Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Die for Me

Description:

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. It introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others’ lives. Kate finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.

Review:

Die For Me isn't just another YA paranormal story. I loved how unique Amy Plum's paranormal characters were. I'd never read a story before that had characters their specific talents/curse (depending on how you look at it).

Kate moves to France after the death of her parents and you can tell how, throughout the entire novel, this really affects her and her decisions. I also thought the relationship between her and her sister was done really well, close but also strained at times. And then there's Vincent. He's dark and mysterious but also so intriguing. Amy made me want to learn everything I could about him right alongside Kate. And the side characters were just as interesting and fleshed out. I especially liked Charlotte and Jules and wish I knew them!

I think one of my favorite parts of the book is the setting. I fell in love with French settings because of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and this one was just as wonderful! Makes me want to visit! The detail and knowledge of France that Amy brings to the book made me feel like I was there. So, if you're interested in this book then I'd recommend picking it up. I just really like how the paranormal element was completely unique and intriguing. I kept thinking the story was going to end one way and then it didn't end how I thought it would, which is great! Because I don't want to know the end until I get there! Anyway, pick this book up and give it a shot; I think you'll like it!

Die For Me by Amy Plum comes out May 5, 2011! Check out this unique story! (ps-isn't the cover gorgeous?!)

Click on the picture for a link to Goodreads.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Autism Awareness Hop Coming up!


Make sure you stop by my blog at least once sometime between April 11-14 to enter for my Autism Awareness prize from the blog hop! It's hosted by: Lindsay @ Just Another Book Addict, Heather @ Fire and Ice, Pixie @ Page Turners, and Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Wanna know what you can win here at my blog?! Well...this!

(Click on the picture for the Goodreads description)

So, come back her later in April, enter the prizes, and spread awareness for autism! This is a cause very close to my heart! For any of you that don't know, I work with children with autism. They're wonderful kids and the more aware people are, the more we can all help!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Show Me the Voice Contest!

Hey everyone! So Brenda Drake is having a writing contest over at her blog. The contest is called "Show Me the Voice" where writers with finished manuscripts can enter the first 250 words of their MS into the contest! For March 20-21 (yeah I'm a day behind) everyone that is entering posts their entry onto their blog and (this is where you all come in!) gets help from their followers to polish it up! So, here's my entry if any of you want to help me out and tell me what you thin/give critiques on it/ect. I only have one day now to get crits since I'm behind so any help would be much appreciated! Also, if you want to enter or learn more then check out Brenda's blog here!!


Title: The Siren Song
Genre: YA paranormal romance

I leaned back against the sand, digging my feet down passed the sun-warmed grains to the cooler layer below. Coarse sand rubbed between my toes as I wiggled them around. Toes were such strange appendages. They were kind of awkward with their knobby joints and nails that weren’t quite pretty. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever fully get used to them.

Another wave came rushing toward me and I pulled one foot out of the surf before it could wash over me. Chilly froth danced around my other ankle and sucked it deeper into the wet sand. The water crept up to where I sat and soaked into the bottom of my bikini before racing back to the ocean. The scent of the briny salt and the feel of the cool water tempted me to follow after it.

Rather than listen to the call of the ocean, I leaned back and enjoyed the feel of the warm sun on my skin while it dried my wet hair. I propped my calf onto my other leg, letting my foot dangle off of the bend my knee made. Toes adorned with chipped blue nail polish stared back at me before my gaze travelled up to my legs. Tan and athletic legs that felt as foreign as they did familiar.

Feet and legs were useful, though. You could walk, run, and jump with them. Best of all, they kept me—us—hidden from the humans; made them think we were just like them.


(p.s.- I have no idea why every other paragraph isn't indented. ??)

*edit*-I just realized I wasn't a day behind! lol. I did this late Saturday night but it was actually Sunday morning so when I checked the date and didn't realize it already switched (since, duh it was Sunday) I thought Saturday was the 20th! lol That's what I get for not sleeping when I should. Also thanks to everyone who has given me feedback already! I really appreciate it!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review: The Goddess Test

Description:

Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.


It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

Review:

I really loved this book. I have a special love for stories with Greek myths in them, so when an author writes a really good and unique Greek-themed story, I'm in love!

From the beginning I felt sympathetic to Kate/felt she was relatable and I never lost that feeling throughout the story. I really liked her and all the other characters too. Each one had their own personality and purpose. And Henry was just perfect. A great blend of 'god of death' and cute love interest. My favorite thing about him was probably the detail that Aimee showed in his speech. He doesn't talk like a modern teen boy (since he claims he's not), but his speech isn't so outdated either that it was weird to read. It was a distinctive voice that I really enjoyed. I wanted more Henry though (not that it made the story feel lacking, I just wanted more of him in there--to know more about what he did when Kate wasn't around, but there is going to be a sequel [squee!/yay!] so I'm hoping to see more of him there!)

The plot was so engaging. After reading the description about the tests that Kate would have to go through, I figured it'd end up being a pretty straightforward book, but I was wrong! I didn't even know half the time (okay more than half) when/what the tests were until they were revealed to Kate in the story and the twists just kept me so enthralled in this story! This is a book that I will definitely read again. I loved the story and the characters and all the other parts (setting, descriptions, ect.) all just added to make the story even lovelier!

The Goddess Test by Aimee* Carter comes out on April 26th by Harlequin Teen! I can't wait to buy a finished copy and reread it! I definitely recommend getting your hands on this book and falling into this wonderful story for yourself!



*-
Sorry, Aimee, I don't know how to type accent on your name :S

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Crazy over Covers (2)

I'm doing a 2nd crazy over covers (even though I just did one not too long ago) because there have been so many awesome covers revealed lately! So here you go! (Click on the picture for a link to the Goodreads description)




And here are a couple books that got new covers! The previous cover is first and the new one is second. (Click on the new one for the Goodreads link)

What do you think? I love the new Die For Me cover, but I think I might like the old Wolfsbane cover better. Still, they're ALL gorgeous!




Previous Cover: New Cover:


I can't wait to read these books. They all sound (and look) amazing!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March's New Releases!

I know we're already pretty well into March, but I thought I'd share some book releases for March still that I'm excited for and can't wait to read!





Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder (Inside Out #2)- March 1st

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell- March 7th

Afterlife by Claudia Gray (Evernight #4)- March 8th

The Dark & Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan-(Forest of Hands & Teeth #3) March 22nd

Wither by Lauren DeStefano-March 22nd