in one day I loved it so much! I really liked the whole idea of love being seen as a disease. It was interesting and rather than being turned into something weird and cheesy, Lauren Oliver did an terrific job with it.

The writing is fluid and draws you into an amazing world of fear, rules, and forbidden love. The main character Lena was really well written too. Even in a world completely different from ours where love is feared worse than death, I could still relate to her and become invested in her life and choices. She starts out just wanting to be cured, to follow the rules, and have everything fall into place. Until...she meets Alex. Alex teaches Lena there's more than just fear and rules and changes her completely.

And the ending. Oh the ending. I don't want to give anything away with it, but I will say this book had me hooked to the end and completely invested emotionally! Definitely go pick this book up and read it, guys! It was so good!


**Don't forget to entire my multiple book + swag giveaway one post down!!**

Friday, February 4, 2011

Birthday/Valentine's Day Giveaway!

***Please be sure to enter only U.S. or International prizes depending on where you live. Thanks***

Okay, so I mentioned I was having a bigger giveaway and here it is! There are a total of five prizes. Three for my U.S. friends and one for my International friends (as long as the book depository ships to you) and one for either U.S or International! Want to know what the prizes are? Sure you do! And here they are:

Prize 1: A swag pack of book marks. Two are author signed by Beth Revis and Shelena Shorts. (This is the U.S. or International prize!)
Prize 2: A hardback copy of Clockwork Angel (U.S. prize)

Prize 3: A hardback copy of Anna and the French Kiss (International prize)

Prize 4: The Life as We Knew it Trilogy (U.S. prize)

And Prize 5: IS A MYSTERY!! (U.S. prize)(Prize 5 might have anything in it! Like a pen, or a robot, or 5 books...or 5 books!)


Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-Get one more extra entry by either tweeting, facebooking, &/or blogging the contest. (Please leave the link in your comment. You can tweet, facebook, or blog as much as you want but only one extra entry for doing it~)
-This is for U.S. and International (as long as the book depository ships to you) friends
-Make sure you leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
-The winners will be picked randomly on February 22nd!

***If you are International you can enter for prizes 1 or 3 (or both) and if you are U.S. you can enter for prizes 1, 2, 4, &/or 5. You can enter for just the ones you like, but please make sure you are entering for just the US prizes if you are US and just the International prizes if you are International. Thanks. And make sure to put the prize number(s) in your comment to let me know which one(s) you want to enter!***

Any questions, feel free to comment a question below or email it to me. (You can find my email by clicking on my full profile).

Hope you guys like the prizes and have fun entering! Happy birthday to me, my twin, and my niece (along with any anyone else with a Feb. bday!) and happy Valentine's day to everyone!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Swoon Winner!

We have a winner! Yay! Congrats to:

Karen


Thanks so much to everyone who entered and sorry the winner is announced a day late. I've been a bit sick lately. Bleh. But it's okay, because we have a winner!

And if you didn't win, don't worry! In the next day or two I'm going to be hosting a bigger giveaway with several winners in celebration of my twin's upcoming birthday (get it? haha....oh ok, I'll stop being dorky now.) So yes, upcoming giveaway just to celebrate my birthday (and my twin sister's) because free books are always awesome!

By the way, I'm reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver right now and you guys should pick this up if you get the chance. I'm not even halfway through yet, but I love it. Now, back to the couch for me with more medicine and my book~

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Memento Nora

Description:

Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother’s secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic. They soon learn, though, they can’t get away with remembering.

Review:

This book has three main characters and alternates in their POVs. I really thought that each of the personalities distinct. I felt like Angie Smibert also did really well writing differently between the girls and the boy main characters.

In a world where a simple pill can make all your bad memories go away, the three kids work together to remember their own stories and uncover the truth about their world. I liked how in the book they used a comic to tell their stories. I thought this book had a good storyline and plot and, without giving away spoilers, the ending was not what I was expecting and leaves me satisfied but also wondering about the three kids.

I also thought that all the background information for the world and characters was added in nicely without overloading the reader with an 'info dump' So pick up this book when it comes out on April 1st for a good, quick read!